Cold, Wind, Rain. Where did Spring go?
I hear my cynical friends saying that summer is already gone for us in London (after the glorious hottest ever week we had back in March…which happened to last as you would expect from Monday to Friday). I. Can’t. Allow. Myself. To. Think. That. Firstly, because, I am a glass half full type of a girl. Secondly, I simply can’t further survive without my annual dose of Vitamin D (my favourite vitamin of them all!). Thirdly, I really can’t wait to get wearing those breezy summery outfits. Hence Summer HAS to be coming back (repeat after me Summer is coming, Summer is coming,…).
Ok. So the only thing I have to worry about is sorting out my mid-season dressing up strategy, my objective being to start embracing that summer-is-almost-there-never-mind-the-January-like-weather WHILST making sure I don’t freeze in the process (as I would like to try and avoid as much as possible another chest infection).
How would this look like? I would say the picture above gives a decent clue.
1. A great coat that delivers on the basics (warm?) without giving in to a too wintery gloomy look (out with full length (fake) furry coats ). My choice would be my trusted Paul & Jo coat. Warm (to battle the low temperatures…. and allow for some lighter fabrics underneath) , Grey (like we say in French “passe-partout”*) and ideal length (for a spring transition). A camel/red/leopard or white coat would do the trick as well (sadly I don’t own one. Yet).
2.The summery piece with lighter textures and brighter colours. Introducing my brand new silk Comptoire des Cottoniers skirt. Pretty (qt least in my opinion), colourful (of course) and summery (ah that silky fabric!). They had a dress in the same fabric – which would have worked brilliantly – but I am more in a skirt mood these days.
3.The mandatory (and ideally understated) cover up. And here I will always vote for my latest obsession – probably the reason I have been cheating on my beloved dresses with skirts – my round collar fine-knitted jumper. I have been loving these tops so much lately I have been planning my outfits around them (although they are threatening to dissolve very soon into some kind of unshapely lace from the over-wearing).
4. The transitional shoes. In this case, my favourite Ash sandals with the obligatory Tabio tights (hey I am Moroccan after all, and unlike my British friends’ my skin have NOT been designed to be exposed to below 20 degrees temperatures). Now, 10 years ago, I would have never imagined wearing tights with open toe shoes. Now, I like to think “it is my signature look” (how pompous was that ?) while in fact they are mostly a perfect way to make all those shoes payout and completely justify buying even more of them (no, please don’t thank me for the tip )
As it isn’t all about the “glamour” (ha ha), some behind the scenes snaps so you guys can see the complicated logistics behind that simple shot. Well kind of complicated.
1. The usual shoe change from Uggs (to walk from home to car) to the actual selected pair (for the photo purpose) and back to Uggs ( for the drive to work). All in 3 mins.
2. How does my hair look? Never mind this is about the outfit. Let’s try another shake-hair-then-putting-back-in-same-style-hoping-it-will-miraculously-transform-into Penelope Cruz’s waves. And getting upset (at Hubby for some reason) it didn’t actually work.
3. Changing the scenery hoping it will make up for a perfect picture: great light, great granularity and great visibility of the outfit I am talking about (and off the record: look thiner, prettier, taller…and if possible smarter…why not). Now how fascinating could whatever-I-am-staring-at be?
Are you struggling to dress up properly for this weather? Any tips?
* matches everything