If it hasn’t been made painstakingly obvious by now, spring is my absolutely favourite season. Seriously, my two absolute favourite lipsticks, Chanel’s Flirt and La Romanesque, were released with as part of Chanel’s spring collections, I absolutely love the sounds of birds chirping, I can get out my SUP board and get on the lake again, and, come on, flowers! Maybe, it’s because I’m an April baby…or because my colouring is great for the pinks, golds, and purples of spring. Regardless, spring is style heaven, and all of you are going to rock it.
To surmise in the most general sense…
This might seem a bit obvious, but spring is the literal addition of light to our days! No more leaving the office to find the sun is long gone, no more only being able to use your sunglasses between 9 am and 2pm… so reflect this in your wardrobe and beauty routine. Treat yourself to some highlights or embrace less-structured hairstyles and play with softer textures or waves. Wear lighter coloured clothes, brighter shades of lipstick or a lighter blush – just do anything you like to lighten your winter look. That being said, you don’t have to give up that gorgeous plum lipstick or dark red, just balance with a lighter coloured dress or shirt.
Essentials for Spring
Teal, lilac, lavender, bright blues and light blues, any shade of pink, magenta, amethyst… There are so many beautiful spring colours this season! Incorporate these colours - not all at once, mind you – into your spring style, but make sure to balance it with some neutral tones like ivory or grey to truly appropriate spring.
Bags & Purses
Brighten up with a lighter coloured purse or a simpler design. Quality, beautiful purses or clutches in soft yet entirely spring colours are perfect this season. Take my word, and the word of Canada’s First Lady Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and check out Ela handbags, available at Holt Renfrew or Elabyela.com. I seriously use my Ivory mini MILCK clutch or my bright-blue mini D/N bag every day and still have to stop myself from buying another one. Maybe just the new Mini Saddle Bag, or the Drawstring…I love these bags.
Switch that cozy, wooly, oversized, wholly necessary in colder climates scarf for lighter coloured linen or cotton. One of my favourite investments was a light grey cotton scarf that looks amazing with a denim jacket or just with a long-sleeved tee. If you like the idea of using a scarf to add some colour to your wardrobe, try a blush, lavender, or funky watercolour scarf instead of a neutral grey/white/ivory.
Splurge on the Kate Spade Windy Rose Scarf from their Madison Avenue collection, $168 from Kate Spade.
This amazing shape is appropriated in so many ways by different designers and brands, ranging from clean and simple to bolt and colourful. These necklaces are a stunning addition to your wardrobe that encompasses any style you’d like and keeping you on trend.
Try the clean Botkier New York Tassel Pull-Tie Y Necklace from Hudson’s Bay, $88.
Each necklace is fractionally different in length but still only have one clasp, adding flattering dimension to your outfit and allowing for different designs/pendants/colours without looking as loud as a statement necklace. Or, if you’d prefer, there are designs where each strand is the same design but still has the different lengths.
Try A.B.S. By Allen Schwartz Geo Pendant Set in Pink from Hudson’s Bay, $58.
Breezy Blouses and Light Sweaters
Sweaters and blouses can be light and airy to reflect this warmer season, and can both act as a neutral colour point to wear with colourful scarves, shoes, lipstick, or blazers. Try wearing a blouse that has a more intricate shape than your average button-down; ruffles, high neck and sleeveless, open-back, cold shoulder, lines and panels etc. do wonders for your style.
Check out the navy Beaded Blouse from MadMonkeyClothing.com, $55.
Or if you prefer a more neutral shape, try a patterned blouse or sweater with a geometric design, like Pink Martini’s Black Bird Tunic Shirt, $75 at faunboutique.com
I never thought I’d advocate a tunic, but this season’s tunic style dress trend has a lot going for it. Breezy and light without succumbing to the crowded, dated florals (not the gorgeous modern florals) or earth tones, tunics this season are wider and more fitted through the chest to appropriate the spring-casual look.
Check out Gentle Fawn’s Spectacle Tunic White Dress, $135 at faunboutique.com.
Office Appropriate Florals
Designers are on point with the spring florals this year; patterns and colours in shapes and styles appropriate for nearly every possible occasion. What I absolutely love is how there are professional, work-appropriate florals this season, no longer reserved for the casual or weekend outfit.
Treat yourself to the stunning Shenika Douceur dress from Boutique 1861, $118.
Knee Length Skirts
Since it’s still not warm enough to completely eschew layers or jackets, try for the longer skirt that still shows off your calves in a classy manner. Dresses and skirts this length are especially gorgeous if you pair this length with a belted, natural waist.
My favourite purchase this year has been my Tahari Belted Floral Jacquard Dress from Hudson’s Bay, $179. Stunning.
Don’t freak out when you see “orange”- experiment with the somewhat orange-y pink lipsticks out there, like the aforementioned Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Flirt”, available at Holt Renfrew.
Or try out a lighter pink than you’d normally wear, or experiment with a pink-magenta for a darker yet spring-appropriate look. If it looks like it belongs in a gorgeous flower bouquet, it’s worth trying.
Spring means I can start using my Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid base to give my skin a dewy, fresh look under my makeup (or on its own, it’s fabulous). I also graduate to my more shimmery champagne eyeshadow or lighten up on my eyeliner-save for special occasions where I do both. Adding these subtle formulas that catch and manipulate light are perfect for adding warmth and, well, light, to your skin, bringing your skin out of its winter survival mode.
Honestly, there are enough spring ideas for this season for me to write a full-length coffee table book. And I didn’t even get to talk about shoes! Or blazers!
[Image Credit: elabyela.ca, katespada.com, public domain, faunboutique.com, 1861.ca]
Posted on March 13, 2016 in Fashion Recipes by Laura Sanders