Spring By Association

I’ve managed to fill up another ShopStyle-cube, so it’s probably time for me to share my most recent buys with you all.

I mean, most Minnesotans I know don’t actually perform a full-on wardrobe-swap with the changing of the seasons.  But, now that we’ve officially made it to Spring, it’s time to start working EVERY COLOR IN THE RAINBOW back into our wardrobes.

My Plunder.

Unpictured: A couple of adorable pencil skirts from Ann Taylor (smoky gray and pink abstract leopard print) and LOFT (white and gold brocade).  I grabbed them on final sale in the store, so it wasn’t really a surprise that I couldn’t find pictures online to share with you all.

I’m not a psychic, but I just have an inkling that the most curious item here is the lavender belt.  I bought a faux-snakeskin belt from GAP last fall that has gray-ish/lavender tint to it that I absolutely love.  It’s incredibly neutral and extremely easy to wear with warm or cool color palettes.  Plus, Chloe and Kim have definitely encouraged me by their example to think outside the color-box.

I feel like I preach on this one all the time, but if you find a basic layering piece you like, buy it in MORE THAN ONE COLOR.  Yes, it’s important to have a well-edited wardrobe.  Yes, it’s important to keep your closet under control.  But when it comes to tees, tanks with interesting details, basic cardigans and long-sleeved shirts, there’s something to be said for stockpiling.  Why?

  1. You’re comfortable with the pieces.  You already know how they’ll fit.
  2. You can explore different color combinations.
  3. If you inadvertently destroy one of them, you’re not SOL (this is one of my deepest, darkest fears).

Because I don’t preach it unless I live it, I feel like it’s only right to admit that off of the top of my head, I can think of 8-10 different staples in my closet that I own multiples of.

Don’t think, just do.

What are your favorite early-spring buys?

Truth be told beyond these finds (thank you J.Crew Final Sale and Factory Online!), I’m probably on a total shopping hiatus now until the first round of spring markdowns starts.  Or I find an adorable dress for the honeymoon.  Whichever happens first, really.

Do you pack up and store seasonal clothing?

Besides the fact that closet space is already at a premium in this house, Minnesota weather is just crazy enough that with the exception of my Uggs and parka, pretty much everything is wearable year-round in some combination of layers.

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11 responses to “Spring By Association

  1. You kind of make me sad I work at home now. I am dying to shop but it is very impractical and impertinent of me to do so. Although I did purchase the outfit I wore to brunch last weekend with a coupon at Kohls, reasoning I could wear it for my bro’s rehearsal dinner and at a lovely wine tasting in Napa. Sold, right?

    The remaining outfits I’ll be cramming in a small suitcase to San Fran are plundered from the roommate’s closet. She has a fondness for picking up tank tops on sale everywhere, and I have 3 basic cardigans that shall rotate with said tops. I’m excited about it. I’m also excited for splurging on some new couture in CA, I won’t lie.

  2. Yes, layering is key here, too. Hoodies (we call ’em bunnyhugs around here), sweaters, long pants, and long-sleeved T’s are definitely in use during the summer, particularly at night. I do try to pack up my mitts, toques, etc. by mid-May, but have been known to pull those out on occasion.

    Bought some J Crew shorts in navy and grey, even though I won’t be wearing them for a couple of months. Other than that, no big shopping plans right now, though I think I need to go through my t-shirts and pare them down.

  3. Ooh. Cute picks. Thank god it’s spring. can’t wait to put away the rain boots!

  4. I just picked up some ruffled tanks which I can layer up for work, T-strap sandals, and camis with built in bras. SO excited for spring when the dresses are plentiful!

  5. Cute clothes!!!I haven’t started my spring shopping yet (probably b/c it is still snowing in Boston!!!). But I have saved a few gift cards from Christmas to use this spring. You have definitely started my thinking on some new pieces to add to my closet!!

  6. Amen on being anti-boxy and anti-maxi

  7. I’m so happy spring is here! I’ve bought a couple sandals to celebrate it’s arrival 😀

  8. LOVE the cardigans you chose 🙂
    I am really looking forward to WHITE this year. I want to get me a nice pair of white capris, that I can pair with beautiful flowy tops and perfectly fitted cardigans!!

  9. I’m totally a layer-er. And a total cardi-slut – I live for cardigans!

    I’ve recently been turned onto Ann Taylor – and JCrew – I’m drooling. Good choices, I knew I liked you for a reason.

  10. You do realize that by talking about it being Spring, you’ve totally jinxed it? I blame this freezing rain on YOU.

  11. I can’t get enough cardigans. With the wind off the bay, we tend to keep a hoodie or a cardigan in the car in the summer time because you just never know when the wind will shift and all of a sudden it’s 50 degrees while you are wearing shorts & flip flops.

    I pack up and store obvious seasonal clothing: snow gear, turtlenecks, wool sweaters, capris, etc. The rest is fair game for layering. And yoga pants know no season.

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