Ah, spring in North America. If you’re familiar with the shift in seasons, you’ll know that the weather can change at the drop of a hat. One moment, the sun is shining, and your favourite patio is open, and you’re ready to pack your SAD light away for the season. The next day, you might encounter a freak snowstorm, rainclouds, or even a combination of the two (ICYMI, that happens now).
This can pose a problem for our closets. When is the right time to flip your winter wardrobe over to spring? Truthfully, it’s hard to say. That’s why it’s important to incorporate transitional pieces into your wardrobe: items that are versatile enough to be worn in multiple seasons and can be styled to suit different weather conditions.
Transitional clothes are like the Swiss Army knives of fashion: they can be dressed up or down, layered, and paired with different accessories to create plenty of looks for those in-between days. And they can be super stylish, too.
Ahead, we’ve curated ten high-impact items to help you put together your most covetable winter-to-spring looks.
Canada Goose x Paola Pivi Fleece, $795 CAD
It’s not early spring dressing without an ultra-soft fleece sweater in your closet. This Canada Goose x Paola Pivi collab is the answer to our cozy girl prayers, featuring a dropped shoulder and an extra tall collar for that oversized look. We’re particularly fond of the bear camo print, which features a combo of punchy neon hues. It’s dopamine dressing at its finest.
Prada Temple Tortoiseshell-Effect Sunglasses, $780 CAD
We know it’s been a while since you’ve encountered sunlight, so be sure to adjust to the brightness of the season with a chic new set of sunnies. This multicoloured version by Prada has the makings of a signature statement piece with its interesting angular shape and pink-tinted lenses.
Sorel Kinetic Impact II Sling Low Sandal, $130 CAD
How fun are these Sorel sandals? The latest from the brand’s spring collection, the ultra-comfortable sling-back shoe features the brand’s signature scalloped sole and is available in a variety of bright colourways, including combinations of tangerine orange, sunshine yellow and sage green. Pair them with stylish socks on cooler days, or wear them alone as temperatures begin to climb.
Ganni Cotton Crochet Bucket Hat, $155 CAD
The lovechild of two major trends for the past few summers (see: crochet and bucket hats), this joy-inducing knit hat from Ganni is a must-have as we move deeper into spring. With a combo of bright yellow and neutrals, it’ll flatter a variety of items in your closet, plus it comes in clutch on extra-windy days.
Sandy Liang Olive Vest in Terrazzo Blue, $525
We love a vest moment, especially when Sandy Liang is behind it. This unisex fleece vest is available in combos like blue and olive, moss yellow, and pink and acid green, making for an unconventional mix of colours that is sure to brighten your mood (and everyone else’s mood, too.)
Adidas X Gucci Women’s Gazelle Sneaker, $1100 CAD
Adidas Sambas are one of the buzziest shoes of the season, but we’ve got our eye on the Gazelle, especially when it comes to the latest Adidas x Gucci drop. With a distinctly retro look and design elements pulled from both brands, this hybrid sneaker is one for the books.
Simone Rocha Pink Embellished Socks, $475 CAD
Fact: fun socks are transitional wardrobe staples. Another fact: luxury socks will make you feel 100% better about life when it’s still kinda mucky outside. If you’re looking to indulge in some cloudy weather-induced retail therapy, Simone Rocha’s ultra-feminine embellished socks will certainly do the trick.
Arc’teryx Cerium Hoody, $500 CAD
There are some days when you’ll still need to whip out a parka (sorry!), but that doesn’t mean it needs to take up a significant portion of your closet. This super lightweight down piece from Arc’teryx will keep you protected from the residual chill of winter without cramping your spring style.
Reebok Club C Extra, $130 CAD
A transitional closet needs a basic white sneaker. Why? Because it will never fail you—it goes with simply everything. Reebok’s Club C extra is available in five classic looks (all featuring the signature platform) that will carry you through the season with ease.
Nobis Ivy Ladies Tailored Trench Coat, $795 CAD
What’s a winter-to-spring closet without a trench? This rain-friendly option from Nobis includes a retractable hood, protective wind flap and lightweight lining to keep you dry—and stylish—as you power through April showers.