It’s that time of year again–though the bitter winds of winter may still be pushing us down Boylston, spring is right around the corner. Maybe it’s just me being optimistic, but in my head, March is synonymous with spring–and it’s only a blink away! That means the days of ski jackets and snow boots are almost over, and all of Boston can breathe a collective sigh of relief. This brings us to an impasse–what are we to do with all of our lumpy sweaters, our thick socks, hats and mittens? It’s high time that we all begin the happy transition into milder days. Spring break is just around the corner and so is the season it’s named for!
Know This Season’s Colors
First thing’s first: we’ve got to check the trends. The Pantone Fashion Color Report, for Spring 2016 tells us that “Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.” The top colors are as follows: rose quartz, peach echo, serenity (very similar to periwinkle), snorkel blue (cross between navy and royal blue), iced coffee, lilac grey, limpet shell (kind of like aquamarine), fiesta (fire engine red), green flash (lime), and buttercup (you can see pictures of all these colors by following the link above). This is an exciting lineup for springtime fashion, considering it has traditionally been a time for muted tones and pastels. 2016 is proving to be a fierce, fearless year.
I know what you’re thinking: “But Margeaux, I don’t have these colors in my closet. I can’t just go out and buy all new clothes!” Worry not my darlings, this thought has occurred to me. It’s all about working with what you’ve got. For instance, the lime color “green flash” is not too far off from the kelly green that was popular a few years ago. There’s nothing wrong with dipping into seasons past. (Don’t worry, I won’t tell.) Pair this green color with “snorkel blue” for a fresh, classic Tommy Hilfiger look. If you love Easter colors like I do, try going with “limpet shell” and “rose quartz.” Both are very traditionally spring-like and will pair well with “iced coffee” or “lilac grey.” It’s always a safe bet to put one cheerful, popping color with a more muted one. Swap the “iced coffee” for taupe and “lilac grey” for slate and you’re ready to venture out into the dewy air.
Time to Transition
Now it’s time to talk outfits. Coming out of sweater weather, we can eliminate some of our bulkiest pieces in favor of some lighter fare. With Spring break approaching, it’s easy to throw some of your warm fuzzies into a duffel and cart them home so as not to waste already meager dorm-room closet space. Knowing how unpredictable Boston’s weather can be, it’s still a good idea to keep one warm coat lying around. That being said, while away for break you have the opportunity to swap out some clothes you have waiting at home.
When I think of spring clothes, the movie Miss Congeniality comes to mind. When Miss Rhode Island is asked about her idea of the perfect date, she says confidently, “That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th, because it’s not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.” Truer words were never spoken by a native of my homeland! On your return voyage, bring back a light cardigan or two to replace heavy sweaters. Try a windbreaker instead of a coat, and maybe even some capris! As for shoes, try some Toms instead of Bean boots (but keep your Doc Martens all year round because they look boss in any season). Fashion trends aside, the most important tip I can give you for Springtime is to smile, shed those winter blues and get ready for lots more sunshine!