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Weathering the spring season

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Alexandra Hehlen

When I woke up on the first day of spring, I was at first relieved. I felt as if I was one step closer to summer, until I walked out the door.

Contrary to my hopes, the first day of spring was chillier than I had expected it to be. And over the past few days, the weather has been fluctuating between nippy winter conditions and warmer, breezy circumstances.

This rather indecisive weather pattern sometimes makes it difficult to put together an outfit for the day.

The first few weeks of spring often pose a dilemma. The temperature is just a little too low to wear sandals, but not cold enough to wear your favorite toasty winter boots.

What’s more, the mornings start out chilly, but by afternoon, temperatures are much warmer.

Adapting your ensemble to these conditions is not easy, but I’ve got some tricks that will improve the process.

First and foremost I recommend layering pieces. Try wearing a short-sleeved blouse with a blazer and add a peacoat to stay warm in the morning.

You can also wear a dress with leggings or tights and a cardigan. As it gets warmer, you can always take off the cardigan.

Sweaters, especially thinner ones, are ideal for this time of year. They’re lightweight enough to wear under a coat, but thick enough to keep you warm without a jacket for sunnier afternoons.

Sometimes I like to wear a scarf, which adds a little extra warmth and style to an ensemble. If the scarf becomes too warm throughout the day, you can easily fold it up and put it in your purse or backpack.

Once spring turns the corner, having chilly toes in the morning is a sacrifice I am willing to make so that I can wear sandals.

For those of who understandably find it too cold to wear sandals, but also a tad too warm to wear boots, I suggest wearing a close-toed shoe.

Opt for some ballet flats, lace-up flats, boat shoes or Mary Jane heels. These types of shoes offer some coverage to keep your toes toasty.

Experiment by layering different pieces and trying out different types of shoes.

Practice makes perfect! Soon enough, dressing for the fluctuating season will be no sweat.