I’m on the verge of losing my shit: is it winter or spring?!
Technically the first day of spring was Monday, but just because the spring equinox happened doesn’t mean that the weather is aligned with the cosmos. Which would be fine, if it was just consistently cold and then slowly got warmer next month. But nooooo. Mother Nature would prefer to fuck with us – 60° one day, snow day the next, 70° and then back to cold.
And then to top it off regardless what the temp is outside, it’s always arctic in my office. Currently writing this under a blanket with my space heater on MAX while drinking a hot coffee.
So wtf are you supposed to wear?! The key is building a transitional wardrobe.
Somehow I have always lived the transitional wardrobe life without even meaning to. That was the hardest thing about moving to NYC. My closet is pretty small so the suggestion was “just bring your winter stuff and then switch it out when spring comes, etc”. I’m sorry what? As much as a psycho as I am, I do not have an exclusively spring wardrobe (and I don’t think many people do…right?).
Obviously I have some items that only work for a certain time of the year i.e. snow boots and bathing suits and heavy sweaters. You might argue, for example, that some colors can really only be worn in the summer…
My solution? Wear black all year round.
I’m kidding, kind of. But I generally don’t wear “summery colors” so this isn’t really an issue. Below are general wardrobe building techniques that I use to create a collection that can easily transition between seasons.
Simplicity: other than some statement pieces (which can be exclusive to a season, i.e. summer colors) I like neutrals as these can be worn year round. This shouldn’t translate to boring fyi – have fun with textures and cuts.
Quality over Quantity: similar to the above, this will get rid of excess junk and help you build a wardrobe that for the most part transcends seasons. Pieces that are sustainable, can be dressed up or down and will last longer than one season.
LAYER: Layering? For transitional dressing? Groundbreaking.
I know, but it’s important. Right now (end of winter, edging into spring) I like wearing a lighter long-sleeved shirt or tank under a sweater, cardigan or jacket. That way when I get to work and am sweating from the temp change I can take off the top layer. And then once my body registers the arctic temp of my office, I can put back on my sweater and honestly still probably turn on my space heater.
Casual Dress Code: LOL this one is mean but I’m sorry I haven’t worked anywhere with a formal dress code since… well ever (does a college internship count?) I wear jeans frequently which makes it easy since they can be worn year round, but in reality that applies to most pants (for those of you biz professional dressers). I love a silk track pant or crepe ankle pant – not too heavy or too light weight and comfortable. These are great year round tbh but also the best choice for winter ⇒ spring.
IMO dresses usually work better as either a fall ⇒ winter transition or spring ⇒ summer and maxis/skirts are perfect also for spring ⇒ summer and summer ⇒ fall.
Avoid Super Trendy Pieces: there are obviously some trends that I can get behind because they are cyclical or clearly will be able to outlive the hype i.e. high-waist pants, flare jeans, slide-on sneakers. They might be on the runway and in the media one year but even the next, they will still work with your wardrobe. To be clear, I support the occasional trendy piece but I just personally don’t want a wardrobe full of trendy try-hard pieces that I won’t be able to wear for long (plus those items tend to be more seasonal by nature).
Keep Shoes @ Work: I always have flats at my desk, mainly because I think they are the most uncomfortable type of shoes and I can’t be bothered to attempt to walk outside in them. But it is also convenient for those weird temp days where it is too cold in the morning to have ankles exposed but too warm for a sweater and your slightly springy outfit would just look better with shoes that are not boots.
Also workout gear, dry shampoo & a second set of makeup if you’re psycho like me
Accessorize: this is where I let seasonality trickle in. I’d prefer to build a transitional wardrobe full of simple, neutral, layerable pieces and then use accessories to make a statement that speaks to the season. Also this is where I am more okay with trendy items – like chokers might die again but 1) I prob won’t stop wearing them 2) they will be back in 10 years 3) I’m not spending that much money on them 4) they don’t take up precious closet space 5) they can be worn any season… so it’s a win/win/win/win/win.
I’d love to know how you deal with transitioning your wardrobe!
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