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10 Pieces That Will Take You From Winter to Spring

Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend and—like clockwork—I'm already starting to shift away from my boots, sweaters and knit hats. Instead, I'm itching to wear leather sandals, tiny shorts, crepe-thin dresses or anything that whispers "wear me on spring break."

Of course, this is partially (largely?) because I want it to be warm enough to wear those things. It's stupid to hope that buying summer clothes will spark the weather to match my new wardrobe, but I do it anyway. Since it doesn't really work like that, though, maybe I should invest in some more transitional pieces instead. So I'm eyeing the pieces in the slideshow below.

They're not the kind of things that need a crazy amount of imagination to work (sandals with tights! sundresses with turtlenecks!). Actually, I didn't have to think for more than a second to come up with both a cold- and a warm-weather outfit option for each item. And that's a good sign: dressing transitionally shouldn't feel like homework.

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Utility Jacket

Wear It In Winter: Layered on top of thick sweaters

Wear It In Spring: As an intentionally baggy complement to flirty little dresses

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Lace Top

Wear It In Winter: With a heavy brocade skirt and collar necklace

Wear It In Spring: With chambray shorts and a wrist full of friendship bracelets

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Brown Oxfords

Wear Them In Winter: With little gray socks and stovepipe denim

Wear Them In Spring: With printed sundresses and bare legs

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Printed Scarf

Wear It In Winter: With a gray sweatshirt and leather leggings

Wear It In Spring: As a backup warmth option over a mini dress and denim jacket (just throw it in your bag if you get too hot)

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Maxi Dress

Wear It In Winter: Underneath a chunky sweater; over flat boots

Wear It In Spring: Over a bathing suit—when it's finally warm enough

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Long-sleeved Dress

Wear It In Winter: With pointy-toe booties and tights

Wear It In Spring: Under a cropped leather jacket, then finished with a sleek high ponytail

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Distressed Denim

Wear It In Winter: With a flannel shirt and oxford flats for a cozy weekend outfit

Wear It In Spring: With a sheer silk top and ballet flats

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Pleated Skirt

Wear It In Winter: Over thick tights and geisha-style sandals

Wear It In Spring: With those same sandals, a tank top and a cuff

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Leather Miniskirt

Wear It In Winter: With navy blue tights and a preppy sweater

Wear It In Spring: With a top that introduces another interesting texture, like a lace blouse or metallic knit


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Printed Trench

Wear It In Winter: With a vest tucked inside for added warmth (or a long cardigan, as extra lining)

Wear It In Spring: Over a little striped dress for a bit of print-mixing fun


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