Get a Spring Wardrobe Without Spending a Dime
The weather may be getting warmer (hooray!) but you don't need to break the bank with a new wardrobe for spring. With a little creativity, you can use pieces that you already own to easily transition your look without spending a dime.
Your Closet: Where Winter and Summer Meet
Spring is a transitional season, a mingling of winter and summer if you will. Well, your wardrobe can mingle, too! Now is the perfect time to take inventory of what you've had hiding in your closet all winter long, and at the same time, haul out those rubber bins and bags full of summer stuff. Those great end-of-season steals you got last summer but never got to wear? It's time they made their debut!
There are some pieces that you can keep in your closet year-round, like denim. Denim goes with everything, from sweaters to tank tops. I'll be the first to admit that I love – and practically live in – my jeans. It's because they're so versatile. Chances are, you own more than one pair of jeans in few different shades, so don't pack them away! As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, opt for the lighter washes vs. the darker ones.
Dressing in layers is perfect for spring when the weather can be a bit... unpredictable. It may be warm one day and cold the next, or it might rain for an entire week. By adding a single layer over – or under – your outfit, you can be ready for all kinds of weather and still look great. Here are a few layering options already in your closet.
Ditch the bulky sweaters and coats and get reacquainted that old blazer or cardigan that's been smooshed at the back of your closet. Cardigans are great layered over a long- or short-sleeved top or dress. Bright colors and patterns from your summer wardrobe will look great with a neutral cardigan. Or mix patterns and play up coordinating colors. A cardigan will also look great belted. If you opt for a blazer, the same color rules apply. Just make sure that the blazer is fitted and not too boxy.
A really simple way of getting the most use from your favorite summer dresses or skirts is by wearing a pair of tights or leggings underneath. If you're a bit more daring, you could also wear them under a fun pair of shorts.
Start to incorporate summery bags, scarves and jewelry into your look. Again, the brighter, the better! For example, a statement necklace in a warm, summery hue – think reds, yellows, oranges and corals – is enough to add new life to an outfit.
There's no need to put your cute boots away just yet! (And I don't mean your snow boots.) Sleek styles - like booties or over-the-knee boots - will work in the weeks leading up to flip-flop season. You can also wear a pair of bright flats, too.
I'll be the first to admit that it's tough to go an entire season without buying something new. But every penny is precious, so even if you're able to splurge on just one thing, what piece will give you the most bang for your buck? I asked fashion and lifestyle blogger Jessica Hart for her thoughts on a transitional go-to. Her solution: The Striped Dress. Jessica says, “I find that the striped dress is a key piece most people would have in their closet from past seasons (warmer months) that can be used as a transition piece for spring.”
Neutral, yet trendy, a striped dress can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Wear it with boots and a cardigan on the chillier days, or a bright scarf and ballet flats when it gets a bit warmer.
Staying fashionable between seasons is always a challenge. But even if your budget is tight (or non-existent) there's no need to stress this spring. You can easily bridge the gap between winter and summer without breaking the bank.