Best ways to get a great spring look

#midlifefashion Lady in wool pants and chambray shirt at vernal equinox

Spring outfits when it still feels like winter

While April is a spring month in mid latitudes, it can still bring snow at the Last Frontier high up North. Nighttime temperatures rarely are above the freezing point. Thus, in Interior Alaska, springtime dressing requires a mix of warm and cold season pieces to be comfortable in the below freezing air in the morning and the around 50F or higher (10oC) temperatures around lunch time.

When you are on a budget or just don’t want to spend money on a spring wardrobe, this post will solve your problem: How to dress in style without buying clothes for the relatively short time that you actually can wear them. Here are my tips and tricks for the best way to look stylish around vernal equinox.

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Going with lighter colors in spring

#fashionover50 Alaskan woman in spring with leather jacket, wool skirt and silk top
Sanchez riding boots, GNW tight, Banana Republic light colors plaid skirt, Spencer & Graham white motorcycle leather jacket, Anne Klein polka dot silk scarf, statement necklace (all own), and silk top c/o Lilysilk
#advancedstyle midlife woman in black, tan and white mix of winter and summer clothes
Side view of spring fashion with Banana Republic light wool skirt, Spencer & Graham leather jacket, Anne Klein polka dot silk scarf, statement necklace, GNW tight, Sanchez tall boots (all own), and silk top c/o Lilysilk

To “acknowledge” the season, I went with two light colors, white and tan in this ensemble. Tan isn’t in my color palette, but in small accents it works. The boots, skirt, and tight are from my winter wardrobe, while the jacket and top are from my summer closet. I barely have any real spring clothes as it lasts less than a month if at all. You can read more about green-up in Alaska at the link.

Go for lighter colors as the weather gets warmer. #styleadvice Click To Tweet

Pairing leather and wool

I have a confession to make. I own a couple of old-fashioned half slips. Why? To stay warm in thin fabric skirts in the transition – or how we call it – shoulder season. In the photos below, morning temperatures were still in the single digits (warmer than -18oC, but colder than -12.8oC). Tall boots, tight, and a half slip made it possible to wear my silver leather skirt already. I went for all neutrals by adding the black and gray Fair Isle sweater. You can read more what to look for when buying a Fair Isle sweater at the link.

#agelessstyle Alaskan woman in silver skirt with Fair Isle sweater and panther statement belt in spring
Front view of ensemble with Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater, Chanel silver leather skirt, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties, and panther statement belt (all own)
#midlifestyle woman in silver skirt with Fair Isle sweater
Back view ensemble with Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater, Chanel silver leather skirt, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties, and statement belt (all own)
Wear summer clothes with winter underwear. Click To Tweet

Wool pants with chambray shirt

In the photo below, I went for an office attire in all light colors. The plaid wool pants add interest to the classic chambray shirt. Since there was fresh snow, booties were in order. When temperatures were in the double digits below freezing, I wore the pants with long-johns.

#fashionover50 woman in office attire with button down shirt, plaid wool pants and pearls
Oliveo chambray button-down shirt, Pendleton plaid wide pants, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Coach Chelsea booties, long pearl necklace, triple mixed size pearls necklace and baroque pearl necklace (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.
#advancedfashion woman in work attire in light colors
Oliveo chambray button-down shirt, Pendleton plaid wide pants, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Coach Chelsea booties, long pearl necklace, triple mixed size pearls necklace and baroque pearl necklace (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.

Going street chic

As you know, I have a knack for street chic. To be honest, when Fashion Weeks are around, I pin more street style outfits to my pinterest boards than the upcoming trends. Of course, I notice the trends. However, I only pin those that are suitable for women in midlife and beyond. Here a street style combination of an edgy denim jacket and a classic pleated wool skirt. You can read the review of this jacket at the link.

