Transitioning your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring: What, When and How
With the Great British weather never failing to disappoint, it’s never quite the right time to ditch your boots and knits in favour of flip-flops and bare legs. But there are ways of managing your wardrobe to better adapt to transition to the seasonal changes and, in this case, Winter clothing to Spring attire. Zee and Co look here at how best to work with your wardrobe to ensure you’re covered for all weathers, occasions and eventualities.
Fashion is seasonal, but the most effective way to manage a successful wardrobe that works year-round doesn’t just be filled with items that are trendy or ‘current’. Instead, this kind of attire could formulate up to 30% of your overall wardrobe, with the rest being staple pieces you can team with them for full outfits.
These staple pieces should include, but by no means be limited to; at least one good pair of jeans, a pair of smarter trousers (or shorts, if you’re so inclined), some good quality t-shirts or tops, a jumper that’s warm, a waterproof jacket (Barbour are a classic), a full coat (see Moncler), and a smart coat, as well as one go-to outfit you can put on quickly for a smart occasion (be that a date, job interview or party –Paul Smith and Giuseppe Zanotti have you covered!).
For footwear, you’ll need a pair of trainers and a pair of smart shoes. Your seasonal items such as sandals, swimwear and shorts can be left in storage until the weather and occasion is right for them and you have an excuse to wear them again.
Limiting the number of items in your wardrobe and complementing it with seasonal pieces is known as managing ‘capsule wardrobe’ and is considered an extremely efficient fashion management system.Many high-flying executives use this method as a way of looking presentable and current daily without having to invest too much time in planning outfits! For men, it’s even easier than for women, so there’s truly no excuses to over-spend or have over-flowing drawers.
Here are a few tips to aide your Winter to Spring transition…….
Your winter wardrobe is likely made up of jumpers, chunky knits and work boots. These pieces are definitely needed during colder weather but as February hits (depending where you live), these pieces can be gradually replaced. For each thicker item that you remove and put into storage, a lighter piece can substitute it.
The weather is always unpredictable between Winter and Spring and it can be a difficult transition for you to cater for garment-wise. Therefore, layering is a life-saver – helping you combine your favourite basics with trendier items to keep you as warm or as cool as the day dictates.
When layering, you’ll quickly feel what’s comfortable and what isn’t, but without constant access to a full-length mirror, it can be tricky to judge what looks good and what doesn’t. There are some easy guidelines you can follow to make sure you stay stylish even if you’ve really had to wear almost everything you own to keep toasty!
Stick to a couple of shades
Although your lower layers of clothes may be hidden, as you move they may peek out slightly and show. Unless you’re going for a really over-the-top bold look, avoid layering lots of different colours and patterns and instead stick to just a couple of shades with black and white. Or, to make an outfit ‘pop’, add in one bright colour with otherwise neutral tones as this gives an aesthetic that’s elegant and eye-catching without compromising on comfort.
Don’t mix textures
Layering often involves wearing tees and vests over one another, but it’s important not to look too bulky when doing it. Each seam needs to be clean-cut and un-textured, with any ruffles or silhouette detailing on the upper layer, or just under the coat and jacket, so as not to create any awkward shapes or lumps and bumps in the wrong places.
Tuck in and button up!
If it’s looking like a particularly grey day and you think you’ll be needing lots of layers to stay comfortable, cardigans, hoodies and vests make for a great start. Vest tops can be tucked into trousers for a fantastic first layer, and then cardis can be buttoned up and hoodies zipped up over t-shirts or sweatshirts. Leaving these fastenings open will only cause issues when putting on or taking off extra layers as they’ll catch and leave lumpy layers. Do up everything under the coat layer… if nothing else, it’ll allow you to throw on more should you get extra chilly!
Layering is the perfect way to keep ‘getting the basics right’ and adding in trendier garments over the top, so they’re seen. As the weather progresses toward a mild Spring and (hopefully) a hot Summer, you can begin to substitute out more and more of your thicker layers for seasonal items. Remember to limit the number of items overall in your wardrobe (it’s all too tempting to just have everything available all at once, we know!) as otherwise the concept simply won’t work.
Give it a go and see how you get on this season!