It’s finally spring. And it ain’t pretty, folks. Not yet. The sky is grey with low cloud today. I can hear the rain pelting against my window. And outside, I see brown grass, bare branches, melting swaths of dingy snow. And a couple of unhappy doves huddled in our mock orange tree. Bu-ut… I know that soon the sun will shine again. The grass will green up, the leaves bud, the birds sing. And I want to be ready.
So I’ve been preparing for spring shopping season this past week. Taking an inventory of my closet. Doing my research. Trying to get a feel for the season. What’s new? What’s not new, but still in style? And hoping to glean some ideas. For what I want, or need, to buy. And how I might restyle pieces I already own. I do love my seasonal rituals, as you well know if you read this blog regularly.
I usually look to print magazines to give me a seasonal overview. With enthusiasm, I dove into the two issues of Harper’s Bazaar which were waiting for me when we returned from Peru… and came away none the wiser. So, I’ve been reading blogs, and sifting through the “spring ready-to-wear shows” on Vogue.com. I’m not sure if it’s me, my sources, or simply this season… but I can’t get a handle on what defines Spring 2017. Ah well, if nothing in particular is “in,” then everything must be “in,” right? Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in slavishly following trends. Not at all. But I do like to know what the trends are. Especially if I can make them work for me, for my body type, and, with a bit of tweaking, use what I already have in my wardrobe.
I’ve long admired Phoebe Philo. As much for her own understated, androgynous style as for her designs. I always check out what Philo is sending down the runway for Celine. Lots of orange, white, and black for spring this year. Over-sized jackets and full pants. If you pay attention to trends… you may want to check out vintage stores for eighties blazers, and fifties-style structured bags. I swear my Mum had a purse just like the one below. You remember… those slim bags that snapped shut briskly when you tucked your gloves and cigarette lighter inside?
|Celine Spring Ready-to-wear 2017 on Vogue.com|
I love the looks below. From Tibi on the left and right, and Haider Ackerman in the centre. These are two brands which I learned about through the shopping website Matches Fashion. I subscribe to their e-mails, not for the shopping but for their editorial content, fashion shoots, and such. More full, wide-legged, flowing pants. Midi-skirts and dresses with flats. Lots of balloon sleeves, bell-sleeves, and other miscellaneous sleeve detail. These looks can be chic on everyone. Unlike the short short skirts, and the short short shorts. Ha. I’ll be giving those a miss.
|Spring Ready-to-wear looks from Tibi, HaiderAckerman, and Tibi on Vogue.com|
I love navy and white for spring. I still remember with a sigh a navy and white spring coat I had when I was twelve, what our mums called an “all purpose coat.” Tibi showed all kinds of navy and white combos this spring. Including this fabulous skirt, which I think could work on an older (let’s say sixty-year-old) model with a few bumps and rolls to hide. That’s because the skirt seems to be denim. And the heavier fabric, and the very high waist could serve to smooth out a muffin top, and the voluminous pockets could probably hide, well, any number of things, in my opinion. Or I may just be inspired by this shot, and dig out my Burberry denim skirt with the pockets and pewter snaps and pair it with a white top.
|Tibi on Vogue.com|
Stella McCartney showed all kinds of dresses and full pants that would look great on us women of a certain age. Lots of volume in places where it could be useful. This dress reminded me a bit of a Laura Ashley dress I had back in the early eighties, minus the girlish full skirt. I like the volume in the sleeve and around the hips.
|Dress from Stella McCartney on Vogue.com|
As I mentioned above, I visited Liz at Nordstron earlier this week. I was there most of the day, and had a fabulous time. I arrived with my short list in hand: high rise, cropped jeans with a slightly frayed hem, either a longer skirt or a pair of full-legged pants, and tops. I always need tops. First we chatted and got caught up on each other’s gossip. Then we did a “walk-about.” Nattering about the spring styles. Liz says that full-legged pants are big this season…. no pun intended. As well as sleeve detail. Lots of lines are using that soft blue and white striped fabric that looks like mattress ticking. Dresses are everywhere. And the so-called “ath-leisure” trend, those dresses and tops that are modeled on athletic wear, is still big this year. I’m happy about that. I can’t wait to wear my blue Rag and Bone dress from last year. As we chatted we picked up items, put some back, and carried others to the dressing room. Then I commenced the trying-on, and sometimes just plain trying, portion of the day. Then when I was sick to death of trying on we adjourned for lunch. Followed by decision time.
To cut to the chase… full-legged pants are a trend I will have to take a pass on. They simply do not suit my shape. I tried on a beautiful Diane von Furstenberg flowered pair, and they hid all my assets, and accentuated those parts I’d rather stay hidden. Sigh. It was worth a try. I fared better with a black and white striped midi-skirt from ALC which came home with me. It will look great with my black flat sandals. That is if I can find something in my closet, or elsewhere, to wear on top. As well as a Frame short-sleeved tee. And a beautiful pair of black cropped Rag and Bone pants. I mean… one can never have too many pairs of black pants, now can one? Liz ordered for me an Eileen Fisher black and white striped, tunic-style tee with slouchy pockets that will look so smart with the cropped pants. And wonders of wonders… it arrived the next day…UPS having clearly decided that they can find my house after all.
So. Spring 2017 is sorted. Sort of. I still need to haul everything out of storage. Try it all on. Mix and match the new pieces with the old. Then see about finding something to go with my new skirt. I may look for a pair of flats with an ankle strap, similar to the ones in the Brunello Cucinelli shot of the suit, above. We’ll see.
And as for the jeans on my list. Well, I’m still searching.
But when was I not?
What about you, my friends? Are you sorted for spring? Any trends you’re steering clear of this season? What’s on your shopping list? Do tell.