STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Preparing for Spring

I don’t know about you, but here in Iowa we cannot wait for the weather to turn from this snow/rain combination to something warmer and sunnier. These days when the sun pops out from behind the clouds and the temperature rises to anything above 30 degrees we are all stripping off our coats and breaking out our swimsuits (okay maybe not the swimsuit part just yet).

With Spring Break just around the corner, I cannot wait to break in all my warm-weather clothes including my new skirts and open-toe heels. When I saw this Fashionista walking down the street on a partially sunny day I couldn’t help but giggle to myself knowing that she too could not wait for warmer weather.

What I love about this Fashionista’s look is that she incorporated a warm-weather piece—wooden-wedge sandals— into her largely wintery look, yet she did so in good taste! Most people are in fact scared to wear open-toed shoes with tights and I must admit in many cases it doesn’t work. However, something about the way this Fashionista casually threw together this class-ready look works in all the right ways.

I stared at this ensemble for a while after taking this shot, pondering what it was that made the tights/wedges look work so well. For me, I think if this Fashionista would have paired her open-toed heels with plain black tights it wouldn’t have worked as well. The pattern tight adds texture taking away from her covered toes peaking out at the chilly March weather. Also, because she chose to wear a black tight with a brown shoe that came across the front of her foot in not just one, but two places, there is just enough contrast, bringing the attention away from her toes and onto her entire look.

Now, I am not encouraging everyone to sport this tights/open-toe heel combo. However, this Fashionista is the perfect example of how to tie a warm-weather piece from your spring wardrobe into a outfit appropriate for colder temperatures. She proves that you don’t have to wait until the weather has gone full-blown spring to experiment with your favorite spring pieces.

So next time you are staring at your winter wardrobe in boredom, pull out that spring piece you are most looking forward to wearing and work it into your outfit. Pair your favorite cut-off denim shorts with a thick pair of colored tights and a baggy sweater to show off your spring-ready legs. Layer your favorite floral blouse under a cozy sweater exposing the bright pattern while still staying warm.

In my opinion, the best Fashionistas never get bored with what they have in their closet, they only get creative and this Fashionista’s creativity definitely paid off.

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