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Style Spy: How to be a Layering Wizard

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Don’t get us wrong—we adore the month of March. Any month that delivers spring, tulips and green beer can do no wrong. That said, we admit that these transitional dress weeks can be a bit perplexing. Our strategy? Versatile pieces that go from lion to lamb in a breeze.

 

Midi-dress

A midi is great year-round, but especially good for the in-between weeks. Wear one with a cardigan when it’s a bit cooler. Ditch the sweater when the weather warms. | Donna Morgan Gray Sleeveless Knit Houndstooth Bodycon Dress, $138, at Deanna’s & Piccolino, Lewes, 644-1112

 

Lightweight scarf

A scarf is the perfect accessory when the weather hasn’t made up its mind. This 100 percent cashmere scarf is large and lightweight and comes in a rainbow of pastel colors. | Balbianello Captiva Cashmere Alta Featherweight Shawl/Scarf, $220, at entreDonovan, Wilmington, 543-8054, www.entredonovan.com

 

Jewelry

Pare down your accessories, but go big with one statement piece. These eye-catching tassels are dangly and bright but very lightweight. | Beaded Tassel Earrings, $65, at J. Crew, Christiana Mall, Newark, 737-2363, www.jcrew.com

 

Vest

A vest has amazing layering capabilities. On cold days you can layer it over your favorite blouse. When it gets warm, it’s great over your favorite spring dress. | Love Token Giulia Vest, $319, at Ellie Boutique, 4017 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-8800, www.ellieboutique.com

 

Leather jacket

Wear it with jeans when the weather is chilly. Pair it with a mini-dress or culottes and your favorite tank when it gets warm. We love this lavender dream. | Rebecca Taylor Washed Leather Jacket, $895, at Peter Kate Shoes

 

Ankle boot

You can wear ankle boots with almost anything, but when the weather turns warm, they pair perfectly with skirts or dresses. This Stuart Weitzman boot has a comfortable block heel and laces up. | Stuart Weitzman Walla Walla Suede Ankle Boot, $585, at Peter Kate Shoes, Greenville, 656-7463

 

A word about skincare

Though we may have been layering serums, oils and heavy moisturizers to combat winter’s frigid temps, it is now time to start lightening the load. Swap your heavy face cream for something water-based. And even if your favorite moisturizer or makeup has a sunscreen, it never hurts to add a little more. | Skinceuticals Daily Moisture, $62, and Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum, $42, at Houppette, Greenville, www.houppette.com

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