It seems as if spring has finally sprung here. For today anyway. The ice is melting and great sheets are floating downstream past our house. The geese fly in every evening, land on the water, and then go for a stroll on the ice. You haven’t seen (or heard) anything until you’ve seen a few hundred geese walk by your front yard on a sheet of ice. This morning there are only a few swimming in the river. But still, between the geese and the cardinals… it gets pretty noisy on the river this time of year.
|Spring break-up on the Rideau.
So anyhoo… amidst the cacophony of bird noise, this morning I buckled down to do some serious work on my spring shopping preparations. Last month I posted about the research I’d been doing, looking for inspiration
, and then choosing what struck my fancy. Then I foraged in my closet for anything that I might be able to haul out of storage and wear this year. Like my old blue Max Mara suit
I’m looking at spring coats in particular this year. Actually I look at spring coats every year. I just never find one I like, except on-line at a price point I am not willing to pay. Like these from Matches Fashion. I love a simple style like this. And I’d love to have a new coat in a colour, or pattern. But at $2300, $2800, and even $700 they’re quite a bit more than I want to pay. Still, I do love a good shopping challenge. So a new coat is on my list again this year.
I also love this Frnch diamond print coat on Caroline de Maigret from the blog Le Fashion
. This coat is not pricey and is available on-line… but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do anymore on-line shopping since my Vince experience last year. Way too much trouble, too many hidden expenses when the store doesn’t have a warehouse in Canada. And my two experiences with courier deliveries to my home have been a disaster. Especially the last one where the delivery company called me and insisted that the driver had left the package on my doorstep. Okay… so someone has a free package of Bobbi Brown day cream… but it’s not me! And this after waiting a week to get the darned thing. But never mind. I’m just not planning to order on-line again… until I’ve calmed down. Except from Gap which does have a Canadian warehouse and ships with Canada Post. Much easier.
But let’s get back to spring shopping. I’ve done my research. Made my lists of what I have that I’ll wear again this year. I keep track of all my wardrobe in my little book. So when I’m shopping I don’t buy what I already have, and I can check to see what jacket, or pants I might wear with something that has struck my fancy.
I also list the items I think I will sell this year. And those I will store for a few years because they are still good, and still fit, but I’m tired of them or they aren’t current this season. You know those pieces that are in good shape, but which just look, well, wrong this year. Too short, too fitted, too long… whatever. Like my old blue Max Mara suit, which I stored for years and hauled back out this year.
And finally I list my ‘needs and wants’ for this season. If I don’t do this I will no doubt forget what I need, and what I want. And once I’m in the stores… when I am assailed by all the colours, and styles, and… oohhhh look at that… I’ll end up coming home without the things I actually needed to begin with. Fashion attention deficit… I think they call it.
|My little book for Spring 2016
This year, my list is pretty short. I don’t need jeans, or pants of any kind. Or blouses. Or jackets… I’m well “jacket-ed”… so to speak. But a new spring coat does top my list, not black, but in a soft colour or a pattern, maybe. And I’m looking for a dress. A dress (or even a skirt) that I can wear with a couple of my short jackets (one denim, one leather) and with flats or flat sandals. Kind of “boho” style maybe. And I’m going to try culottes…. try them. I’m not convinced they will look good on me. But I’m keeping an open mind. And I’m always on the lookout for loose light sweaters or tee shirts that can be worn with skinny jeans and not show middle-age middle. That’s it.
And now I just need to decide what I will wear on my spring shopping trip. Something springy, of course. And comfortable. And which can be taken off and put back on easily. So I opted for my silky, black Vince turtleneck, and these skinny, black, knit pants from Vince which I bought in Montreal in January but haven’t worn yet. And my Theory spring anorak from a couple of years ago. I bought this jacket when I was looking for a spring coat, but couldn’t find one. It’s feather light and good for casual wear. I love it. And with my leggings and black patent Stuart Weitzman loafers… it’s casual but still smart… I think.
And the very cool thing about this jacket is that it’s reversible. One side the grey camo. And the other, black.
|Camo on one side, black on the other.
But I prefer the camo side. More suited for spring, especially since everything else I have on besides the scarf is black too. Including my new Mackage cross-body bag. I love this little bag. Okay, so I know it’s not a very colourful outfit. Not yet. That’s what spring shopping is all about. Finding some colour.
See how beautiful it is today? Sunny and +9 ° C. Yah! But in the spirit of blogging honesty, I’m not actually going shopping today. That’s booked for next week. Today, I’m blogging (d’uh), and then I’m helping Hubby fix the garden shed door…. as his #1 assistant, I hold a mean screwdriver. So I’ll just go get out of my shopping outfit, set it aside for next week, and change into my sweats and my rubber boots. That’s retirement folks. One moment a fashionista, the next I’m holding the screw driver and passing the drill bits.
So, friends, you know what’s on my spring shopping wish list. For now anyway. Things might change; it is a work in progress, after all. Now do tell… what’s on your list for spring?