How to Look Infinitely Cooler Each Spring Without Spending Any Money

Maxine Eggenberger

It might be chilly in the morning, but we're edging ever closer to realtime spring, and we'll be damned if we spend a minute more in sombre winter coats and tired woollen scarves. There's our big shakedown of the S/S 20 trends you can mull over for high-fashion inspiration, but we're aware that before such advanced outfit stages, a few practical micro-tweaks can be made so you feel up to speed.

From the achievable level of bare-leg exposure (we don't think anyone is ready for full thigh in this weather) to the simple coat switch you can employ for instant warmer-weather power, we've worked out the seven easy moves a girl can make to shift into gear right now. Many of these swaps include pieces you'll have languishing at the back of your wardrobe. Just in case, I've added a few shopping options, but feel free to peruse your own rails for the easiest updates.

Keep reading to see what you should put on hold until next winter and what you should wear instead.

Store Away: Winter Hats

Start Wearing: Hair Accessories

Style Notes: Nothing says "new season" quite like a small accessorising update or two. Headbands have replaced warmer headgear as the fashion set's top outfit topper for early 2019, with velvet and satin padded styles proving to be the leader of the pretty pack.

Style Notes: This year's statement earrings are basically hair clips—the more barrettes, the better.

Shop the switch:

The Uniform Velvet Padded Headband (£40)

Prada Acetate Clip (£225)

Arket Oversized Organza Scrunchie (£8)

Store Away: Tights

Start Wearing: Long Hemlines and Boots

Style Notes: If waving goodbye to 60 deniers seems daunting, take a two-step approach to ease in: A below-the-knee skirt and closed-toe shoes or boots will still feel on the sensible side of spring.

Style Notes: Opt for a belted and boots. This is a combination that can be easily tweaked well into the summer.

Shop the switch:

Never Fully Dressed Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£89)

Sosandar Burgundy Leather Zip Knee High Boot (£139)

Mango Modal Skirt (£50)

Paris Texas Tall Snake Embossed Leather Boots (£518)

Store Away: Puffer Coats

Start Wearing: Trench Coats

Style Notes: Wave buh-bye to feather-down outerwear and instantly upgrade any look into spring territory with the simple swap of a trench coat you can still layer under. 

Style Notes: Fluid trenches feel significantly airier than any winter coat but will still look the part with denim and knitwear. 

Shop the switch:

Weekday Isa Trench Coat (£90)

Rejina Pyo Gladys Ivory Trench Coat (£795)

Loewe Belted Two-Tone Trench Coat (£1900)

Store Away: Gloomy Colours

Start Wearing: Pastel Hues

Style Notes: Pastel tones are a key look for spring/summer 2020 and will instantly transition your wardrobe between seasons. 

Style Notes: One of the boldest spring moves you can make is to wear a single colour head-to-toe. We were sceptical about pistachio to begin with, but this is rather beguiling.

Shop the switch:

& Other Stories Structured Single Buttoned Blazer (£95)

Bec & Bridge Crest Light Green Satin Dress (£230)

H&M Puff Sleeve Blouse (£30)

Store Away: Dark Jeans

Start Wearing: Ecru Denim

Style Notes: With khaki chinos and neutral denim taking up two important sports in the trouser-trend leaderboard this season, we urge you to put indigo jeans aside for a moment and try out something different like a full-on ecru-and-camel look.

Style Notes: Basically take whatever you would have worn with your regular jeans and swap in for white, cream or ecru.

Shop the switch:

Marks and Spencer Utility High Waist Wide Leg Cropped Jeans (£25)

& Other Stories Straight High Rise Jeans (£65)

Weekday Worker Jeans (£55)

Store Away: Chunky Knits

Start Wearing: Slim Turtleneck Tops

Style Notes: Super-fine jersey or mesh layering turtlenecks have become a secret weapon for the fashion set.

Style Notes: As well as thin mesh tops, we've also seen a sharp rise in tie-dye roll-necks recently.

Shop the switch:

Staud Printed Stretch-Mesh Top (£130)

Ninety Percent Kaye Ribbed Turtleneck Top (£40)

& Other Stories Long Sleeve Squiggle Print Turtleneck (£27)

Store Away: Black Ankle Boots

Start Wearing: White Footwear

Style Notes: We love black ankle boots, we really do, but when you've been wearing them day in and day out, it's nice to know that some more exhilarating options do exist in the footwear world. Swapping in last year's white shoes and boots will instantly do the trick.

Style Notes: Wear them to weddings or on holiday. Trust us—White shoes will see you right.

Shop the switch:

Bottega Veneta Leather Ballet Shoes (£495)

Wandler Isa Crystal-Embellished Mules (£480)

Charles & Keith Knitted Boots (£66)

Store Away: Heavy Leather

Start Wearing: Soft Suede

Style Notes: There's no denying that leather looks luxe, but as soon as the days start to brighten, it begins to look too weighty. Instead, change it up with suede finished that are softer to style. 

Style Notes: Bright hues loan themselves well to leather thanks to their muted finish, but there's nothing more timeless than tan or beige. 

Shop the switch:

Arket Suede Leather Overshirt (£250)

Altuzarra Bidwell Belted Suede Jacket (£3860)

Weekday Kathy Mini Skirt (£30)

Store Away: Leopard Prints

Start Wearing: Polka Dots

Style Notes: Leopard print will forever be a fashion mainstay, but its muddy colour palette often feels wintry. What better excuse do you need to reinstate polka dots into your daily wares? 

Style Notes: Polka dots are a huge trend for spring/summer, particularly when they're set against bold hues. 

Shop the switch:

Zara Polka-Dot Dress (£30)

Reformation Marjorie Polka-Dot Blouse (£140)

Staud Tiered Polka-Dot Skirt (£215)

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Next, how to wear gingham the 2020 way.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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