Dressing for spring

spring outfit with culottes

Trench: Jcrew, Pants: Club Monaco, Sweater: Jcrew, Boots: Aquatalia, Bag: Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry

Although it doesn’t quite feel like spring in Toronto yet, I for one, can’t wait to ditch the dark colours and heavy layers of winter any longer. But of course, practicality supersedes any wishful thinking so as much as I would love to be prancing around in pretty dresses and off the shoulder tops, those days are still far far away. So in the meantime, my approach to spring dressing is to update my colour palette for lighter, fresher colours while still staying covered up and warm.

An easy way to do this is to swap dark coloured bottoms in navy or black for lighter neutrals like white, beige or tan. These club monaco culottes do exactly that so you’ll definitely be seeing them in heavy rotation on the blog for the upcoming warmer months. If you’ve yet to try wide leg trousers, trust me, you’re missing out. As a 5’2’’ petite girl, I was a sceptic myself, thinking they would totally swamp my body and make me look shorter than I already am. But these pants from club monaco completely changed my mind. The key for me was finding a pair that is not too wide in the leg and ends a few inches above my ankle. As long as you get the proportions right, you’ll find this silhouette can actually look quite modern and be very flattering regardless of your height or body shape. Plus they are so much more comfortable than skinny jeans and trousers.

pink sweater with culottes

Trench with pink sweater

Spring trench with culottes

Keeping in line with this lighter colour palette I paired the pants with a thin sweater in dare I say it, ‘millennial pink’. Yes, I’m a fan, what can I say. But if pink is not your colour, you can opt for a light blue or perhaps yellow. I think a pop of colour goes a long way towards brightening up any look, especially as the rest of the outfit consists of neutral tones. Speaking of which, the final two elements of my outfit—the taupe ankle boots and trench—are wardrobe staples that are also in heavy rotation this season. I find them endlessly versatile as both can easily be dressed up or down. You can see them paired with denim here.

So that’s my take on dressing for spring while still keeping warm, at least until it actually gets warm. If you have any suggestions for tackling this tricky season, I’d love to hear them in comments below. As always, thanks for reading.


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