Remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where everyone is at a meeting discussing the upcoming trends for spring, and someone says “What about floral?” And then the scary editor lady gives them a withering look and says “Florals for spring. Groundbreaking.”
That’s pretty much what I think of every time I try to dress seasonally. Not that there’s anything wrong with little floral dresses, or jean shorts with a flowery top – and let’s be honest, that’s probably going to be my uniform come summer – but sometimes it’s nice to think outside the box a little.
The one word that springs to mind (oops, sorry) when I think of spring clothing is “crisp”. Fall is all about soft, rumply flannels and T-shirts; winter is cozy sweaters and furry coats; and summer is breezy, flowy dresses and skirts. Spring, if you’ll pardon the tired cliches, is when everything starts growing again. Crocuses and snowdrops are popping up in my yard, all the snow is gone, the sky is blue again…everything is fresh and clean. And crisp. That’s the keyword for today.
For my purposes, this keyword translated into a lightweight cotton 1950’s dress, in an appropriately Easter-egg-ish color. Sheer, pale tights are a great transition from wearing black tights all through winter, and these neat little jazz shoes are my favorite part. After months of trudging through piles of slush and snow, it’s nice to wear white shoes (before Memorial Day! gasp!) without worrying about ruining them.
Jewelry is also important. I’m wearing a necklace I made in class, which has a sort of nerdy, sciencey look while still being delicate (another important point for spring) and elegant. My headband is a paper-and-tinfoil stud necklace that I also made – it has a little bit of that winter
ice queen/space princess look, but in context with this retro dress and hairstyle, it’s more demure and chic than anything else. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, there aren’t a whole lot of things that are more “crisp” than paper. (Remember that keyword, kids!)