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Goodbye to Winter: Layer Your Way into Spring

by Ashley Pagliaro

How do you transition your wardrobe into spring--by  Asterix611 via Flickr

Spring hasn't quite sprung here in New York - it's that in-between season that challenges even the most stylish fashionistas. You probably find yourself asking the question almost daily, "What' should I wear?" 

Many of us will spend the next few weeks commiserating with fellow New Yorkers over what to wear during this time of year. Sweater or no sweater? Tights or bare legs? Boots or flats? So many decisions to make and not much reliable guidance from our local weather forecasters.

On any given day in NYC, the temperature can range from approximately 33 to 53 degrees, and some days colder or warmer. What I’ve found to be most useful in navigating these transitional seasons is one golden fashion tool: layering. Layering gives you the option of taking off, and keeping on. It also gives you the chance to show off more of what’s in your closet. 

The first layer of your transitional season ensemble will be your pants, can’t leave home without those. My personal go-to are corduroys, more comfortable, and warmer than jeans, but not quite as warm as wool or tweed. These ‘Legging Corduroy Pants’ by AG Adriano Goldschmied are just right. Skinny enough to tuck into boots or wear with flats. They’re also flattering and comfortable!

Corduroy leggings from AG Goldschmied via Gap/Piperlime

 The next piece of the puzzle is a soft button-down that you can layer under a cozy lightweight sweater, or wear all by its lonesome. Pair this Madewell ‘Dotted Chambray Boyshirt’ (two trends in one) with this lightweight ‘Oval Waffle-knit Cotton Sweater’ by Jonathan Saunders. Though it’s a splurge, this statement sweater will set you apart in a sea of winter black & grey.

Classic Chambray Boyshirt from Madewell

Jonathan Saunders sweater

It’s not quite warm enough to go without a jacket, so you’ll need an extra layer to top your sweater button-down combo. This military-style ‘Charlie Fatigue Jacket’ from J.Crew is the perfect solution. Tailored for women, but menswear inspired, it even has a hood for those rainy spring days. 
The Charlie Fatigue Jacket from J. Crew is an ideal transitional coat.

And finally, we come to our feet. Here we’ll give ourselves two options: one for those special days where we are lucky enough to go sans socks, and the other for when you may as well tell yourself that spring will never come. Strap on these ‘ASOS ATHENS Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots’ for the latter. These perfectly chic boots will keep your feet warm, while leaving the majority of your legs free to breathe. 

ASOS ATHENS Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots

On the warmer days, let your feet celebrate with these MM6 Maison Martin Margiela ‘Perforated Loafers’. They’ll last you well into the spring and be the object of envy for all of your fellow confused New Yorkers.

Tired of boots? These 'Perforated Loafers' will transition your feet into spring weather---available through Barney's.

So if you’re anything like me, and you find yourself staring at your closet each morning wondering what to wear, think more, and not less (when it comes to layers). Do you own a light jacket that you think may be too springy to pull off? Feel free to try it out, but not without layering it over a sweater and button-down shirt. 

And never forget the most important item of all, especially on the windy days-- that stylish scarf. This bright multi-stripe scarf from Gap will brighten any outfit while keeping your neck warm. Throw it in your bag before you run out the door-- just in case.

The multi-stripe scarf from Gap will brighten any oufit

Say a proper farewell to winter, and bring on spring, the most glorious time of the year in New York.

Where to buy...
AG Goldschmied in SoHo and the Upper West Side
Jonathan Saunders at
J. Crew in various locations throughout Manhattan
ASOS in SoHo
MM6 Maison Martin Margeila on Bleecker Street and at Barney's on Madison Avenue or in Chelsea
Gap in various locations throughout the five boroughs
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