This week, my friends, the spring thaw is upon us. And I am excited to embrace spring. And spring outfits. Aren’t we all? But here’s the thing, early spring in Canada means it’s still darned cold outside. And as much as I want to push the season, I need to stay warm. So I decided to take Allison Bornstein’s advice. I added one or two new bits to winter outfits to lighten the look just enough to match my current springy mood. To make winter outfits into spring outfits. Or spring thaw outfits at any rate.
On Thursday, I felt well enough to head out to do shopping and run errands. Seriously, this is the first time I have driven the car anywhere in weeks. My darned cold just kept keeping on. And on. But on Thursday the sun was shining and I felt reborn.
So I played around with an outfit that I wore last fall. My navy Max Mara dress pants, cashmere turtleneck, and Veja sneakers. I wore this outfit in the fall with my denim jacket, and in the winter with boots. I like how the vintage flower brooch and my old pearl earrings brighten all that navy, and mirror the white of the sneakers. Actually my white hair and white sneakers kind of bookend the look. If you’ll excuse my using bookend as a verb. Ha.
I added my old black and white Kate Spade bag. I’ve recently developed a new appreciation for this bag. I used to love it. Then it looked too ladylike for me. Now I love it again. Top-handled bags are big this season. And this one is big enough to hold the stuff I need to carry around, and it has a strap that can be worn cross-body.
I toyed with the idea of wearing this navy, white, and red Burberry scarf, but in the end decided to leave it at home. I wore my green Max Mara coat, and I liked the all-navy column under the open coat. Plus the scarf covered up the brooch.
Taking inspiration from my first outfit, I tried the one below. I buttoned this blue and white striped shirt up to the neck and wore it under my navy light-weight cashmere sweater. The sweater has a deep-V neck and I wanted a cleaner look, with less of the shirt showing, so I turned the sweater around and wore it backwards.
I wore my green Max Mara coat again. There’s just something about navy with that bright green that looks so luscious. This outfit pleased me no end. Except of course the deep V in the back of the sweater would look pretty silly if I took off my coat. But I wasn’t bothered. I had no intention of taking off my coat.
Below is the final outfit I tried. My black cargo pants from Aritzia, black Everlane cashmere crew-neck sweater, an old black, grey and cream silk neckerchief, white sneakers, and my black and white bag again. I love this one. I borrowed the top half of the look from an outfit I wore last winter with my faux-leather skirt and tall black boots. This outfit will be great for running around and then meeting a friend for coffee.
Gad, I am longing to meet up with friends again. I haven’t had a cold put me out of action for this long in years. And I have not seen a soul since we returned from our week in South Carolina. Well, except for the doctor, and Carmen for a hair cut. I know, I’m shallow. But since we still wear masks at Carmen’s salon, I could NOT cancel my appointment. Hair appointments are considered an emergency in my house.
But I still needed a coat. I pulled on my Everlane black trench coat. Meh. This was too drab for my current springy mood. Too much black. I prefer this coat with my COS cream and navy striped sweater under it and my white jeans, like I wore in this post last year. You know, since I am always shopping my closet before I actually start spring shopping, I find my old posts are often my best form of inspiration. Not all of them. But some of them, anyway.
The cream Uniqlo down jacket is much better. Much brighter. And warmer too. Plus, the super casual jacket works better with the heavy cargo pants than the light, drape-y trench coat.
Yep, this week I feel as if I have been reborn, my friends. I’m energetic and ready to get outside and do stuff. I have turned a corner and left my tenacious cold behind. On Tuesday I woke up and almost leapt out of bed. I kid you not. Of course it didn’t last all day. But it was progress nevertheless. I must say that over the past three weeks, I have been so thankful that I am retired. Retired and able to allow my body to do as much as I felt able and no more.
Back in the day I would have been up and about after three or four days at most. I remember so well preparing lessons for a supply teacher while sick at home, trying to spin as much down time as possible, to allow myself to get better. Then returning to school much too soon. I’m sure no matter the job you used to do (or maybe are still doing) you all know that feeling of waking up hoping you are well enough to go to work. But also knowing that by ten o’clock (for teachers the end of first period) you will feel like death again. But going anyway. I’m shuddering as I write that.
But enough of that, my fashionable friends. I can’t be thinking about being miserable. Not today.
The spring thaw has begun. The ice on the river is melting and big sheets are drifting gently in the current. Geese are stalking about on the moving ice as they sail downstream. The sun is shining. Hubby will cook our steaks on the barbeque tonight. Yah.
Spring is here today. Not yesterday. It snowed. And not tonight when the temps are supposed to plummet to -17 C with the wind chill. But today it IS here. And today will do.
And, and … I have three new-old spring outfits to wear this week. Bright and fresh enough to satisfy my longing to push the season, but still warm enough for spring thaw. Oh, please, please, please don’t let it snow.
What new-old-ish early spring outfits are you cooking up where you live?
P.S. Below is a selection of pieces similar to mine that might work for you. All clothing links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking my link, I will earn a commission which helps to pay for the blog.