What Makes an Outfit Transitional

What Makes an Outfit Transitional

The end of March also marks the end of winter. For many people, this is the time to move heavy clothes back to their wardrobes and return to wearing shorter pieces and open-toed shoes. 

But the anxiety of embracing a lighter outfit can end up badly; the weather in March and April still has some surprises in store – interspersing beautiful sunny days with icy winds and rain.

The best way to prepare for the start of spring is to adopt a transitional outfit. If you haven’t been introduced to the concept yet, it is simply a mix of lighter and heavier pieces that you wear to prepare for a new season, just before renewing your wardrobe with spring clothes. 

If you have doubts about how to choose a transitional outfit, here are some tips to help you properly welcome the new season.

Layer Up

A great way to deal with bipolar temperatures in the transition between winter and spring is to keep layering up. This means that you can start wearing lighter pieces (like slip dresses and tank tops), but you should cover them with a layer or two of winter pieces, just in case.

These layers don’t need to be so heavy because the most severe cold has passed. But these pieces allow you to keep looking good in the transition between seasons. And when the heat finally arrives to stay, they can be easily removed to reveal your spring outfit underneath.

Just remember that the lighter pieces underneath the layers should be suitable for public display in case you need to remove your sweater or jacket. It’s not a good time to wear that old, holey pajama shirt.

Don’t Forget Winter Attire

As you are still allowed to layer up at the beginning of spring, you can use some winter pieces the right way instead of throwing them back at the bottom of the wardrobe. This way, you give your winter clothes a second life.

Here are a few pieces for the cold that you can use as a transitional outfit for spring, so just keep them on the hangers for a few more weeks:

  • Leather and jeans jackets
  • Leather dresses
  • Cardigans in lighter materials (such as cashmere)
  • Blazers
  • Chunky boots
  • Lightweight turtlenecks
  • Scarfs

And you can also be creative. That winter sweater that you washed and shrunk too much can be reused in winter like a cropped sweater that leaves your belly button exposed.


Accessories like sunglasses, watches, and belts are essential for every season, so you can keep wearing them through spring.

Pay special attention to sunglasses. With the return of sunny days, you need to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays and also from debris (such as dust, pollen, and grains of sand) that can be blown into your eyes by the wind. To be on the safe side, be sure to have a pair of prescription sports sunglasses on hand.

Winter gloves and hats can go back into the drawer. But every stylish woman should think about having:

  • A handbag suitable for the new season
  • A belt that goes with lighter clothes
  • A watch that looks good with short sleeves or dresses
  • Hair accessories to keep your hairstyle while the wind is still strong

Mix & Match

Some winter pieces may continue to match your outfit until summer. Your cashmere sweater can look great over a lighter, low-cut skirt. 

A short, floral dress can be paired with boots and Apostl womens leather jacket. And winter coats can cover dresses and t-shirts for months.  

Use both winter and spring clothes to get the right outfit. But be careful not to overdo it. Coats and very heavy pieces over lighter clothes can also make you sweat excessively or feel uncomfortable, especially if you don’t have the opportunity to remove excess layers.

Balance is fundamental during the transition of the seasons.

From Cold to Flowers

As the seasons change, temperatures continue to fluctuate between hot and cold for a while – and sometimes on the same day.

Because of this, your appearance needs to be strategic. A transitional outfit allows you to combine winter pieces with typical spring clothes. That way, you avoid suffering from an unexpected low temperature or melting if the weather gets warmer.

A transitional outfit also gives you the time to reorganize and acquire a new wardrobe designed especially for the new season.

So keep your winter clothes handy for a few more weeks. With a little luck, you’ll be able to combine them with lighter pieces until summer.