Let’s get this straight. I am sick of winter. Sick, sick, sick of cold and snow. Maybe where you live spring has already begun. But here… well.. we have tons of snow, and the wind chill yesterday was -22, and even Hubby had to gird his loins to go outside. Me… I’m not as hardy as he is. I cancelled my walk and huddled down with my book. And this morning, I thought that since I had conjured up a pub-night party out of thin air and my imagination, I might wave my magic wand and conjure spring. At least in my head. So I tried to think of soft spring rains, and budding leaves on trees. I tried to picture early spring flowers pushing their heads up through the earth into the sunshine. No. Nope. Not working. Even well-worn spring clichés couldn’t make me feel better today.
But I did know what might make me feel better. Spring fashion. Ha. I bet you saw that one coming a mile away. And I don’t mean just doing my spring fashion research, perusing spring runway shows online, looking for trends and inspiration. No. I mean the actual wearing of spring stuff. Or at least wearing one or two well-chosen pieces from my spring closet.
This is an old trick I used to resort to when I was working. When I was sick of winter and my winter clothes, I’d pop on a brightly coloured top or tee shirt with my winter duds. For instance, all fall and winter one year I wore a favorite chocolate brown pant suit with my brown suede ankle boots and a turtleneck. But in February, I started wearing it with lace-up brogues and a bright white, long-sleeved tee shirt under the jacket. The switch over from boots to shoes, and from a turtleneck to a bright tee, cheered me up enormously, as I recall. I was inching my way into spring indoors, even though I still had to wear my winter coat and scarf outdoors.
And it just so happens, people, that this week I finally took delivery of a new spring sweater. Just what I needed to urge my winter wardrobe into spring.
I saw this green cashmere hoodie from Club Monaco online a few weeks ago. I loved the colour, and since Club Monaco was offering a 20% discount and free shipping for the first online order I decided to go for it. I’d been kind of half-heartedly searching for a bright top for spring. Maybe a long-sleeve tee, or a light cashmere sweater that I could wear before summer. I wasn’t sure I would like the colour on me when it finally arrived. On the website it had looked much more blue-green. But turns out I love it. So does Hubby.
Plus it’s a loose fit, with a small slit on each side, and a kind of boxy cut. It’s made from recycled cashmere, is really soft, and is cropped, but not too short. I bought a size large, and on me it falls just over my… er… problem area. Plus it’s light-weight. I think it will be so pretty with all my navy pieces. My navy Max Mara suit or my navy Veronica Beard jacket or even with my navy Moncler anorak. And the hooded style is one I love. I have a grey hooded light-weight sweater that I’ve been wearing for travel for years now.
So this morning, I popped on my new Club Monaco cashmere hoodie with a white long-sleeved Vince tee, Frame bootcut jeans, my old Cole Haan Chelsea boots, and my even older Alfred Sung jacket. I like the soft green sweater with the deeper green in the houndstooth jacket. This outfit cheered me up enormously.
I liked it even better, with the sweater worn on top of the jacket instead of underneath.
This way the soft green sweater and the bright white tee shirt were both visible.
I wore my cream and silver vintage bracelet and silver hoop earrings. Now all I needed was somewhere to go, somewhere indoors, where I could take off my winter coat. Ah well, can’t have everything, I guess.
Trying on this sweater made me think of all kinds of other ways I could conjure up spring by adding lightness and a bit of spring fashion to my winter wardrobe. I could put a thin white turtleneck under my lilac Vince cashmere spring sweater and wear it with my Max Mara fuchsia tweed coat. Or I could tuck a bright scarf around my neck under my white down jacket. I have a couple of small silk scarves in Easter egg colours, pink and green and white. I must have a rummage in my scarf collection to see what else I can find.
When it gets a bit warmer, and the snow starts to melt, I could wear my cream wool turtleneck sweater under my navy spring coat with jeans and sneakers. Or with my Hunter rubber boots. Imagining outfits has long been one of my coping skills. I remember using it to get me through the summer I had shingles, conjuring up outfits to wear once I could stand to wear normal clothes again. And it didn’t fail me today.
You know, I think that late winter is the cruelest time of year. We are so, so tired of winter. And yet we have to be patient. Spring will come when it comes. Might be March. Or April. Or some years into May before we get those welcome mild spring breezes and sunshiny days.
The shot above was taken in February 2016. I was home visiting Mum. A day after I arrived, we had a bad winter storm, snow and high winds. And then miraculously, it began to rain, and within a few days most of the snow had melted. What a glorious warm and sunny two weeks I had. I dug a pair of rubber boots out of Mum’s closet, and I tramped the hills of the old farm for the first time in years. Winter was over.
Then in mid-March, I flew home. When Hubby picked me up at the airport it was -10 and windy. My suitcase slithered across the ice as we scuttled to the car. It snowed the next day. Winter was most certainly NOT over.
So you see? Winter can be tricky. Mother nature can be tricky. She can caress one part of the country with warm spring breezes and freeze the pants off a region only a couple of hours plane ride away. At least that’s how she behaves here in Canada.
And I don’t know about you, but I am digging deep this year to fend off end of winter blues. I am employing all my tricks to be patient with spring.
Last spring was bad enough what with lockdown and bad hair and so many unknowns about COVID-19. But this spring is worse. Not as many unknowns, of course. But after almost a year of social isolation, I don’t have much patience left. Hubby and I are still being very careful. We will hopefully get our vaccinations before summer. Hopefully. But my mum at age 93 still does not have her shot. That is my biggest worry.
And on a miserable cloudy, frigidly cold day, I am looking for anything that can cheer me up. Anything that can conjure up spring and better days. And if that thing is spring fashion and pulling on slightly springy outfits and prancing around my sun room… then so be it. May seem stupid and shallow to some, but it works for me.
In fact, why don’t we all have a rummage around in our closet and pull out something that makes us think of spring. Something that gives us joy. Something that we haven’t worn for a few months, and which just might make our increasingly dreary winter outfits seem a little brighter. A pop of soft green. Or citrus, or pink. Maybe pink.
I just saw a bright pink shirt on YouTube while I was pedalling my exercise bike this afternoon. Gorgeous. I may have to invest in a pink shirt. And as a matter of fact, I think I’ll buy one for my mum. She needs more pink in her life these days too.
Have a look at these cashmere hoodies I found online today. I think a light-weight cashmere hoodie is such a versatile piece for spring.
So it’s over to you, my friends. What are you doing to bring more spring into your life? Or into your wardrobe? Especially if, like me, you probably won’t see actual spring for quite some time. If you shopped your closet for a few pieces of spring fashion to brighten up your late winter wardrobe, what new outfits might you create?
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