Chasing Away Winter Blues By Mentally Blooming Into Spring Fashion.
Being that I am not a fan of constant drab, dreary, cold and cloudy days, making the transition from winter to spring every year is eventful, intentional and begins earlier for me than for most people. Sometime, usually by mid January, right after the holidays, I am already over the cold and the snow. By February I’m desperately trying to conjure up an over abundance of spring vibes. For me, the thirst for spring is real! LOL!
Now, I totally love monochromatic black outfits, so big hint, when I start naturally rejecting the black pieces hanging in my closet in favor of a more colorful palette, subconsciously, my transitioning has begun. The behavior of mother nature may be saying one thing, but my internal clock is saying something altogether different. This is where I start feeling like a caterpillar, ready to shed my outer winter layers and bloom into a beautiful spring butterfly. Physically, I may be here living in Chicago but my soul and my mind is elsewhere. I only wish my body were somewhere else, Los Angeles to be exact, but that is another post for another day! Lol!
My real issue with winter is that that I suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is episodes of depression during specific times of the year, and for me that’s winter of course. According to an online article by Psychology Today, an estimated 10 million Americans are affected. It is also stated that an additional 10 to 20 percent of the population experiences a milder form and women over men are four times as likely to be affected. Sounds like retail therapy may be the anecdotal answer to minor bouts of seasonal depression. LOL!
Spring arriving in Chicago is always a slow churn, evidence of any spring renewal, trees turning green or flowers blooming comes very late in the season. But that doesn’t mean that I have to be slow to turn with it. As winter comes closer to an end it’s usually not just my body that needs to thaw out, I mentally need to thaw out.
Because of this, I have orchestrated clever ways of dealing with the transitioning from winter to spring. It all starts with my wardrobe, swapping out my bulkiest winter items in my closet for less heavier clothing is next, it feels great to have my daily outfits become more mixed fabrics and brighter colors. Transitioning from winter to spring is all about the right colors and the right accessories, the shoes, the jacket, the stockings, the belt.
This is usually the perfect reason or excuses for a new pink blouse or yellow watch. I love to buy something new for spring, as if I’m celebrating the new season. It doesn’t have to be expensive it can be $9.99 or $89.99 so long as the theme is spring. I change my bedroom linen to lighter colors and I also ramp up on buying fresh flowers for the spaces where I spend the most time, my home office, bedroom and kitchen.
During this transition, I like to take advantage of places or events that really make me feel like spring is in the air. One of these favorite places is a year round refuge with lush flora and tropical temperatures in the heart of the city. Chicago’s landscape art under glass, as it is affectionately called is the Garfield Park Conservatory it is 2 acres of indoor tropical paradise and another 10 acres of outdoor gardens and a water lily pond. It is the absolute perfect place to work some mental spring magic and the perfect place for an afternoon lunch date and photos. As you can see from the photos the conservatory provided thee most perfect background for my post.
So here are my 6 easy tips for fashionably transitioning into spring in 5 easy moves. 1. Switch to lighter weight fabrics but keep it long or covered, meaning incorporate thigh high or over the knee boots, long sleeves or pretty tights to your look. 2. Make it a green blazer, pink shirt, yellow purse or white sweater, popular spring colors are also mood enhancers. 3. Mix it up with different textures for example try a chunky sweater with a chiffon or silk skirt or blue jeans and a silk shirt. 4. Try a longer blazer instead of a coat. 5. Open toe shoes with a chunky heels or booties with long pants or jeans. 6. Pack up your darker denim pants and brighter out your lighter wash jeans. Above all, keep it fun and fashionable and undeniably you!
Peace, Love & Happiness! Maria