Dressing for Spring: 5 Tips for Dealing With Indecisive Weather

Whether you’re contemplating how to upgrade your wardrobe for spring, or trying to pull together a capsule wardrobe that will get you through the season, there’s a big wild card that can make it difficult to figure out what you need: the weather. When the weather is indecisive and the morning light ambiguous, it can be difficult to figure out how to dress for a spring day, let alone to figure out what you’re going to need in advance. It’s obvious that layering is crucial on days when the weather won’t make up its mind, but what else do you need for those unpredictable spring days? Here are five things you need to know about dressing for indecisive spring weather.

1. Mid-weight layers are key

men wearing layered clothes and watching a show

This group of men wearing layers has the right idea. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Ask any guy how to deal with unpredictable weather and he’ll probably tell you that layers are key. But exactly what kind of layers are best to have on hand to get through the spring? Mid-weight layers, which will keep you warm without adding lots of bulk, are important. Go for mid-weight jackets, which, depending on your style, can include a shirt jacket, a denim jacket, a field jacket, or a utility jacket. You’re looking for jackets that offer a bit of warmth on their own, but will look equally good paired with a lightweight button-front shirt or tee on a sunny afternoon as they will worn over a chunky cardigan on a particularly cold morning.

If your wardrobe is already well-equipped for the transitional weather you experienced last fall, chances are pretty good that you won’t need to upgrade to a new jacket (unless there’s a style you’ve been itching to try). Other layers that are often less expensive to purchase are the shirts you’ll be layering under your jacket. While you might be tempted to break out the short-sleeve tees that haven’t seen the light of day since last summer, it’s a good idea to go for something a little bit warmer. Long-sleeve tees, thermal henleys, and lightweight sweaters are all comfortable pieces that can keep you warm on a windy day without feeling like the heavy sweaters and thick layers you wore all winter.

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