Cheap Chic: Transitioning your outfits from winter to spring

By Brooke Bigda

Comment Columnist

Winter clothes are still useful for creating spring outfits. Photo courtesy of rusolclothing.com via Creative Commons.
Winter clothes are still useful for creating spring outfits. Photo courtesy of rusolclothing.com via Creative Commons.

 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been keeping you all up to date on the hottest fashion items and where to buy them. However, it occurred to me that I haven’t reached out to my whole audience.

 

What about the fashionistas who work hard to pay the bills and who can’t afford to spend their extra cash on new clothes? There’s no need to panic ladies, because I have some tips that will take you from winter to spring.

 

Florals is a big trend coming back this spring. What you want to do is to take a winter outfit and add a floral piece. For instance, you can take a long sleeve top and cardigan and wear a floral pant or skirt with tights and ankle boots.

 

You don’t have to say goodbye to dark blues and blacks, but you can make it work when transitioning your outfit. Bright colors and pastels will brighten up your spring outfit, without having to take away your dark denims and navys you love. Take a navy cardigan and put a pretty mint color top underneath, or mint pants.

 

Who doesn’t love wearing dresses in spring? Even though the temp is above zero, it still may be too cold to wear your favorite skirts and dresses. This minor issue can easily be solved.

 

Wearing tights under your dress will keep your legs warm and still make your outfit a spring look. It’s also a good idea to wear a cardigan over your dress as well. You’ll stay warm and achieve that layered look.

 

Thanks to the unexpected nature of New England weather, there are going to be bright, beautiful days and there are going to be rainy days. So boots are still going to be needed in your wardrobe.

 

If you have ankle booties, wear them with a floral skirt and bright colored top. Your snow boots are no longer needed, but the rain boots in the back of your closet are perfect this time of year.

 

You can also add some of your old spring accessories. Something as simple as a scarf, a headband or sunglasses changes an outfit from drab to fab. If you’re wearing a plain Jane outfit, like jeans and a top, adding a pretty, bold color scarf is a perfect solution to make your outfit more creative and eye-catching.

 

Transitioning your wardrobe is so easy and a great way to save money. I understand that it’s hard to see that outfit in the magazine or on a mannequin in the store window that you’ll look great in, but can’t afford. Trust me, it’s not a great feeling.

However, it’s going to make you feel a lot better putting your extra cash toward an overdue bill or saving on buying a car. So don’t worry about if your wardrobe is going out of style. You’re a classic, and you make it work.


Brooke Bigda is a Comment Columnist. Follow her on Twitter @bbiggs900.

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