I’ve lived in a lot of different places and no where else has spring been as lurch-y as it is here. Sometimes it feels like someone learning to drive a stick shift and doing so poorly. The weather just warms up and goes and then there’s a bad shift and it sputters and stalls and is cold again. For instance, we started April on a day with a high of 73 degrees F and yesterday, just two days later, the low was in the upper 20s with a wind advisory. After eight springtimes here, I’ve learned the best bet is appropriate layers, thus my transitional spring outfit.
My (thrifted) Restricted thigh-high boots are perfect for this sort of weather. I can fold the tops down to hit below the knee and go pirate-style. If, however, it’s particularly cold or windy, I can fold them up and the tops will tuck nicely under my skirt.
Another layer is a wool coat which is long enough to provide protection from the cold and wind, but also lightweight enough to take on and off without becoming cumbersome. I might need this coat early in the morning, but not need it at all by lunchtime. That’s spring where I live. Below, I’ve adored the clean lines and neutral color with some pin bling in the form of vintage brooches. If runway fashion designers can do it, why can’t we?
When it warms up, which is sometimes does, I have yet another trick up my sleeve- a sweater set, also known as a twin set. This twin set’s cardigan has three-quarter sleeves, but its first layer is sleeveless. So if it really gets hot (and 73 in the sun does feel hot for me), I can take off the cardigan and just leave on the sleeveless sweater. My skirt, too, it multi-purpose. It’s jacquard, which is a woven material. It’s thick and warm, but because of it’s A-line shape, it moves well and doesn’t ever get too hot.
I’ve accessorized my outfit with a vintage patent leather purse and a marcasite ring. I don’t know why, but I have a thing for marcasite rings.
To toughen up the feminine feel and girly blue color of the twin set, I’ve added a long metal necklace that reminds me of chain links or a bicycle chain. I like mixing up styles and eras this way.
And the outfit wouldn’t be complete without sunglasses because the sun is still at a wintery angle, but the winter clouds are (mostly gone). Also, you can see that the trees haven’t yet leafed out. If I’m going to get sunburned it’s always in March and April. ;-0
Admittedly, I felt a little goofy doing a fashion shoot, but my teenaged daughters (my photographers) were very helpful and encouraging. Special thanks to them!
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