Defrost Your Fashion: 5 Wardrobe Essentials You Need


By Jae Curtis

The temperatures might be warming up after a months-long freeze, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the sandals and T-shirts just yet. Making the transition from winter to spring can pose a few awkward fashion dilemmas, especially when it’s still chilly in the mornings but warmer in the afternoons.

No worries—with the following wardrobe essentials, making the switch to higher temps and shorter hemlines is no problem, especially when you’re craving spring fashion.

The Chambray Shirt

A chambray shirt is one of those wardrobe essentials that can take you through every season, but it’s probably the most appropriate when swapping winter garments for spring wear. Online fashion retailer Gilt offers plenty of chambray options (plain and patterned!) that you can tie over a maxi dress, tuck into a winter-weight skirt, or even wear in lieu of a cardigan or blazer for casual Friday.

The Military Jacket

Military Jacket from Neiman MarcusReady to ditch your winter parka, but still need something to keep you warm? A mid-weight piece like a military jacket is the perfect way to be both chic and practical.

The Current/Elliott Infantry Jacket offers classic military styling with a fresh shape, which makes it the perfect pairing for feminine florals in the spring.

Throw one over a dress, or wear it on the weekend with your favorite boots and graphic tee.

The Patterned Tight

You want to break out your cute spring skirts, but when it’s still chilly, it’s best to keep your legs covered. Opting for a fun, patterned tight (exemplified by the graphic style of the Rock & Roll Blue tights by Zohara) is a great way to add a little vivacity and texture to your wardrobe, even if you’re still sporting winter neutrals. Go bright for a pop of color, or modernize your work wear with an elegant monochromatic pattern.

The Colored Cardigan

Winter can give you the blues, so brighten up with the arrival of spring by adding a fun colored cardigan to your wardrobe essentials. A quick search on Rue La La will yield versatile styles and great deals. Not only will a bright cardigan offer a splash of color to your look, but it acts as a functional layering piece. Still cold? Layer it over a button-down for work. Warming up? Throw it over a cami for drinks with your friends.

JEN7 Jeans from Neiman MarcusThe Perfect Pair

No spring fashion overhaul is complete without a perfect pair of dark jeans–especially when transitioning from winter to spring. Wear it with your boots when the climate is unpredictable, and then swap your boots for chic flats when the snow melts. A pair of Montauk Dark Wash Slim Jeans by JEN7 are versatile enough for casual offices and weekend wear, so it’s a great wardrobe investment.

Don’t be too quick to banish those winter clothes! The spring has a way of creeping up slowly, so you may need them yet. Instead, make the transition by mixing in colorful, light pieces with some of your winter faves to create a look that’s weather appropriate and uniquely yours.

Dark jeans are the perfect way to extend your seasonal wardrobe essentials. Check out the JEN7 styles available at Neiman Marcus.


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