We still have serious snow here in eastern Ontario; in fact it snowed last night. But there are some signs of spring. Like how warm the sun feels these days, and the sight of a patch or two of sparkling, open water on the river. Not to mention the family of otters we’ve been watching, who punched a hole through the ice the other day, and have been popping up to the surface to eat their supper each evening. All of this tells me it’s time to kick my spring shopping research up a notch. Time to get serious with my list-making.
I’ve been perusing those “must-have” articles which purport to outline the trends of the season. And I’ve been picking and choosing which ones will work for me, and which ones to ignore. I don’t slavishly follow trends. I mean, who does? But I like to know what’s happening in the fashion world. I like to keep up with the trends, even if it’s just to roll my eyes and chuckle.
Of course colour is big this season. Yellow was all over runways for spring 2019. I contemplated adding some yellow, or maybe orange or red, to my spring wardrobe in this post a week or so ago. And now, according to Chloe MacDonnell, the fashion editor of The Telegraph in London, purple is the big colour of the season: “From lilac and lavender to violet, amethyst and mauve, the shops are already awash with varying purple hues.” So really, the field is open to buy whatever colour suits my fancy and goes with what I already own. Nothing new there. I always buy with an eye to how the new pieces will fit with what I already have in my closet. That’s why I do my “inventory” this time of year.
Purple is lovely, but I already own a lilac cashmere cropped sweater from Vince which I bought in 2017, and of course my new lilac socks. Colour is still on my list. And I’m sticking with my original plan. Something in orange, maybe yellow, or red, depending on what I discover when I finally go shopping. Last year I looked high and low for a light-weight, red, hooded sweater to slip under my navy Veronica Beard suit, and wear with my red Earth brand loafers. Maybe this year I’ll be lucky. And, if I can find one, I may invest in a bright-coloured suit. What Vogue calls in this article “Fruity Suiting.” Ha.
So spring and summer 2019 looks to be a pretty good year in fashion for a pseudo-minimalist of a certain age, like me. If you ignore the usual plethora of wacky trends. Like the wet-suit-surfer-girl look, the big, big hats, the acid-washed redux à la 1983, and the glut of lace, fringe, feathers, bobbles, and even macramé on the runway. I love all the camel and neutrals I’ve seen. Especially when paired with a pop of spring colour, like this look from SportMax, which I featured in a previous post.
And while I’ve been pedalling my exercise bike these days, I’ve been ripping favourite looks from fashion magazines to create my spring-summer inspiration board. My aide-mémoir, so to speak: to inspire me, and remind me of looks I love. Burberry is showing camel with a pop of orange. I love this pant suit even if it looks more like a fall outfit than spring.
And this Louis Vuitton suit, below, is lovely. Crisp white with tan, or camel, is always fresh. This photo reminds me that I’d planned to look for a spring turtleneck. Preston Davis’ post over at Keep It Chic the other day gave me the idea: a short-sleeved turtleneck, with a spring coat, jeans, and sneakers. In fact, now that I think of it, I have a light-weight, white fall turtleneck from Vince that I may pull out and wear with my navy Moncler spring anorak.
Neutrals abound in all the magazines I’ve looked at, neutrals with colour or bright white. Tan or beige with red or orange or white, earth tones with basic black. I like the black structured jacket with the flowy, boho skirt in earth tones in this Dior ad, below. Gives me an idea of how I might wear my black Helmut Lang blazer and my striped Rag and Bone midi-skirt this year. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to try my light-weight, cropped summer leggings (here-to-fore worn strictly on vacation or on the deck at home) under my light summer midi-skirt. Maybe. I’ll let you know. Of course, if the combination looks totally ridiculous, and it might, you’ll never hear of it again. Ha.
I also saw a lot of white everywhere I looked. White with orange accents like this shot from Harper’s Bazaar, below.
Or white on white, like these Fabiana Fillippi looks.
And this look from Etro, below, combines neutrals and earth tones with the on-going craze for prints. Don’t you love the colours? And the little scarf tied around her wrist? So chic. Although one would have to have a patient Hubby to help with that accessory, patient and dexterous. My Hubby’s pretty handy with a chopping knife, or a canoe paddle… not sure about silk. Ha.
So, I’ve spent some considerable time doing my research: reading, flipping, surfing, viewing videos. Then taking inventory in my closet. And assembling my “inspiration board.” And I’m ready to draw up a tentative list for my spring shopping… well, more a guideline these days than a list.
Let’s see. I’ll be looking for a jacket or a suit, something tan or camel, and a couple of pieces in bright colours. So maybe a bright suit. Maybe a tan or camel jacket and a bright orange or yellow or red top to wear underneath it. Maybe a new pair of jeans with a different silhouette than I normally wear. I definitely need a new pair of flat sandals. That will be a task… my foot is terribly hard to fit, especially with sandals.
As for what’s already in my closet, I’m going to try to spin my light fall turtlenecks into my spring wardrobe, instead of packing them away. Try to re-style my old navy Max Mara suit, and pair it with my cropped white Theory sweater from last year. And try something different with my Rag and Bone midi-skirt, and my black, structured Helmut Lang blazer.
That’s a pretty good start to the season, I think. Lots of ideas. Some flexibility built in to allow for what I actually find when I start shopping. Which I will be doing in a week or so. I love spring shopping. And I don’t want to rush. It’s all about savouring the experience, people.
And speaking of savouring the experience. In my research, I came upon this video of the Burberry Spring-Summer 2019 runway show. I watched it this morning. The dresses, the suits, the coats, the camels, the small pops of colour, the music, it all seemed wonderful. I began to imagine if I were sitting in one of those comfy front row seats, maybe next to Anna Wintour. How excited I’d be. Probably utterly unable to contain my ear-to-ear grin, and the little gasps of delight when a particularly lovely outfit came into view.
And then as I watched, I was distracted by the audience, who were either filming with their phones and paying no attention to the clothes, or looking so patently bored it was incredible. What a glum bunch. All of them. Jaded, I guess, by being so darned cool, or pretending hard to be. So weary of the whole scene, it seemed. Sad, I thought. What a waste.
Have a look if you’ve time. You don’t need to watch the whole thing… trust me. Some of the accessories get a little… ah… unusual later on. The scarves tucked in weird places, the odd flat shoes that look a teensy bit like duck feet, and the bicycle-cable-lock thingies on a couple of the male models. Definitely unusual. But still it would be thrilling to be there. And if I was trying to contain my gasp, or even an amused guffaw, I certainly wouldn’t be sitting there looking bored. No matter how cool I thought I was.
So. That’s me sorted for spring shopping. Now all that remains is the actual shopping. Hope you’re reading this Liz. You’ll know my list before I even get to Nordstrom. Ha.
What about you, my friends? What’s on your list for spring shopping?