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8 Cold Spring Outfits To Wear While You Wait for the Weather To Warm Up

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Sadly, the arrival of spring doesn’t always mean warm weather. Not only is this disappointing, but it makes spring dressing quite the challenge! Some days the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, but other days it’s rainy and chilly. To prepare for this weather, you will need to know how to style a few “cold spring outfits” this season. These outfits are not going to be the heavy-duty jackets and puffer coats you wore in winter. Instead, they are lightweight but still warm enough to get you through. Here are cold spring outfit formulas to wear in this unpredictable season!

What to Consider When Picking Cold Spring Outfits

Colors: Instead of winter emerald green and wine red hues, opt for fresh and fun colors. Just because the weather in spring gets cold doesn’t mean that you still can’t rock sweet pastels or fresh neutrals. Try a ballet pink cardigan or sage green trench coat to give your outfit some warmth.

A Light Jacket: Beat the cold spring weather with a trench coat, biker jacket, denim jacket, or blazer. These are timeless choices that will shield you from the elements.

Trousers: Jeans or pants in light fabrics are great for spring. Neutral hues are a safe bet as they pair well with anything in your closet.

Skirts: You might not be ready to show off your legs just yet, but you can still rock skirts in a midi length or long maxi silhouette. Opt for lightweight fabrics like cotton or satin. Or try out this season’s classic piece that’s trending again – the maxi denim skirt!

Shirts: Button-down shirts are always a good idea! They are easy to layer with spring jackets and look chic with straight-leg jeans.

1. trench coat + button-down shirt + straight-leg jeans + ankle boots

cold spring outfits

trench coat | shirt | jeans | boots | bag

Wearing a trench coat is always a good idea in spring. Not only is it a great way of staying warm in the unpredictable spring weather, but it helps to instantly elevate a spring look!

When paired with a white button-down shirt and jeans, an outfit looks polished and chic. Give this cold spring outfit the perfect finishing touch by wearing ankle boots. They are perfect to wear if it’s too cold to wear open-toed shoes, but they are not as hot as snow boots.

2. floral dress + biker jacket + straw bag + loafers

cold spring outfits

dress | biker jacket | straw bag | loafers

It seems like everyone else is wearing spaghetti-strap floral dresses, so why shouldn’t you? After all, easy sundresses are a must-have piece for a spring wardrobe! Though unfortunately for us, these women donning breezy spring dresses usually live in warmer climates.

To adapt this style for a cold spring outfit, layer on a leather jacket to keep you shielded from the cold. The jacket will also add an edgy finish to your ultra-feminine piece. If it’s too chilly to slip on sandals, black loafers would be great to pair with your dress. This footwear is great for adding a preppy touch to a spring look. Round off your look by accessorizing with a spring-ready straw bag to add that warm weather touch.

3. sweater + leggings + ankle boots + sunglasses

cold spring outfits

sweater | jacket | leggings | flats | sunglasses | purse

Too cold to wear spring dresses and show off your bare legs? Consider this outfit idea! Leggings are a great spring piece when the temperatures are low. They will give you coverage but are not so thick you’ll overheat.

Pair the leggings with an oversized sweater. It will feel like a hug on a cold spring day. Elevate this spring look with ballet flats. And finally, complete your outfit with black sunglasses for a cool look.

4. cardigan + white t-shirt + pants + sneakers

cold spring outfits

cardigan | white tee | pants | sneakers | bag

A classic beige cardigan is a wardrobe must-have because of how versatile it is. Layer it over a white t-shirt for some warmth. The hues of the cardigan and white tee are the perfect shades for spring – warm and fresh.

If it’s too cold to wear a short skirt with your t-shirt, wear trousers instead. Consider matching your pants with the other neutral hues in your outfit for a seamless look. To add interest to your all-neutral outfit, finish off your look with jewelry and a straw bag.

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5. white t-shirt + slip skirt + trench coat + sneakers

cold spring outfits

t-shirt | skirt | coat | sneakers

Snap yourself out of the winter blues by wearing some color! Now, I love neutrals as much as the next classic gal, but I’ve found that even incorporating a soft sage green (which is basically a neutral) can do wonders for the spirit.

Take inspiration from the new life around you and dress up in a green slip skirt. After spending winter in thick pants, you’ll love spending your spring days in a silky, soft skirt. A pair of minimalist sneakers add a nice casual contrast to the skirt.

Complete the look with your outerwear of choice – whether that be a moto jacket for an edgy vibe or a trench coat for a chic twist.

6. floral top + straight-leg jeans + blue blazer + ballet flats

cold spring outfits

top | jeans | blazer | flats | bag

Spring prints like florals are so romantic and classy to wear. And one of the best ways to showcase florals is in a puff sleeve floral top. Add a little bit of structure (and warmth) to your outfit with a coordinating blazer.

Throw on some straight-leg jeans to give your look a laid-back touch. Complete your beautiful spring outfit with beige ballet flats for a Parisian chic finish. This type of look would be perfect for grabbing brunch with friends.

7. slip dress + cardigan + ballet flats

cold spring outfits

dress | cardigan | flats | bag

It’s time to put your fall and winter velvet dresses away to make room for slip dresses! Just like the slip skirt, its versatility lends itself to so many outfit opportunities, like this outfit idea.

Layer on a cardigan over a slip dress for some warmth and style. But don’t put on any ordinary cardigan, try floral. This print is a spring hero. It’s fun, classic, and very spring-y. For a Parisian chic touch, accessorize with black oval sunglasses. Finish your look with quilted ballet flats that have a practical yet polished look.

8. pink striped shirt + straight leg jeans + white blazer + ballet flats

cold spring outfits

shirt | jeans | blazer | flats | earrings

This outfit is for all those wanting to add more candy-colored hues to their outfits this season! Sweeten up your cold winter outfit with soft, pastel spring colors. Trade your basic white t-shirt with a pink striped shirt for a more fun spring look.

Layer on a refreshing white sweater blazer. Lastly, add some balance to your look by wearing blue-wash straight-leg jeans. Consider wearing this chic and stylish look to upcoming spring get-togethers.

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Spring weather is not always as predictable as summer. Especially when you live in the midwest. It’s not uncommon to still be experiencing winter temperatures in March and even April. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for the weather to get the memo to rock some spring fashion. Just keep these cold spring outfits on standby!

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.