It was snowing.
Large, wet flakes fell furiously from the sky. They continued to fall the rest of the evening.
That next Sunday was spent indoors, huddled under a variety of blankets, wondering when our Southern state decided to mimic the climate of the Northern regions of our fair country.
Eventually, the sun decided to make an appearance again. Most afternoons have found us outside, where the children and I can be spotted playing a homemade game of baseball/tennis/please-don’t-hit-that-car-parked-in-front-of-our-house. Temperatures have been in the 70’s and Spring is evident (especially when I turned a blind eye to the tiny patch of snow still holding on in a dark, cool corner of our flower beds).
To me, Spring means a variety of things: warm weather, picnics at the park, walks in the sunshine…and a final farewell to the burdensome clothing of winter.
If you happen to be as excited as me about hauling out the Spring wardrobe and tucking away the winter sweaters, check out this Spring’s fashion necessities for the stay-at-home mom (no, black yoga pants are not numbers 1-5. Just sayin’.)
- A trench coat with a pop of color. Back in the dreary days of February, I stumbled across a purple trench coat slashed to 50% off. I snatched that pretty little thing up and hurried to the check-out counter before someone else stumbled across my great find. Bid farewell to the heavy wool coats of winter and toss a trench coat on (preferrably in a kicky color) before heading out the door this Spring. You’ll be the envy of the other mothers at the playground.
- Light scarf. Scarves have been around for awhile now and are not making a sudden exit anytime soon. I love to pair a light, gauzy scarf with a simple tee, jeans, and sandals.
- Embrace your feminine side. Spring 2010 is all about being a girl. Layers of ruffles are popping up on standard cardigans, fabric flowers are being attached to everything and long, sparkly earrings are making a comeback . A ruffled light cardigan sweater, tossed over a white tee, and paired with a simple skirt is a great outfit for doing preschool pick-up or hitting the grocery store aisles.
- Tunic Tops. Can I be honest and say that I love the tunic top? I would almost venture out and say it is a timeless spring/summer staple. Tunic tops can do double duty as a swim cover-up while at the pool as well as look great when paired with a pair of sleek pants on Date night. The cut is flattering to most body types and leaves one feeling whimsical and carefree.
- Big bag. As a mom, I have come to embrace the big bag. I bid farewell to diaper bags years ago, but I still feel the need to carry around a large amount of junk at any given moment. In fact, yesterday I reached in my bag in search of some lipstick when I found half of a waffle. Seriously. Metallic colors are huge this spring for the purse/big ol mom bag. The great thing about metallic shades is that they look great with anything. I scoop my bags up at Charming Charlie. There I can find inexpensive (READ: it does not matter when an entire sippy cup of juice spills its contents all over the innards of my bag) and trendy bags that perk up any spring outfit.
- Ballet flats vs. the wedge heel. Two weeks ago as the sun was attempting to peek out one day, I rushed to my closet and pulled out a pair of sandals. It was a joyous reunion at first. I walked around remembering how comfy said sandals were…until temperatures dropped later that day and my little toes simply froze rather than looked cute. I then promised I would leave all sandals tucked away in the corners of my closet until April 1st. There are two types of shoes that are emerging as popular styles for spring: the ballet flat and the wedge heel. I prefer the wedge heel because it gives me some height (not like I really need it) yet is quite stable. However a ballet flat is simply darling when paired with a pair of skinny jeans. Tuck this winter’s boots back into their boxes and toss on a pair of cute shoes.
With spring making its presence known and temperatures on the rise, I encourage you to find some ways to perk up your wardrobe. Save those old stretchy pants and t-shirts from past collegiate days for the gym and toss on something cute and kicky this season.