I always have mixed feelings about moving from winter to spring/summer - don’t get me wrong, I love having a little colour and a patio but I definitely gravitate towards more of a fall/winter wardrobe. I’m the queen of jackets and would prefer to pair every outfit with a long duster, blazer or overcoat. Alas, spring has sprung, I’m buying tulips on the reg and it’s time for me to switch over some winter to spring wardrobe choices. However, these days I’m all about the investment pieces, less shopping, and more transferable pieces that you can wear year round. Gone are the days of finding a weekend shirt at Forever 21 for that house party you were going to that would inevitably fall apart on the 3rd wash.
After an inventory of my closet while recently packing a trip to Palm Springs, I realized I could rework most of my favourites into a spring pairing updated look - I’ve compiled a list of my 5 looks I’ll be wearing all spring.
Blair Waldorf was my favourite character on Gossip Girl for many reasons but one of the most important was the girl could rock the headband. Let go of the stigma that headbands are reserved for girls age 5 and under. I find it a great way to update a low pony, keep your hair off your face or be a pop of colour. I’d say it’s an on trend piece but with super cute ones costing less than $20 it’s one you could get on board with. A few ones I like are here.
The back! The understated body part that can amp up the sex appeal of an outfit or just simply add some interest to a shirt. There are a ton of backless bodysuits that are available right now too which helps keep things in place (no one likes adjusting all night). Don’t be afraid of colour or texture (like my lace one). Invest in the right bra through - I usually opt for strapless so I don’t have to be fussing to keep the straps hidden. And if you’re one of those people that can go bra-less, well, all the power to you - I’m very jealous.
For probably 3 years, I’ve had nude nails - well, every shade of nude, light pink, peach etc that you can pick.. However, I recently went with BLACK nails, inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, The August Diaries, and have to say I may never go back (well, maybe neon for summer). I think black sometimes puts people off because it seems harsh, masculine and intense but I felt the opposite. It gave me a weird confidence and I was proud to talk with my hands; not to mention it complimented my almost all black wardrobe. This colour is not reserved just for winter, it would look awesome with a little tan and a lime marg in hand on a patio.
A great neutral that can be dressed up or down. I have two long olive green coats and recently picked up this button up from J.Crew on the sale rack. It pairs great with jeans, a leather pencil skirt or any neutral colour. It’s really versatile on most skin tones and picks up well in photos. This colour has been around and I predict will continue to be around whether it’s purses, totes, camo or coats. Don’t be afraid to invest in this piece - it’s not going anywhere. I’m obsessed with this trench from Club Monaco I bought during their winter sale!
Rachel Zane, Donna Paulsen, Joan Holloway - all women that can rock a pencil skirt like no one else. I’ll tell you - if I were a super hero, my uniform would probably be a pencil skirt. Any time I need to fake some confidence I will wear this outfit. It empowers me to embrace my womanly shape, walk tall and own the day. I’ve done away with my black tights for winter but easily updated this look with some skin, pumps (obviously) and a classic white tee. Hoops and a pop of colour on the lip and you’re good!
Ok so there is your winter > spring > summer game plan. I’m having fun thinking of some new ways to wear my wardrobe and in the midst of everyone’s effort to Marie Kondo their life, I encourage you to try to mix up your pieces - never under estimate the shopping in your own closet! I am on the hunt for a good one shoulder number though…
What are your favourite pieces you’re carrying over into spring this year? Let me know!
All photos by the talented Tomas Williams @tomaswilliamsa