Tip # 1: An oversized hood is a chic cold-weather statement.
We love a look that includes an element of drama, especially because it's so simple to do; the right piece can take your outfit from "eh" to "wow" in seconds! Accordingly, we appreciate the way Elvira, 27, from Sweden, accomplished this by layering a coat with an oversized hood over her pleated green dress. Though the heavy outerwear plays down her girly frock, the look is both practical and chic. To create a similarly savvy winter ensemble, try Forever 21's Hooded Winter Trench Coat ($45) over Nasty Gal's Power Puff Wrap Dress ($48) in Olive. Just be sure to keep the hood up like Elvira did to fully achieve this winning look.
Tip # 2: Cute cuffed shorts are elevated by a silky blouse.
While you might be prone to pairing your cuffed shorts with casual tees and tanks, we believe they look just as polished and charming when styled with a pretty blouse. Take, for example, the precious combo Bonnie, 22, from Dallas, put together for a chilly winter day. The blush-pink hue of her silky, button-up top pairs perfectly with the sweetness of her floral print shorts, resulting in a quirky-cute outfit that is lovely for spring. To snag Bonnie's admirable look for yourself, try ASOS' Floral Hotpants ($45) with either Pins and Needles' Lattice Silky Blouse ($59) or Equipment's Classic Washed CDC Blouse ($175). Of course, if printed shorts are not really your style, you can always opted for a classic denim short in a dark or light wash instead.
Tip # 3: Polka-dot pieces look fresh when worn together.
Sure, mixing multiple bold prints can make for an eye-catching ensemble, but combining two pieces with the same pattern can result in an equally noteworthy outfit, as Blair, 25, from San Francisco, shows us. The double dose of spots on her navy blue blouse and yellow scarf liven up her neutral picks, giving the whole look a playful spirit. How you choose to match your polka-dot prints is up to you, but we believe Miu Miu's Polka-Dot Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse ($595) would look awesome teamed up with Old Navy's Lightweight Polka-Dot Scarf ($13) and that Tucker's Combo Blouse ($268) and Crumpet's Polka Dot Cashmere Scarf ($152) could make for a smashing combo too!
Tip # 4: Bed jackets + high-waisted jean shorts are a fab combo.
Believe it our not, spring is just around the corner, which means we've officially begun our search for fresh ways to style our favorite denim shorts! So naturally we were excited when we stumbled upon the amazing look Kani, 19, from Australia, put together. Her high-waisted, cuffed shorts are totally cute, and we appreciate the way she styled them with a few feminine pieces--a necktie blouse and a lightweight bed jacket--to make her look a little fancier. The combo is both a smart play on proportions and an excellent transitional outfit, and fortunately, recreating it is a simple task! First, you'll want to grab a bed jacket or two; we particularly like Minkpink's Sundays Best Lace Cape ($108) and Miss Ferriday Lace Shirt ($212). And just in case you don't already have a bunch of denim shorts in your closet, we suggest snagging BDG's 5 Pocket Shorts ($39) and Madewell's Denim Midi Shorts ($59) in Tide Pool Wash today.
Tip # 5: A neon top brings a hint of spring to a winter look.
Just because we're still in winter doesn't mean we can't infuse our cold-weather ensembles with a spring essential or two! There are many ways in which this can be accomplished, but we were instantly drawn to the outfit Annemiek, 20, from the Netherlands, created. Subtle, yet completely refreshing, we love the way she livened up her neutral layers via a neon coral-red top and sultry red lipstick. If you're looking to brighten up your winter look like Annemiek, then a vibrant top is key. Mardi Jeudi's Pleat Short Sleeve Shirt ($215) and Cooperative's Loose Roll-Sleeve Button-Up Shirt ($49) are two of our favorites. Either option would look great paired with Oasis' Wool Mix Deep Revere Coat ($170) and Topshop's Black Crepe Belted Tapered Trousers ($80), as their muted tones will really accentuate the pop of color!
Tip # 6: A wide-brim hat + a full, print skirt = ladylike boho
While the term "ladylike boho" may sound like an oxymoron at first, we promise it's a lovely mix worth trying this spring! Just look to Coury, 29, from Los Angeles, for some guidance, as she constructed an ensemble in this style by pairing a prim full skirt with a straw, wide-brimmed hat. The outfit is definitely feminine, but the slouchy tee and casual accessories keep it from feeling too saccharine. In order to replicate Coury's stylish blend, begin by selecting a full skirt, like Anne Klein's Tie Dye Print Skirt ($225) or Sparkle & Fade's Below The Knee Tie Dye Skirt ($20) and style it with one of your favorite loose, casual tees. Finally, top off your look with either Topshop's Natural Wide Brim Boater Hat ($44) or Urban Outfitters' Nubby Panama Hat ($34), and you'll be ready for a day perusing the local flea markets.--Jessica Baker