#midlifefashion mature woman in street chic with edgy sequin patched denim jacket and plaid pleated wool skirt
Pendleton plaid pleated wool skirt, Brooks Brothers short sleeve sweater, Kieselstein Cord Belt and buckle, L.K. Bennett suede leather tall boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Seiko watch (all own) and sequin patch jacket c/o StyleWe
Wear light blouses or short sleeve tops with a jacket to stay warm. #springstyle Click To Tweet

Leather clothes for the windy April days

Leather is a bad insulator, but great to keep the April winds off. Ok, someone from the Netherlands would call our winds lame and calm weather. However, the chill factor and still below freezing temperature make the wind so ugly that we prefer 40 below freezing over windy around freezing. 😉 Anyhow, leather is perfect to keep the wind out. The photos below show what I wore on windy days.

#maturefashion woman sitting on stairs in leather pants, Tee, and blazer
Moda International leather pants, statement belt, college tee, Harley Davidson booties, Tahari glen check blazer, pendant necklace, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

Leather joggers dressed up with a blazer make a perfect Casual Friday combination on windy vernal equinox days.

#styleover50 lady in windy weather gear wearing leather joggers and a blazer
Side view of windy weather gear with Moda International leather pants, Harley Davidson booties, Tahari glen check blazer, pendant necklace, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)
#fashionover50 posh casual woman with blazer and leather joggers
Harley Davidson booties, Vince joggers, college T-shirt, pendant necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Tahari blazer (all own)
#midlifestyle woman looking posh in street chic in the snow wearing denim coat, leather beret and joggers
Max Mara denim coat, Vince leather joggers, leather beret, 3.1 Philip Lim tote, Harley Davidson booties, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, and college Tee (all own)
Beat the equinox winds with leather clothes. Click To Tweet

Pairing summer tops with winter skirts in the transition period

Here a red, white and black classic pairing a light button-down shirt with a suede skirt and polka dot silk scarf. Stylist’s advice:

When wearing red, white and black, ensure you don't look like Mrs Santa Claus. Click To Tweet
#fashionover40 lady in red, white and black print and pattern mix
Riders by Lee buffalo plaid button-down shirt, Anne Klein polka dot silk scarf, G-III suede skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement snake tail buckle, Hermes collier de chien leather band, and Nine zebra print pony hair pumps (all own)

What do you wear after vernal equinox? A combination of your cold and warm wardrobe items or do you have a springtime wardrobe? Show us you transition looks at the party.

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Top of the World Style linkup

Glad to see you at the 151st Top of the World Style linkup party. Welcome!

Top of the World Style awards

Let me introduce you to the featured bloggers from last week’s Top of the World Style party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav

You clicked Dawn Lucy’s post the most, and made her Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Dawn Lucy is the fashion blogger at Fashion Should be Fun. She featured her new leopard print scarf by layering it over an all black outfit with a gorgeous black bucket bag. Black is a perfect canvas for this beautiful leopard print scarf. A perfect spring outfit for California; in summer, black may get too hot. It seems that

Leopard is the It print of this decade. #trends #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav Dawn Lucy in all black with leopard print scarf spring look
Dawn Lucy the fashion blogger at Fashion should be Fun became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

Top of the World OOTD My Fav

Mary Zunino became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. She is the lifestyle blogger at The Pouting Pensioner wore the All American classic summer outfit a little white dress. This style is so posh chic. I wish I could pull it off. She looks stunning in this white sheath with white cardigan with a hint of floral print. Love the look. Perfect also for the office when the temperatures hit 100F (37.8o). However, as a pensioner she wears it just because

A little white dress well cut is always a timeless style. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Top of the World OOTD my fav Mary Zunino in a LWD with floral print on white cardigan
Mary Zunino the blogger at The Pouting Pensioner became Top of the World OOTD my fav. Photo from her post

Top of the World Style Winner

Cindy the blogger at The Middle Sister Style became the Top of the World Style Winner. Her modern take on the slip dress trend looks so comfy and nevertheless posh chic. A great spring outfit when the calendar says spring, but the weather says late winter and there are still snow showers. I guess that’s the difference between weather an climate.

Climate is what you want, weather is what you get. Click To Tweet

Thus, dressing for the weather is always a good idea. Also when packing for a vacation check the long term forecast first and pack with that in mind. You can find more about how to dress for rainy weather or how to pack for a vacation at these links.

Top of the World Style Winner Cindy in a slip dress with T-shirt, jeans and furry sandals
Cindy the blogger at The Middle Sister Style became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

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