Learn some clever tricks to make your clothes work through the transition from winter to spring

Larue digital floral skirt; Reese slouch jumper, and Margarita lace tee, all from Louche at JOY.
Larue digital floral skirt; Reese slouch jumper, and Margarita lace tee, all from Louche at JOY.
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AT this time of year we often re-evaluate our lives – but don’t leave your wardrobe out of the equation.

With some clever fashion mathematics you can multiply the wearability of key pieces to make them work harder during that tricky transition from winter to spring.

Utilise these fashion foundations and you’ll be spoilt for choice with seasonally appropriate outfits.


They don’t call it “the shift” for nothing – this tireless dress delivers both day and night.

Whether you prefer statement print or block colour, choose a sleeveless shape so you can wear a fitted top underneath until you’re ready to expose your arms come spring.

Pare down with a cardigan or blazer in the morning and switch to chunky jewellery and heels for a night-time transformation.


A statement blouse or shirt can really jazz up a dark wintry palette.

Wear it buttoned up to the neckline for a prim-and-proper look, sexily undone to the cleavage, or open and layered over a dress or top for a relaxed vibe.


This is one piece that goes with tights in winter and bare legs once the sun starts working overtime. Wear your pencil skirt now teamed with a chunky jumper, or a granny chic two-piece knit.

As soon as spring officially lands, lighten up with a shirt or tee.


The perfect sweater should be fine and cropped but, most importantly, lacking in full-length sleeves to withstand the central heating and balmy nearly-spring temperatures.

Add a statement necklace ensuring that it complements the neckline.


While fur-lined or long boots are too hot, strappy shoes are far too premature for pre-spring. Get it just right with a pair of versatile ankle boots that work with or without tights. Opt for tan or beige to keep them looking fresher than harsh winter black.

Dress, skirt, trousers or jeans – choose the perfect pair and they’ll accompany every item of your winter-to-spring stage wardrobe with ease.

The bag you team with your ankle booties determines whether you’re dressed up or down.