While spring officially arrived in Canada a few weeks ago, I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature to turn the heat on! This last week has been anything but spring-like in Southern Ontario – snow instead of tulips, freezing rain instead of spring showers and an overcast haze instead of sunshine.
Although it is grey and cold as I write this, I am not discouraged. I firmly believe spring weather is just around the corner, and as such, I have started to gather together my spring wardrobe essentials.
The arrival of spring is truly cause for celebration as we are finally able to shed those winter layers and refresh our closets. I don’t know about you, but it brings me such joy to put my heavier fabrics into storage and make room for my lighter weaves. It is exciting to move those beautiful pastels to the front of the closet; however, it can be easy to get caught up in all that spring excitement and blow the budget on loads of current, trendy items.
Over the last few years, I have tried my best to avoid this temptation and instead, make a concerted effort to purchase classic items that will not only serve me well this spring, but for many springs to come.
In the first of what I expect will be a reoccurring series on the blog, I offer you five wardrobe essentials for spring:
The Trench Coat
When I hear the word trench coat, two words immediately come to mind – classic and springtime. While the trench coat was originally developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers during the First World War (you’re welcome for the history lesson), today, the trench is considered a classic wardrobe staple for both men and women.
While Burberry is considered the gold standard in trench coats, they come with a hefty price tag as well, which has lead me on a lengthly search for a substitute. Well friends, that lengthly search ended last week, when I came across this beauty. I picked it up in the colour sand; however, I love it so much I may order it in navy as well. One day, I may finally have my Burberry trench, but until then, I know this one will serve me well. Here are a few more lovelies for inspiration:
The Floral Scarf
While I could live in florals all day everyday (to my husband’s chagrin), I have come to find that a little goes along way. In spring, I especially love finishing off a neutral outfit with a floral scarf. Depending on the size and weight, you can dress up a casual outfit by tying a floral scarf around your neck, or elevate an evening look by draping it around your shoulders. While silk is beautiful, there are a variety of silk-like options that are equally pretty. Here are a few of my current favourites:
The Ballet Flat
Regardless of the season, ballet flats are an essential item in every women’s wardrobe. These beauties are elegant, feminine and extremely versatile. While black flats are an excellent choice all year long, I love introducing a neutral or pastel flat to my wardrobe for spring. Paired with a light, flowing dress, or a cute trouser, these shoes take you from day to evening without missing a step. Need some inspiration? Check these out:
The Ankle Pant
Nothing looks more chic paired with ballet flats than a classic ankle pant. In hues like khaki, navy, black and white, or even feminine prints, the options are endless. Pair them with a crisp white shirt and blazer for a fresh work look, or a white scoop tee for a comfortable, on-the-go ensemble. I recently purchased this chic pair from Zara and cannot wait to work them into my wardrobe. Here are a few more options:
The Rain Boot
If there is one staple any woman needs in spring, it is a pair of rain boots. Whether you’re walking on slippery sidewalks or jumping puddles, a pair of rain boots keep you dry and stylish simultaneously.
While I prefer the classic Hunter in black, rain boots come in a variety of colours, styles and price-points. Click on the links below to see a few other chic options:
BONUS – The Umbrella
While not necessarily a wardrobe essential, I consider a quality umbrella absolutely necessary for spring. Whether you prefer a walking umbrella or one that is more compact, there are so many great options to choose from.
I always have a classic, black umbrella with a wooden handle on hand; however, a few weeks ago, I passed by this lovely floral option, and for the price, I couldn’t leave it in the store. Here are a few others that you might enjoy:
The forecast for this week looks promising, so I’m sure it won’t be long before I can begin to wear some of these essentials and I can’t wait! What are your spring wardrobe essentials? I would love to hear about them.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!