by Diane Dixon, Moden Boutique –
Are you ready? At this time of year, when the weather is cool and the daylight hours are short, it’s time to think about transitioning our wardrobes from winter to spring.
Lightweight outerwear, denim jackets (Kaﬀe is one of my favourites), vests – quilted and fabric, and the shacket (Gentle Fawn is a beautiful choice) can easily be paired over your heavy sweaters that have been a staple in your fall/winter wardrobe.
The denim jacket has been a closet staple since the 1970s. Considered to be a casual piece, it can be “dressed up” by wearing it over any more formal attire. Vests are great pieces for layering and they are a big trend for spring. Layer a simple shirt, a lightweight pant and sneakers with your vest and your look becomes chic. You can add multiple layers; a statement blouse, a flared pant with your vest and you have a totally diﬀerent look. A vest becomes a very versatile piece in your spring wardrobe.
The shacket is a cross between a shirt and a jacket and they are fast becoming an outerwear essential. Wear your shacket instead of a blazer, or your denim jacket to bring a very eﬀortless vibe to your look.
Heavier denims are replaced with cotton pants, chinos (I love Part Two), and joggers. Chinos are as versatile as denims and can be worn casually or dressed up for a semi-formal event or a casual business meeting where dress pants are too dressy. Cotton pants in various colours can also play the same role as the chinos. No longer seeming out of place, joggers are now a “cool and contemporary ” item when styled correctly. Choose a jogger that is fitted rather than baggy.
Pair them with a blazer, a trendy coat, wear them with high heels. Wide leg and flared trousers will definitely be on the rise throughout 2022.
Floral tops and blouses add a beautiful touch of femininity (again – Part Two). Florals are the symbol of freshness and beauty. Floral tees are also popular and very stylish. With a subtle embellishment of a flower on a pocket, or one with the print all over, you’ll bring a fresh pop of design and colour into your wardrobe in a simple way.
Stripes are one of the first examples of woven textiles and continue to be seen in the fashion industry year over year. They are considered to be a forever staple in every woman’s wardrobe. If your taste is classical, eclectic, or feminine these fashion pieces possess that “ultra fresh feeling” women crave. Striped knits – sweaters, tees and polos (I opt for Yaya and Armed Angels) also can create a bit of whimsy and a nautical look.
Romantic and feminine silhouettes are carried into the spring collection, as is casual, practical and “smart” casual. Bold colour combinations, as well as shades of yellow – marigold, lemon and daﬀodil – or rich tones of red and saﬀron, will definitely add much-needed spice into your spring wardrobe. Accessorize with colourful handbags, funky sunglasses and fun jewelry and you’re all set!