Three Keys to Transitional Dressing Between Seasons

The fashion industry has a style known as "transitional," which means it can transition you between seasons – from winter to spring and summer to fall. That's when the temperatures can be warm but with a chill in the air and change throughout the day. So what's a girl to wear?

Not only can transitional style carry you through the seasons, but it can also stretch your current wardrobe, so you don't need to keep buying new clothes every time the weather changes. The idea is to be able to keep wearing your current season's wardrobe but add a few new items to keep it fresh (and fun!) to help you into the next season.

Here are three keys to transitional dressing to take you through the seasons.


When the temperatures start fluctuating, be prepared to add or remove the clothes you wear. Have a good collection of items you can layer, such as tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, zip-front jackets, hoodies or cardigan sweaters and light outerwear jackets. When purchasing items that will be your top layers, such as sweaters or outerwear jackets, be sure to size up so you can wear them over other layers without feeling stuffed in. I found a jean jacket in a size up from how I would wear it on its own makes the perfect outerwear top jacket for layered transitional style. Shop jean jackets.

Neutral Colors

Certain colors just speak to the season – pastel colors for spring, rich browns and auburn for fall.  But having a good stock supply of neutrals will serve you well throughout the year. Neutrals provide an excellent foundation to your wardrobe that you can build on. You can layer any neutral with the season-specific colors and create a put together look. When shopping for neutral basics, look for colors black, white/cream, grey and beige/tan.  Shop neutral colors.


Having a good set of wardrobe basics is essential. Make sure these pieces are good quality to last and fit perfectly because you'll likely be wearing them over and over. These pieces can include pants, cropped pants, a button-down shirt, a blouse, a blazer, a cardigan sweater and a pencil or a-line skirt. These can be mixed and matched with more season-specific pieces, from t-shirts to sweaters, to take you through any season. With the swap of a few accessories, you can also go from casual to professional to formal dress.  Shop classics.

Now that you know three keys to transitional dressing, what will you wear into the next season?

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