I love Springtime - tis my favourite season BUT it's unpredictable. You have to be prepared for all climatic occurences, meaning dressing can be challenging! With the arrival of Spring I'm eager to say farewell to Winter clothes and embrace more Spring like colours. I'm envious of those bloggers who are already shedding layers and parading their beautifully pedicured tootsies in sandals. It's still boots and beanies in the UK!
If you read my Spring Coat post last Thursday you'll know that Easter Sunday was particularly deceptive. We had blue skies above but brrrrrr... beware that nip in the air. So I stared the day right back in the face.
A Spring coat for warmth - most practical.
But in this year's colour of Rose Quartz - absolutely playful.
And paired with chocolate brown - 'a yummy chocolate with a pink filling' ...
... is how Dawn of Fashion Should Be Fun delightfully described it when she kindly commented on the original post. I agree; it's a deliciously fondant fancy of an outfit, even if my left coat pocket is sticking out! Tsk! (Note to self: sack the photographer for not noticing).
'But let's not rehash old posts, Petite Vix', I hear you cry!
'That coat was then, we want the Aqua, Mint and Blue your post title tantalized us with!'
So, what to wear when in this transitional phase when you crave lighter colours but head to toe Summer pastels feel somewhat presumptious?
I adopt my fail safe approach of pairing light with dark.
Take one grounding colour for the lower half - chocolate brown
pair with a bright cardigan or jacket for the upper - the aqua
add a sprinkling of colour with a multi coloured top/shirt - blue and grape
throw in a dollop of metallic - bag
garnish with a dash of minty bling - the necklace!
There can often be a satisfying aligning of the planets when colours match exactly but do we always want to do this?
Pffffff! Not really.
Matching everything to within an inch of its life, can be a tiring practice and limiting. Much more fun to mix tones as I've done here. The pastels of the aqua cardigan, the mint necklace and the serenity blue and grape in the top are similar enough in shade that they're all quite happy hanging out together.
Keeping the bag and shoes in the same tonal palette as each other also brightens the look and stops the grounding colour of the chocolate brown from being too dominant. Metallic accessories are in this Spring - especially rose gold. My metallic blush bag is fortuitously on trend, despite being bought second hand from e-bay a few years ago, proving you don't have to spend loads to be current! Bet the seller wishes they'd kept it now!
Finally, my snakeskin boots are the perfect companion piece to the bag without being matchy-matchy.
Dorothy Perkins Petite Chocolate Skinny Jeans sold out: Lands End Brown Jeans available in both petite and regular.
Dorothy Perkins Petite Aqua Cardigan SS15: Aqua Cardigan
Lands End Petite Weathered Grape Floral Jersey Top bought in the sale still currently going and available in both petite and regular. I love the description - weathered grape!
Yosa Ditzy Mint Necklace
Metallic Blush Bag (ebay) Bailey & Quinn Metallic Straw Bag
Marks&Spencer Snakeskin Boots: sold out
This outfit is really just a riff on a previous one; it's not that dissimilar to when I wore these same brown jeans last month. The basic components are the same; colourful top, cardigan, jeans, bling and boots!
However, a few tweaks here, a colour change there, swap a bag and violà, we've transformed a Winter feel look into a fresh, Springlike one!
I mean, no need to reinvent the wheel, right?
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