Phil predicted an early spring, and we have had snow showers all weekend. Hmmm… Anyway, on the off chance Phil’s shadow knows what’s going on, I picked up the pile of spring catalogs and had a look-see this morning. Here’s what I can see coming to my wardrobe, listed only in order of the way the “rags” were stacked beside my chair:
Land’s End Dotted Supima Cardi. (Descriptions are my own; I’ve linked in photo and text, so you can find everything I mention here.) Why yes, I do have a navy dot blouse from last season, but I like navy and dots so… I did say I could see these things coming to my house, not that I’m actually pulling the trigger and ordering.
How I’d wear it? Now, with my PANK jeans, green skinny cords, PANK wool pencil skirt, red dresses…
Later? Coral crops, white cropped jeans, maybe even get crazy and wear it with my red dot skirt or my baby blue and kelly green Lilly P skirt…
Hmmm… I think I’ve made a good case for this one. That’s something following a few style blogs has taught me; if it won’t work with the wardrobe I already have, it isn’t a wise purchase.
Print shirt. I almost assuredly won’t buy this one, but I LOVE the color combo. Yeah, it would go with plenty of things, but I’m not a fan of 3/4 sleeve tailored shirts. I can roll the sleeves up if they’re in my way, but I can’t make them longer when I want full-coverage. I’d also be fibbing if I said I wear a lot of this style of shirt. Frankly, if it isn’t flannel and it buttons up the front the length of the shirt, it doesn’t get much wear in my world.
Sadly, that’s it from one of my go-to sources. Their colors are great, both for me and for Pantone’s trends, but I’ve done a great job (hem, hem) with wardrobe building the past couple of years and basics are, well… staples that don’t need replacing year to year.
J. Jill is a new resource, but gosh I love what I’ve gotten from them. I can wear turtlenecks again because I found theirs. However, their latest offerings do little for me; this scarf is the lone winner and I might even order it to assure it doesn’t sell out while I wait for it to go on sale. You can see it as part of an outfit HERE; I have a lot of coral and grey pieces in my wardrobe, and I love the idea of combining them.
How I’d wear it now: With any of my grey cold-weather dresses, with a grey cardi and black on the bottom (pencil skirt, jeans, trousers), with the lone black turtleneck I own…
Later? With a coral tee, a grey tee over those coral crops, with one of the two warmer weather grey dresses I own, or even my trust little black dress that gets so little wear because I need something lighter/brighter at my face.
I am MAD for this Talbots look too, but seeing as how I have a new, kickin’ red trench, the skirt is all I might actually consider. I do want navy and/or nude pumps, but I only have one pair of Talbots shoes and I’ve only worn them once so I don’t know how I feel about them. As for the skirt, I do have an orange wrap cardi, a black cardi, the aforementioned black turtleneck, and a black drape-necked blouse, but I really don’t need more skirts for their own sake.
When I wore the PANK wool pencil skirt on Thursday, I really stressed myself out with pulling the whole outfit together. Oh, I got plenty of compliments, so evidently it was worth the trouble, but honestly… I’d rather have a dress and just add footwear and a sweater/jacket/coat if needed.
That’s the part of wardrobe building that I’m just starting to embrace. Sure, in theory a skirt is more versatile than a dress, but my need to plan my outfit in the morning based on my mood, the shifting weather, and my fluid schedule gets me in trouble when I’m standing in front of my closet and the clock is ticking.
Yes, I do realize I could stage a few options and then pick one, but I kinda’ do that in my mind, and let’s face it… I’ve known me for a good while now, and I’m resistant to change sometimes. Thankfully, Lilly Pulitzer and Talbots too know women like me, and the online Talbots Spring Look Book says this gem will be available in mid-February. Hello, Cupid? What’s sweeter than the universal preppy combo of PANK, pink and green in a shirt dress? I can promise you, of all the things posted here, this is the one I’ll order right away… as soon as it is available.
(Note: rabid clicking to assure it isn’t available for pre-order doesn’t work… just so you know.)
Actually, Talbots has tons of stuff I’d like to bring home this season, but it all seems scheduled for release later this month.
Lilly P also nailed it with their latest look book. I’ll take one of everything please, starting with this outfit, ostentatious pearl bracelet included. We’ll call it a statement piece, okay? Have I mentioned that I love PANK, reds and corals with turquoise, teal, etc.? It seems Lilly loves ’em too.
I’m wondering if one of the reasons I like dresses so much is I don’t feel the need to come up with three ways to wear it. I mean, take this coral and pearl beauty. Dress it down with a traditional jean jacket, top it with a little short-sleeved, cropped white cardi… two very different looks, right? I also have a cream cardigan of some floaty sort, a navy cardi, and a brick-ish linen blazer that might work with it. How’s that for making a case for it?
But I am really drawn to all the items in this boucle fabric/print as well. However, this skirt would suit my body best. Is it a cop-out or part of my signature style to note I could wear it now with a creamy tee and a denim jacket, a long-sleeved chambray shirt, and then later with a short-sleeved chambray shirt, a sleeveless chambray shirt… Or of course, I own a few different white/cream tops for every season too… Lilly P will let me pre-order this one, but I need to try it on in person, so… I wait.
Oh yeah. And I did already buy the pale pink denim jacket from Christopher & Banks. (I can’t seem to get a photo of it for you, so just follow the link.) It would look great with the last three items (four if you count the bracelet) too!
Has Phil gotten you in the mood for spring clothes yet?