Shorts and sundresses are hitting store shelves, but we don't even have to look out the window to tell you there's still snow on the ground.

Shorts and sundresses are hitting store shelves, but we don't even have to look out the window to tell you there's still snow on the ground.

So unless you're gearing up for a spring break escape, the best way to work these spring looks into your wardrobe is to start the transition to warmer weather with a lightweight scarf.

The ones we found were primarily patterned and in lots of bright colors, although neutrals are out there. And because they're light, bright and can be wrapped as tightly or loosely as necessary, they're sure to put a little spring in your step.

Cozy colors

Tolani's rich, color-soaked scarves are a staple at Rowe. This woven one is sweater-weight, but the cheery criss-cross pattern goes with everything. And there are plenty of other soft, floral-print options to choose from at the Short North boutique.

$85, Rowe, Short North

Bright and bubbly

We couldn't help but be drawn to this bright yellow scarf that screams "spring." Its light and gauzy cotton is long enough to loop around several times or leave loose. Substance's scarf selection includes lots of textured, woven and washed silk scarves in solid, go-with-anything neutrals.

$28, Substance for Fashion Conscious People, Short North

Infinite options

The fun never ends with this scarf, which is actually one big loop that can be doubled over and hung around the neck for a drapey effect. A fun little trim gives this polka-dot-and-striped jersey knit a fun, casual look.

$12, Pitaya, Campus

Trashy goes classy

If this isn't a spring spin on a classic, we don't know what is. Yes, it's a neon-colored, leopard-print scarf. Ladybird owner Allison Jayjack calls it "kind of trashy" - in a good way. The color is hand-dyed, and the cashmere-and-silk fabric is so light it's made for layering.

$142, Ladybird, Short North

Pretty in pastel

Get in the mood for spring with this lovely lilac scarf, which will brighten up any February outfit. Columbus Haberdashery specializes in scarves, and they carry plenty of these sorts of solids, along with more varied polka-dotted and Middle Eastern-influenced looks. Plus, they're having a 50 percent off sale right now.

$12, Columbus Haberdashery, Short North

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