Getting Warmer: 5 Fashion Staples to Wear Now and Later
March weather is a bit iffy: One day it’s summer-like sunshine, the next day it’s wintery-cool. So to get the most mileage out of your spring wardrobe, you’ll want to choose pieces that not only look fabulous, but transcend seasons, too.
And we’ve got your go-to guide! Check out these fashion staples—items that will pair perfectly with sweaters and flats for cool breezes and with tanks and sandals during heat waves—and see how to wear them both now and later:
1. Colored Jeans
Bold-hued jeans are everywhere right now, but you don’t have to wait for sunny days to bust them out. For now, pair your brights with a chunky sweater and blouse (layers are perfect for spring, when temperatures fluctuate throughout the day), and accessorize with sleek black to balance out the boldness. When the weather heats up, toss the winter knits and opt for a chic peplum-shaped top in fun, flirty patterns like floral, polka dots, or chevron. Keep the jeans breezy by rolling them up and adding earth-tone accessories in creams, sages, and browns.
Get the look! Coral jeans
Later: Top ǀ Wedges
2. The Silk Scarf
The silk scarf is the perfect spring accessory: You can wear it around your neck for a color boost, tie it around your head for boho vibes, or loop it around your purse strap for instant chicness. For now, wear your scarves with a chic long-sleeved dress, a trench, and your favorite pair of booties. For later, nix the long sleeves: A lightweight dress paired with bright, contrasting accessories (like yellow and blue, green and pink, or orange and purple) bring out the playful warm-weather vibes of summer.
Get the look! Silk scarf
3. The Floral Blazer
Floral is the it pattern for spring, especially on structured pieces like blazers and trousers, where it has just the right amount of femininity to update your drab work attire. Don’t be afraid to pair this colorful piece with other patterns and textures, like stripes, plaids, ruffles, or sequins. And always balance the blazer’s soft blooms with structured accessories: menswear-inspired oxfords for now, and posh platforms for later.
Get the look! Floral blazer
4. The Maxi Skirt
The maxi skirt can literally do no wrong this season: The length protects your legs from cool breezes and the flowy fabric is airy and breathable for hot days, too! While it’s chilly, pair this piece with a cute blouse (chambray never fails) or cropped sweater and bright, cheery accessories. When it’s warm enough for outdoor outings, go beautifully bohemian in a tank, lightweight scarf, and intricate sandals. A belt will help define and accentuate your waist amongst all that flowy fabric, too.
Get the look! Maxi skirt
Later: Tank ǀ Belt ǀ Sandals
5. The Sheer Blouse
The sheer blouse is a must-have for every woman’s wardrobe: It’s sexy, sweet, and sophisticated, too! For colder days, add a structured blazer to combat the wind, and try color-blocking the blouse with a darker version of the same hue on bottom. Add touches of pastels and girly patterns to keep this outfit perfect for spring. As summer inches closer, mimic the flowy nature of the blouse with relaxed fabrics and accessories in neutral (or nautical!) hues. This blouse is perfect over your bikini, too—wear it to the beach or to an all-day festival.
Get the look! Sheer blouse