Dressing For A Cold Spring

February 23, 2018

Mint suit

WHBM Mint Trophy Jacket |WHBM White Single Pleat Shell TopWHBM Mint Comfort Stretch Pant | WHBM Vanilla Snake Embossed Pumps | WHBM Mint Colorblock Tote

With spring weather right around the corner and the spring collections available now in stores, it’s time to start prepping for a wardrobe transition. The spring weather in my area is often cold, wet, and rainy, which brings with it a unique set of challenges. These are my favorite 4 tips for dressing for a cold (and rainy) spring.

Lighten Up Your Colors

Balloon Crewneck Yellow Sweater | Jade Crewneck Sweater | Colorblock Bell Sleeve Sweater

Clothing collections carried by retailers arrive at stores in waves. The first wave for spring fashion is typically the wave that carries mid-weight sweaters, while wave 2 usually focuses on more skin baring styles, shorter sleeves, lighter fabrics, open toed shoes, etc. Since my area has a cold spring, and I naturally run cold anyway, I focus my spring wardrobe shopping now instead of later. And my favorite way to dress for spring, but still stay warm, is to sport sweaters in lighter colors. White, pink, baby blue, yellow, orange, peach, grey, mint, etc. The lighter color reminds you of spring, and since it’s still a sweater I’m kept warm.

Dress In Layers

The temperature for spring often bounces around, with cold mornings and nights, but warmer afternoons. To accommodate this fickle weather, layers are a must for me. Blouses paired with a blazer, long sleeve t-shirts (or short sleeved) paired with cardigans, a button down shirt combined with a pullover knit, or a light weight knit paired with a shawl are all layering options that let you adjust to varying temperatures throughout the day.

Sport A Floral Print

Floral Shell | Floral Scarf | Floral Bag

Year after year, the one print that screams spring is florals. And with the current trend of embroidery detailing, sporting a floral print is easier than ever. You can snatch up a pair of embroidered jeans or opt for a floral print on a blouse or blazer. Looking for something a little less bold? Try a floral print scarf or even floral earrings as an accent to your outfit. No matter what option you pick, adding a floral touch to your look will instantly make your outfit feel like spring.

Buy A Cropped Jean

Cropped jean

Cropped jeans (or pants) are a workhorse item. You can sport them now with booties and later with sandals when it’s warm. Or, as the photo above shows, you can mix it up by pairing a cardigan and bare high heel sandal with your cropped jeans for spring, then replace the cardigan (or knit top) with something sleeveless when the weather warms up.

What do you do to dress for a cold spring? 


  1. I just finished your book. I only regret that I did not read it 40 years before. But better late than never. I will read it in repetition. I bought kindle and paper versions. As a researcher myself spending free time to sew – in past – and shopping heavily two decades before I purge greatly two yers ago, you gave me ideas for having fun with my wardrobe and not only this. I will continue to follow your blog and I wish you lot of happines in both your professional and personal life.

    1. Hi Marta! I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed the book and even happier that it’s helping you to have fun with your wardrobe. If you are comfortable leaving a review on Amazon that would be great. Thanks again for reading and for your kind words. You’ve made my day! Lisa

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