It might be chilly in the morning, but we're edging ever closer to realtime spring, and we'll be damned if we spend a minute more in sombre winter coats and tired woollen scarves. There's our big shakedown of the S/S 20 trends you can mull over for high-fashion inspiration, but we're aware that before such advanced outfit stages, a few practical micro-tweaks can be made so you feel up to speed.
From the achievable level of bare-leg exposure (we don't think anyone is ready for full thigh in this weather) to the simple coat switch you can employ for instant warmer-weather power, we've worked out the seven easy moves a girl can make to shift into gear right now. Many of these swaps include pieces you'll have languishing at the back of your wardrobe. Just in case, I've added a few shopping options, but feel free to peruse your own rails for the easiest updates.
Keep reading to see what you should put on hold until next winter and what you should wear instead.
Store Away: Winter Hats
Start Wearing: Hair Accessories
Style Notes: This year's statement earrings are basically hair clips—the more barrettes, the better.
Style Notes: If waving goodbye to 60 deniers seems daunting, take a two-step approach to ease in: A below-the-knee skirt and closed-toe shoes or boots will still feel on the sensible side of spring.
Style Notes: Opt for a belted and boots. This is a combination that can be easily tweaked well into the summer.
Store Away: Puffer Coats
Start Wearing: Trench Coats
Style Notes: Wave buh-bye to feather-down outerwear and instantly upgrade any look into spring territory with the simple swap of a trench coat you can still layer under.
Style Notes: Fluid trenches feel significantly airier than any winter coat but will still look the part with denim and knitwear.
Style Notes: One of the boldest spring moves you can make is to wear a single colour head-to-toe. We were sceptical about pistachio to begin with, but this is rather beguiling.
Store Away: Dark Jeans
Start Wearing: Ecru Denim
Style Notes: With khaki chinos and neutral denim taking up two important sports in the trouser-trend leaderboard this season, we urge you to put indigo jeans aside for a moment and try out something different like a full-on ecru-and-camel look.
Style Notes: Basically take whatever you would have worn with your regular jeans and swap in for white, cream or ecru.
Store Away: Chunky Knits
Start Wearing: Slim Turtleneck Tops
Store Away: Black Ankle Boots
Start Wearing: White Footwear
Store Away: Heavy Leather
Start Wearing: Soft Suede
Style Notes: There's no denying that leather looks luxe, but as soon as the days start to brighten, it begins to look too weighty. Instead, change it up with suede finished that are softer to style.
Style Notes: Bright hues loan themselves well to leather thanks to their muted finish, but there's nothing more timeless than tan or beige.
Style Notes: Leopard print will forever be a fashion mainstay, but its muddy colour palette often feels wintry. What better excuse do you need to reinstate polka dots into your daily wares?
Style Notes: Polka dots are a huge trend for spring/summer, particularly when they're set against bold hues.