Everyone is either thinking about it or talking about it: Spring! Is it here yet? Is it time to shop yet? Is it time to wear spring clothes yet?
Well, not everyone has spring clothes on their mind but if you listen to the pitter patter of fashion feet, stores are definitely trying to bait you with separates, dresses, and shoes for weather that isn’t here yet.
I’m not tempted to reach for my packed-away spring clothes, but I am making slight adjustments. I’m going to have fun lightening and brightening my look while working with what I already have. If I take small measured steps now, I’ll be enjoying the promise of spring all the way to March 20!
Are you ready to join the fun? Here are my lightening and brightening tricks to use in your wardrobe right now. I think you’ll like them!
1. Brighten the first layer
So a few short months ago, this is how I styled my Misook topstitch knit jacket. I went dark with the inside piece. Fall was a novelty still and I was so happy to be in these darker colors.
This is how I styled the same jacket this week. My first layer was this brighter blue, almost a Tiffany blue, J.Crew Tippi sweater. Lighter and brighter! It made me feel like it was at least February 27th!
2. Wear a bright, non-wooly scarf
I’ve been all wrapped up in scarves this winter. I’ll take wide shawls and wrap them around my neck. I wanted to feel like I was in a thick cloud cover of cashmere. That’s how this fringed scarf feels. But now it seems a little bit heavy.
Here I’m still in cashmere but this bright raspberry cashmere scarf is thinner than the wooly one above. I could probably wear it right close to summer! The solid color is pretty. It looks less Christmasy and more Valentine’s Day! With my light gray J.Jill coat, it gives my outfit a lighter and brighter feel.
3. Contrast black with white
Anytime I want to feel lighter and brighter, I put on a white shirt. Here I’ve layered it under a frayed edge elbow-length black top. The fact that you can see the white sleeves all the way to the elbow makes it lighter and brighter.
4. Temperature permitting, unveil a little skin at the feet
I’d be lost this winter without these patent black ankle boots from The Office of Angela Scott. I can wear warm socks with them and stay as toasty as is required here in the Bay Area.
But the moment the temps move up a little, I can pull out my AGL pointy-toed patent flats with velvet bows and show some skin. I’m still wearing nude knee-high hosiery so I have more warmth than if I was barefoot in these shoes. This is the first time I’ve worn these shoes all winter. I think I’ll be wearing them a lot more. They lighten up my step!
5. Brighten the lips
Okay, this wasn’t intentional but I brightened up my lip color the other day and I like it! I’d lost my tube of MAC “D for Danger” and didn’t have a backup. Note to self: pick up another tube ASAP!
But when I went into my lipsticks and found this one by Kosas called Electra (a bright raspberry color) I thought, Brilliant! I like going from deep, dark plum to something brighter. Is it March 10th yet?
Can you see yourself lightening and brightening within your winter wardrobe? Maybe you already started doing this! Are you itchy to leave winter or are you happy being in your winter fashion?
What lightens and brightens your wardrobe? Are there certain colors you start wearing? Do you make a fabric change? What makes you happy to wear? Do let us know! I always LOVE hearing from you!
PS I just found my D for Danger! Well, just like the weather goes up and down and up and down before it’s officially spring, I imagine I’ll be doing the same thing with lip colors. I’m kind of addicted to my Danger!