We're letting the thighs breathe.
Warmer temps—albeit with a slight remaining crisp in the air—have us looking to shed a few layers and let our fresh-out-of-hibernation winter skin breathe. As part of this we like to make the evolution from bundled up to hot pants and tanks as gradual and smooth as possible. Enter: Knee-high boots paired with a structured jacket and peek-a-boo exposed legs. The combo is perfect for that seasonal transition and isn't going anywhere until it's too hot to bear a jacket and summer is in full swing. To get on board, we rounded up a little styling inspo, as well as some of our favorite pieces to get you started.
Neutral + Black Crossbody
Embrace the power of contrast by pairing light neutrals with a structured black crossbody bag. The singular chunky gold chain dresses up the underlying collared shirt without distraction.
Oversized Hoodie + Black Leather
Loungewear, but make it fashion. A combo often touted by the likes of Hailey Bieber and Ariana Grande, a big, slouchy hoodie with thigh highs is model-off duty street style 101.
Black Trench Coat + Thigh-Highs
The silhouette is extra chic when simplified down to all black pieces. A small tan crossbody and layered gold coin jewelry bring in just enough accessorizing to the darker ensemble.
Oversized Plaid + Beige Boots
If there's anything that equates to transitional weather, it's rubber boots and a breezy trench. Cinch a belted dogtooth longline over biker shorts and slate gray boots to elongate the silhouette. A mid-sized quilted bag adds structure, while a patterned wrist scrunchie introduces a playful element.
Wool Blend + Cleated Platform Boots
In places where spring is not pushing up fresh blossoms and still sees frost-covered mornings, a thicker wool-blend may still be of necessity. A structured coat dropping to mid thigh is a chic and put-together way to pair a collared shirt, a dainty gold chain, and tall, chunky cleats.
Slouchy Cardigan + Rubber Boots
Who needs a whole jacket when you have an oversized cardigan? Size up and wear the cozy knit as a loungy shaket, paired with neutral rain boots and a mini backpack in lieu of a purse.
Hot Pink + Baby Blue
While the pieces are kept simple, the bright and bold blocks of color pack a punch. The iconic, yet sadly discontinued, multicolor Louis Vuitton draws on the vibrant structured pink blazer and sky blue pointed Jimmy Choo's, providing a seamless cohesion to the very spring-appropriate attire.
Black Blazer + Olive Boots + Zebra Bag
As long as we're bringing back early 2000s trends, zebra print is high on the list of comebacks. Pair with sleek chartreuse boots to level up the nostalgic accessorizing and bring in balance with an understated black blazer and modern jewelry.
High Neck Sweater Dress + Neutrals + Fedora
A felt fedora paired with Ray-Bans and a neutral blazer gives very much Jane Porter vibes in the best way possible. Add a high neck creamy ribbed sweater dress, knee-high wellies, a hand-held saddle bag.
Shacket + Combat Boots + Hoodie
Any way we can sneak in a little sweatshirt moment is a win for us—bonus if there are no pants involved. Layer a cozy shacket with an oversized tan hoodie and stick to the neutral theme with a structured bag and mid-calf combat boots.
Top photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@lilyisabellaclark
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