Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Transitioning to the spring wardrobe

Aaah, the winter wardrobe...
It's the same every year for me.  Fall comes and I get a cute new look.  I wear it through Christmas, when I sport red and plaid and cozy sweaters, and then Christmas is over and it's still just as cold but I don't want to wear gold jewelry with scarves anymore.  The resort wear comes out at the stores, navy and white stripes and nautical looks, but I don't have anywhere to wear it.

Since high school, I remember thinking, sometime in January, "I am tired of dressing cute for this weather!"  I run out of cozy but also stylish and fashionable winter clothes, and can either wear my same long sweater and ankle boots with skinny jeans and a long necklace, or I can just give up and rock my U of O sweatshirt.  I do some of both.  (In fact!  Last night I dreamt of shopping end-of-season clearance at Target with my mom and finding great prices on a supersoft angora blend chunky sweater robe and some winterey festive heels...)

Now it's March, and it's still pretty cold, and still technically winter, but spring is "just around the corner," as the obnoxious advertisers will tell us.  I can't wear warm weather clothes, but I am soooo tired of the winter stuff.  Anthro has lovely pieces like this out this season:
How am I supposed to wear these things when just last week it snowed a little and yesterday my pants got splattered and soaked on my walk to work?  Brrrr!!!!

Today I saw three (yes, THREE) women wearing open-toed shoes while walking around the streets of Downtown and NE Portland.  It was sprinkling rain at the time, and none of them looked super happy about their footwear choice.  It's not time for sandals yet, ladies.

But, it is time to wear those happy spring colors, with nice cardigans or layers over and under.  Maybe not so much on the dresses, except the ones you can wear with tights.  And careful, careful, with the sandals, since sandals and socks don't go in my book, either! ;)

To fight the boredom I am wearing pretty colors and fun shoes--as the sun shines more, I plan to wear brighter colors and my nude pumps at work.

What about you??  Do you share my frustration this time of year?  I'd love to hear any tips for dressing for the office without dying of boredom after a loooong winter...


  1. ahh, I totally get this. I'm in Vancouver, so it's equally wet and cold and sorta just got over the snow. I went shopping the other day (something I rarely do) and it was all nautical stripes, yachting, and beach wear. Really?
    I've been wearing jeans and blundstone and heavy cardigans for what feels like six months. I'm ready. Just not for nautical.

    I've been really feeling mustard yellows and colbalt blues. They are cooler wintery shades but bright and poppy. And I will go ahead and say pull out your ballet flats ladies. It's spring enough. I'm sick of the boots!

  2. Yup, totally frustrated. Like practically every year from mid-January to sometime around April... I really want to get the popping colors going, but it just doesn't feel the same with layers of thick black tights and heavy cardis. Where are you, Spring?




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