Best ways to get a great winter-to-spring transition look
Pendleton plaid wool pants, Oliveo button-down shirt, Coach booties, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, three strands, baroque and long pearl necklaces (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc
  1. How to wear spring-inspired outfits when it still feels like winter
  2. Go with lighter colors in the winter-to-spring transition
  3. Pair leather and wool on windy days
    • Wear the right underwear
  4. Wool pants/skirts with a button-down shirt for chilly spring days
  5. Wrapping it up
  6. References

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How to wear spring-inspired outfits when it still feels like winter

While March/April are spring months in mid latitudes, it can still bring snow in Canada, the northern states of the US, in the mountains and at the Last Frontier. Nighttime temperatures rarely are above the freezing point. Thus, springtime dressing requires a mix of warm and cold season pieces and/or layering clothes to be comfortable in the below freezing air in the morning and the around 50F or higher (10oC) temperatures around lunch time.

When you are on a budget or just want to save when shopping for the warm season wardrobe, this post will solve your problem: How to dress in style without buying clothes for the relatively short time that you actually can wear them. In this post, I share are my secret tricks for the best way to look stylish around vernal equinox.

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woman in greening up forest with umbrella in mix of cold and warm season clothes

Go with lighter colors in the winter-to-spring transition

To “acknowledge” the season, go with two light colors like the white and tan in the ensemble in the next photos. The boots, skirt, and tight are from the winter wardrobe, while the jacket and top are from the summer closet. Disclosure: I barely have any real spring clothes as it lasts less than a month, if at all. You can read more about green-up in Alaska at the link.

Go for lighter colors as the weather gets warmer. #styleadvice Click To Tweet

Alaskan stylist in spring with leather jacket, wool skirt and silk top

midlife fashion blogger in black, tan and white mix of winter and summer clothes
Outfit details: Banana Republic light wool skirt, Spencer & Graham leather jacket, Anne Klein polka dot silk scarf, statement necklace, GNW tight, Sanchez tall riding boots, smoky quartz necklace (all own), and silk top c/o Lilysilk

On chilly days, try a light color winter coat like the jeans coat later in this post or the coat in the photo below. Colors like blush pink, baby blue, cream, light gray, mint, or moss look season appropriate and work with winter and summer pants alike.

#fallstyle Nicole wearing a floral embroidery white coat over jeans with a Russian scarf
Nicai Yin floral embroidery coat, GG loafers, Modalo Pippa bag, Pavlova scarf (all own) and flared jeans c/o Ethyl Clothing

Pair your light color clothes with “seasonless” colors like navy, black, medium gray or jeans in all washes.

Pair leather and wool on windy days

Leather is a bad insulator, but great to keep the vernal equinox winds off. Ok, someone from the Netherlands would call our winds lame and calm weather. 😉 However, the chill factor and still below freezing temperatures make the wind so ugly that people in Interior Alaska prefer 40 below freezing conditions over windy around freezing. 😉 Anyhow, leather is perfect to keep the wind out. On chilly days, wear tights underneath for insulation. The photos below show outfit inspirations what to wear on windy March days.

mature fashion blogger sitting on stairs in leather pants, Tee, and blazer

stylish lady in windy weather gear wearing leather pants and a blazer
Outfit details: Moda International leather pants, Harley Davidson booties, Tahari glen check blazer, pendant necklace, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

Leather pants dressed up with a blazer make a perfect Casual Friday combination on windy vernal equinox days.

over 50 years old style blogger in posh casual blazer and leather joggers shoulder season look

midlife blogger looking posh in street chic in the snow wearing denim coat, leather beret and joggers
Outfit details: Max Mara denim coat, Vince leather joggers, 3.1 Philip Lim tote, Harley Davidson booties, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, leather beret, and college Tee (all own)
Beat the equinox winds with leather clothes. Click To Tweet

Wear the right underwear

I have a confession to make. I own a couple of old-fashioned half-slips. Why? To stay warm in thin fabric skirts in the transition – or how we call it – shoulder season. In the photos below, morning temperatures were still in the single digits (warmer than -18oC, but colder than -12.8oC). Tall boots, tight, and a half-slip made it possible to wear my silver leather skirt already. I wore an all neutrals look in this example outfit by adding a black and gray Fair Isle sweater.

#agelessstyle Alaskan woman in silver skirt with Fair Isle sweater and panther statement belt in spring

midlife style blogger in silver skirt with Fair Isle sweater
Outfit details: Chanel silver leather skirt, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties, panther statement belt, Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater (all own)
Wear summer clothes with winter underwear. Click To Tweet

Wool pants/skirts with a button-down shirt for chilly spring days

The photos below show office attires in all light colors. The plaid wool pants add interest to the classic chambray shirt. When there is fresh snow, booties are in order to avoid wet feet. When temperatures are still in the double digits below freezing, keep wearing the pants with long-johns or tights underneath.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in office attire with button down shirt, plaid wool pants and pearls

fashion book author in work attire in light colors
Outfit details: Oliveo chambray button-down shirt, Pendleton plaid wide pants, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Coach Chelsea booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, golden bangle (gift from my late Mom), long pearl necklace, triple mixed size pearls necklace and baroque pearl necklace (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.

As you know, I have a knack for street chic. To be honest, when Fashion Weeks are around, I pin more street style outfits to my pinterest boards than the upcoming trends. Of course, I notice the trends. However, I only pin those that are suitable for women in midlife and beyond. Here a street style combination of an edgy denim jacket and a classic pleated wool skirt. You can read the review of this jacket at the link.

mature woman in street chic with edgy sequin patched denim jacket and plaid pleated wool skirt
Outfit details: Pendleton plaid pleated wool skirt, Brooks Brothers short sleeve sweater, Kieselstein Cord Belt and buckle, L.K. Bennett suede leather tall boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Seiko watch (all own) and sequin patch jacket c/o StyleWe
Wear light blouses or short sleeve tops with a jacket to stay warm. #springstyle Click To Tweet

The next outfit inspriations features a red, white and black classic pairing of a light button-down shirt with a suede skirt accessorized with a polka dot silk scarf. Stylist’s advice:

When wearing red, white and black, ensure you don't look like Mrs Santa Claus. Click To Tweet

Stylist’s tip: On chilly days, add a scarf to your outfit to keep your neck warm. You can find how to up your style with scarves in the post at the link.

older lady in red, white and black print and pattern mix
Riders by Lee buffalo plaid button-down shirt, Anne Klein polka dot silk scarf, G-III suede skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement snake tail buckle, Hermes collier de chien leather band, and Nine zebra print pony hair pumps (all own)

Like these outfit ideas? If so, please pin them to your Pinterest board so your friends and family can see them too.

Wrapping it up

Climate is what you want, weather is what you get. Click To Tweet

Thus, dressing for the weather is always a good idea. Also when packing for a vacation check the long term forecast first and pack with that in mind. You can find more about how to dress for rainy weather or how to pack for a vacation at these links.

Don’t let the right outfit be a random thing. Wear the right look in every situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy the book now.

What do you wear after vernal equinox? A combination of your cold and warm wardrobe items or do you have a springtime wardrobe? Show me your transition looks on instagram by adding an @highlatitudestyle in your post.

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Nicole Mölders, 2019, Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska, Atmosphere and Climate Sciences, DOI: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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