Ashley MacInnis: The Frenzied Fashionista


Easy Ways To Transition Your Winter Wardrobe To Spring

Bring your wardrobe from blah to bright

The photo above was taken on APRIL 6, 2014. That snow is not a joke. At least the snow in Halifax is melting, but things in Cape Breton are still a little Frozen-esque. 

The calendar might say it's officially spring, but the weather outside isn't quite cooperating, yet—but it's coming (I hope)!

For the past few weeks, I've heard birds chirping in the morning and the sun is still shining through my windows as late as 7 pm, so there's hope on the horizon that all of my spring favourites, like trench coats, cropped pants, and ballet flats, can come out of the back of the closet soon!

Even though the temperatures are still wintry and cold, resist the urge to grab those heavy, dark pieces and start reaching for lighter fabrics, like chiffon, and bright, spring-y shades, like orchid and yellow, adding them slowly to your warmer duds to keep your look fresh and functional!

If you've got a light, floral dress that you're dying to wear, throw it over a pair of warm tights—try grey for a super chic lookand pair it with a great pair of boots. Now, top it with a chunky knit or a blazer (if you work in a business-y office like me), and get ready for the compliments. The unexpected mix of light and heavy fabrics is super romantic! 

Still feeling like you need the coziness of wool in order to face the day? That's cool (no pun intended)! Pair it with a pair of pastel tights and a peep-toe bootie, just 'cause (though you might want to wear a heavy-duty pair outdoors for a little while longer).

When the mornings are dark and the temperatures low, it can be hard to resist the blacks, greys, and browns in our closet—they even look warm and cozybut adding bright colours and spring-like patterns (think florals and geometric prints) lighten up your look and revitalize you! Bright jewel tones look best worn close to the face (think scarves and blouses), but a pair of mint or pink pants might be just what the doctor ordered if you're still feeling the winter blahs. 

Get The Looks:

1. Floral Fever Chiffon Dress, Forever 21, $14; Short Jacket, H&M, $36 (similar); Minuk Ankle Boot, Aldo, $140; Tights, Joe Fresh

2. Merona Petites Sweater Dress, Target, SALE $13.98; Imaginee Ankle Boot, Steve Madden, $100; Tights, Joe Fresh

3. Mint Jeans, Vera Moda (Hudson's Bay/Pseudio Stores); Diane Furstenburg Cashmere Sweater, $400 (similar from Gap, $18.99); Minnie Lace Up Bootie, Miz Mooz, SALE $89.95; Floral Loop Scarf, American Eagle, $27.40

But enough of this cold weather, anyway! It's time to start thinking about the pretty, spring-y pieces we'll be wearing this season!