Springing Forward

March 8, 2009 • Magazine

Springing Forward

Springing Forward

Sat, 2009-03-07 15:00

Jacqueline Zenn

The northern half of the country might still be experiencing occasional snow showers, but chances are even if you’re snowed in, you are ready to start styling yourself for the spring sunshine. On the other hand, you don’t want to be risk frostbite just to wear your new platform sandals, no matter how fabulous they are. Here’s how to mix spring 2009 into your winter wardrobe and make a smooth transition.

Start with the Sparkle: Wearing next season’s jewelry with the last season’s basics is a quick way to change it up. Try a chunky necklace in a tropical shade like turquoise or coral over a fitted crew neck sweater and wide leg pants to hint at the warm temperatures to come, and the splash of color will liven up your complexion. This Kenneth Jay Lane turquoise stone necklace would fit the bill nicely.

Spring is in the (New) Bag: Trade your winter handbag for a softer spring style in a pale neutral or a bolder preppy hue like lemon yellow or kelly green, like this pleated hobo by Botkier. This has the same effect as wearing your spring and summer jewelry – it just livens everything up.

Strap on the Sandals: Once it is warm enough to don tights and peep-toes with (literally) freezing your toes off, try wearing spring’s chunky, strappy wedges and platforms with your cold weather frocks. Just make sure your shoes are of the substantial variety like this Pour La Victoire T-Strap, or go major with Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain’s studded leather sandals – anything delicate or precious is best left for bare legs and sunny days.

Switch Your Outerwear: By the time you hang up your heavy winter wool for a lightweight jacket, you know winter is on its last legs. Celebrate its end with a leather bomber that will add a nice edge to girly dresses and ruffled blouses, or a crisp trench in an unexpected color like this raspberry Marc by Marc Jacobs cotton number.

There’s just one caveat when it is time to transition into spring – wearing sundresses or pale linen before the mercury hits seventy never works unless you’re a celebrity or supermodel, and even then we wouldn’t advise it (and simply adding leggings to your summer ensembles looks equally ridiculous). After all, good things like perfectly-in-season style come to those who wait.

Pictured top to bottom:
Kenneth Jay Lane Natural Turquoise Stone Short Necklace $122
Botkier Pleated Hobo $695
Pour La Victoire Sloane Broad T Strap Ankle Bootie $325
Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Swarovski Crystal Sandals $1,745
Marc by Marc Jacobs Cotton Trench Coat $530

Image Layout: Minette Higden

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