Monday, March 26, 2012

Le Printemps Transition: Part II

Buyer's remorse.  I bought the turquoise bangle -- why I don't know -- I don't even like the color turquoise. I should have bought the one on the right in deep coral.  Maybe they'll let me exchange.
Throughout the week, according to the TV weather lady, the sun will shine and temperatures will be "unseasonably warm." Since she's not in the business of telling her viewers what to wear, she neglected to note that late afternoon and evening feel more like late fall than early spring. In other words, sartorially speaking, we're between seasons which means we need to be prepared.

Still, I think we can agree we need some oomph in our wardrobes right-this-minute to make us feel light and spring-y.

Last week I suggested the first five of the Top 10 Must Haves (or possible options if you prefer) for right now. Today, the final five:
From Patagonia, but I chose it solely to give you an example of a peppy, preppy color.
A cardigan: Beyond logical n'est-ce pas? Under normal circumstances I would run out to find yet another in navy, black or gray, but no. I will not. I will break out of my comfort zone, maybe look for hot pink (maybe not), coral, Klein blue.

Belt from my latest discovery, Boden.
A belt: Not an investment accessory, just some colorful frippery. How about belting the cardigan above  with it? I'm a huge tone-on-tone fan. Some people I know think that's boring. I don't care what people think.

Triwa watches.

Either/or (or both): An indiscreet bangle and/or one of those candy colored (except for the gray) watches that look like you're playing dress-up.

Ray-Ban Wayfarers -- my all-time favorite.
Sunglasses: Obviously not classic, you already own them. Think lime, raspberry, red, yellow -- you get the idea.

This "jacket" is a hybrid -- a cross between a cardigan and a jacket. It also comes in navy or oatmeal, but I'm forcing myself to think pink, or in this case hibiscus. From the Eric Bompard spring collection.
A jacket: The right choice could be season-less.
Lime Sky Eyes sunglasses -- too cute.
Another Boden belt.

Is this fun or what, matching your sunglasses to your belt? With a soupçon of imagination the possibilities are endless -- raincoat, ballerines, cardigan, scarf. . .

18 comments:

Cheryl said...

I love your list!! Like you, I might not go with the pink sweater.... coral would be my choice. You have a great list. Today we have cold temps once again, but clearly spring has sprung.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Love all of the color! I find myself attracted to coral more and more...the blue bracelet looks great with coral...but you have to love it enough to wear it! I also love all the green this season...

kathy peck said...

Love your choices and like you, don't care much for turquoise - they'll let you exchange your bangle.
I have been sort of doing the above, and my color has been fuchsia or hot pink. Very out of character for me, but I love it.
The cardigan/jacket is beautiful - going to take a look.

Mary Timmers said...

I love all the colors. Especially love to belt a cardigan. Don't you just love the sunshine? Enjoy!

Karena said...

So fun to add color with accessories, I do it with scarves as well! Love that bangles are back big time.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
The 2012 Artist Series

déjà pseu said...

Coral and turquoise would be my choices if I were going for bright colors; still on the fence about how to fit this trend in with my workwear though...or maybe save for weekends?

Elizabeth said...

LUV them all! I am such a fan of your blog,first time commenting:)
I just bought a bright orange belt :)

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I have been flirting with colour myself...
with Tees in salmon and one in yellow.
I do like turquoise but only in accessories...
If you keep the bangle try adding a couple of other coloured bangles and stack them together...

LPC said...

Tish! I love these! And I've got a sky blue Eric Bompard v-neck on, as we speak:).

Pearl said...

Great ideas for spring juice.

That's Not My Age said...

I like the Michelle Obama-inspired cardigan and belt combo though, being British, I prefer clashing colours.

Worthington said...

I love the lime sunglasses! So pretty!

The Gold Digger said...

I have several cute spring coats I might actually get to wear this year, as it appears that except for last week's temps in the 80s, we are actually going to have spring instead of going straight from winter to summer, which is what happened last year. Of course, the switch didn't happen until June. It was too cold for my spring clothes but too sunny for my winter clothes. This year, I might get to wear spring clothes.

BigLittleWolf said...

I'm not big on turquoise either (though I've seen quite a bit of it around). But I adore these jolts of uplifting color - especially the hot pinks, the violets, and the bright berry reds.

(It may be time to go shopping in my closet again. I'm certain I have a few things in these vibrant tones... )

Jewel Yet to Find said...

I admire your bravery to step out of the color comfort zone. I've just did the same with summer necklace collection. So liberating to look unpredictable!
Tone on tone belts are perfect when you introducing more colors with jewelry or scarf.
Natalie

Pamela said...

I like the turquoise bracelet,think the it would play well with with all your grays, whites and blacks that you favor. A nice punch of color.

Duchesse said...

You will look gorgeous in a good, strong pink and it goes with all your neutrals.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

As you know, I adore sunshades. Have them in red, yellow, green, orange and so forth;-)

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