I should be doing travel research this morning. Hubby and I are planning a trip for the fall. We’ve been reading, corresponding with traveller friends, reading some more, and trying to map out an itinerary. This morning I should be reading about Slovenia. But I’m not. Instead I am knee deep (metaphorically speaking) in colourful spring clothes.
It seems that my wish last spring for sun-shiney yellow has been fulfilled. In spades. Yellow is everywhere this season. Whether it’s called sunshine yellow, or lemon, or sherbet, or marigold, or even Mango Mojito, there’s a ton of yellow on-line and in the stores. And I think that I will indulge my desire for colour this spring by investing in something yellow.
Simply shopping for yellow, on-line and in the stores, and imagining how it will fit into my closet has already put a spring in my step. Maybe I’ll go for a light coat or a spring blazer? I saw this Zara coat at the mall the other day. It’s surprisingly well made for the price. I know I should be swearing off fast fashion, but maybe just this once I can break my own rule.
Simons has some good-looking, colourful spring blazers as well. I love their long blazer in soft yellow with black buttons, below. You can find it here. I also really like the yellow sweater paired with that plaid skirt. Not sure about the quality of either. As I said a couple of posts ago, I’ve only ever shopped for socks at Simons. When I am out and about with my spring shopping list in a couple of weeks, I’ll make sure to have a good look round, beyond the sock department.
Or instead of a coat or jacket, I might go for a bright summer dress. This Borgo de Noir dress, below, from MatchesFashion.com is luscious, but it’s much more of an investment piece than a Zara coat, or a sweater or jacket from Simons. I’m still too leery about ordering things, especially expensive things, sight unseen, on-line. I know how many dresses I always have to try on before I find the perfect one. I’d no doubt be disappointed, and then have all the hassle of mailing a return.
So… I’ve been all about yellow lately. Bound and determined to buy something yellow for spring, until I saw this ad for Hermes in Vogue. Oh my, that’s beautiful. The orange coat and the tan bag together. So lovely. Almost makes the yellow seem a bit insipid, don’t you think?
And then in The Telegraph, I saw an outfit worn by blogger Brittany Xavier at Milan Fashion week. Here’s the same look on the runway at the Sportmax Pre-fall 2019 show. There’s something so fresh about a simple white shirt, with camel and tomato red. It’s such a chic look, isn’t it? And although I have no intention of buying a Sportmax coat, that colour combination has me dreaming. About neutrals with orange or red. Or orangey red. Even better.
I love this Helmut Lang orange sweater with the cream suit, from Matches Fashion. An orange sweater would look fabulous under my navy Max Mara suit. Or with my navy Veronica Beard suit. Or under the navy Moncler anorak I bought last spring. You see, therein lies the source of my longing for yellow or orange. I’m kind of drowning in navy. I played it safe and bought the navy Moncler anorak last spring instead of the red jacket. I’m not unhappy with my choice. It goes with everything. And I do love a navy jacket or coat with a crisp white shirt or tee underneath. But this year I think an injection of bright colour might be just the ticket to complete my spring wardrobe.
So, now I’m thinking orange instead of yellow. Or orangey red. Or tomato red. This red suit from Zara is making me think fondly of a tomato-red, silk suit I owned in the nineties. A three-button blazer with creamy buttons and full-legged pants, that was a fabulous suit, which I wore to death. Eventually I’d been caught dashing from the car to the house in the rain, coatless and umbrella-less, one too many times, and water spots ruined the jacket.
That was during the years when I was having difficulty managing my umbrellas. I had one for work, one for home, and one for the car. And no matter how hard I tried, they all seemed to somehow migrate to the same place, and often not where I needed them to be. It was as if they had some sort of attraction for each other. Ha. Now I carry a tiny umbrella in my purse. And my red suit is long gone.
So, yeah. This year at the top of my spring shopping list will be “something in a bright colour.” I’m thinking I may replace my red suit from the past. Not silk, of course. And not a worky-looking power suit. Something a bit more casual, with full-legged pants, and a one or two-button jacket. I can see a red suit under my navy anorak on a cool spring day. With a crisp white tee underneath the jacket. Or the suit on its own. With sneakers. Or my red Earth brand loafers from last year. Maybe the jacket alone with jeans and the loafers. Or the jacket over a white tee, and white jeans, and my red loafers. I think I’m talking myself into a tomato-red suit, and I haven’t even started shopping. Ha.
So… this has been fun, folks. Like shopping with girlfriends. You know, when you don’t necessarily buy anything, just browse, and try on, and yak. Then go for lunch. Looking at all the lovely colour, and discussing clothes has definitely put a spring back in my step.
Even if I still have to don my boots to go outside.
So how about you my friends? What’s on your spring shopping list? Does planning your spring shopping help put a spring back in your step?