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With March comes anticipation for the bright and beautiful styles of spring – pretty pastels and floral prints, light and airy fabrics, vacation-ready sun hats, and so much more. Here are 5 tips to consider as you shift your everyday style from winter to spring.

1.) Swap out wool hats for straw

A hat is the finishing touch to any outfit, no matter the season. In the winter we opt for hats to keep us warm, while in the springtime we use them to shelter from the sun’s harmful rays. Gear up for spring by swapping out your warmer wool hat for one made of straw. Did we mention that most of our straw sun hats are packable? They maintain their shape after being packed away, making them perfect for travel. Check out a few of our favorite straw derby hats, straw fedoras, and packable straw sun hats:

The “Claire” Straw Derby Hat

The “Macy” Straw Derby Hat

The “Cassandra” Straw Derby Hat

The “Lesley” Straw Cloche

2.) Pile on some floral prints

Spring is a time for celebrating new life, so it is only fitting that most spring fashion prints are inspired by the rebirth of Mother Nature. Start incorporating pretty floral prints into your outfit to add a bright and beautiful spring flair to any look. An easy way to do this is with an artisan-made scarf! Here are a few to get you started:

Elizabeth’s “Sunny Afternoon” Scarf

“Hydrangea Bouquet” Cotton Scarf

Elizabeth’s “Flower Market” Scarf

“Cherry Blossoms” Silk Scarf

3.) Treat yourself to a new artisan-made handbag

We think any woman who carries a handbag can agree that there is no better feeling than starting fresh. Let’s be honest….our carry-alls sometimes end up quite literally carrying all of our non-essential, extra stuff. Spring is a great time to start fresh by treating yourself to a brand new artisan-made handbag in a springy color or print. Here are a few of our latest:

“Morning Tulips” Tote

“Catania” Italian Leather Crossbody

“Rose Garden” Hand-Beaded Clutch

“Bardini” Italian Leather Handbag

4.) Opt for lightweight layers

“In like a lion, out like a lamb.” The month of March is a time of transitional weather, beginning quite cold and ending mild and pleasant. For all of us here on the Connecticut shoreline, it is a time for dressing in layers that are easy to remove if the day shifts from chilly to warm. Kimonos, wraps, and oversized scarves that double as shawls are great for this! Check out our latest pieces of apparel that are ideal for layering:

Aqua Pull-Through Wrap

“Colors At Play” Kimono

Elizabeth’s “See You At Sunrise” Kimono

“Leopard Jungle” Italian Silk Scarf

5.) Accessorize with jewelry inspired by nature

Complete your spring outfit with jewelry that embodies the most notable signs of spring – butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers. Our latest collection of handcrafted jewelry includes springtime pieces for every woman’s style. Find yours now:

Pastel Rainbow Crystal Dragonfly Necklace

Pastel Rainbow Crystal Dragonfly Earrings

Rose Of Sharon Murano Glass Torsade

Florentine Butterfly Brooch

Florentine Butterfly Earrings