Within four months of every Tennessee winter, all I can talk about is sunshine, warm temperatures and spring. Thankfully, the weather in Knoxville this past week was gorgeous and the trees and the flowers have finally started blooming. But because the weather switched from the gloom and doom of winter to the happy sunshine of spring within the span of two days, I’ve been caught in a little bit of a style rut: my clothes only seem suitable for each the middle of summer or the dead of winter. Then I met this Fashionista who taught me that I was doing it all wrong.
Winter and spring are so different from each other within nature, and it goes the same for fashion and style. Not everything you wear in spring is suitable for winter and vice versa. This Fashionista, in her cool printed blouse, basic black leggings and equestrian chic boots, approached the seasonal switch in the smartest way possible: shedding winter’s layers for springs cool and pretty basics. Those black leggings can be worn year round, yet the blouse is perfectly colorful and patterned to provide the look with an unexpected element. Her boots are definitely wearable in the winter, yet they look chic and cool in the sun without seeming out of place. The cream-colored cardigan this Fashionista is holding is perfect when indoors and in class, and easily removable when walking around campus. She rounded out her look with pretty jewelry and cool sunglasses, all glowing in the springtime sunlight.
It’s almost impossible to ignore springtime in East Tennessee. The flowers are bright, the trees are growing their leaves and even though the humidity will make your hair frizz, you can finally store away your winter coat until next November. Embracing the sunshine means shedding layers of cardigans, jackets and sweaters and sticking to basic combinations. Pair basic leggings with a patterned blouse, like this Fashionista did, and then throw on a pair of boots or a cool jacket; pull items from your winter wardrobe, but still make it suitable for spring by keeping them light and basic.
In Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, he writes, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Make your spring project a style project by experimenting with your winter wardrobe in spring. One rule: no winter coats allowed!