Spring transition pieces

Sometimes it feels as if Canadian seasons jump right from winter to summer and back again, with very little transitioning. For this reason, it can be hard to justify investing in a spring wardrobe, since it seems unlikely that any of us would get much wear out of pieces suited only for in-between times of year.

One solution to this predicament is to create outfits from equal parts summer and winter clothes. The winter pieces lend warmth to what might otherwise be too light an ensemble, while summer staples keep the outfits appropriate for this time of year.

Replace stockings with long socks

Nothing says summer like a miniskirt or pair of flowy shorts, but these pieces are not necessarily known for their versatility across seasons. If you can’t stand to wiggle into one more pair of wooly tights, slip on a pair of knee-high socks instead.

Socks this long provide nearly as much coverage as tights, but feel much less restricting. Combine with a pull-on sweater and you are guaranteed to stay comfortable even on a cool evening, without feeling bundled up. It’s the perfect solution for a latenight bonfire!

Layer under short-alls

Short-alls are great for hot days with just a tank top underneath if you want to feel like a kid again, but it can be hard to resist their charm until the mercury climbs that high. If you just can’t wait to buckle up, a light sweater underneath can make short-alls wearable earlier in the year.

A turtleneck or light pullover would be the obvious choice but a buttoned-up cardigan, like this crocheted one, also works well.

Add a cozy sweater

If you are desperate to wear a new sundress or romper, but the temperatures are still a bit low, a simple fix is to toss on a cozy cardigan. A thick knit will keep you from being too chilly should a spring breeze pick up and covers your shoulders if your environment is more modest than the beach.

This can be particularly useful if you are spending a lot of time indoors this summer, as air conditioning often feels too cool even on the hottest days.

As an added bonus, your legs will remain free to soak in some of the sunshine which they have been deprived of these past few months.

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