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Wondering how to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring without freezing? I hear you! It can be challenging when your heart says spring, but the temperatures are still registering winter! Today I’m partnering with Nordstrom to share fashion tips and looks from Nordstrom-Made Brands to help you make the seasonal shift with style!
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Nordstrom Made Brands, and Why I Love Them
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Not only that, but Nordstrom’s (free) Nordy Club is among the best loyalty programs in the nation, offering the opportunity to shop and earn points toward Nordstrom Notes, along with other exclusive sales and events.
How to Transition Your Wardrobe From Winter to Spring
We’ve all heard the basic advice on this: wear heavier fabrics in lighter colors. It’s true! Look for cozy knits like THIS polo knit top in spring hues or THESE plush corduroy joggers. But there are so many other ways to subtly transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, no matter what the temperatures are like where you live.
Look for good layering pieces that look great with blazers or cardigans on top, but that will also look cute if you want to wear them alone in the warmer months. I love the ruffles at the neckline and sleeves on THIS sweet, Fitted Ruffle Rib Tank I’m wearing below.
If you’re looking for long sleeve layering pieces, the basic Long Sleeve Crewneck Tees I’m wearing in some of the photos below are ideal.
I think a white or off-white pullover is a wardrobe staple for spring (or even summer if you live in a cooler climate). THIS Rib Puff Sleeve Cotton Sweatshirt (below) from Nordstrom Made Brand Treasure & Bond will pair back with so much in your wardrobe. It’s the perfect layering piece for spring beach getaways where it’s warm during the day but chilly at night!
2. Try a Pretty, Springy Sweater
Sweaters don’t have to be huge and bulky! As you transition over, consider lighter, cotton sweaters. If you want the option to layer a button-down or long sleeve tee underneath, order one size up. If you want it fitted, consider wearing an open front cardigan on top.
I love pretty, springy sweaters, like the darling striped number I’m wearing above. If you prefer a solid color, check out THESE pretty solid sweaters in bright spring colors.
3. Cover Up
Speaking of cardigans, make sure you have a few cardigans (both long and waist-skimming) that you love in your wardrobe. Waist skimming cardigans are the best options for fitted, A-line, fit & flare, or belted dresses, while long, open-front cardigans are best paired with long, lean leggings or fitted trousers. The long cardigan I’m wearing in black in a few photos below also comes in THESE beautiful springy colors.
It’s time to ditch the structured blazers you sported in fall and winter. Instead, opt for a softly draped collar knit blazer when a cardigan just won’t do. In the photo below, I’m wearing one in camo. It also comes in black and navy. (This is my favorite piece from this post! It’s comfortable knit, it’s well-priced, and it’s incredibly versatile!)
4. Show a little skin! (Don’t panic! 😂)
Don’t be afraid to show a little skin as you transition your wardrobe! Don’t worry, I mean, like, at your ankles or your neck (Buh-bye turtlenecks.)! 😂 The latest pants length that we see everywhere in pants and jeans is ankle length. If it’s chilly, but you’re feeling springy, try keeping the rest of your body warm and well-covered, but add a pair of THESE ankle-length seamed “Mom” jeans in slimming black to update your look.
Crops are back in, mainly with a straight or slightly flared leg. For a dressier but still comfy look, consider the lightweight Treasure & Bond Paperbag Waist Pants that I’m wearing in the photo above. Another great option if you prefer pull-on pants — THESE relaxed crop pants. Both pairs are made from 100% rayon, making the fabric fall beautifully.
If you’ve loved living in your high-waisted leggings this winter, I think THESE Zella high waist flare ankle leggings make a terrific transitional piece. Another option for legging-lovers🙋♀️—swap over to the newer bootcut legging.
5. Dress Up
In the summer, I almost wear nothing but dresses! As the weather warms, transition back into dresses. This year, you’ll see lots of comfy, soft, easy-to-wear knits! Layer a springy fitted v-neck or cable knit cardigan now if needed, or try a pair of faux leather leggings underneath like I did.
Pair them with lightly-colored booties now, sneakers, or updated lug-soled loafers when it’s warm. Then, once summer hits, wear them with a comfy pair of slides or sandals in today’s freshest look— quilted!
- Easy silhouettes like this knit swing dress.
- If you love the comfort of a tee shirt, try my A-line Tee Shirt Dress or THIS minimalist midi.
- Longer dresses abound this year! Try THIS knit V-neck midi or THIS wear-now sleek but comfy dress.
- Classic shirt dresses never go out of style! THIS is the one I bought. The fabric is a cozy knit and I love the high-low shirtail hem!
Add a layer under a dress as I did above! Sweater dresses will keep you warm in fluctuating spring temperatures when you wear them with leggings underneath. I love the balloon sleeves on THIS sweater dress.
6. Add in Spring Style Embellishments
Look for the style elements of spring as you transition your wardrobe and begin to incorporate them into your closet. Think scalloped trim, girly ruffles at the neck or sleeves, twist detailing, Juliet sleeves, and more.
I love the sweet, subtle scalloping on the hem and cuffs of the wear-now cotton sweater below. The black stripe allows it to pair with gray or black denim right now and white in the spring. I think THESE high-waist straight leg seamed Mom jeans from Nordstrom Made Brand B.P. look amazing with it.
6. Add in Spring Fabrics
As we progress toward warmer weather, add some classic spring fabrics into the rotation. This year, you’ll see a lot of sheer fabrics, so be sure you have a good shelf-bra camisole or a lace-trimmed camisole to wear underneath. Here’s what to look for this spring.
- Eyelet is always a winner in spring and summer! I bought THIS top in black.
- Lace tops are everywhere this year!
- Polka dots are a spring staple.
- Transtion from flannel plaids to clean, fresh stripes.
- Florals are always popular for spring! I love THESE fun, fresh, Embroidered Mom Jeans from Nordstrom Made Brand B.P.
BP. Daisy Embroidered Mom Jeans (run large, order one waist size down)
As we approach Easter, springy floral dresses will be popping up everywhere! It’s not too early to begin thinking about your Easter dress! I like THIS floral wrap midi dress that will go well into fall paired with a black blazer.
I hope you got some great ideas to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring! I’m telling you, Nordstrom Made Brands are a great way to do it! Think about the quality you’ve come to expect from Nordstrom, on-point styles, free shipping/returns, and Nordy Club points, of course!