helpful resources If you’re at all like me you are getting pretty desperate to get out of your winter clothes. No matter how much you love them in September, those knee-high boots, chunky knits, cosy hats, wool skirts, and funky scarves are starting to wear a little thin. If you’re anything like me you’re dying for colour and fewer layers and you’re really looking forward to sandals. You can’t wait to shop but, despite a really quite nice day yesterday (it reached like 4 degrees out there!) and a reasonable forecast for the next week or so, it’s still pretty cold out there, it’s wet and there’s still tons of snow. It’s really early to put away all those winter clothes and shop in earnest – especially since stashing away your winter coat pretty much guarantees it’ll snow again! So what’s a girl to do???
http://corollafireandrescue.com/calendar/action~oneday/exact_date~1380513600/cat_ids~9/ Well, here’s a list of things you can buy now to wear now AND later when spring has really sprung. This is it, girlfriends – no-guilt shopping even though it’s too early to shop! 🙂
1. printed knit sweater – Choose a lightweight cotton or cashmere in fun colours. Pair it now with cropped pants and booties, short skirts and tights, or with your favourite faded jeans for a seasonally appropriate but brighter, lighter look. Later, mix it with long shorts, a chiffon skirt, a mini and flats or throw it casually over your shoulder for cooler evenings out.
2. shrunken boyfriend blazer – This is a style that should look like you borrowed it from your little brother. Make sure that it fits well through the shoulders but is snug through the body and lands just around the middle of your hips. For added style points pick one with a contrasting lining. Wear it now over a button-down, with jeans, and flats and later over little dresses, minis, flared faded denim or shorts.
3. denim – You have a lot of options here. Denim is hot for spring but wears well year round and is easy to incorporate into your winter wardrobe. For the newest feel, choose trouser jeans in dark denim, faded flares, a dress, a jumpsuit or an A-line skirt. Pencil skirts are also good but will be less comfortable to wear when the weather really heats up. Come on.. Dare to be the first to wear one of the new shapes.
4. suede skirt – Not only for winter anymore, leather and now suede have made the transition to spring. Choose a dress, short sleeve T, or an A-line skirt for the most up to the moment look. Pair them now with sweaters and jackets and wear them on their own in a few months. There’s a range of colours out there but they’ll look most spring-like in a pastel. I’m tempted by lavender or baby blue personally.
5. bucket bag – The new “It” shape for the season it’s a total no-brainer now.
6. boho white blouse – White blouses are the perfect complement to so many outfits and you probably own at least a few already. The newest ones are a little romantic, a little boho, and a whole lot soft and fluid. Look for lace detailing, soft fabric, and feminine accents and then pair it with classic pieces for a subtle take on boho. Later on, combine one with a maxi skirt and sandals for the perfect summer outfit.
7. cool sneakers – The athletic vibe is still going strong. Add a kick of colour to your end of season wardrobe with a funky pair of sneakers. Choose a pair that’s slightly retro and don’t be afraid to go for bold colours (or personalize your own online for a truly original pair). Wear them now with menswear inspired pieces for a cool take on the suit, or with a full skirt and a sweatshirt on the weekend. Later, combine them with short skirts, tennis inspired dresses, shorts, and cropped fitted pants. Do not, however, wear them with sweatpants or yoga pants – unless, of course, you’re actually going to the gym.
8. culottes – I told you last fall these would stick around and I wasn’t lying. They’ve actually grown on me over the last few months and I’m ready to give them a whirl. You should too – particularly if you’re fairly tall or are lucky enough to have long legs. Choose a pair that is fluid and has movement; avoid overly thick fabric which will, unavoidably, make you look heavier. Avoid prints as well, make sure that the pants fit well at the hips, are cut to the bottom of your calf muscle and be sure to show off your waist when you wear them to avoid becoming swallowed by your clothes. Then be sure to add heels. Right now, wear them with high heeled fitted boots, a fitted jacket and a blouse for a new suit look. Later, replace the boots with pointy-toed pumps or high heeled lace-up sandals and replace the jacket and blouse with a crop top, a fitted tank or tee, or a soft blouse.