Raise your hand if you're sick of this crappy weather! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we head into the fall and winter knowing that the sun is going away for a good 8 months. We joke about how when the summer ends and the weather turns, you can kiss the sun goodbye.
And right about now, we're all getting super anxious for the sun to return. We can see it's within reach. We revel at any moment the sun comes out. We play hooky from work if we get one day or even one afternoon of sunny weather.
And for us fashionistas, it's especially hard. We've been stocking up on spring and summer clothes since January and February. All our fellow IG fashionistas are already donning their off-the-shoulder tops, denim shorts, and espadrilles.
So how do we get through this excruciating time between winter and spring? We get creative with our winter and spring clothes! Here's how I like to start to incorporate spring clothes into my outfits:
Spring Dresses with Boots or Booties
If you're anything like me, you've already stocked up on many-a spring dresses, and you can't wait to prance through meadows chasing butterflies in your flowy, floral attire. Rest assured, you can wear those dresses in this crappy weather! You just gotta layer it up and cover up those legs.
I like to throw on a long cardi over my spring dresses with some OTK boots to keep my legs warm. If it's not too cold, you can opt for some booties to keep your toes warm.
Start Wearing More White & Pastels
Okay, so I never listen to that whole "thou shalt not wear white after Labor Day" rule. I mean, whoever said that has not heard of the "winter whites" fashion phenomenon. So honestly I haven't stopped wearing white since last summer.
So continuing into the spring, I'll continue to wear white jeans with booties and a cardi, or just with a warm sweater.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you know how rainy and soggy it gets here, so the last thing I want to do is get gunk from the wet streets splashing onto my white jeans. So, I'll often cover up my white jeans with rain-friendly boots.
Camis with Cardis or Jackets
If you haven't seen a theme yet, cardigans are key during this strange time for the weather. Basically, take what you would wear during warmer months and throw a cute cardi over it. I've been obsessed with lacy or flowy camisoles for, like, the past two years. My favorite pre-spring uniform is a pair of jeans with a lacy cami, long cardi, and booties or pumps.
Alternatively, you can throw on a blazer over your flowy cami for a feminine business-appropriate look. And if your workplace is accepting of it, you can spice it up with some distressed denim.
And then if that's not warm enough, add a scarf and heavy coat, depending how cold it is. Voila! Post-Winter/Pre-Spring friendly.
Lastly, here's my favorite way to wear spring clothes during this transitional time...
Just Freeze Your Damn @$$ Off!
You have a night out on the town planned - dinner and a show. You put on a cute dress with your new favorite spring espadrilles, and you step outside into the cold wind and pouring rain.
After a bit of cussing and contemplating wearing your sneakers instead, you finally declare, "Eff it!" and you proudly trudge through the streets with wet toes, of course being careful not to splash in huge mucky puddles. (You're not insane enough to ruin your new favorite shoes.)
So yeah, shake your fist defiantly at Mother Nature, and just wear whatever the eff you want! Of course, exercise caution - frost bite is not a cute look. (Note: The above is a true story. Here is the outfit I wore to Hamilton last night. I'm happy to report that said espadrilles were not ruined in the Portland street puddles.)
Happy Almost Spring!
-- Love Always, Julie
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