Well, folks. We finally made it. All of us pale Minnesota kids are starting to remember what sun-on-skin feels like, and we can actually take our trash out without a jacket on now...because even the most dreaded of activities become bearable in warmer weather. Before we get ahead of ourselves like frat boys breaking out gym shorts on a 40-degree days though, let's figure out how to navigate this tricky time in the life of a wardrobe, because until we reach consecutive weeks of 70-degree temps, we don't quite know what to expect in the land of extremes. Fortunately, there are many ways to merge winter and spring pieces and easily construct looks that won't leave you feeling too hot or cold this spring. Here are a couple of looks I love:
Blazer + Swing Skirt + Vintage t-shirt
I love this look from Who What Wear—partly due to my natural gravitation towards retro, feminine silhouettes like swing skirts—and partly due to how effortlessly cool a blazer and a t-shirt looks. What really grabbed my attention about this though, is the color play. Who would have guessed that light, airy periwinkle would look so good against deep, wintry olive? Inspired by that juxtaposition, I chose a citrine blazer, black skirt and gold accents to create an outfit that's both bright and dark, and feminine and masculine. Before you head out the door, may I suggest knotting your vintage tee to the side and wearing your best leather booties? (Also, I really think the bucket bag is back, y'all, and I'm pleased about it.)
Wool Coat + Boyfriend Jeans + Heels
Wool coats don't get their due time in Minnesota. Sure, there are a couple of weeks in late November to early December where we can break out the cute coat, but shortly thereafter winter rears its ugly head and we end up packing it away in favor of practical down parkas. Well, fear not! It is perfectly fine to wear your wool coat in the spring, too. The trick is to keep everything else light. I love the look of light wash boyfriend jeans (aside: I told my mom in high school that I'd never purposefully buy jeans with holes in them and would like to retract that statement now) and lighter leather accessories (like the beautiful Madewell bag which would make a great birthday present for someone special in your life *cough*). Ditch your heavy winter boots for a heel or wedge and you're good to go!
STRIPES On STRIPES ON STRIPES
You've probably tried stripes-on-floral, the combination that captured the interest of many Pinners last year, but have you ever tried stripes-on-stripes? It's gutsy, but not "Canadian Tuxedo" gutsy and can look so cool when done well. I like this Altuzarra look A LOT because the stripes vary in size and angle, creating a lot of interest and without any of that unflattering horizontal business. I also really dig black, white and red together, so I added a couple of pops of color. (P.S. You're going to want that Sephora stain in every shade. It's the best.)
Do you have a wardrobe tip for the seasonal transition? Do share!