New Castle News

January 22, 2014

Sarah Stright-Hartley: Is it spring yet? Here are some fashionable ways to pretend

Sarah Stright-Hartley
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — It's gotten to be the time of winter where I'm just hoping for a little break in temperatures so that I don't have to bundle up every time I want to step outside.

The gray skies have started to get to me and not being able to just take a quick stroll starts to affect my mood a bit. My solution to this is to dress spring-like but still winterize the look so I don't look completely crazy.

The easiest way to dress for spring is with florals. And luckily, since stores are already carrying spring fashions, they aren't hard to find this time of year.

But instead of covering my body head to toe in florals, I like to use a hint of the pattern here and there and keep the rest of the look winter-like.  In the photo to the right, I've grabbed a bunch of floral pattern pieces in all different ways — tops to phone cases, shoes to scarves. There's a little bit of everything in there.

And the best way to incorporate these is to pick one of the pieces and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. For example, I love the navy blue sweatshirt with the florals on it. Since it's a sweatshirt, it's still clearly perfect for winter, and if you pair it with dark skinny jeans and boots, it's still perfectly winter.  

But the flowers on the top will give you that little burst of spring to brighten up the dark skies. The long floral jacket may seem like it would only work for spring or summer, but just think of wearing it with a chunky turtleneck tunic sweater, fleece leggings, and booties. That makes the jacket just feel like the perfect topper for a winter outfit.

And if all else feels a little too strange to be wearing now, do something easy like switch out your phone case for a fun floral pattern. If you're on your phone as much as I am, looking at it will make you feel just a little extra ray of sunshine on your face — even on the coldest of days.

Is there anything you do to trick yourself into believing spring is right around the corner?