This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Cue the chorus! It’s finally starting to feel like spring. We know you’re excited, but don’t jet outside in shorts and sandals just yet. It’s still 40 degrees in some places, after all, and you’re going to look like a spring break tourist from the future who forgot where she parked her time machine.
Even though it’s not that warm yet, it’s due time to retire your buffalo plaids and Fair Isle sweaters, and fill that just-freed-up closet space with your favorite summer items. Ahead, we show you how to make your warm-weather staples cold-weather appropriate. Camis, Breton stripes, platform sandals — good friends, it’s good to see you again!
Lightweight Sneakers — Whether they’re your favorite $10 Plimsoles you found at the dollar store or a pair of shiny, new sneaks, a white-soled, canvas-covered sneaker is one of our most anticipated closet dig-outs each spring.
Wear it now with: Ankle-length trousers and oversized sweaters
Wear it later with: Flippy sundresses
Opening Ceremony Super Sneakers, $390, available at Opening Ceremony.
Open Tote — You may use this tote in the summer as a work bag-cum-beach bag, and while it may not have “went” with your parka, it’ll look right at home with your lightweight gear.
Wear it now with: Office-place jean jackets and trench coats
Wear it later with: A swimsuit and sarong
Madewell Essex Tote, $218, available at Madewell.
Breton Stripe — For one reason or another, a classic Breton shirt feels out of place in the winter, but now that it’s officially spring, we’re hankering for a little ship-shape-stripe.
Wear it now with: Patterned trousers and brightly colored sweaters
Wear it later with: Short-shorts and sandals
Scotch And Soda Breton Stripe, $76.87, available at Scotch & Soda.
Chunky Platforms — While it’s still a little too early to unleash your toes to the world, we do say it’s high time to resurrect those chunky platforms. Worn with an additional layer, the wide heel and thick straps make the socks-and-sandals thing look fashion forward, not juvenile.
Wear it now with: Gray socks or opaque tights
Wear it later with: Pencil skirts or sheath dresses
Zara Platform Sandal, $79.90, available at Zara
Cropped Camis — A barely there, whisper-thin camisole is your secret to beating the heat during the summer. But, don’t let a temperature discrepancy keep you from bringing some delicateness to your outfits right now.
Wear it now with: Thick cardigans and high-waist jeans
Wear it later with: Swingy A-line skirts and pendant necklaces
Only Hearts Green Daisy Cami, $85, available at Journelle.
Snapback Cap — You’re not quite ready to ditch headgear now that it’s spring, but your thick beanie feels a little aggressive. A snapback tops off your look as well as your toques did all winter, but also shields your eyes from the sun (as a little added bonus!).
Wear it now with: Structured jackets and sneaker wedges
Wear it later with: Lightweight tank tops and cutoffs
Bank Tie Dye Snapback, $15.39, available at Bank Fashion.
Rope Necklace — If there’s a classically summery piece of statement jewelry we rely on during the summer, it’s a good rope necklace. Wearing one makes us feel like we’re instantly on vacation…even if we are just watching our sunset screensaver on our work computer.
Wear it now with: Work blazers and palazzo pants
Wear it later with: Strapless dresses and strappy, leather sandals
Noir Jewelry Necklace, $103.50, available at The Outnet.
Romper — A practical, super-cute, all-in-one piece romper is our go-to piece for summertime adventure-having. However, since it’s basically the same silhouette as a dress, it’s totally cool to wear them when it’s cold out, too.
Wear it now with: Tights and a varsity jacket
Wear it later with: Bare legs and a sunhat
Thakoon Addition Silk Tank Romper, $490, available at Intermix.
Windbreaker — A lightweight jacket in a cheerful color like this helps you keep warm on chillier summer evenings without making you look like you forgot what month it is.
Wear it now with: A heavier fleece and running shoes
Wear it later with: A sporty skirt and graphic tee
Uniqlo Women’s Pocketable Parka, $29.90, available at Uniqlo.
Wide-Legged Shorts — Yep, culottes are back! You just got used to wearing a wider-leg pant, but now it’s time to wear them cut short, too. The shape is easy to pull off — promise. Just treat it like an A-line skirt, and everything will make sense!
Wear it now with: A shrunken sweatshirt and nubby tights
Wear it later with: A linen blouse and strappy heels
Rebecca Taylor Shorts, $245, available at Rebecca Taylor.
On-Model Photo: Courtesy of Shopbop
Click HERE to read more from Refinery29.