Tops that Work in the Winter and Spring: What to Look for + How to Style Them for Different Seasons

Tops for Winter to Spring: What to Look For and How to Style

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I LOVE having a wardrobe that works easily and allows you to do more with less, and I know you want that too. So, let’s talk about tops that work in the winter and spring! I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle to share what I look for in tops so that I can easily wear them in both seasons and talk through how to style them for winter and spring respectively.

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Alright, let’s talk about tops that you can transition easily from winter to spring and what to look for!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

What to Look for in Tops that Work in Both Winter and Spring

There are two key things I look for when searching for tops that work in both winter and spring.

First is that the color works with both my winter and spring color palettes. For me, usually tops in softer neutrals do the trick. They work with my darker winter colors and my lighter spring palettes.

Second, I look for tops in a medium weight fabric. If it’s too thick, I’ll overheat in the spring. If it’s too thin, I’ll be cold in the winter. A medium weight is great for spring but can also be worn over and under other layers to make it warmer for winter.

I’ll share two tops that fit this criteria, and I’ll show them each in winter and spring looks. I’ll also round up a few more options at the bottom of this post.

Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: grey puff shoulder top + light brown corduroy skinny pants + black ankle boots + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + black jacketNicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: grey puff shoulder top + light brown corduroy skinny pants + black ankle boots + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + black jacket side view

First up is this adorable puff shoulder top! This top is VERY COMFY, made of material that feels like a t-shirt, but it’s fairly thick so it’s a great weight for spring that can also be layered over and under things for winter. It’s on the pricier side, but it’s super SOFT and STRETCHY and feels really good. This top makes you look like you’re dressed up, but you’ll feel REALLY comfortable. I LOVE tops like that! It’s also incredibly versatile. You can wear it for casual and work outfits, and you’ll be able to wear it in the winter and spring! It comes in 4 colors, HERE. I wear size S. Definitely worth checking out if you need a top that works a ton of different ways and feels comfortable!

For a look in colder months, I paired it with pants that have a heavier texture, like these STRETCHY corduroy pants! They come in 10 colors, HERE. I’ve shared these before, and the texture makes them great for “winterizing” pieces, regardless of whether the color is darker or lighter! I wear those in size 4.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jacket: Nordstrom (similar)
Corduroys: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4)
Black Booties: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9; similar)
Grey Crossbody: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact

 

Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: grey puff shoulder top + washed black skinny ankle jeans + tan suede ankle boots + gold pendant necklace + black tote bag + black jacket

For another casual look with this top, pair it with black jeans and booties! These jeans are by my favorite super duper comfortable brand, Wit & Wisdom. This pair is very stretchy throughout the legs but is a little thicker and helps you feel a little more supported than some of the other pairs. It also has the ultra-comfy stretchy waistband that I can’t live without! Check out the jeans HERE. I wear size 4.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jacket: Nordstrom (similar)
Black Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4)
Tan Booties: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9; similar, similar)
Black Tote Bag: Nordstrom (exact; similar, similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact

You can also wear this top for winter in a really cute outfit for work with plaid trousers like THESE and THESE. By the way, this brand has INCREDIBLY comfortable work pants, so definitely check them out!

 

Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: cream cropped sweater + dark wash bootcut jeans + cognac ankle boots + gold pendant necklace + cognac tote bag Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: cream cropped sweater + dark blue bootcut jeans + cognac boots + gold pendant necklace + tan tote bag Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: cream cropped sweater + dark blue bootcut jeans + cognac boots + gold pendant necklace + tan tote bag close up

Another top that transitions seamlessly from winter to spring is this sweater! It’s SOFT and COZY without being super heavy. It’s a medium thickness, but it feels very lightweight and easy to wear. And, it’s ONLY $16.97 right now!! It’s somewhat cropped at 20” long, which is a fairly popular style these days that works well with high waisted bottoms and create a fresh and modern silhouette. This color is another great example of something that works with darker colors for winter and lighter colors in the spring, and I’ll show you both in a bit! Check out the sweater and grab it while it’s on sale, HERE.

If you’re interested in a similar sweater that’s NOT cropped, try THIS one. The “Tan Boulder” color is very similar, but it’s much longer at 27″. I reviewed it once before, and it’s really SOFT and cozy and comes in 6 colors, HERE. I wear this in size S.

For a winter look, I paired the sweater with dark wash bootcut jeans and booties. These are my favorite bootcut jeans, as they are also SOFT and STRETCHY with the super comfy stretchy elastic waistband! Sizes are limited at the moment, but I’ve seen them fully restocked time and time again, so check for them HERE. I size up to 8 in these for a better fit around my thighs. However, other PMT readers who don’t have as full of thighs as I do have stuck with their regular size (which means I would have worn size 6).

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S; similar—I wear size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 8)
Booties: Nordstrom (similar)
Tote Bag: Nordstrom (exact; similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact

For other winter looks, you can pair this with the stretchy corduroy pants I mentioned earlier. Those things are really versatile!

 

Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: grey puff shoulder top + medium raw hem jeans + white slip-on sneakers + gold pendant necklace + tan tote bag + green jacket Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: grey puff shoulder top + medium raw hem jeans + white slip-on sneakers + gold pendant necklace + tan tote bag + green jacket close up Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: gray puff shoulder top + medium raw hem jeans Wit & Wisdom + white slip-on sneakers + gold long pendant necklace + tan tote shoulder bag + green jacket side view

Come spring, wear these tops with lighter colors on the bottom and shoes that don’t appear as heavy to easily create spring outfits!

Above, I’m showing the grey puff shoulder top with medium wash denim that has a raw hem, and I finished it off with white slip-on sneakers. Gotta love how easy it is to lighten up a color like this for a springy outfit!

BTW, these jeans are AWESOME! They are soooooo stinking comfortable! They are incredibly stretchy and VERY SOFT! They are one of my go-to pairs of jeans for spring, and I’m so glad they’re available again! Also, they have a super stretchy elastic waistband, which provides the ultimate comfort. LOVE THEM! Check them out HERE. I wear size 6.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jacket: (similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 6)
White Sneakers: (similar)
Tote Bag: Nordstrom (exact; similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 

Nicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: cream cropped sweater + olive green skinny ankle pants + leopard print flats + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bagNicer Casual Outfit Winter and Spring: cream cropped sweater + olive green skinny ankle pants + leopard print flats + gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag side view

Here is the sweater in a spring look with chinos in a medium to lighter green. This is a great combo for relaxed work looks.

I’ve shared these pants before, and they are also VERY comfy! The legs are really stretchy, and these also have a comfy, stretchy elastic waistband! This color just got RESTOCKED, and it’s GREAT for spring! There are also lots of other colors, which you can check out HERE. I wear size 4. See other ways I’ve worn these pants HERE.

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S; similar)
Pants: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4)
Leopard Flats: (similar)
Grey Crossbody: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Necklace: (similar)

And there you have it! Having a closet that is full of pieces that serve multiple purposes is awesome, so check out some of these pieces to build your versatile wardrobe!

 

More Tops That Work in the Winter and Spring

Here are more tops that you can wear in both winter and spring. They’ll work well with several of the example bottoms for winter that I shared in this post, like dark wash jeans and corduroys. And, they’ll work for the examples of spring bottoms that I shared, like the super comfy raw hem jeans and chinos. Check out the options in the widget below:

 


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