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Style rules for transitioning into Spring summer

This week I finally went outside without my Winter coat on! Enough was enough, it's April and I was still wearing my winter scarf round my neck and sometimes even putting my woolie hat on. BUT then the sun came out and I feel I can finally move forward towards Spring style.

With it being so cold it's hard to make that transition from Winter to Summer without feeling the chill. So if the thought of trying to give your winter pieces a spring-appropriate umph is overwhelming, I'm here to share with you my style tips on how to transition your daily wardrobe from the big freeze to the well, slightly milder change without a complete wardrobe overhaul.

1. Double jacket

It's jacket season, but the key to keeping warm is layering your jackets up on top of each other. My favourite is wearing my black biker jacket underneath my khaki parka, leather is warm and always instyle as it can be teamed with anything. Bomber jackets are also good for layering, put your denim jacket on underneath one and you have two great layers to keep you warm. Failing the double jacket look, you can invest in a lightweight Summer duster coat that will see you through Spring, Summer at Autumn, my bright yellow one is my go-to piece for this time of year.

2. Layer-up

Layers, layers and more layers is currently my unofficial motto! So to ensure you beat the April showers and are prepared for glorious sunshine, in equal measure, use what you already have in your wardrobe to keep you warm underneath your lightweight jacket. Wear your stripe tee, with a denim shirt, thrown over the top is a sweater all worn underneath your bomber jacket.

3. Scarves

The key to transitional dressing is being prepared for all the elements – the Great British weather means having sunnies and an umbrella on you at all times. Ensure you always have an extra layer of warmth with a chic lightweight scarf – opt for neutral hues that are ready to be paired with any look, and tie around your bag when you don’t need it for an extra accessories injection.

Jigsaw floral print scarf, £49.00

Jigsaw floral print scarf, £49.00

Zara stripe cotton scarf, £17.99

Zara stripe cotton scarf, £17.99

Becksondergaard Scarf, The Dressing Room £65.00

Becksondergaard Scarf, The Dressing Room £65.00

4. Get rid of the winter boots

Pop those Winter boots back in the cupboard for next year and it's time to get the flats out. I am currently living in my trainers, brogues and loafers to update my look, but I can't wait to move into my ballerina flats and espadrilles when it does eventually get warmer (see next week's blog on Summer's hottest shoe trends). From lace-up flats, a now familiar sight on shop floors, to pretty scallop-edged pumps, there are numerous offerings to give your wardrobe an injection of femininity. If you’re after a more androgynous look, invest in a pair of tassel-detailed brogues.

5. Add some colour!

Desperate to ditch the black and winter hues in favour of something brighter but aren’t quite ready to go the whole hog in bold colours? Injecting colour into your wardrobe now will brighten up your mood and your style. Last week I blogged about colour and what colours can do for you if you wear the right ones. Add a touch of Rosa Quartz to your look. A hot colour trend this season (see last week's blog post), give the feminine tint an edge by teaming it with an otherwise monochrome look – from a pale pink coat to a candyfloss knit, it’s the perfect spring shade to bring your wardrobe up to date.

Cos Coat £150.00

Cos Coat £150.00

Zara Asymmetrical blazer £69.99

Zara Asymmetrical blazer £69.99

Oasis paper bag trousers £40.00

Oasis paper bag trousers £40.00

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Edits 5 essential winter pieces

Edits list of 5 pieces that you need for winter to update your wardrobe.

1: The Bag

The backpack has made a comeback this year. Not only are they stylish, but they’re great for back health too. We all know that we carry everything we need, what our kids need and what we don’t need, and this often leads to heavy bags. A backpack will distribute the weight evenly over the shoulders, as opposed to one arm or shoulder taking the load. So, really it’s a matter of health that you buy a rucksack this season. This Reiss Iris Shearling Rucksack is black and made of gorgeous soft leather. This stylish bag has a drawstring top, folds over and secures with a gold metal plaque and popper. It has a single shoulder strap to the top and detachable double straps to the back.

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    See Fern Cotton rocking this trend with her  Beara Beara  rucksack.

See Fern Cotton rocking this trend with her Beara Beara rucksack.

2: The Fur Coat

Just as the name suggests this Furry Floss Jacket in Chocolate Raccoon by Unreal Fur is made from a soft modal blended fabric but has the same appearance and feel of real fur. Wear yours over your LBD for a sophisticated evening style or for a casual look with Jeans and biker boots. This will keep you warm all winter long.

Furry Floss Faux Fur Jacket. Available at The Dressing Room

3: The Boots

The biker boot is this season's choice for everyday wear. Studs and zip detailing make these boots even more desirable. Team with skinny jeans or add an edge to your look with tights and winter dresses.

Sam Edelman Black Bevin Biker Boot available at Anna

See how the celebrities are wearing them on the elleuk.com blog

4: The Skirt

This is the new must-have shape; this circle skirt in faux leather is the perfect wardrobe update. Leather Luxe is one of this season’s hottest trends. This midi length skirt will look great with any bright coloured tee, shell top or knitwear piece for daywear. Alternatively it can be dressed up for evening with a glam top, statement necklace and high heels. Wear this essential skirt shape season after season.

See the catwalk inspiration for this season’s hottest piece of clothing on the Guardian fashion pages

5: The Scarf

Becksondergaard Supersize nova scarf available at  Atterley Road

Becksondergaard Supersize nova scarf available at Atterley Road

A BeckSondergaard scarf has become an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe and addition to any look. Dappled in oversized stars, this burgundy Supersized Nova scarf instantly injects a new season feel. Bang on trend with the colour combination of maroon and grey this can make any plain top look exciting. Wear in the daytime for a stylish injection of chic or wear for an evening with friends and I guarantee everyone will ask you where your scarf is from.

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