The transition between spring and summer can be very hot and difficult one. If you live in an area like me, you can experience what seems like all four seasons in one day. In the morning it’s freezing out and then around 11am it’s beautiful outside and warm. By the time it hits 3pm it’s hot at hell outside, and then at 9pm when the sun goes down, there’s a chill in the air. This kind of weather makes it VERY difficult to get dressed in the morning and pick one outfit that will hold up in all the different temperatures throughout the day.
If you don’t feel like changing into four different outfits every day for the next month, you can pick out certain pieces that will look great and keep you comfortable all day long. The pieces that I talk about below will ensure a seamless move from spring to summer. They are also items that you probably already have in your closet and maybe you didn’t think that they go well together, but they do!
Here are some tips to transition your wardrobe from the warm spring weather to the dry heat of summer.
Work wear Outfits
Dressing for the office can pose as a challenge for both spring and summer seasons because of one thing…air conditioning. It can be a lovely 70 degrees outside but with that air conditioning on, your desk area can be FREEZING! My best advice is to have a nice stock of jackets, blazers, and cardigans. You can wear these over top of your spring and summer outfits so you can still look nice while not being so cold you can’t feel your arms any more.
When the weather really starts to warm up outside, you’ll want to switch out your long-sleeved dresses for lightweight cotton and linen ones. Spring is all about pastel colors and prints like stripes and dots, for summer try wearing bright, bold colors, gingham and nautical prints. You can also brighten up the accessories you’re wearing like a cute scarf or add a pop of this summer’s must-have shade, canary yellow, with a bright bag or shoes. A simple work wear outfit that I always wear it a cute patterned top, blazer, black trousers, and bold flats or mules. You can see in the outfit picture below. If you are switching up the shoes you wear for summer and buying all new ones, I recommend buying a shoe horn that will help stretch out your shoes so that you don’t get blisters the first time you wear them. Also, don’t forget to pack an umbrella because you never want to get caught out in the rain and then have to show up to work soaking wet.
If you’re looking to freshen up your casual capsule wardrobe this summer, you can’t go wrong with maxi skirts and dresses. Midi and maxi dresses are having a moment, and the stores are packed with pleated, patterned and colored skirts. As summer approaches, expect to see an array of pretty florals, pastel shades, bright neon’s and animal prints. It’s really easy to transition your casual look between spring and summer because all you have to do is switch out your jeans for shorts and your long dresses and skirts for shorter length ones! If you live in jeans like I do, change out your darker wash denim for a lighter wash or white. You can pair that with a cute animal print shirt and or an off the shoulder gingham top. As for shoes, you can switch out your tennis shoes (sneakers) for open toed sandals! My favorite casual sandals are below! As for other accessories you can switch out you cross body purse for a cute mini back pack and if you want everyone to think you just came back from the beach, you could top off your look with a straw hat or bag.
Wedding / Formal Outfits
Last summer I attended 4 weddings and just last month I had to have a formal dress for a work banquet. This time of year can be very busy for attending parties and watching friends or family members tie the knot. If you have a special occasion coming up, and you have no idea what to wear, you will always be safe with wearing a little black dress. But for the work banquet I was at recently, everyone was wearing black! I was like “um, don’t these people know that it’s spring and that they can wear color?” So I like the cute floral and bright dresses that I put below!
Another hard thing to plan for is the weather. We all hate to see it rain on someone’s wedding day, but it does happen. You can wear a cute shawl or cardigan to have over top of your dress for both spring and summer because it will keep you warm and dry. Then if the weather does clear up, it’s easy to take off. If sunshine is in the forecast, and it’s going to be hot, opt for dresses made from light, comfortable materials such as cotton. Maxi dresses work great for both formal and more laid-back occasions, as you can dress them up or down with shoes, jewelry and bags. For garden parties and festival-style weddings, look out for midi dresses, skirts and jumpsuits in bright colors, striped, floral, and paisley. Yellows, corals, oranges, reds, and pinks are a hit for summer 2019.
Bold or bright accessories are the perfect thing to complement every element of your summer wardrobe. Wear some new sunglasses with your maxi dress, or buy a bold straw hat or pastel clutch to match your summer dress tones. With casual or formal wear, brighter can be better if you’re wearing lighter and bolder shades and patterns over the summer months. The perfect way to enhance your work wardrobe is to go bold, like with these classy Tom Ford glasses. The statement frames can make your simple work wear style seem sleek and modern and complete your overall look.
One minute it’s raining, the next the clouds have magically disappeared, and the sun is beating down. If you’re looking for cute but simple ways to transition your wardrobe from spring into summer, hopefully, these tips have given you some ideas.