Step into the sun: Transition into springtime with these in-between-seasons fashion tips

Nice weather never comes fast enough in Central New York. Look fresh as a daisy but keep warm this Spring with these transitional weather fashion tips.

Spring in Syracuse encompasses all types of weather. Temperatures linger in the lower 20s at the beginning of the week, but by Friday they climb to the 50s. There may be snow in the morning, sun by mid afternoon, and hail by nightfall. With fluctuating temperatures and bitter cold winds, deciding what to wear becomes a challenge. Mother Nature forces students to dress for bipolar temperatures and weather conditions, which often leaves them confused in a heaping pile of clothes. Make the transition from winter to spring smooth and stylish by incorporating layers. Follow these five tips to look springtime ready, despite the stubborn weather.


These soft tints instantly take any look from winter to spring. You can go bold or subtle with this trend, depending on your individual style. Paint your nails with a pastel color, or rock pastel colored accessories such as jewelry or a tote bag. For a bolder statement, wear pastel cropped pants either tucked into boots, or paired with a classic pair of Converse or Sperry Top-Siders (depending on the weather that day). Even when temperatures reside in winter, you can rock pastels with your cold weather wardrobe to help transition into spring.


Scarves are the perfect accessories in winter and spring. When the wind is whipping in the morning, drape a scarf around your neck to help lock in body heat. The best thing about a scarf is that you can easily take it off if the weather warms up without detracting from your look. Rather than wrapping yourself in a chunky knitted scarf, sport a light weight one in a vibrant color or print to bring your ensemble to life. You could also tie it to your bag to bring a feminine feel to your look. 


Unique prints and patterns facilitate an eclectic style with minimal effort. Florals are an easy way to welcome spring even when you’re layered up. Wear a floral dress with a pair of sheer tights and flats for a romantic look, or ankle boots to help ground the flirty ensemble. Layer on a sweater for extra warmth, or bare your arms under the (rare) sun. Try a pair of Aztec leggings balanced with a simple top and zip-up hoodie for a casual look, perfect for lounging on the quad. If you get too hot, lose a layer; if you get too cold, zip up! Prints and patterns bring life to any outfit and help spice up drab winter wear.

Ankle Boots

Seamlessly transition into spring by swapping your calf-length boots for a pair that hit at your ankle. The shorter staff length welcomes the (sometimes) warmer weather while still protecting your feet during the cooler evening temperatures. Their versatility makes them a great go-to for the season. Toughen up a whimsical sundress with a pair of moto ankle boots and a leather jacket. Go for a military-inspired look with combat boots, skinny jeans, and an army green fatigue jacket. These boots are made for transitioning.  


From winter to spring, sunglasses are a must. The sun may engulf the campus it’s warm rays one minute, and then hide behind ominous clouds an hour later, so be prepared with a cool pair of shades. Aviators are a classic style and add a cool vibe to your look. Wear an oversized pair for a chic feel, or go beachy with some wayfarers. When the sun’s not out or you’re inside, use them as headband to bring a laid back feeling to your outfit. No matter what your style, there is a pair of shades to match. 

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