March is the perfect example of an ‘in-between seasons’ month that can’t really decide whether it wants to be winter or spring. If you’re living in the Northeast like me, you’re probably fully ready for spring despite the weather’s overwhelming aversion to it.
Regardless of whether the groundhog predicted an early spring or six more weeks of winter, there’s plenty you can do to reflect your anticipation for spring fashion now. Here is some advice for invigorating your wardrobe during the tricky month of March.
1) Winterize your florals. In this example, I’ve taken a traditional spring or summer pattern (florals) and winterized it by adding boots, a blazer and a black lace slip. While this thrifted vintage dress would’ve looked great for spring with colored pumps and little else, the dark contrasting details in the blazer, boots, belt and slip completely transform it.
2) Play with pastels. Just because the skies are still gray does not mean you can’t start playing up some of spring’s prettiest pastel hues. The key to pulling it off in a seasonally appropriate way is by sticking to garment in a heavier fabrication. In this example, I’m wearing thrifted pastel corduroy pants with a lilac blouse, thrifted boyfriend blazer, vintage butterfly brooch and ribbed hat.
3) Look for eccentric accessories. Statement jewelry is such a big trend right now, and one of the easiest ways to give new life to tired wardrobe pieces. I’ve found a lot of great costume jewelry at thrift stores in the past, and they never cease to inspire. This leaf necklace was actually an old brooch that I repurposed into a necklace, all by simply stringing it through a chain.
Don’t let the lingering cold keep your style in a slump; go check out the selection at your local Goodwill store today. Goodwill operates 164 community-based agencies in the U.S. and Canada that provide job training for people in career fields such as financial services, computer programming, manufacturing, technology and health care. More than 4.2 million people in North America received this employment and training assistance in 2011 alone; funded largely by your thrift store purchases!