When you choose to live in the South, it means you must accept living with three things: rednecks, barbecue and bipolar weather. This time of year, Arkansas weather is notorious for making 40-degree temperature jumps practically overnight. It is not uncommon to wear a T-shirt to school on a Friday and have to wear a sweatshirt and a coat to class the following Monday. Despite the unpredictable tendencies of warm weather, it is still time to look forward to spring and all the winter dressing habits to be broken.
One of the things I hate most about winter is the lack of bright colors. While I will be the first to admit there seems to be a magnet drawing me and dark colors together, I still have a special place in my heart for ocean-turquoise or sunflower-yellow. The beginning of March signifies it is finally time to bring back those bright, mood-changing colors. My favorite way to incorporate brightness is with pants. (That is applicable to you too, boys.) If you are feeling lazy and do not really want to put an outfit together, a pair of bright pants will practically do the job for you.
Another thing I excitedly welcome back every spring is the floral pattern. (Boys, this might not be so applicable.) While there are certain floral patterns that find their home in winter weather, these tend to be the patterns that can also be found on your grandmother’s suitcase. While there is a certain cool, vintage feel to the floral tapestry look, it just does not compare to the spring patterns covered in colorful flowers and rich green leaves. My favorite way to incorporate floral is in tank-tops or T-shirts. The sweet and feminine print is a perfect combination with the comfortable, flowing silhouette of a tee or tank.
The last winter trend, layering, is something I like rather than dislike, and I love finding creative ways to transition it into spring. In the winter, layering is a great way to add multiple textures and colors to your outfit. Not to mention, you rely on it to keep you warm. In the spring, layering is used more as a tool to mix different patterns to create an eye-catching look that has the possibility to be very unique. I like to go by the rule that there are no rules when pattern mixing. You can’t go wrong in layering by throwing on a fun cardigan over a collared button-up or just a plain white T-shirt.
The winter season is one that I never look forward to, no matter how excited I get to finally wear my corduroy skinny-jeans. To see it go is something I could not be happier about, because it is time to bring back the vibrant colors and patterns of spring. I would choose getting a barbecue stain on my white T-shirt over getting it on my pea coat any day of the week.