Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the thought of spring is so delightful! It’s February and we’ve officially reached that weird transitional period in fashion, where the store mannequin’s floral ensemble drastically contradicts the wool cable knit sweater the weather so dictates we wear. Unfortunately for us Canadian’s, spring won’t sprung until about mid-May. But that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate some of our favourite spring styles into our winter wear now.
Here’s five ways to cure the winter blues by bringing a little spring into your winter wardrobe.
Ditch the Neutrals – No need to match the gloom and doom outside. How about a pop of colour? Try sprucing up your accessories with a yellow pom-pom hat, bright green gloves or a silky pastel coloured scarf. It’s less about the actual colour and more about how springy colours can be incorporated into your winter essentials.
When in Doubt, Layer with Style – Staying warm in the winter doesn’t need to feel like a chore. Grab your favourite round neck sweater and add a Victorian-esque flair by pairing it with a lacy high-collar shirt and embroidered cuff. It’s the winter equivalent to a 3-quarter sleeve, fresh and sweet. For the gents, try adding a whimsical tie or shirt to your sweater and don’t forget to flip your cuffs.
Put a Spring in Your Step – I know it seems illogical to sacrifice practicality for style in -30 degree weather, but lucky for us there are some pretty great options that don’t require compromise in the shoe department. Opt for shoes that explore all kinds of textures and fabrics. Snake-print booties, light brown, pink, bright blue, taupe, or metallic—any colour boots but black. It’s about selecting winter fabrics without the winter appearance.
Embrace the Pattern – Mixing and matching prints and patterns are a great way to be bold in the cold. Try adding a large-scale print sweater to refresh the old sweater-jean outfit. Don’t shy away from mixing patterns. Want to wear a polka dot sweater over plaid skirt or a striped shirt underneath a camo vest–No problem. Pro-tip: keep the colour wheel in mind to make sure the colours aren’t clashing.
Winter White – Play with all kinds of textures, fabrics and shades for a classic winter white look that says, “spring is coming.” You can swap out your heavy down jacket for a crisp white coat or faux fur alternative. Try wool or a classic cashmere sweater and if you’re really feeling angelic, why not bring out the white jeans.
Dress more spring-like in the winter weather to lift your mood and brighten your spirit!