Style options for weather, season shift

The weather has become bipolar as spring approaches. While this winter to spring transformation period makes picking out an outfit painstakingingly difficult, there are some key items that serve as practical options for both seasons that offer the warmth without the bulk. Here are five must-have transitional pieces for men and women to segue smoothly into spring.

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Chunky Cardigan
There is nothing cozier than a fuzzy sweater to snuggle up in. Chunky cardigans are a great option because they are easy to take off and put on, so you can throw one on as you please. Wear it over a pair of skinny jeans and simple tee for an effortless chic look — perfect for that walk to class in the chilly morning.

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 Cropped Trousers
It’s not yet time to break out the jean shorts but also no longer appropriate for heavy-duty denim. The perfect compromise? A pair of classic cropped trousers. Style the versatile piece with a pair of leather oxfords for warmer days and opt for a pair of short booties for cooler ones.

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Leather Jacket
The winter to spring transition period is the perfect time for this wardrobe staple to be dusted off and worn. When it’s too hot for a wool coat but too cold for the light cotton jacket, this option offers the best of both worlds. One can never go wrong with a perfectly broken in leather jacket. Pair it with a feminine blouse for an edgy contrast or a thin knit for a classic cool look.

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Ankle Boots
While our trusted leather boots got us through the slushy streets of winter, it’s time to trade those in for something a bit less functional and a bit more trendy. Ankle boots are the perfect choice — they still cover enough to ward off the cold without the extra weight. For the ladies, bare some legs by pairing ankle boots with your favorite dress. As for the lads, try them out with a pair of cuffed pants.

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Oversized Scarf
The bigger the better. The perfect transition scarf is one that’s light in material but large in size. It’s convenient to wrap it around a number of times for some added cozy warmth during chillier nights, but it’s equally as easy to drape it over your neck as the perfect accessory for sunnier days. Opt for scarves featuring popular spring trends such as stripes and colorful graphic patterns.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 5 print edition. Marina Zheng is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]