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In Transition

It is officially Spring!  Of course, I want to look at what this means for your wardrobe.  I view Spring and Fall as transition seasons, in Fall we are transitioning into the cold weather and in Spring we are transitioning into the hot weather (and by hot, I mean fry an egg on the ground at 10am-at least here in Texas).  So because it isn’t cold and we aren’t yet cooking breakfast on the asphalt, what do we wear?  Transition season means transitioning your wardrobe too, right?  The answer is a resounding “yes”!  I know we get eager to wear flip flops and sun dresses, which at least in Texas with our fickle weather may be possible, but it is important to respect the transition so that you do not find yourself freezing at an outdoor concert at night because that day you sat on the patio drinking a beer and it was 78 degrees, it could be 55 degrees that night.  So…what does this mean?  It means a few things, below is my transitional season survival guide!

First, wear layers!  It may be 55 degrees when you leave the house, almost 80 degrees when you take a late lunch and then back down to 60 degrees when you meet friends for happy hour, so the best way to handle this is in light weight layers, I am not saying you need to start off in a parka (but you might, depending on what the temperature is that day).  Good items to wear to layer from Winter to Spring are light weight sweaters, scarves and button downs, all of these items are easily taken off and put back on throughout the day and night.

This dress will flatter most figures and is a great transition piece that can easily be layered upon.

This Tart dress will flatter most figures and is a great transition piece that can easily be layered upon.

I love what Girl Next Door has done with this dress, layering a chambray on top is a great way to take this dress from cool mornings to pleasant afternoons and back to sundown.

I love what Girl Next Door has done with this dress, layering a chambray on top is a great way to take this dress from cool mornings to pleasant afternoons and back to sundown. *A chambray is one of my favorite layering pieces!

 

It seems all I have been doing thus far in this blog post is talking about the weather like two 80 year old men sitting on a front porch drinking tea but the bottom line is, you can’t know what to wear if you don’t pay attention to the weather!  Just because it is April, doesn’t mean that it will be warm outside, as I write this blog the high temperature in Austin, Texas on April 2, 2014 will be 85 degrees and only 73 degrees on April 4 (with lows in the 50s and 60s)-fickle and ever changing to say the least!  Just like anything else, “there’s an app for that” therefore you can check the weather in bed before your feet ever hit the ground.  My favorite way to check weather in Austin is by Jim Spencer of KXAN:

If you are traveling outside of Austin, my favorite weather app is AccuWeather.  *A little known fact: I am kind of obsessed with the weather, watching it and knowing what it will be at all times, maybe it is my subconscious trying to figure out what to wear at any given moment!

Another key item in transitioning your wardrobe from season to season is the appropriate shoes.  Shoes can change your outfit instantly.  Most of our body heat leaves the body through the head, arm pits and feet; therefore in the Winter we want to keep the heat in with boots and in the Summer let the heat escape with sandals but there are great in between alternatives to transition us through the seasons such as flats and peep toe shoes.

The mix of lace and suede along with Spring colors and a peep toe make this shoe a great "go-to" for Spring!

The mix of lace and suede along with Spring colors and a peep toe make this shoe a great “go-to” for Spring!

Be right on trend with these affordable cut-out wedges from fab'rik.

Be right on trend with these affordable cut-out wedges from fab’rik.

 

Zara nautical ballerina flat

Bring in Spring’s nautical trend with this flat from Zara.

This peep toe Vince Camuto bootie will go with everything for Spring.

This peep toe Vince Camuto bootie will go with everything for Spring.

Style/ Seasonal Myths:

White is no longer just for Memorial Day to Labor Day; while you may not want to wear stark white year round, there is a shade of white for every season.

Mix the mediums, light weight sweaters and jackets are not just for Fall and Winter; wear a light weight sweater or jacket with your shorts on a cool, late Spring morning and shed it for the warm afternoon!

These looks are a great example of mixing jackets and shorts from Redbird Boutique.

These looks are a great example of mixing jackets and shorts from Redbird Boutique.

 

I hope you stay cool, warm or whatever the weather may be that day…or night!  Please post your seasonal transition questions  and thoughts below.

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