How to Transition Your Look from Winter to Spring on a Budget
Here in the Midwest we’re rolling off of the coldest stretch in 30+ years (polar vortex, anyone?). When things eventually start to thaw, it’s time to start working some spring pieces into your lineup. One way to do that is with layers. Layering on cardigans, vests, denim or moto jackets, and blazers can take you from cold February-March mornings to balmy April afternoons. If you play your cards right, you can repurpose your layers to use in warmer months, too. I trekked out into the arctic tundra to buy a new car battery at Walmart yesterday (don’t ask), and while I was there I spotted several cute pieces from their Time and Tru line. I used them to show you a few ways you can dress for now…and later.
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Formula: Top + Sweater Vest + Boots + Tote Bag
Time and Tru Belted Sweater Vest: This cute long sweater vest is the perfect layering piece: pop it over any top (try it with a turtleneck sweater if it’s really cold out) and go. You can wear it with jeans or leggings, and it would also look great styled with a tank dress in the spring! It comes in 4 colors and is under $17. Shop it here.
Time and Tru Woven Popover Top in Gingham: Black and white gingham can be worn all year round. Although this is a spring or summer top, with this sweater vest (or topped with a moto or denim jacket), you’d be set in winter as well. The high neckline lends itself to a pretty necklace or a scarf. The bell sleeve is so pretty, and since it’s more of a “shirt/blouse” material, you can dress it up or down. Pair it with jeans, black pants for work, or white jeans like I did here. This top comes in several floral prints and solid colors if gingham isn’t your thing. In fact, picking up a couple wouldn’t be a bad idea, especially since they are under $12!. Shop it here.
Time and Tru Leigh Reversible Tote: This versatile tote comes in a bunch of color combinations, but the one I got is cognac on one side and tan/taupe on the other. Either shade works all year round. There’s a pocket on the outside, a long detachable strap so you can wear it as a crossbody, and magnets at the top to keep it closed. And at under $14 (or on sale for $10 like I got it yesterday!), it’s a steal. Shop it here, or in a few other colors here.
White Jeans: Mine are Kut from the Kloth white raw hem jeans, but there are so many great options out there. Here are just a few:
Tan booties: A great pair of tan (or black) ankle boots or booties is a wardrobe staple. Mine are Clarks because I have to wear comfortable shoes to teach in all day (Vionics are another great option if comfort is essential). Here are a few other outfit-making bootie options:
Formula: Top + Jeans + Sandals + Tote Bag
This outfit has the same basic pieces as above. Remove the sweater vest, swap the booties out for sandals, and BOOM. Spring. This top could even be worn with shorts (I’d go with white denim shorts) in summertime.
Sandals: My sandals aren’t available anymore, but there are a lot of similar ones out there. Here are a few:
More Winter-to-Spring Staples
Here are a few other great pieces that you can wear with layers in winter or without in spring.
A shirt dress like this one (available in 6 colors and under $17!) can be worn with a cardigan, vest, blazer, moto jacket, tights, over-the-knee boots, and/or ankle boots in winter. Did you know you can even unbutton a dress like this all the way and wear it as a top layer, like a kimono or duster? When warmer months roll around, pair it with sandals or even a fashion sneaker. Shop this dress here.
See how many times above I mentioned cardigans, vests, blazers, moto jackets, and denim jackets? That’s because they are also pieces that can be worn for warmth over sweaters or multiple layers in winter, or tossed over a tee, tank, or lightweight blouse in spring. Here are a few that would be easy to style with just about anything. And, bonus, all of these options are under $50 right now:
I’m actually glad the polar vortex wiped out our car battery, because if it hadn’t, I wouldn’t have seen some of these cute Walmart pieces. Tip on the Walmart Time and True items shown here, though: if you want any of these specific items, buy them soon. Like now. T&T items are often limited supply and they sell out quickly. I’m looking forward to working these spring pieces into my wardrobe in the coming weeks. How about you?