Sigh. It’s warm here in Ottawa, people. And has been for a few days. Maybe warm-ish would be more accurate, but above freezing, at any rate. With sunshine. And we’re still in February. The past few days have felt like nature’s balm to this winter weary soul. For those of us pining for spring, a bit of warmth and sunshine “knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,” and makes us feel new again. Okay, enough with the Macbeth hyperbole, what I’m saying is that I’m ready for spring fashions.
So I’ve started my spring shopping research. Reading articles on spring trends. And looking at the runway shows for spring 2018.
|Trendy spring looks from Max Mara, Dries Van Noten, and Agona. source|
Apparently white on white is big this season. Like the Max Mara look on the left above. And what British Vogue calls “ice cream colours”, soft pastels, baby blues, creamy vanillas, and raspberry pinks, like the Dries Van Noten trench coat in the middle above. Which hits on two trends: soft colour and trench coats. Apparently “trench dressing” was big on the Spring 2018 runways last fall. I guess that means the trench coat is back, and I didn’t even know it had gone. Works for me, though. I’ll be looking for a spring coat this year, just like I’ve been doing for the past three. Hopefully I’ll find one this spring. Another trend that appeals to me is colour: bright, primary, Crayola crayon colours. That look from Agona, on the right, inspires me, not so much the jacket or the trousers, but the colours. The colours are so fresh. I’m just getting started with my research and, already, I’m anticipating spring in a big way.
Today, I’m off to meet a friend for coffee, and I am eschewing my winter palette. Ditching, for today, some of the pieces of which I am right royally sick to death. Trying to channel spring in the middle of winter, and doing my best with what I have in my closet.
|Sheesh. Try to smile, would you?|
First off, I refuse to wear my black Stuart Weitzman ankle boots. I love them, but, we need a break from each other. So I’m donning my brown Paul Green boots, instead, and hoping that the coffee shop parking lot has bare pavement. The leather soles on these babies make them treacherous on ice. My skinny jeans and my black leggings are staying in the closet. I haven’t worn my flared Current Elliott jeans all winter. Mostly because they look best with the Paul Green boots and… well… as I’ve said before on the blog, my days of risking life and limb for fashion are over.
|I’m trying to smile and squint at the same time. Loving my red sweater, though.|
And I’ll need to be pulled together because I’m wearing my pink Max Mara coat over my red sweater. I know, the old adage that pink never works with red is out of date, but I still think that the two need some sort of transition piece to help them get along.
|I love my flared jeans with these boots. And the scarf with my tweed coat. The backdrop, not so much|
Now I must go. Hubby just yelled to me that it’s supposed to start freezing rain late this afternoon. Ackk… I do not want to negotiate our backyard in my leather-soled Paul Green boots when the sidewalk is covered in ice. Ever watched that scene from the movie Bambi… when Bambi encounters ice for the first time? Yep. That’ll be me, long skinny legs splayed every which way.
I’m only getting started with my spring shopping research. I’ll be back with a later post on what I’ve found… the good, the bad, and the ugly. And trust me… there is a lot of ugly. Ha. Then I’ll need to do my spring closet inventory, and make my list. A trench coat, loose white jeans, wide legged pants… again. I can hear poor Liz sigh when she reads that. I know, Liz. I never, ever like them when I get them on. But maybe I’ll get lucky this season.
Meanwhile, I’m off to meet my friend, doing my best to quell my anticipation of spring, to stave off the pining by wearing a bit of colour. A great cup of coffee and a croissant might help too.
Have a listen to Carly Simon sing about anticipation. I love Carly Simon. Back in high school my friend used to say that her song “You’re So Vain” was about my first boyfriend. But that’s another story.