It’s spring time here in Wellington, and the shops are full of beautiful things that it isn’t quite warm enough to wear just yet. I just can’t deal with wearing winter clothes anymore, so I knew it was time for us to talk about how to dress for spring when the sun won’t play.
Ultimate Spring is about wearing head to toe pink floral and frolicking with a lamb. I’m sorry to report that my workplace has nixed the “lambs as accessories” concept, (disappointing, as I thought the business case was compelling), but the underlying concept – pastels, a really traditionally feminine vibe – was sound.
Prim floral dresses in pastel colours don’t quite work with black opaques for me, but trousers are a good transitional option. Choose a pair in a relaxed fit with a straighter leg to make them more modern, yet work-appropriate. These particular pants are a fave of mine because they hit my Trouser Trifecta – comfortable (yes, drawstring waist, I will eat a massive lunch), adaptable to both dressier and more casual wear, and in a wearable colour. Although they’re pink, this shade is weirdly neutral.
Having covered my legs, let us turn to the rest of my body so that I may go to work in an appropriate outfit. The issue with relying on pastels to create a springtime feeling in your wardrobe is that those are also the colours worn by babies and children. Nobody in their right mind would ever mistake me for a toddler, but my curly hair and my frame unfortunately do mean that I can end up looking like I’m role-playing as a doll, surprisingly easily. Now, dressing like a fancy doll doesn’t sound like something I’d avoid, but I don’t want to do it by mistake.
This simple style of top keeps this look from being excessively girly, and has a lovely proportion with these trousers. This example is a (thrifted) Twenty Seven Names design, which comes at a relatively high retail price point, but cheaper options are widely available. You will need to be careful with fit, as this style relies on a dart that runs into the bust to give it some shape. It will be a fave for spring and summer because the repeating pattern on a simple style of top is a look by itself without being overwhelming. (I can already imagine this with my faded black boyfriend jeans with the frayed hem) (oh…might wear that little combo on Friday).
It’s also perfect for transitional dressing because I can hide a merino singlet underneath, and trick my own brain into believing that, no really, I am wearing a short sleeved shirt in October because it’s definitely nearly summer. Also, making nanas proud everywhere since 1983 over here.
The remainder of this look is made up of what magazines obnoxiously describe as “wardrobe must-haves” – a statement necklace, nude pumps and a trench coat. I don’t think there’s a single item of clothing on earth that I would consider a must-have (except for when I’m thinking “I must have these dark teal metallic trousers!”), but I will admit that these three items get a lot of action at this time of year. It’s worth considering the colour of trench coat and shoes that you pick, because of course “nude” means wildly different things for different people. I like the slight pink undertone in these shoes, for my skin tone at this time of year, and the trench is the perfect stone, blank shade to throw over almost everything.
So, don’t let a bit of rain and wind dent your excitement for spring – just hide the merino, wear some trousers, stick to pastels in modern shapes, and chuck on some great accessories and you’ll be frolicking with a friend (probably not a lamb, but if you do, let me know immediately) in no time!