The transition from winter to spring in Chicago is especially fickle. Just last week I was playing outside with my daughter and the next day there was a winter storm watch! So how’s a girl to transition her closet from winter to spring with such a strange, uncertain overlap of weather?

I was feeling slightly overwhelmed when seeing the lack of spring clothes in my closet; last year during this time, I was on my maternity leave and hardly left the house. I missed out on a whole season of buying fresh springy clothes because I didn’t want to wear anything without an elastic waist band, but I found myself in a bind. Well, two binds actually.

  1. How do I dress in this transitional time between winter and spring?
  2. How do I update my wardrobe without spending all of my money on a crazy shopping spree?

Enter thredUP to the rescue! I was thrilled at the opportunity to try out Thred UP’s services and was compensated with a few clothing items to solve my wardrobe problems.

Transitioning Fashion from Winter to Spring

Thred UP

I was extremely impressed with the quality and variety of clothes from this online consignment shop. I’ve never shopped at a consignment shop for clothing, but I was pleasantly surprised. They have a highly edited and curated collection of clothes from brands you know and love, including designer pieces. All items are like-new or new with tags, and all of the pieces I bought were pristine – there was no difference in buying from thredUP… except I saved a boat load of money.

The first time you shop there, you can get 40% off your purchase, so I seriously got some great steals. (Each price I list below was the regular price, not the discounted.)

My style cheat sheet

Light colored jacket: Layers are a great way to transition from winter to spring. Opt for a medium-weight, light-colored jacket to bring the spring season to life. You know that suede fringe skirt that was so popular in the cooler seasons this year? Well you can wear it into spring – pair it with a sleeveless pastel blouse and you’re good to go.

5 Transitioning fashion from winter to spring

What I got: Gap jacket: $16.99; Forever 21 blouse: $7.99

Military-inspired: I’m thrilled that military-inspired fashion is in for spring. Pair it with a light, feminine spring dress for an interesting juxtaposition or play into the menswear theme and wear it with cuffed boyfriend jeans and aviators.

Transitioning fashion from winter to spring

What I got: CAbi blazer: $26.99

Pop of color: Bring your dark winter florals to life with a bright pop of color, either with your shoes or accessories. Ditch the black tights and wear nude nylons instead.

Transitioning fashion from winter to spring

It's Simply Lindsay

What I got: Aubrey Brooke heel: $17.49

Pullover sweater: Don’t put away your pullover sweaters just yet! These versatile sweaters work great for spring and even summer: Think shorts, flats, pullover, and beachy hair for the perfect casual summer night look. Layer a lighter colored sweater over a springy dress; your covered arms and bare legs make for the perfect balance of temperature.

Transitioning fashion from winter to spring

Transitioning fashion from winter to spring

What I got: Gap pullover sweater: $14.49

Lasting thoughts

After adding in some great new (affordable) pieces and figuring out how to use my winter and spring clothes together, I’m all set for March and beyond. What are your tricks for the in between weather?