Posts Tagged: spring

More Thoughts on Shopping Your Dominant Season

How to STOP shopping for your non-dominant season

Whenever winter begins winding down and stores start showing spring merchandise, I must remind myself that it is beyond pointless for me to buy more sandals. That darling summer dresses crafted from single-layer cotton voile are a bit of a waste. That I really only need one pair of good shorts. I live in Minnesota, it is flippin’ cold here for most of the year, and I need to avoid shopping for non-dominant seasons.

Those of us who live in climates with defined seasons – especially climates with one temperature range that dominates the weather – are best served to focus on items that will work well during that season. Anyone living in New Orleans will likely concur that a single heavyweight coat will serve. Most folks living in Juneau are well aware that strapless sundresses will get very little use. And even those of you in less extreme climates are sure to know which seasons rule your world, and therefore, which seasonal garments will have the broadest applications. read more

Originally posted 2013-02-26 06:50:52.

Reader Request: Seasons vs. Weather

transitional season dressing

Jori dropped me an e-mail with this question:

What to do when the fashion season and the weather can’t seem to agree? Now that it’s April, we’re all excited to wear some of our springy clothes – but here in New England, the weather this time of year can be warm and springy one day but cold and wintry the next. It feels wrong to go back to wearing winter clothes on those cold days, even if it’s probably the sensible thing to do for comfort. So how to make spring clothes work on non-springy days? Of course, this issue isn’t just about spring either. How can winter fashions be deployed in warm-weather climates? Or summer fashions in places like San Francisco where mid-July days can be foggy and downright chilly? read more

Originally posted 2011-04-20 06:14:23.

Gracey Wears: Wide Legs

Let me first go on record as saying I love a skinny jean.  There is nothing that tucks into a boot better than a skinny jean.  However, the one trend I’m most excited about for this spring and summer is wide legs.

They started coming into style last year so I gave them a shot.  And, as it turns out, I love me some wide leg pants:

gracey the giant in plum pants, LOFT sweater, silk scarf & slingback mules

I love them in wide leg ankle length, like the above pair.  And I love them in culotte/gaucho form, like this thrifted pair:

fashion for giants in vintage culottes, vintage bow blouse & cage sandals

Now, they are not, perhaps, as figure-flattering as some other items in my closet.  But, I’ve realized that figure-flattery isn’t high on my list of priorities when I get dressed.  Is it because, as I get older, I have less of a figure to flatter?  It’s possible; but mostly, comfort and joy are just prioritized higher for me. read more