spring awakening

Updated on Apr 02, 2009
white oxford thrifted shoes - yellow 50s vintage dress - gray Primark tights
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queenelizabeth 's Thoughts:

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!)

Comments (36)

IreneGreen
IreneGreen on December 07
nice dress. :)
olive831
olive831 on August 09
i love the necklace
MickeyVin
MickeyVin on March 24
simple classic girl...
jaderose
jaderose on July 18
wow i loved reading your thoughts for spring. I totally remember that moment in the movie :)
alpha754293
alpha754293 on July 09
"scary editor lady" -- you mean Miranda? (oh God. I probably shouldn't have admitted that I KNOW that. Crap. *blushes* A tell-tale sign that I've watched that movie wayyyy too many times.) Maybe another idea for spring would be a light blue dress and sheer white tights? 0.o? Just a thought for the whole "spring" theme.
bargainhunter
bargainhunter on July 05
your dress is so precious!
hessica
hessica on April 07
you have uncanny color prowess... very inspirational!
oliviooso
oliviooso on April 07
cute necklace!love ur dress and the headband so fabulous!
anouk
anouk on April 03
what a great way to spend seven bucks, on a very chic spring/summer staple!
elec_tric
elec_tric on April 03
genius. i have a soft spot for contrasting colors
aliciafashionista
aliciafashionista on April 03
omg adorable!
MeMaria
MeMaria on April 03
like a doll! lovely dress and accesories!
krly
krly on April 03
OMG I WANT THIS WHOLE OUTFIT its so cute, and im loveing those shoes
ThaisVeronica
ThaisVeronica on April 03
really nice necklace
calivintage
calivintage on April 03
um, that necklace is amazing! for serious. i want your shoes. love your 'crisp' outfit. and this blog post is refreshing! i still haven't even bought anything floral for spring, but i was starting to feel the same way. (and i will wear florals, i'm sure.) but this is great advice that i will definitely be taking! :) :) :)
Annabu
Annabu on April 03
love the necklace
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on April 03
The colour of the tights is supercool! Actually I love every single piece of your outfit, you have a great style!
mssashimi
mssashimi on April 03
love the jewelry
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on April 03
this is sooooo beautiful!!!!!
freya
freya on April 03
I love it!
jayde
jayde on April 02
this is very pretty!
kooffy7
kooffy7 on April 02
very cute! i love the shoes babe...
cloudo3
cloudo3 on April 02
this reminds me of the great gatsby ... love that honeycomb necklace !
storets
storets on April 02
So refreshing pretty! xxx
parapluie
parapluie on April 02
pretty pretty. i'm a fan of the head-decoration-bits as well.
NASTYGAL
NASTYGAL on April 02
hahaha @ your description. love the shoes.
eve
eve on April 02
wow...your shoes...n your necklace...i hope i can made a fab necklace by my self like your!
zestarrest
zestarrest on April 02
You're living proof that style doesn't have to be insanely expensive. I'm a new fan! =D
pattycakes
pattycakes on April 02
what a sweet dress :p
FashionReady
FashionReady on April 02
the dress looks great!! i love how you paired it with those gray tights!!
gladys_c
gladys_c on April 02
oh that dress is too cute!!
xs_
xs_ on April 02
i can see much thought went into this ensemble. it shows!
veronicatham
veronicatham on April 02
love that dress and that's the cutest necklace!
KelleyAnne
KelleyAnne on April 02
Great shoes! I like the purple tights too:)
cocorosa
cocorosa on April 02
this is just precious :) love your headband :)
ThursdaysChild
ThursdaysChild on April 02
thanks for another amazing post :) I really enjoyed how you broke it downnnn for us. it's like really almost like reading a magazine blurb on "how to dress for spring" but infinitely more entertaining! oh and thought-provoking. because "florals for spring" really isn't ground-breaking. but yet we still see it in print all the time.
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