Ask The Bean: Spring-ing Forward

February 20, 2011 • Magazine

Ask The Bean: Spring-ing Forward

Ask The Bean: Spring-ing Forward

Sun, 2000-02-20 03:00

Dear Bean,

The winter freeze went away for a little and I’m off beat on what to wear! With this sudden shift in temp I wasn’t prepared to prep my wardrobe. What should I walk out of the house in without looking like I’m trying too hard to embrace the warm weather.


Spring-ing Forward Spaz

Dear Spring-ing Forward Spaz,

During winter, a tiresome routine grows on us as we roll out of bed underneath our suffocating pile of blankets and set our feet onto the frosty floor, or should I say conveyer belt. It knows the drill. For me, the first stop is to run through the closet of distraught sweaters and blazers, and then to the thick, warm jeans. As it moves me along, I stick one foot out and into a boot, up goes the zipper, and now it’s the second foot’s turn. Next comes the winter, Eskimo coats and out the door I go. Oh wait, (pressing reverse button) I can’t forget the gloves, wool scarf and hat.

With the degrees getting modestly steamy as they climb the stairs, we freak out and the first thing that comes to mind: WARDROBE ADJUSTMENT! The possibilities of new combinations drown our thoughts. Some fashionistas can get dizzy with joy, but we have to stay focused and take a gradual approach to welcoming the spring and saying “toodle-oo” to that plain cold burr.

From the down-filled jackets come pea coats and trenches. From earth-tone scarves come those of brightly printed chiffon and silk, and a little breathing room for our calves. Oxfords and flats come back into our lives. A positive is that these should all be in your last season fall collection, so just dig deep in that box marked “can’t wait to see you again” and unveil your much-missed treasures.

The perfect outfit for the teasing days is a trench with a twist — ruffles, enlarged bows, exaggerated collars, a classic skinny jean that makes its way down to a polished Oxford or flat that has a gem stamped on its forefront. Dress it up with accessories of course, with a cross-body bag and a scarf that has lively colors and bold, abstract prints. Another accessory to bring back out is printed tights — finally the peek-a-boo textiles won’t leave our legs frostbitten!

1. Tahari ‘Evelyn’ Ruffle Front Satin Trench $138
2. Ali Ro Ruffled-Front Anorak Jacket $375
3. DV by Dolce Vita ‘Marcella’ Slip-On $69.95
4. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Collette’ Clog $110
5. Tory Burch ‘Reva’ Patent Leather Flat $235
6. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Batya’ Diamond Patch Silk Scarf $195
7. Bindya ‘Disco Print’ Square Scarf $31.90

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