I was beckoned out of bed this morning not by last week’s sunshine and 70-degree warmth, but by snow flurries and wind gusts. If I didn’t know better I’d say Jack Frost was not back in Greenland but on my front door step. Snow! Again. And again. With all the weather indecision it’s a wonder our wardrobes stay afloat.
It’s true that seasons arrive at different points, stay for a brief spite, and then take off again without a moment’s notice. Which is why dressing in between can seem quite tricky. Where one day a dress and flats may seem appropriate, the next day it could be parkas and knee-high snow boots. When will this end and more importantly, how do you prepare?
Well let’s begin with some sensational closet staples. Not your average black suit, navy sheath, khaki skirt, closet staples. Rather the in-between seasonal must-haves, which are quite honestly, great things to have in your closet anytime of the year.
First off there’s cashmere. Breathable, luxurious and light, cashmere is the perfect answer to spring’s balmy temps. While providing a weightless layer in fall -- when the breeze carries a distinct chill – it’s also you answer to unseasonably humid days in both spring and summer. Believe me cashmere is the perfect response to the temperature’s erratic moods. So what are some favorites? My top cashmere brand would have to be Malo. This Italian label has anything you could imagine done in the most luxurious of styles. And their designer, a fellow St. Martin’s graduate, isn’t half bad either. But if $485 for a sweater has your sweating, then try the more reasonable cashmere options at Bluefly.
Shoes: Stow away your winter boots for light colored flats and trainers. If it rains, you can always do a fashionable galosh (good for pre-spring sprinkles) but let’s look at the sunny side of things instead. Flats are ideal this time of year because it’s warm enough to lose the socks but still chilly enough to cover your legs. Jeans, slacks and dresses with tights are still an option, so flats, in light colors and airy styles make for a good transition. Try the petite and feminine Gaelle from Nine West. In confectious colors like pink, peach and silver, they’ll liven up any outfit with a dash of wearable panache.
A smart dress: Every girl loves a great dress. And this beauty by J. Crew with its floral pattern, flattering boat neck and ¾ length sleeves, is an ideal candidate. On colder days, pair it with a lightweight cardigan and tights. For sunny alternatives, opt for red shoes like these Belle by Sigerson Morrison. You’ll be hearing horns honk all the way down Main Street.