After a few months of bitter cold (and a bland winter wardrobe to boot) it's time to start brightening up your closet and move into spring. We may not be ready for shorts and tees, but bright transitional pieces will make you feel like warmer weather is right around the corner. Runway inspiration (from left): Valentino, Marni, DKNY
1. Etre Cecile sweater ($427; matchesfashion.com)
A super bold sweater feels great if you've been relying on neutrals this winter. Layer it over a crisp white turtleneck on chilly days and push up the sleeves when the weather warms up.
2. Zara dress ($80; zara.com)
A long-sleeve dress is one of my favorite transitional pieces. This loud print pairs beautifully with a camel coat-- the perfect balance of function (you'll be warm) and fashion (a nod to the '70s trend). In the summer, pair it with flat tan sandals.
3. Madewell jacket ($110; madewell.com)
Denim took over the spring 2015 runways. This kimono-style denim jacket is easy and stylish. Wear it under a wool coat as a layering piece or on its own as an alternative to the traditional denim jacket on warmer days.
4. Topshop dress ($95; topshop.com)
Stripes this season have made a fresh new statement. The graphic print over a black turtleneck and black opaque tights will make the stripes pop.
5. MSGM skirt ($312; matchesfashion.com)
A graphic floral print is bold and an obvious choice for spring. For cold weather, try it with gray ribbed tights, a gray coat, and a bright colored bag to tie everything together.
6. Raey sweater ($284; matchesfashion.com)
Layer it under a white button-down, tie it around your waist, or throw it over shoulders—this bright yellow knit will remind you of sunny days regardless of how you wear it.
7. Tibi trousers ($325; net-a-porter.com)
Nothing says spring like white trousers. The skinny black stripes on this Tibi pair make them easy to pair with a black cashmere turtleneck.