A detail from Cornelis van Spaendonck’s Vase of Flowers on a Stone Table with a Nest and a Greenfinch, 1789. The Louvre
I am desperately craving everything spring. Crocuses. Tulips. Daffodils. Longer days. Cool breezes. Light layers. Skin-warming sunshine. Open windows. Digging in the dirt. Green. I want green.
Daffodils exploding on Martha Stewart’s Bedford Farm
Is anyone else sick to death of wearing heavy knits and of boots as the only option for your feet? Sadly, it is going to be awhile before we can pack them away here on the Third Coast (the Weather Channel is pushing a winter weather advisory as I type), but there are ways to bring elements of spring into our lives and wardrobes now.
Pale pink hyacinth.
A high impact/low cost must is to grab a bunch of spring flowers from the market. I bought the above bouquet at Trader Joe’s for a mere six dollars. The fragrance was amazing and they lasted for an entire week!
The next easy way to get a spring fix is to inject color into your wardrobe. Almost every shade of colored denim (above pair available here) looks fabulous with grey, black, or winter white, so wear your spring hued jeans with a chunky neutral sweater (don’t you think the above outfit is crying for an oversized grey cardigan?) and throw on a pair of ankle boots. Done. I’d add a messy updo and a thick chain link bracelet but that’s just me.
Bold black and white was a heavy hitter on the Spring 2013 runways. This body skimming number (here) is a great transitional piece. Wear it now with tights, booties and a jacket, then bare your arms and legs as the mercury rises.
This soft and flowy iris print blouse (available here) will look perfect peeking out from under a blazer and paired with rolled up boyfriend jeans.
I was thrilled to see ultra-feminine lace return as a spring trend. This dress (available here) would look chic with a loose blazer or a hip length jacket now.
Spring stripes and pastel button downs are a breath of fresh air for men and women. This cotton cashmere sweater (available here) will transition beautifully through the next three seasons.
I’m crazy over this silk tie with its pale pink back ground and graphic chain-link print (available here). Justify it as an Easter Sunday splurge and wear it all spring and summer.
Let’s ignore the fact that the above model looks like an extra from Less Than Zero and focus on the fabulous floral prints from the Prabal Gurung for Target collection. Run, don’t walk – it’s flying off the shelves (see the entire lookbook here). If you’re on the fence about investing in florals, this ultra-reasonable line would be a good place to start.
J. Crew’s spring collaboration with Liberty of London showcases the latter company’s famous floral prints on everything from the above collared shirt to shoes, pajamas, swimsuits and pocket mirrors.
A spring inspired pedicure will make you smile every time you glimpse your toes. Mint green polish (above available here) is on every beauty editor’s hit list for spring, but I say choose whatever cotton candy color makes you happiest.
My daughter has this light purple on her fingers right now and I am a little jealous. Must copy.
Uniqlo is finally available online, and this ultralight down jacket (available in several colors here) is a steal at $69.90.
Leather is another huge trend this spring, and this muted metallic cap-sleeved top from Skaist Taylor (available here), while definitely not a steal, would be a fabulous layering piece now and an absolute stand out when the weather breaks. It truly makes me weak in the knees.
So from now until sunshine coaxes the first crocuses through the snow, I will plan my gardens (finally getting to the landscaping this year), watch spring training games on mlb.tv (the Cubs, of course) and shop like it’s already here. You?
Image one via The Louvre, image two via The Martha Blog, last image via The Gifts of Life Tumblr.