Spring is almost here, my friends. And by that I mean our version of early spring here in Canada. Still lots of snow. Temperatures above zero. Some fabulous sunny days. And enough rain to make the rest of the snow maybe, hopefully disappear…. soon. So I’m thinking positive, doing my research. And deciding what I will wear this spring. And what I won’t.
I’ve been reading those crazy trend reports. Mostly from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, but some blogs as well. And I’ve been alternately chortling, “You’ve GOT to be kidding.” And musing about what I might do differently with what I already have in my closet.
Let’s get the “no way, no how” trends out of the way first, shall we?
I am saying no to the sixties-style prints that look like wallpaper. At least that’s how they were described in the Bazaar article, “wallpaper prints.” To me they look more like those sticky vinyl sheets we used to paste onto shelves, and assorted old pieces of furniture we were gifted by our parents when we decorated our first apartment. Anyone else remember Mactac? I’m pretty sure there was a beige and orange print just like the one in the photo, below.
And if I’m not going to wear sixties shelf liner, I’m most certainly not dressing in head-to-toe doilies. A little doily goes a long way with me. I do have a crocheted sweater, which I plan to wear. But that will be it for crochet for me. And I am, of course, saying no to feathers. Just like I said no to them last year. I cannot be convinced to wear feathers. Ha.
I am saying never, ever again to hotpants. That was an easy one. And to head-to-toe highlighter colours. I’m not averse to a pop of bright colour, though. I also cannot see me in cascading ruffles, although I’ve been known to wear a soft ruffle on a silk blouse. And last, and definitely least in so many ways… bra tops. Need I say anything about that one?
A trend that I intend to say “yes, please” to this spring is the vest. I love a vest or a waistcoat. I’m going to give “spring leather” a try. And I’m also excited about the continuing suit trend. Pant suits and shorts suits, both. I’m there, people.
Trench coats are big again. Can anyone remember a spring when they weren’t? I’m still dreaming of a classic trench like this Fabiana Fillippi one, below. But since I invested in a navy Moncler spring coat two years ago, after searching for an eternity for a classic trench I liked, I’ll probably pass. Unless I find a seriously wonderful coat at a seriously great price. Which is never entirely out of the question, of course. Perhaps I’ll shop for a vintage, classic coat. We’ll see.
So with my trends research completed, I turned to my closet. What do I have that I will wear for sure? How might I change things up just a bit to stay current? And what might I pull from the darkest reaches of my cupboard or drawers that has not seen the light of day for a while?
First, I piled all the garment bags that had been hanging in Hubby’s closet (aka my storage closet) on our bed. I pulled all the sweaters and pants and tees that had been folded into the drawers under the bed in the spare room, and piled them onto the bed too. Here’s a little tour of all that.
Most of what I own I’ll still be wearing this year. Some pieces I’ll wear in exactly the same way I wore them in the past. My Veronica Beard suit with a tee and my red loafers. My navy Max Mara pant suit with a tee and sneakers, or maybe my cream Theory turtleneck and crocheted sweater. I can’t wait to wear the new outfits that I crafted with old pieces, like my Elie Tahari safari jacket with my new-last-year Frame high-rise, boot-cut jeans. Or my old, old Max Mara linen, safari-style blazer with my Frame straight-leg white jeans and my Theory gold and cream striped tee. Those of us who tend to hoard certain pieces feel a special thrill when an old treasured jacket or suit gets a whole new lease on life.
My next task is to ferret around in my storage closet and drawers and pull out those things which I haven’t been wearing lately. For instance, I know that tucked away in the darkness of one of my storage drawers under the spare-room bed is a black, brocade vest from years ago. I’d like to try it with my boot-cut jeans, a white shirt or tee, and my black sandals or my sneakers. And I have a pair of black Theory Bermuda shorts that I haven’t worn for at least two or three years. I’m hoping to cobble together a reasonable facsimile of a shorts suit. With the vest or maybe with my black Helmut Lang jacket. Assuming that the vest and shorts still fit me. Fingers are crossed on that.
Inspired by the photos on my Pinterest board for Spring 2020, I’d like to try different combinations with my Theory white jacket. Like wearing it with a white tee and my DIY white cut-offs, shown above. Or pairing it with other pieces. I’m so happy that I bought that jacket last year. It brightens up my closet no end. And goes with almost everything. And although my “Eco crunch” jacket from Theory is no longer available, I love this white three piece suit from Lafayette 148. Very on trend.
Since I’ve been reading and researching trends, and surveying and sorting my closet, I’ve been compiling a small shopping list. I might shop for a coat. A classic trench. Maybe. Although I don’t really need one. I’d like a pair of straight-leg jeans. A light-weight cashmere or cotton sweater over which I can pull on my spring jackets, and which will ensure that I can wear those jackets much earlier. The season for spring jackets is so short here. It’s too cold for them, then we wear them happily for two days, and then it’s too hot. To be able to cast off my boots sooner rather than later, I’d like to find some sheer socks to wear with my shoes and my cropped pants. Navy with polka dots or something similar.
I’m inspired by the polka dot socks Dottoressa wore with her black patent oxfords way last fall when we shopped together in Zagreb. I’m telling you folks, I can’t get over how amazing she looked in her jeans, and those shoes and socks. My fashion envy knows no bounds, it seems, since I still remember what she wore that day. Is it weird that I have such a vivid memory for what other women wear?
My high school friend Jeannie would not find that weird. We share a passion for fashion that has not diminished in the years since high school. We live far away from each other, but we message regularly on FB. Jeannie tells me about a pair of boots she’s found on-line. I tell her about the Everlane cashmere I’m lusting over. Like we’re seventeen, instead of almost sixty-four. I still chuckle over a conversation we had one day probably more than a decade after high school. We were talking about a high school dance. And I recalled exactly what she’d worn. Exactly.
I think it’s wonderful to have friends with whom you don’t have to hide your embarrassingly abject worship of great outfits. Don’t you? Friends who know that there’s more to you than your love of boots and jeans. But who also know that boots and jeans, or cashmere sweaters, or a great fitting suit are important to you.
Friends like you guys. Who can talk books with great erudition one day, and drool over a pair of shoes the next. 🙂
Now, I’ve told you what I will wear this spring. And what I hope to wear. So, it’s over to you, my friends. What’s in your spring closet? Have you looked yet? If not, get in there, do your inventory, and get back to us. What are you excited about that you already own? And what’s on your shopping list? Tell us everything.
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