Transitioning your winter wardrobe toward warmer weather

Spring is a wonderful season for many fabulous reasons. Birds assemble to sing love songs while flowers blossom. Days become longer, skies clearer and sunlight stronger. And spring fashion is diverse when it comes to color, fabric and function. 

To prepare for the season change, one must equip their wardrobe for a sunny day of low humidity, a sudden humid heat wave or an overcast day before April showers. 

Let us begin with men’s essentials. For hot, humid days, a short-sleeve chambray or linen shirt should do the trick. Chambray is quite popular in dark blue, while linens always look swell in light blue, lime green or orange. 

For these same days, you can always depend on chino shorts as a bottom. If fitted correctly and paired with the proper button down, chino shorts can make even the palest post-winter legs a pleasing sight. 

To suit the chillier days of spring, look no further than the denim truckers, anoraks and bomber jackets. Denim truckers are reliable, middle weight and suitable for a breezy day. Anoraks and bomber jackets serve well for spring’s more wet and windy days—keeping you both warm and well-dressed. 

For not-so-fair-weather pants, look no further than a well-fitted pair of chinos or denim jeans. Complement any of these combinations with a pair of white sneakers, boat shoes or desert boots and a nautical bracelet or analog watch to be well on your way to becoming a Spring 2017 fashion success.

Women must also consider their dress by the day’s weather. For a brisk, breezy day, seek a trench coat, a denim jacket or a light leather jacket. Jackets should be thick enough to provide warmth, while also not supplying unnecessary bulk. Complemented with a lightweight cashmere sweater—or even a polyester turtleneck—and a warm pair of dark-wash denim jeans, you’ll be both toasty and totally marvelous. 

On a sunny spring day, nothing is more appropriate than a silk blouse, a bateau boat neck, a light cotton shirt or a one-shoulder top. Don’t shy away from large logos, bright colors and extraordinary stripe-patters—stand out and celebrate the good weather. 

As for bottoms, embrace light jeans, a loose maxi skirt or floral-printed wide-leg pants. Weather that is both bitter or bright—sunny or stormy—can always be met with a pair of spring loafers or white sneakers, a long pendant necklace and a small shoulder bag. No matter what spring’s unpredictable elements present, there is always a way to represent your most fabulous side.

Have no fear of spring’s unpredictable ways, Geneseo fashionista. Using these tips, some creative license and the courage to experiment, you can adjust to the elements and look incredible. Ditch your heavy coat and high socks with confidence, and look forward to looking fabulous no matter what the weather.