Lessons in Layering: 5 Outfit Ideas From (Almost) Springtime in Paris

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Can it be? Is spring finally here? Well, considering how the winter played out, I’m not holding my breath. But this climate-driven roller-coaster ride does mean one thing: We’ll need some serious transitional outfit inspiration. So let’s head on over to the 50-degree streets of Paris for some sartorial cues on how to finally say goodbye to winter for spring. (Hopefully.)

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OK, so you may think this pic of blogger Lauren Kennedy Malpas is just another excuse for me to obsess over pink coats—especially her Carven one. But the great think about a pastel winter coat is that the color is appropriate for spring, but the weight still keeps you warm on testy days. Plus, I love how she busted out her open-toe Chanel heels but wore a pair of pink socks—for fashion, function, or both.

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This Paris Fashion Week attendee took layering and prints to a new level with a tailored, wide-striped Dries Van Noten blazer worn over a contrasting narrow-striped Vanessa Bruno blouse. Then she finished off her menswear-inspired look with skinny Acne jeans and edgy, studded brogues by Church’s.

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The Blonde Salad blogger Chiara Ferragni—clad in all Chanel—kept warm in delicate lace by throwing on a long cardigan and cutout boots. (I honestly DIE for those boots.)

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Nothing says “springtime is here!” like dreamy watercolor florals—especially on a long collarless coat like Helena Bordon’s. The jacket pulls double duty as the statement piece of the outfit and a warming layer.

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This PFW guests makes the most of her Louis Vuitton cape by wearing it as a spring jacket layered over a contrast-collar shirt and distressed jeans.

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