Hello, January. We’re officially halfway through this very cold weather nonsense and at this point, we’ve worn just about every sweater we can find in our closets. And frankly, they’re just not feeling as cute or cozy as they did that first day we put them on.
Bad and good news. Bad: We can’t time travel, Good: we can shake it up AND the end is in sight. I’m still not in the ‘i’m going to tell people to buy more clothes’ mentality, so this post is more about ideas and simple inspiration, less ‘you need to chuck your wardrobe and start all over’. So we partnered with Nordstrom to give you easy tips and inspiration on how to revamp your current wardrobe in a way that makes it feel like it’s *almost* warm outside, and spring is just around the corner. If you are looking for some new ideas (and clothes) one of my go-to’s is probably yours, Nordstroms.
Let’s start by curing your winter blues with some spring blues… you’ll see what I mean.
1. Add a Bright, Springy Color in an Unexpected Way
Bonjour. This tip might not seem revolutionary to you yet, but let me further explain. It’s less about the color and more about how you incorporate it. ITs a simple formula: spring color, in winter form.
Also, please note that this blue isn’t just coming outta left field. The blues are subtly and strategically incorporated in the flannel under my white sweater, which I’d be lying if I said I perfectly color-matched without the help of my best friend, Suzanne. So here’s the HOT TIP: It’s easier to add a bright color like this when you use your layers to tie it all together. Plus, it’s probably cold (maybe even FREEZING) where you are which means you should be wearing layers. I would never let you walk out of the house without them.
2. Don’t Shy Away From a Bold, Large Scale Print
How could I call this an Emily Henderson fashion post if I didn’t include at least ONE striped article of clothing?? This look would be a bit boring if there wasn’t a bold pattern happening in the sweater. Large scale patterns are the easiest way to inject dimension into your outfit and make it POP without the risk of adding a crazy color. Now that we’ve established the importance of the sweater, let’s chat accessories.
I’m newly dabbling in this headband trend (thanks to Sara who did it incredibly well in our Holiday Outfit post). I’ve realized it’s the greatest way to dress up a basic ponytail. I like this one if you’re in the market.
When it comes to layering jewelry, I usually wear a rotation of the same pieces. But luckily I have my friend Suzanne conveniently located next door to be my guide (and to provide her house for say, this fashion shoot). She helped me layer these necklaces and bracelets and I’m a fan.
3. Keep the Sweater, Lose the Boots
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve worn some form of snakeskin print shoe in every outfit thus far and at this point, It’s a spicy neutral and it dresses any outfit up in a non-try-hard way.
For those of you who are STILL not convinced, I’ll shift to the sneaker trend in general. It’s no secret that sneakers are awesome everyday shoes and you can find them in a variety of different colors prints and patterns. I just love these snakeskin ones . Let those ankles breath, folks.
Also, we are still wearing hats. I thought I was done, but i’m definitely not.
4. Throw a Sweater Over a Dress (or a “Brian Button-Down”)
While its not going to win a peabody award, heres a good ‘winter to spring’ hack- put a sweater over an oversized mens shirt (or a shirt dress). But these two worked and It felt cute. If you are ready to buy spring and yet its too cold to wear spring, then, you get it, put a sweater on it. Grab your partners/husbands/brothers/dads oversized dress shirt, but if you want to buy a cute new dress, then this dress I like this one.
5. Add a Lacy, Victorian Collar Under Your Winter Sweater
A part of me sometimes feels like an old victorian lady, and I really do like to let that shine. But I like to do it in the most subtle of ways – a pop of lacy collar and cuff. Its the new fold-down collar and just feels sweeter and fresher.
Before we wrap this up, I’d like to call attention to my bedazzled wrist, which has been denied the spotlight it so deserves. These guys came in handy (ha) and were easy to style. We shopped at Nordstroms which always makes it fun and obviously has a huge variety. Thanks again for partnering. x
I hope you’re feeling inspired (and warmer) now that we’ve made it to the end. Enjoy your (hopefully long) weekend and come back tomorrow to read about more products and reads we’re into this week in The Link Up. See you then xx
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**photography by Veronica Crawford