It’s the perfect time for transitional dressing while the weather is sorting itself out. The transition from winter to spring is a welcome one especially here in Canada. But, it can also come with confusion over what to wear.

Fluctuations in temperature are the norm at this time of year. It’s warm and sunny one day, and cool and rainy the next, not to mention the lingering snow flurries. Even within the same day, it can be frosty in the morning, summer-like by the afternoon and chilly again in the evening.

The first question is when do I change my snow tires? And the second is what do I wear? We’re asking ourselves: Can I put away my heavy coats and boots yet? Will I be cold in a lighter-weight jacket or sweater? Is it too early to break out the sandals? Can I wear white?

If you’re like me, you’re tired of the dark, heavy clothes you’ve been wearing all winter. Even more so this year being cooped up at home. It’s time to come out of hibernation, get vaccinated, keep our masks on and socially distance.

Here are 4 transitional dressing ideas to help you figure out what to wear:


Lighten up and brighten up! Nothing says welcome to spring like Easter egg colours. The lighter and brighter colours can’t help but put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Old with New

Treat yourself to a new spring/summer dress like the Carolyn that can double as a jumper over a tried and true favourite top already hanging in your closet. This one is a simple Eileen Fisher top I purchased years ago.

Transitional dressing while the weather sorts itself out. Colleen is wearing the Silky Blue Carolyn reversible bamboo dress with pockets over a mauve long-sleeved top with pearl rope necklace and funky blue heels.

Silky blue Carolyn reversible dress with pockets over a simple mauve top, accessorized with a pearl rope necklace from Stunning, multi-coloured scarf, and funky blue shoes.

For a casual and fun look, pair an old faded jean jacket (this one is borrowed from my daughter’s closet) with the fiery fuchsia Carolyn dress.

Colleen is wearing the fiery fuchsia Carolyn reversible bamboo dress with a jean jacket and multi-coloured scarf.

Fiery fuchsia Carolyn dress with the same multi-coloured scarf and my daughter’s jean jacket.



Is it too early to wear white? Absolutely not. Not head-to-toe white but touches of white. Black + White makes a fresh bold stepping-into-spring statement. It’s contrast and balance at the same time. And it’s so easy to wear. Check out these looks.

Transitional dressing while the weather sorts itself out. Colleen is wearing the Midnight Black Carolyn reversible dress with the V-neck in front over a white 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and black tights and heels. She has a black & white silk scarf in her hand.

Midnight black Carolyn dress over a simple white 3/4 sleeve tee. Tights and ankle boots keep you warm. B+W animal print scarf from Wanderlust Scarves adds interest.

Colleen is wearing the Maxine reversible tank, round neck on the R and V-neck on the L overtop the Lynne bamboo leggings all in black with white sneakers and a pearl rope necklace on the R and worn as a belt on the L

Maxine reversible tank and Lynne leggings in black with white sneakers. The same pearls from Stunning can be worn as a necklace or a belt. Layer a jacket overtop for warmth.



Don’t pack up your heavier weight sweaters just yet. Throw one on over the Carolyn dress in the morning to keep you warm, then peel it off as the temperature rises throughout the day. Back on again when the sun goes down.

Mandy is wearing the midnight black Carolyn reversible bamboo dress with a chunky caramel coloured sweater overtop and black patent leather sneakers

Mandy is wearing the midnight black Carolyn dress with a chunky sweater and black patent sneakers.

If you have a lighter-weight spring coat, now’s the time to bring it out. The season is short so wear it while you can. This full-length double-breasted coat looks striking over the silky blue Carolyn dress. A black turtleneck and tights add warmth, and a scarf and pendant necklace finish off the look.

Colleen is wearing the silky blue Carolyn reversible bamboo dress over a black turtleneck and tights. She has on a black double-breasted coat overtop and finishes off the look with a scarf, pendant necklace and black heels.

A long black coat over the silky blue Carolyn dress is a sophisticated look.

As you can see, the Carolyn dress is a great transitional piece in any or all 3 colours. You can wear it now with layers to get you through the spring thaw. Then once things heat up, you’ve got a lovely breathable sundress that can be worn 2 ways. And, the best part, it has hidden pockets.

Shop the Carolyn

If you like the B+W look, I still have black Lynne leggings in Size 1(S) and one Size 4(XL) left at 60% off.

Yes to the Lynne leggings

Last but not least, a limited edition of black and white Maxine reversible tank tops are on their way. Keep your eye out on Facebook or Instagram, or better yet sign up for my Keeping Abreast newsletter so you won’t miss out. I’m only bringing in a small batch collection. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Happy Easter everyone!

Until next week,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support Rethink Breast Cancer‘s metastatic breast cancer education, support, and advocacy work.