9 Layering Essentials To Make Tricky Spring Dressing A Breeze

Transitioning from season to season can be a real pain. It's cold one minute, hot the next, then it starts to rain...

Basically, weather can be annoyingly unpredictable and temperamental. If you've ever been caught in the rain without an umbrella or left the nail salon in flip flops only to find that it's started snowing, then you can attest to this. It would be ideal if you could carry around a Mary Poppins-style purse to hide a few outfit changes, but for all of us with un-enchanted bags, it never hurts to wear something with flexibility — especially when we're in between seasons.

We still have a ways to go before summer is officially here, but we are getting a smattering of sunshiny days here and there (okay, except for yesterday's soaking showers in NYC). Click through for 9 essential pieces to that'll help you transition from spring into summer.

by Julia Friedman

Chambray Button Down

Swap your cardigan for a denim shirt. A simple chambray looks great over any tee, tank, or floral sundress. Leave it unbuttoned for a completely casual look.

True Religion Utility Shirt, $148,

Flannel Shirt

Or, try a flannel button down. It’ll keep you a bit warmer than the chambray, and has a cool, grungy vibe.

Pop Boutique Check Flannel Shirt, $45,

Textured Tights

Excited to finally break out the shorts, but still a bit chilly? No worries, just layer some tights underneath! I love this textured pair.

Cashmere Lace Knit Tights, $81,

Printed Scarf

A scarf is the perfect springtime accessory, as long as it’s lightweight and colorful. Sea creatures are always appropriate for summer!

Thomaspaul Amalfi Whale Cotton Voile Shawl, $65,

Neutral Trench

It’s time to ditch the heavy winter coats in lieu of something lighter. The pop of neon color on this coat makes it stand out in a sea of taupe trenches.

Sandy Short Contrast Trenchcoat, $56,

Bright Shawl

A lightweight shawl doubles as a neck scarf and wrap. Perfect for layering on a night out!

Aqua Solid Lightweight Wrap Scarf, $101,

Duster Cardigan

This long, light, and button-less cardigan slips easily over any outfit. Plus, the length makes it feel trendier than your average coverup.

Noisy May Longline Cardigan, $69,

Pastel Jacket

We love the contrast of this short jacket’s thick weight and soft, pale yellow color. It’s prefect for staying warm on the still-surprisingly-chilly nights and keeping in the spirit of the season.

Yellow Boucle Coatigan, $110,

Floral Leggings

Floral leggings are a refreshing change from traditional black. Layer under your favorite summer dresses until the weather warms up for a 90s-throwback vibe.

Stylementor Elastic-Waist Floral Patterned Leggings, $18,