Spring Style Cheat Sheet: How to Layer Your Outfits

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Not to gripe, but there is one aspect of spring that isn’t appealing: figuring out what to wear. The season is lovely when you’re dressing for mid-afternoon temperatures or selecting an outfit to wear to dinner, but when you need your outfit to transition from chilly mornings to hot afternoons, a dark cloud forms over your closet. But dressing to avoid the April showers — literally and figuratively – is a breeze when you layer up.

One of the best ways to combat cold in the A.M. is to befriend the blazer. Heavier than a cardigan, you can easily slip a blazer over most outfits. When put over a lightweight sweater or blouse, you’ll still be work appropriate when the temperature rises, and you shed the jacket in the afternoon. It works in casual settings too. Blazers look simple but chic with jeans, even if you’re just throwing it on over a t-shirt.

What material the blazer is made of will make the world of difference in your fight against frosty air. Heavier blazers in wools or tweeds work best in early spring, or when the temperature is going to fluctuate wildly. If you select a tweed jacket, pick one in a light, fresh color and stay away from grays or darker colors, which are better suited for winter. As the temperatures heat up, even in the early hours of the day, look for lighter options like linens and seersucker.

Of course, another option is the cardigan — a piece of clothing that complements late spring perfectly. Most cardigans will be lighter than the blazer, so you won’t be able to wear something heavy underneath, and hopefully you won’t need to. The jean jacket is once again a trend and provides a third choice for pieces that transition from cool mornings to warm afternoons. Unlike cardigans and blazers though, the jean jacket might not suit the office dress code.

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