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How To Beat The Winter Blahs With Your Wardrobe: Tip #1

Beat The Winter Blahs With Your Wardrobe: Tip #1

How To Transition Your Wardrobe From Winter to Spring

Welcome to January! We’ve officially left the most wonderful time of the year and entered the longest time of the year. Now that the holidays are over, we are all out of parties for hosting and marshmallows for roasting, and our loved ones have all gone home…or into quarantine. There’s just not a lot to look forward to that makes the cold dreary days feel festive instead of frightful.

The delights of winter don’t feel that delightful at this point, and many of us are DONE. And thus begins the mantra, “Is it spring yet?” Sadly, no, but it will be!

So, what do you do when you want the weather to be fair and fine, but it’s not going to happen just yet? Make some shifts in your wardrobe to fake it til we make it! Don’t worry, you don’t have to get frostbite with sandals in the snow. I have some very usable tips to help you along as we entice warmer weather to hurry along.

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Tip #1: Transition Your Patterns

Even if you can’t lighten the clothes you’re wearing without danger of frostbite, you can change the look of it to lighten it visually. The easiest thing to do is to put away your winter patterns like fair isle, buffalo plaid, and anything with a snowflake or reindeer on it.

Honestly, I can’t wait to put these patterns on after Thanksgiving, but now I don’t want to wear those holiday vibes. I get plenty of it during the season and continuing to wear it now is like begging Mother Nature to give us more! Of course, if you are still loving these patterns and haven’t had your fill, wear them as long as you like.

So now that you know what to put aside for the year, what can you wear to lighten up while bundling up?

Try wearing patterns that hint of spring like stripes that remind you of a classic Breton tee, even if it’s a sweater. It’s a classic naval look that reminds us of sailing and all things beachy. You know it’s spring when the boats start to come out.

April from Stunning Style showing off her signature edgy classic style by wearing a leather jacket, leather bag and bold stripe pattern top.
April from Stunning Style wearing a striped pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.

Patterns like florals, polka dots, gingham, rainbow, and graphics that don’t include cold-weather icons can brighten your mood. 

Of course, you can always go with classics like animal prints, color-blocking, houndstooth, and other types of plaids like windowpane.

April from Stunning Style wearing a leopard pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.
April from Stunning Style wearing a leopard pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.
April from Stunning Style wearing a leopard pattern.
April from Stunning Style wearing a houndstooth pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.
April from Stunning Style wearing a houndstooth pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.
April from Stunning Style wearing a color block pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.

And let’s not forget my favorite pattern: solids. That’s right, when you’re Minimal Classic like I am, solids are your favorite pattern of all, and they are seasonally neutral.

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April from Stunning Style wearing a solid pattern.
April from Stunning Style wearing a solid pattern sweater.

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But…how many of you have floral, gingham, polka dot or rainbow sweaters? Maybe not that many. All is not lost! It’s time to get a little creative and do my very favorite thing: shop your closet! This time we are pilfering from other seasons. Grab that gingham button up blouse f(or any other spring-like pattern, from your spring wardrobe and layer it under one of your very warm winter sweaters.

April from Stunning Style layering a striped pattern to transition her outfit from winter to spring.

So, if you’re ready to mentally summon warmer weather, try making taking your days from frightful to delightful by switching up the patterns in your closet! Join me each week as I continue this series and share more tips on how to shake off the winter in your wardrobe and start transitioning into spring.

I would love to know what some of your ideas are. How would you creatively shop your closet to stay warm but focus on the warmer and brighter days ahead? Share it with us in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “How To Beat The Winter Blahs With Your Wardrobe: Tip #1”

  1. Last year I bought a lavender plaid button-down shirt from Talbot’s. The colors are lavender, light blue and white with a silver thread running through it. I have a tee-shirt, long-sleeved tee and a camisole in shades of blue that all look great with it, as well as a navy cardigan and my beloved jean jacket. This shirt says spring-summer and is a great substitute for the blank and white buffalo plaid I have been wearing on repeat through the winter holidays recently.

  2. I will be continuing to wear my Fair Isle cardigans until the weather warms. We only get cold enough temperatures to justify wearing them (and the turtlenecks I like to wear under them) starting in late December or early January. I like them too much to skip wearing them a few more times when we have the colder spells of winter. The same goes for the few items I have with snowflakes. But I will employ your good suggestions when I am tired of the cold and the weather hasn’t warmed yet.

  3. I am so glad I found this. I always loved this style but just didn’t really know how to put it together. I am looking forward to this
    Journey!

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