‘Tis the season for making transition outfits here in the Bay Area. I’m doing for myself what I’ve been doing for my clients–hunting through the winter wardrobe looking for pieces to pull that will make outfits look springy fresh.
I’m nowhere close to letting go of my sweaters and booties, but I do want to lighten and brighten my look until that day when I’m confident enough to get out my real spring clothes.
Creating a transition outfit with orange and blue
Suddenly this Robin’s Egg blue sweater–a J.Crew Merino wool 3/4 sleeve sweater that I treat as a T-shirt–looks just right. I didn’t pick it once this winter.
I’m getting tired of my wooly scarves so to cheer this weekend outfit up, I grabbed a silk square scarf in a retro floral print. Actually, I think it pretends to be silk, and I think it belonged to my mother, or else I purchased it secondhand because it reminded me of my mother.
Floral scarf earns me some pleasure points
Mother had hearty, weed-free, expansive gardens filled with gorgeous flowers. This was particularly so when we lived on the farm and she had plenty of real estate to work with. She had gardens in the front yard, the backyard, and the side yard.
She’d have worn a happy print scarf like this floral one. Do you suppose she’d wear it because it reminded her of her beloved flowers? Or was it the playful, engaging mood of the scarf that reflected her own personality? Curiously, I’m happy wearing happy scarves in these, my wisdom years. Do you suppose it’s because they remind me of Mother, or do you suppose I’m coming into my playful years?
I’m wearing a long navy sweater coat over my blue sweater and scarf. (Hello Classic blue, Pantone color of the year!) I love how the sweater coat pulls out the blue flowers in the scarf print. (Hi Mom, I’m thinking of you today.)
The moonstone earrings that I don’t save for good keep cast a blue shade and keep the blue reverie going. These sand-colored Lucky booties are getting constant use right now. They’re my first choice as I want that lighter feel to my outfits as the days get longer and the nights get shorter. Wait! That’s a song lyric. Who sings that? Carly Simon? Carole King? Help me out!
Wearing my babysitting blue sweater in this transition outfit
Last week I pulled out this wavy gray-blue sweater that I actually haven’t worn yet this year. At least I don’t think I have. I don’t wear it much in the middle of winter as it’s really not warm enough. This was a TJMaxx purchase, I believe. At the time of purchase, this was a brand new color for me. I was really going out on a limb. I mean, it was nearly blue! Back then it was all about the neutrals–gray, black, white–you know, that sort of thing. I’m getting into more and brighter colors in these wisdom years.
Of course, now, that’s no big thing. I could wear shades of blue every day of the week. Cobalt blue, bright navy, turquoise blue, the list goes on.
Switching scarves mid-day because Viv insisted
I actually starting my babysitting day in a different scarf, one of those woolier looking ones that picked up the blue in my sweater. This gold plaid linen scarf actually covers the fire extinguisher in my studio.
Do you see it over there by the wooden rocking chair? So I’m rocking Vivienne last week trying to earn Grammafoxy points with her mother by getting her to settle down and fall asleep–an activity she hasn’t been interested in much lately.
She hasn’t quite succumbed to my going-to-sleep techniques and takes an interest in that scarf. (Anything but sleeping!) She strips it away from the fire extinguisher. “Okay, Viv,” I say. And then I wrap it around her and continue rocking. That goes on for five minutes or so and she’s out.
I earn even more points with her mother by putting her down in her portable crib instead of rocking her for the next hour as she sleeps.
When Viv got up, I wore the lucky gold linen scarf and we went strolling through town. I quite liked it! I realized that Viv had greatly improved my outfit and made it more springy. (Thanks, Viv.)
That girl knows her style and is doling out style tips already!
Like with the other outfit, I wear my sand-colored Lucky booties. Theme: lightening and brightening.
Actually, if I just carry that baby around I’ll be able to brighten up every outfit from here to springtime!
Memories of Dad in that golden scarf
When I look at this golden linen scarf I think about conversations I’ve had with Dad about farming. His favorite crop to raise when he was farming in North Dakota was flax. He was really proud of his flax fields.
I have an affinity to flax only for the reason that it makes linen, a favorite fabric of mine. Neither wheat nor oats turn into fabrics, right. See why I got into fashion? I know nothing about farming!
However, this color reminds me of our wheat fields around August under the sunshine and how the wind would make the grain sway and sway. I don’t have a farmer gene in me but I do love beautiful fields of grain.
Well, I’ve gotten a little side-tracked while telling you about these lightening and brightening tips for transition outfit making this time of year. That seems to be how my mind works these days since Dad’s passing.
Seek pleasure in dressing
But you know me, I’m a pleasure-seeking kind of dresser and wearing things that remind me of loved ones is something that makes wearing them even sweeter.
Are you in a part of the country or world where lightening and brightening your outfits with lighter colors and brighter scarves would work?
Share with me what you’re wearing today. I’m a little lonely right now and could use your company. It warms my heart to be able to picture you in your outfits.