Are you sick of winter? I am, and there’s barely been any snow yet! This is the time of year when I look out my window at the cold, gray landscape and think, “I’ve got to get out of these heavy, dull winter clothes, or I’m going to suffocate.”
What do you wear to feel happy and alive, when it’s freezing and dark outside? Here’s a look at a few great tops to perk up your mood, and bridge the gap between seasons.
To make it feel more like spring, try my dressing tricks:
1. Try a Bright , Colorful Pattern
When I’m feeling blah, one way to feel better is to wear something bright. This sunny, ruffle sleeve blouse lifts you up out of the winter blues.
Did you know polka dots are going to be everywhere this spring? You’ll be seeing lots of traditional dots – white dots on navy or black, perfectly spaced apart. But I like this modern take on dots – small clusters of black dots on yellow. It feels more creative!
This looks like a comfy top to wear now with black jeans, or with white jeans come spring. And those gorgeous 3/4 length bell sleeves are so pretty and feminine! This top reminds me of a beautiful spring buttercup!
2. Slip Into a Pretty Floral Print
Speaking of spring florals, they’re another great way to perk you up. This ladylike pleated cuff blouse is a feel-good find this time of year. You can’t help but smile and think of spring when you slip this on and see how cute you look covered in pretty peonies!
The dark mauve background is also a nice change from black. I’d say it’s a very modern transition color!
3. Incorporate White
White always looks so fresh and springlike, so if you can find a top like this to ease you into spring, you’re sure to start having more pep in your step!
The great thing about this botanical tulip pintucked sleeve popover is that it’s versatile. It has both dark and bright colors in the pattern so you can wear it in winter with dark, long winter pants, or in summer pair it with cropped white jeans. Either way, it will look equally great!
4. Play with a New Spring Detail
Something as simple as catching the early wave of a new spring trend can make you feel more alive in winter.
For example, translucent sleeves are the big thing this spring, and that’s why I’m attracted to this illusion sleeve top. It’s just that little bit different, which makes it fresh and exciting, and that exotic color called, Red Hibiscus, tricks me into thinking I’m someplace tropical.
5. Transition by Wearing Navy
When I can’t bear to wear any more black, but Easter egg spring colors feel too light for this time of year, I turn to navy. Navy is the perfect transitional color that I like wearing February – May. Combined with a shot of red or orange, it feels sporty and spring-like. Take a look at this navy/orange outfit I wore last year.
This navy mosaic split neck blouse is something I’d typically wear now. I call it a spring teaser. It’s dark enough to look right for mid- February but it also opens the door to spring. The touches of orange and baby blue are exciting and uplifting. Wearing this is like announcing, “O.K., I’m done with February, hurry up Spring!”
6. Choose Soft Pastel Shades
Pretty pastels like soft blue, pale yellow, baby pink and mint green remind us of summer, so wearing them is a great way to take your mind off the harsh winter.
Luckily pastels have become very trendy to wear year round, so there are a lot of pastel tops and clothes to choose from right now. (See the mint green sweater that tricks my brain into thinking it’s really spring).
I am in love with this pearlized bell sleeve shirt because the soft blue shade makes me picture a beautiful summer sky. It’s refreshing on in the middle of winter. And the pearl buttons make it feel so delicate and light. (Pearl details are trending)
Wear it with darks in winter, lights in summer or your favorite jeans all year round.
7. Throw on a Spring Jacket
O.k., so maybe you don’t feel like wearing a bright, new spring color, and you’d rather stick to neutrals. Then how about this? Somewhere between black, which registers as winter, and a check print that at some level reminds us of a summer picnic tablecloth, lies the perfect early transitional jacket.
Checks are in for spring so why not catch the wave of this trend early on? This darling checked blazer is sure to make you feel light and happy. Look at the gorgeous shape too which is right now inspiring me to lose those extra five pounds I put on over the winter! ( You too?)
Don’t you love a piece that you can wear for a good long stretch? This jacket would look great right through to early fall, and because it is so light and soft, I think it would be perfect for traveling.
What do you wear to get you out of the dumps this time of year? What colors, patterns and styles make you feel uplifted?
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