With determined, and slightly unrealistic positivity, I decided earlier this week that spring was on its way, and I should be prepared. Okay. Maybe not spring spring. But pre-spring at least. Even though the snow in our front yard was still up to my knees, the driveway, the path, and the streets and sidewalks in town were bare and dry. The sun was shining. And I’d had several wonderful walks. It was time to lighten up a bit, in more ways than one. But for the purposes of this post, I’m going to stick to lightening up my winter outfits. And declaring that pre-spring fashion is now a thing.
What I really wanted to do was to wear my new-ish, wide-leg trousers from Aritzia without having to roll them up or tuck them into boots, like I did in this post. So using my Pinterest board where I’ve saved inspiration ideas for styling my tailored trousers, I embarked on a happy morning of trying on outfits, and trying to photograph them.
My first pre-spring fashion look was this outfit. My black, light-weight, cashmere crew-neck sweater from Everlane, half-tucked into my trousers, with a black belt, black Stuart Weitzman boots, white ultra-light down Uniqlo jacket and this old, old cross-body bag from Holts.
I like this outfit. It’s casual enough, comfortable enough, and just springy enough for me. Even though I’m wearing pieces from my winter closet, the jacket lightens the mood. My black down coat would look good with this combination, but then the look would definitely be winter-ish.
Next, I changed up the sweater for a black Vince tee shirt, and pulled on my almost-vintage Max Mara blazer. This is a more serious look, but I really like it. If I were going out, I’d wear a light scarf, my black trench coat, and carry my cognac-coloured Fossil bag. My Everlane trench coat from last year is sold out, but you can find the newer version here.
Then to make the whole look more casual, I swapped the black tee for my white Vince tee, put the black cashmere sweater back on, and changed my boots for my Stan Smith sneakers. I love how the white tee picks up on the white sneakers and makes them not look out of place. I tucked in the tee shirt, but just folded the sweater under to make it blouse out a bit. This is me totally embracing the over-sized trend. And feeling pretty pleased with myself, if slightly ecclesiastical.
But I think that this pre-spring fashion combination, below, is my favourite. Same pants, same sneakers, but I pulled on an old cream wool sweater from Gap. Because it’s really long, I tucked the ends of the sweater into my waistband, making it fold over the waistline of the pants so I don’t have to wear a belt. Even if I do say so myself, I think that Fossil bag looks positively yummy with the white jacket and cream sweater.
Spring is always late here in the “great white north.” I won’t be turning my closet for at least another month. By the time spring gets here, we Canadians are truly sick and tired of our winter clothes. So I like to dip my toe into spring gradually. That way I don’t have to wait for real spring, I can feel as if I’ve changed things up, and I can still stay warm. These pants are perfect for pre-spring because I can wear heavy socks with my sneakers, undetected. No way am I baring my ankles until May. Next up, I’ll be hauling out my bright green cashmere hoodie which I packed away when I did a deep-freeze closet edit back in January. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet. But that bright green will surely brighten my mood.
I do think that playing around with clothes, shopping my closet for new and different combinations can be a mood enhancer. But as I said in my last post, sometimes the tried and true tricks I use to maintain positivity don’t always work. Usually a cup of tea and a good book. A brisk walk followed by a cup of tea and a good book. Bibliotherapy, as it’s called. Or a good closet rummage are real mood changers for me. But when they don’t work, and then don’t work again the next day, and the day or week after that, it’s time to reach out for help. But I said all that already in my last post, so I won’t go on.
Shopping my closet was fun this week. The sunshine helped. And my tailored trousers that I’m so glad I bought last spring. I’m keeping my eye out for black tailored trousers now, to replace a black cotton pair that I’ve worn a lot in the past couple of summers, and which I don’t think will survive another washing. Here are some of the candidates which I’ve identified so far.
You know, the fashion industry always has a pre-fall season. Weirdly enough it falls around the time we are longing for spring. So why not a pre-spring fashion season? No reason at all, I say. Haul out the lighter cashmere or the bright sweaters to wear under a winter coat. Ditch the winter boots and heavy scarves. Pull a spring trench coat on over a sweater and a fall blazer, add a bright scarf, and a pair of sneakers. Voila, you have an almost but not quite spring outfit.
Or that’s what I was saying on sunny Thursday. When I was blithely taking my photos, and then heading off for a walk with my buddies.
Today, I’m singing from a slightly more realistic songbook. Ha. We had snow last night. And awoke this morning to a beautiful winter scene, with the trees branches bedecked in white, our garden fence posts all wearing white chefs hats, and the bench on the deck covered in what looked like eight inches of vanilla icing. Sigh. It is only mid-March after all.
Still… I see on my weather ap that on Thursday the temperatures will be nudging up into double digits. I may be able to don one of my pre-spring fashion combinations soon. Just not today. Ha.
What’s in your pre-spring wardrobe, my friends? Do you shop your winter closet to find outfits that make you feel springy when spring is still a few weeks away?
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