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Technically, spring doesn't start until March. But with double-digit temperatures and the first daffodil shoots poking their way through soft earth, your wardrobe should be beginning its transition to warmer – and less predictable – conditions.

As Mark Twain once put it, "In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." He could certainly have used our favourite transitional essentials, although they're not just about practicality. Because when it's starting to warm up, there’s something exciting – nay, liberating – about shedding your winter layers and pulling on clothes that conjure up a new season.

The got-your-back jacket

“Ditch your heavy winter coat for a denim jacket," says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. "It’ll instantly lighten your outfit, both in terms of colour and weight. Dark denim tends to read as more wintry, so having a lighter wash for your transitional jacket will help herald warmer days. And if the weather does take a turn for the worse, you can just as easily wear this jacket as a mid-layer."

The everyday jumper

“There aren’t many outfit conundrums that can’t be solved with a classic navy jumper. Crewnecks tend to be more versatile, as you can wear either a t-shirt or a collared shirt underneath. Here, we’ve swapped wool for a 100 per cent cotton knit, so it’s better suited to milder temperatures.”

The lightweight trousers

“Choose trousers that are a bit more breathable and of a looser cut than your winter counterparts. It’s your winter chinos, but a much lighter weight, and because of that they’ll have a more casual feel so they’re a great alternative to heavy denim.”

The all-rounder shoes

“We’ve gone with brown leather shoes to help you make the change from boots to ankle-height footwear. You still get the weather-proof nature of leather shoes, but you no longer need the extra warmth and sturdiness of boots.”

The bright t-shirt

“Pick a bright tee that will introduce some seasonal colour, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because something is bright that automatically makes it suitable. The yellow here works with the navy and green, so it’s about making sure it still fits the overall palette. If you fancy something more on-trend, lavender and orange are going to be popular colours this season. If you’re looking to try these out, message your stylist for ideas on how to work them into your look.” 

Words: Theresa Harold
Photography: Chris Howlett
Styling: Freddie Kemp