This morning I woke up and went through my usual routine of layering sweaters and sweet collars and long back hems and skinny cut pants and precipitation-proof boots. I pulled my hair back and applied my retro-style mascara and a added little pop of color with a bright pink lip. I wrapped a cozy pashmina around my neck and buttoned up my big peacoat and but on my black Hepburn sunglasses. I tucked my keys and phone into my oversized, neutral tote and I walked down the stairwell and out of my building.
It was then, with that burst of sunlight and rush of fresh air, that I realized I was still dressing for winter when we are just days away from April! And I wasn’t alone- I looked around and saw so many others walking around in bulky layers with the winter blues. Those that dared to dress for the spring season at hand were at a loss, still sticking to dark colors like the oxblood that we left in 2012 and pulling the dreaded jacket-tied-around-the-waist for which we walked ten paces behind our mothers when we were younger.
It’s not just the weather that needs to warm up- we need to get back into the swing of things as well by avoiding some of the fashion faux pas of the season!
First, remember to balance your use of the monochrome trend with spring brights and the always popular pastels! Castaway colorless closets and color block it up. When I got back to my apartment, I swapped out my dark coat for my yellow raincoat and suddenly felt like it really was Spring! Adding that P.O.C. one at a time is a good way to really rock the color block- the bright hues against your black skinnies or cream peplum top will accentuate it all the more! As the days get warmer, feel encouraged to transition into a look of head-to-toe color.
Second, let’s be mindful of the feet that will be carrying us from A to B in our spring-ready looks. Play with color-blocked rain boots, pretty flats, and try a wedge on for size! This spring, the trend is a more stable shoe. The heels in recent seasons have been getting higher, more extravagant, see through, and even non-existent! Its time for a rest, and our pedi-prayers have been answered. It’s much more CHIC to find a stable shoe to anchor your look instead of wobbling over in the wind.
Third, let’s revisit the layering issue. We are not all dating Kanye, and therefore do not need to start tying sweatshirts around our waists just because he says it is cool again. It is time to push our heavy coats to the back of the closet and break out our light raincoats, sweaters, and cardigans to give us that little extra something to protect us against the spring breeze without being cumbersome and weighing us down. Pull a cozy sweater over a spring dress or turn your stripes nautical with a vibrant blue or red cardigan– just please do not reach for that windbreaker if you are going to spend the day tightening its sleeves around your waist.
I might not be the next Stacey London, but I hope you heed this advice on what not to wear and spring forward with your wardrobe choices! What faux pas have you had the misfortune of seeing and what trends are you embracing?