Monday morning my family found ourselves basking in the warm sunshine along the shores of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before we loaded up and drove home from our holiday weekend vacation; when we arrived home later that afternoon – temperatures were 30 degrees cooler and the wind was whipping along the mountain ridges and through the valleys – not ideal spring weather! In fact, the weekend before we spent Sunday afternoon sleigh riding in over a foot of snow with more predicted this weekend! Really!?! It’s April! Can we stow away the drab winter clothes already! This momma needs sunshine and short-sleeves!
Tuesday morning I was back to work and perplexed as to what to wear! Is it appropriate to still wear black pantyhose or tights post-Easter? What about my over-coat? Wonder if I have one in a lighter color – I am tired of the black and grey check pattern! I refuse to allow plunging temperatures to stifle my Spring style!
So, I offer you 5 Tips for Embracing Spring Fashion in Chilly Climates:
1. Enjoy Some Spring Color
My winter wardrobe tends to be a little dark. I have multiple pairs of black patterned tights and at least 3 black dresses! I also wear way more maroon than any one person should – it’s our school color and I try to coordinate with my team! However, basketball season is over and the sun is shining, even though it may be a bit deceptive! It is time to bring on the color! Yellows and pinks, blues and greens all pair perfectly with tan or grey cardigans or blazers. These vibrant colors even look great with those staple black pieces!
2. Keep Warm with Light, Colorful Scarves
I don’t know about you but I have a serious scarf addiction! I have scarves of all lengths and colors, patterns and weights! I have to confess though, the heavier winter scarves get way more attention in my scarf basket. Now is the perfect time to give some love to those cute little,colorfully patterned, scarves that have been buried in the bottom of the basket! Wear them untied or loosely wrapped for some extra protection from those not-quite-Spring breezes!
3. Punch Up Your Handbag and Accessories
Nothing says Spring like a new handbag! Whether you are searching to find the latest style from the runways or digging out an old-faithful from your own stash, giving up that tired winter bag for something fresh is beyond gratifying! As for me, I did both! I found a small, bright yellow, cross-body that I couldn’t pass up a few weeks ago – I have been waiting anxiously for the slightest peek of sunshine and a weekend adventure to break it out! I also unearthed and blue and pink floral arm bag from my closet; its a little larger and perfect for volleyball tournaments and everyday stuff that I need to carry around like monster trucks and essential oils!
Don’t forget the accessories! Spring is the perfect time to bring out a little bling and color in your accessories! Its a great time for larger pieces that your bulkier winter clothes would have over-shadowed or hidden completely! This necklace set was a gift from my momma! I LOVE handmade jewelry! Wearing this makes me feel like I carry a little part of the artist with me! You know I love a story! Spring fashion also provides great opportunity for statement accessory pieces; large or small, an interesting piece of jewelry can completely change an outfit!
4. Layers Upon Layers My Friends
We have all heard the old adage of “light layers” – well sometimes sayings like this are old because they are tried and true! Spring fashion in the mountains is all about layers! Its giving up the down coat for the down vest or heavier pea coat for a cardigan and rain jacket! I love my cardigans as much as, if not more than, my scarves! In fact, I have an entire cardigan wardrobe – thicker ones for winter and light-weight pieces for fall and spring! Cardigans of every shape and style! My new favorite Spring layering find…a polka dot Sorelle Rain Jacket from RD Style that came in this month’s Stitch Fix box…I can’t wait to wear it!
5. Change Up Your Products
Spring is the perfect time to change up your skin-care line and try new looks or products! There are tons of great blog posts out there with product reviews and suggestions to get you started! I read a great article today by Abbi Chalk at http://simplyabbi.com/2018/04/march-makeup-the-top-three.html. She rated her top three glowing skin care products for March.
If you are like me and winter has left you pale and ghostly, I recommend adding a little color to your skin too! I love self-tanners…there I said it! While I do not subscribe to dangerous tanning beds I do love a good spray tan or self tanner! There are so many good products out there now that moisturize your skin and, contrary to popular belief, will not turn you orange! My favorite at the moment is actually Banana Boat Summer Color, Self Tanning Lotion. You can pick this up in most grocery stores or pharmacies for about $6 and it works as well as the expensive brands! Its self-adjusting color goes on evenly and fades just as evenly. Like all self-tanners, it does require a little practice and finesse in the application process. Basically, I recommend going light on knee, ankle, elbow and wrist areas and ALWAYS wash yous hands after application! If you aren’t convinced or worried about streaking go for the professional spray tan and use a self-tanner for maintenance! I prefer the Norvell brand of professional spray tans and maintenance products!
Finally, Spring represents all things new and fresh…so pack up your heavy winter perfume and search out a new Spring scent! What better way to uplift your spirits than with a new aroma swirling about you! You could even try essential oils such as wild orange and rosemary!
There you have it! 5 tips for embracing Spring fashion for those of us still enduring plunging temperatures and the occasional snow flake! Hang in there my friends – those short sleeves and sandals are in sight!