Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring with Brighter Colors

I’m back with another easy way to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, and today Amy Ann and I are both incorporating brighter colors into our pre-spring looks.

During the winter months, I tend to gravitate to grey and black and burgundy, but right now I’m drawn to all the pastels and brights.

This striped ringer tee with the contrasting trim immediately caught my eye on the J.Crew website, and it has come in really handy already.

I find myself throwing it on anytime the temperatures break 50 degrees. Thankfully, we’ve had a few mild days as of late!

It’s a really nice, lightweight cotton fabric, and the length is perfect. I can front-tuck it or wear it untucked, and it looks good both ways. For reference, I’m wearing my usual size small.

Now, ladies. I get it. Some of you are in colder climates where it is still frigid outside. I know you won’t be wearing lightweight t-shirts out and about just yet (although this top does look great under a cardigan too… just sayin’.)

But you can incorporate brighter or lighter colors into your wardrobe by wearing a bright colored shoe, a cozy sweater in a pastel or bright happy color, or even just picking up a new handbag in a fun color that brightens up your winter neutrals but can also be carried through spring and summer.

For this look, I paired this tee with my favorite skinny jeans and white leather Veja sneakers.

These sneakers aren’t new to you regulars, but for those who have asked, they are actually breaking in very easily! I’m pleased and very happy with my decision to keep these out of all the sneakers I tried.

I don’t usually wear socks with them, but I wore them to travel to Arizona on Sunday, and I didn’t dare go without socks, so I wore my favorite running socks — these Balega Hidden Contour socks — in the white, and they worked out great. They do show a bit, but they’re white and I was wearing jeans, so I think it was fine. It beats blisters, that’s for sure!

I did try my Nike no-show socks that I like to wear with my Converse, but they didn’t stay put inside my Vejas, so I brought out the big guns, haha!

I carried my Everlane Day Market tote with this outfit because I thought the Light Taupe color coordinated so nicely.

This bag is a really good value for a leather tote. It’s sturdy and lightweight, although it is quite stiff. It would make a great work bag for anyone who needs something to carry a laptop or other heavier items.

There is one pocket inside for your smartphone, but otherwise it’s the raw leather, which I like.

This look is so easy to throw on and go, and it’s such a great way to transition my go-to winter uniform (sweater + jeans + boots) to spring (cute tee + jeans + sneakers).

And on chillier days, I can still add a cardigan or white denim jacket for extra warmth and another element of interest.

The sneakers already lighten up the look a lot, but swapping out my usual sweater for a lightweight tee in bright colors really brings the look into springtime!

Outfit Details:

J.Crew Contrast Slub Cotton Ringer T-shirt in Stripes // AG The Legging Ankle Jeans // Veja Esplar Sneakers // Everlane The Day Market Tote

Be sure to pop over to Straight A Style to see Amy Ann’s spring transition look and how she’s incorporating brighter colors into her pre-spring outfits.

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photo credit: Alison Cornell