By Rae Steinbach
“Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing for Yummie.


It’s hard to resist the urge to pack away all of your winter clothes when the first signs of spring start creeping into our cold weather. Your winter wardrobe and all of its components: sweaters for layering, shapewear leggings, lighter jackets, etc. could be useful when the temperatures start to warm up.

Here are 5 ways to easily transition your wardrobe from winter to spring:


1. Keep your gloves and scarves easily accessible


Just because you get a small taste of spring with some warmer weather, don’t be fooled, there will still be chilly days in March and April. Having a lightweight scarf or comfy gloves on hand will keep you warm when you go outside.


2. Don’t lose the layers


We are always layering up in the winter. Button-down shirts under lightweight wool sweaters or blazers over turtleneck sweaters. Layering is still important in the spring. Pay more attention to what you are wearing and layer so you can easily take off a layer if it gets too warm. Some great examples of winter-to-spring layering include wearing an oversized sweater over a flowy dress or a leather jacket over a lightweight blouse.


3. Be wary of rain


What is the saying: April showers bring May flowers. Be prepared for a wet spring with a colorful umbrella and a stylish pair of rain boots. If you want to save money, you can use your snow boots (if they have a rubber sole) to protect your feet from the rain puddles. Pair your ankle or knee-high rubber boots with a pretty maxi dress or jeggings to work them from winter to spring.


4. Never nix neutrals


If you have tees, tops, and sweaters that you’ve worn this winter, don’t pack them away just yet. Neutral clothing can work throughout the seasons. A white T-shirt can be layered under a sweater in the winter and then be paired with a pastel skirt in the spring.  A rule of thumb to follow when packing away winter items for next year when spring rolls around: Say “so long” to heavy knits, but “stay awhile” to solid-colored shirts you can use to layer.


5. Get creative with colors


Spring weather makes everyone cheery. Welcome the season by adding bright colors and prints to your outfits. Pair a long-sleeve shirt with bold printed pants in red. Buy a pastel purple handbag to accentuate your all-gray outfit. Slip-on a pair of yellow rain boots over denim jeggings. Adding color to your wardrobe is easy – try it with jewelry, scarves, skirts, belts and more.