With temperatures dropping from 70+ degrees to a real feel of 7 within the span of a few short days, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only local who gets confused when it comes to dressing myself every morning. So far, the month of March has totally warranted the phrase, “Go home, Mother Nature – you’re drunk.” However, extreme weather doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style for the time being. Spring in New York City, although short, is one of my favorite times of the year. And until the temperature stabilizes itself, here are some quick and easy style tips for transitioning from winter to spring in NYC.
If you still equate capes with looking like those see-through plastic ponchos everyone was wearing at the presidential inauguration, think again. Capes are one of the chicest forms of outerwear that make you look like a London fashionista, but with the practicality of being comfortable and warm. Add a pair of elbow-length gloves if it’s extra cold out, or just throw it over a long-sleeved shirt for milder days.
Sweatshirt and Skirt Combo
I love this look. It’s effortless, charming, and very French. Rather than a preppy sweater, a sweatshirt brings a more relaxed vibe to any skirt you pair it with, and it’s the perfect top for those nippy springtime mornings. Balance out dimensions by pairing longer sweatshirts with short skirts, and shorter sweatshirts with skirts reaching knee-length or below.
Refined Shirt Dresses
Instead of lightweight T-shirt dresses (which I adore, but save those for summer), opt for a more tailored, heavyweight shirt dress in a boxy cut. This easy spring transition style can be worn with tights and knee-high boots while it’s still cold out. When the weather warms up, just shed the layers and throw on a cute pair of sneakers or sandals. We’re fond of this one from Vince Camuto.
Slouchy Trench Coats
Trench coats are a wardrobe classic, but Spring 2017 is welcoming looser oversized styles. The extra room allows you to easily layer thicker tops and sweaters underneath, which you can trade for thinner tees and tank tops as the temperatures rise. It’s truly the easiest way to look stylish during any of NYC’s transition seasons.
Wide Cuts and Flowy Fabrics
While fashion from the 80’s is still a hot trend on the runways, a new take for Spring/Summer 2017 is paying homage to the 1980s power woman. She was a fierce go-getter (like so many women in NYC today) and doesn’t wear styles that constrict her. She also wears the fabulous combination of wide-legged pants and blouses made from flowy fabrics like silk and chiffon. These spring transition styles will keep you covered enough to stay warm but without the heavy feel of winter wool.
Now that athleisure has become “a thing,” it’s obvious that this trend is wonderfully wearable year-round. During those transition seasons in the city, however, athleisure styles are even more convenient. Remember – athleisure doesn’t mean wearing a faded pair of black yoga pants and your boyfriend’s college sweatshirt. Think chic, sleek, and fashionable enough to wear during weekend brunches with the girls.
Fashion in between seasons is never easy. Do you have any more style tips for transitioning winter to spring?