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.
Going with lighter colors in spring
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.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.
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.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.
Leather joggers dressed up with a blazer make a perfect Casual Friday combination on windy vernal equinox days.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
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 thatLeopard is the It print of this decade. #trends #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
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 becauseA little white dress well cut is always a timeless style. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
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.
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