the spring equinox is a mere four weeks away and counting, so time to start dreaming about spring. while there might be snow and more snow in your neck of the woods, what better time to shop for spring styles or put together your plans and actions for your spring garden? right now, i’m working on an herb garden that will supply me with fresh rosemary, basil, thyme, and a few other goodies all spring and summer. can’t wait to haul out my gardening shoes and trowel in a few weeks to start digging. the same goes for my outfits. it’s time to start planning for an easy transition to spring with lightweight sweaters and the lot.
transitioning from one season to the next can be a tricky proposition. but if you’re armed with the right tools, errr clothes your life becomes a little easier. getting dressed in the morning should be fun, not a chore. when the seasons change, i always reach for wardrobe staples. you know the ones. they aren’t sexy; there aren’t any bells and whistles attached. but they’re the hard-working items in your closet that span the seasons: dark rinse denim, suede booties, classic trench, black crewneck, white tee.
think of the basics as the items you can pair with anything else in your closet to end up with a snazzy outfit. basics are the items that marry two garments together. closet basics are typically year-round pieces that easily transition from one season to the next. and outfit to outfit.
when you take the time to invest in the basics, you are laying a foundation for a functional wardrobe that will prepare you for anything. every successful wardrobe lays a foundation. crew necks, v necks, and cardigans are all hard-working staples. cashmere for winter. cotton for summer. today’s ootd is an example of how to transition to spring with lightweight sweaters. it all starts with an elegant boat neck sweater from Boden with striped cuffs. it’s a soft cotton-merino wool combination that’s lightweight yet warm. even though this little number just arrived on my doorstep, there are limited sizes. other options are here, here, and here. the neutral color scheme also transitions from season to season with ease. dark rinse jeans (i’m wearing a size 6) from Talbots were cuffed to show off a pair of suede booties. and a neutral check coat (old from Ann Taylor, similar here, here, and here) brings the outfit together while keeping the chill at bay. one of my favorite handbags (old, similar here, here, and here) from Patricia Nash adds interest with texture.
dark rinse jeans | sweater | booties | similar coat | similar handbag
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Thank you so much for finally making me realize that having an outfit equation to always drop back to will help with the anxiety of dressing.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve struggled with outfits only to end up with a pile of clothing on the floor while I reach for the old tried and true, never realizing the tried and true is my style. Hmmm
Going to NMB the first week in March and hopefully will be packing a few springlike outfits, though it’s usually hotter here in Charleston than it is up there. 😀
Happy Spring! And how smart are you to get started on the herb garden. My husband and son would love it if I returned to the kitchen. 😀
it makes life easier to have a style formula! good luck with getting back to the kitchen. that’s a struggle of mine since cooking for one is zero fun.
My style never changes. I like plain simple made basics. But I love to play with color and pattern.
I understand cooking for one. I’m lost as to what to eat now. I lost my husband on the 2nd of this month.
God Bless, Eve. It’s one day at a time. xo
Eve, I’m so sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry while remarried now I have been in your shoes. It is hard!!!
Eve, I am very sorry for the loss of your husband. I’ll be married 40 years in May and can only imagine how hard and painful this is. Find joy, no matter how small, wherever you can. Beth is a great model for this. God bless you.
Eve, I am so sorry for your loss.
You look fabulous in today’s OOTD…from all angles! Your investment in your health shows through and through. Very much appreciate the reminders you offer. Helps with looking forward to dressing every day. Basics indeed set the best foundation. Want to also express appreciation that thanks to you, I tried my first MAC lipsticks, and loved them so much, a second order is on its way to me~
Mac lipsticks are affordable so it’s easy to have another one on its way.
Snow Snow and more Snow
Spring will likely not show up until May. For now it is wearing my Winter layers and cruising the online shopping sites dreaming of Spring “sigh”
stay warm, and keep dreaming.
Just saw your U-tube for transitioning winter to spring. Absolutely terrific information in easy to follow sequence. Thanks so much for helping us organize our daily routines. AND getting us out of our winter doldrums!
i so appreciate you being here!
I just have to add my two cents about the cooking issue. After cooking pretty much daily for over forty years I am over it. Any other job (and cooking is a job) after forty years you would retire with appreciation and thanks. These days I cook when I feel like it and that’s not often.
some people love to cook. others not so much. i’m always thankful for options!
Thank you for talking about Spring. Sure does me good-to just hear it talked about. Just realized it IS the end of Feb. Went by quickly.
and good thing too! can’t wait for spring like everyone else.
Thanks for the introduction to Boden. Love the sweater. Checked out their website and found great clothes not just for me but also for grandsons.
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