I love that bit about wearing sandals. In fact, I feel like that every winter around this time. So tired of wearing heavy coats, scarves, and gloves. Sick to death of pulling heavy boots on every time I want to go out doors. Especially this week. You see, I was home with my mum in New Brunswick last week basking in what felt like spring sunshine and watching the snow melt in the fields.
|February thaw in New Brunswick. Just enough warmth to make me think spring might come.|
But while I was down east thinking that spring might be just around the corner, Ottawa was experiencing the worst one-day storm in history. Over fifty centimetres of snow. And then I came home. And this week it's snowed again. And yesterday we had a melange of sideways snowing, freezing rain (also sideways), and rain. And tonight the temperature is supposed to drop to -15°C with a wind chill of -24°. So it's back in the deep-freeze for us. And all the melted snow and slush will become pure ice...and... and... and... argggg. I love winter, but I hate this crap. And so today I'm whining... I want to go out to lunch, and I want to wear sandals. And I think I need some stress-relieving spring fashion inspiration. Really, really need it.
And then this morning I opened an e-mail from Matches Fashion on "Spring Colour Trends." Oh my. Yummy colours like orange. And tangerine. Lovely. I could feel my mood lifting.
|Looks from MatchesFashion.com Tangerine Orange collection|
So, second cup of tea poured, I buckled down to do some serious spring fashion research. First I trawled around the internet. Theory has some nice things for spring. So does J Crew. But their creams and beiges, and pale blues just weren't doing it for me this morning. Besides, I couldn't get that Matches Fashion e-mail out of my mind's eye. Their editors have organized (Or should I say curated? It seems to be the in-word for fashionistas these days) into five colour collections: Vivid Red, Tangerine Orange, Citrus Yellow, Bright Green, and Cobalt Blue. That's what I really was craving... colour.
So based on my research, on what I've read in fashion magazines, and seen around the web. Considering what I would actually wear, what might work for me, my lifestyle, and my over-fifty (almost sixty) year old body... here are the looks I chose, all from MatchesFashion.com.
Skirts and dresses in lovely blue and green. With bright flats.
|Looks from MatchesFashion.com Blue and Green collections|
Pants and culottes with little cardigans, or loosely draped pullovers. I'm seriously going to put culottes on my spring wish list.
|Looks from MatchesFashion.com Red, Blue and Green Collections|
And sunny yellow sweaters and skirts. Looks as if skirts (or dresses) are definitely on my spring radar this season. That sweet yellow cardigan reminds me of one of the outfits from my post on Fifties Fashion last week.
|Looks from MatchesFashion.com Yellow Collection|
You'll note that there are no outfits with jeans. I don't need inspiration to wear jeans; I already wear them entirely too much. I'm hoping to focus more this spring on skirts, and dresses, and culottes. And did you notice? In all the shots... everywhere, everywhere... sandals, sandals, and lovely little flats. Not a heavy boot in sight.
Sigh. I feel so much better. I can't be gloomy when I'm planning my spring shopping. Now.... I have to survey my closet, look at what I have and what I don't have, what still fits, and what won't work this year, and then make my list. But never mind that now... I'm sure you'll be hearing more about that whole process before I'm finished.
Now, I really must go. I have book club tomorrow evening, and I'm not even halfway finished my book. I've been so wrapped up in Harper Lee and her life and work this week, I've hardly read anything else.
I can hear the wind blowing outside my window, and I know the temperature is plummeting. Now that I've satiated my dire need for spring fashion inspiration... I'm happy to spend the evening reading in front of the fire. And later when Hubby and I settle down for our long winter's nap, I know that visions of sweaters the colour of sunshine and orange sherbet will be dancing in my head.
How about you, my friends? Are you in need of some spring fashion inspiration? Are you longing for sandals and sweaters the colour of orange sherbet?
Linking up this week with: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Style Me Wednesday at Shopping My Closet, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs,