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What To Wear When You’re Freezing…But You Know, Fashion – Transitioning To Spring Style

So, this is karma’s way of kicking my butt for constantly slagging winter ALL THE TIME. While shopping for coats a couple of months ago, I only had one requirement: CUTE. I was sick of looking dumpy in my overstuffed parka. I wanted to swan around in the dead of winter actually looking like a fashion blogger as opposed to a person not suffering from hypothermia. Sigh – maybe spring style was clouding my judgment.

While cruising the Zaful site, I spotted a white, black and red wool coat that fit the “style bill”. I quickly ordered it as the price was right and a couple of weeks later, it arrived on my doorstep.

Dom Wearing Spring Coat
Dom Wearing Spring Coat


Coat – Zaful (sold out – similar here) | Black Knit Sweater – Shein | Boyfriend Jeans – Rag & Bone | Boots – L’Intervalle (similar here)| Watch – Daniel Wellington | Initial Necklace – The Righthand Gal

When I tried it on, I was saddened to see that it had bracelet-length sleeves. F*CK. Where am I going to wear this?? It’s frigid outside. I mean, I could throw on my long, black cashmere gloves to make up for the missing fabric and shield my poor forearms from flash-freezing in Ottawa.

Still, I was pissed. Long gloves just won’t cut it during the nuclear winter months of January, February and March. I frankly HATE this particular bracelet-length cut because I’m always cold. Bracelet sleeves should be left to J.Crew’s popular Tippi Sweaters and that is it. OK. Rant over. After calming down, I realized that this look would be perfect for transitioning to spring style. The coat was heavy enough for warmer winter days, and absolutely perfect for spring days that are mercifully right around the corner. Eitherway, I was still stumped by those devil sleeves.

Dom Wearing Spring Coat
Dom Wearing Spring Coat

I turned to my pal Alyssa for help styling this coat. Her eyes lit up when she saw it, which is understandable. Alyssa is Queen of Making Anything Look Good. She grabbed my arm, pushed up the sleeves even further to expose my chunky black sweater even more. Not one to simply stop there, she put her Emmanuelle Alt hat on and popped my collar and tucked one side of the sweater into my jeans. Not bad, not bad. I was looking more Parisienne by the second. Thanks, A!

Alyssa’s styling tips inspired this post and I thought it would be helpful to share my best tips for looking great while transitioning to spring style. Read on!

Spring Style Tips

  1. Don’t buy a coat with bracelet-length sleeves if you live anywhere near the Arctic Circle. Got it? Good.
  2. Wool coats are my favourite and for spring, there are so many pretty pastel shades to choose from. Now is the perfect time to lighten up the colours and the heavy materials.
  3. Consider a trench coat with a removable lining. As the temperature rises, this is great option. Pay a little more for a quality trench coat that shields you from the rain and keeps you warm for years to come.
  4. Layers!! While in Montreal, I saw a popular blogger (Eeeeee!) strolling around Vieux Montréal in a shearling moto jacket. It looked way too light for the sub-zero weather, but she was wearing a thick and cozy oatmeal sweater with a cowl-neck underneath. Under that was a little crewneck. The sweater matched her slouchy knit hat and in addition to all of this, her Chanel Boy Bag pulled everything together. #WinterGoals. With the spring days comes warm afternoons, so it’s easy to shed those layers throughout the day. A Michelin Man puffy coat? Not so much.Dom Wearing Spring Coat
  5. A great bag in a fun colour screams “Spring Is Here!!” Choose one in a fun, bright colour, and check out the ones with large fun, embroidered straps! Better yet, swing by a place that sells guitars and pick up a cool guitar strap to attach to your bag and voilà! You’re a handbag designer.
  6. One word: scarves. Switch out the giant wooly blanket scarf for a fun one in silk, cotton or light cashmere. I couldn’t think of a better reason to visit Hermès right now.
  7. Splurge on a show-stopper of a hat. I’m eyeing gorgeous wool hats in pastel colours by Janessa Leone. Fabulous.
  8. Find something to replace your leather jacket like a great blazer. It’s lighter, not as heavy looking and looks really classic and pulled together. I’m loving a white blazer for spring, or a classic navy blazer with gold buttons.
  9. Sunglasses. Finally! I can wear my awesome rose-gold RayBans with their matching reflective frames!! Perfect for the warmer weather!

What are your fave transitional weather styling tips? I’m always learning and you guys are the best teachers! Let me know in the comments!

*Thanks to Zaful for the coat in exchange for my honest opinion. Photography courtesy of Alyssa Beltempo.

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. March 3, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I live in Washington State where it’s always raining. The only coats we wear around here are water resistant coats. The North Face jackets are super popular.

    I laughed out loud at your rant about the bracelet-length sleeves! I didn’t know there was a name for that length. I learned something new. 🙂

    • Dominique
      March 3, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      Hey Tiffany! Washington State is the only place (and London) where I’d be thrilled to wear a raincoat all year long. I was stunned at how gorgeous Washington State is during my visits there. Seattle has the best of everything: cosmopolitan downtown area with a view of the water AND mountains? AMAZING. Thanks for reading and I’m glad I could make you laugh!

  2. March 4, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Great tips!!! This is something I always struggle with!

  3. March 5, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Your coat is so fab! I love how you styled it!

  4. March 5, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    shorter sleeve length coats are actually great to go with oversized sleeve sweaters and the bell-sleeve trend, so I find them quite appealing!

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