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4 transitional outfit ideas for spring 2021

These outfits will put a spring in your step.

Last Updated on March 1, 2021

March is upon us, bringing with it that awkward transitional period that leaves us scratching our head as we get dressed every day.

The weather is warming up, the days are longer and we’ve got our sights firmly set on our spring summer wardrobe.

However despite us willing spring to come, it’s not quite warm enough to dig out our mini skirts and summer sandals just yet. Coats are still very much a necessity and we’re holding onto our chunky boots for now.

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This awkward time in-between winter and summer is always tricky, so we’ve put together four transitional outfits to inspire you ahead of the warm weather.

Whether you’re looking for printed dungarees, knitted co-ords or floral dresses, there’s something for everyone here.

The Zara Playsuit

Medium Ridge Hoop Earrings, £125, Lucy Williams x Missoma; Oversized Trench Coat, £150, Cos; Chunky-soled Loafers, £24.99, H&M; Boucle playsuit, Zara;Cateye sunglasses Hm

Medium Ridge Hoop Earrings, £125, Lucy Williams x Missoma – buy now

Sunglasses, £6.99, H&M – buy now

Oversized Trench Coat, £150, Cos – buy now

Playsuit, £49.99, Zara – buy now

Chunky-soled Loafers, £24.99, H&M – buy now

This bouclé playsuit from Zara is perfect for the transitional period.

Puff sleeves are set to be big for summer, but the tweed will keep you warm.

Those brave enough to go bare legged can team with a trench coat and chunky loafers, or add tights for colder days.

The Knitted Co-ord

El Valle Check Jacquard Knit Top, Puerto Check Jacquard Knit Trousers,Paloma Wool; Billow Posy Bag, £99, Hvisk; Blue mules, hm

El Valle Check Jacquard Knit Top, £115, Paloma Wool – buy now

Puerto Check Jacquard Knit Trousers, £120, Paloma Wool – buy now

Billow Posy Bag, £99, Hvisk – buy now

Mules, £17.99, H&M – buy now

Ideal for milder weather, this knitted co-ord packs a sixties-style punch.

It nods to both the checkerboard and monochrome trends that we’ll see this year, but keeps you covered for extra warmth.

Add colourful accessories to the look to keep it interesting.

The Floral Dress

Dress, £265, Rixo;Alpaca Blend Turtleneck Knit Sweater, £75, & Other Stories; Nereida Earrings, £16, Beaches & Cream; West Beige Boots, £116, Alohas; Carly Saddle Bag, £70, JW Pei

Dress, £265, Rixo – buy now

Alpaca Blend Turtleneck Knit Sweater, £75, & Other Stories – buy now

Nereida Earrings, £16, Beaches & Cream – buy now

West Beige Boots, £116, Alohas – buy now

Carly Saddle Bag, £70, JW Pei – buy now

Despite what Miranda Priestley once said, you can’t go wrong with florals for spring.

This year, it’s all about big, bold florals that make an impact – but if you’re not quite ready for spring dresses, add a knit and boots.


Reef Zebra-print Denim Dungarees, House of Sunny; Leather Overshirt, £250, Cos; Verena Ribbed Turtleneck, £18, Weekday; Chunky Leather Oxfords, £120, & Other Stories; Round Flip Up Sunglasses, £35, Spitfire Lennon at ASOS; Elemental Hoops, £59, Astrid & Miyu

Reef Zebra-print Denim Dungarees, £140, House of Sunny – buy now

Leather Overshirt, £250, Cos – buy now

Verena Ribbed Turtleneck, £18, Weekday – buy now

Chunky Leather Oxfords, £120, & Other Stories – buy now

Round Flip Up Sunglasses, £35, Spitfire Lennon at ASOS – buy now

Elemental Hoops, £59, Astrid & Miyu – buy now

Prepare to see this pair of House of Sunny dungarees all over your Instagram feed and for good reason.

Part of the new collection labelled Ride A White Swan, it’s an item that can be worn all year round.

It can be worn with a bra top in summer and a chunky knit in winter, while you can wear it over a pastel roll neck during this transitional period.

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