How to Dress For Spring When the Weather is Bad
I hope you all UK-people enjoyed that little taste of summer last week as much as I did! Unfortunately, the weather is mostly back to doom and gloom and it is seeming to be a global trend. They say April showers bring May flowers so I'm hopeful the sunshine will return. However, being realistic I know most likely the terrible weather will inevitably continue.
Last Spring while living in Krakow I was wearing my heavy raincoat all the way through June! You could continue wearing your winter gear like I did last year. However if you're like me, this year you're desperate for it to feel like spring even when the weather won't cooperate. So I want to give you a few quick tips on how to dress for spring when the weather is bad.
Tip 1: Buy Some Pastel Jumpers
Okay this is probably the most important tip I have. When it's cold and rainy outside, is there anything you'd rather be wearing than a jumper? For me feeling warm and cozy is a major factor in deciding what I wear. So instead of wearing some of the darker colored jumpers you've been wearing months on end change things up. Wear jumpers in softer and lighter colors. When you wear a pastel jumper it still feels like spring, I promise!
I bought an inexpensive striped pastel jumper on Asos a few weeks ago and I wore it five times in two weeks. Why did I wear it so many times in a row? Because it was my only jumper that still felt cheerful and spring-like. So to stop me from continuing to wear the same jumper everyday, I went on Zalando and ordered several more budget-friendly pastel jumpers including this yellow one.
When I wore this outfit the other day my friend complimented me making a remark how my top was perfect for spring then looked confused and muttered, "except that's a jumper..." So her initial reaction was SPRING. But then she realized I was wearing the same sort of outfit I've been wearing since October.
The pastel jumper is the perfect compromise for poor weather and are also perfect for layering over t-shirts and crop tops for those days when the weather can't make up it's mind.
Here are links to my favorite budget-friendly pastel jumpers that you will probably be seeing on my Instagram if you haven't already:
- Mint Green: click here
- Buttercream Yellow (as seen on me here): click here. For more options, Reserved has loads of jumpers in a similar color: click here
- Striped Pastel (the one I wore on repeat): click here
- Soft Striped Pastels: click here
- Baby Blue with balloon sleeves: click here
- Lilac: click here
- Striped Lilac: click here
- Pink Jumper (as seen already on my Instagram in my pink monochromatic look): click here. I got loads of compliments on my photos with this Nakd pink jumper. It's a bit pricier than the rest but in my opinion it's worth it and it's on sale now so even better! Another great option: click here.
Tip 2: Wear Fabrics & Prints Associated With Spring and Summer
In these photos, you can see me wearing a pair of high-waisted gingham trousers. These are amazing because they are warm due to the softer and thicker nature of the fabric but they're also that summer essential: gingham. So while I'm wearing something that is going to keep my legs from getting cold, I still feel like I am perfectly dressed for the season. These trousers are also the perfect high rise. When the weather gets warmer, I plan on pairing these trousers with crop tops so I don't have to worry about my future food babies from hanging out in the open.
Link to gingham trousers as seen on me: click here. These trousers are selling like hotcakes so there aren't many sizes left. They were sold out in my size, but I created an alert and bought them when they came back in stock. So not all hope is lost if they're no longer available in your size. I will add a note that although described as capri trousers, if you're on the shorter side like me (5'4) they fit like a normal length.
Similar gingham trousers: click here. If the Pull & Bear ones don't work out, I've found another really similar pair from Asos. Bonus: they're available in every size in both the regular and petite lengths.
Tip 3: Wear a Trench or Light Anorak Raincoat in a Fun Color
So a trench in the spring is really a no-brainer. It's classic and will always be a spring go to. I got mine from Zara last year while living in Poland and have received so many compliments on it. I have one in the traditional stone color. However, some of you might want to shake things up a bit from the ordinary. Because who wants to be the exact same as everyone else? Zara now has this amazing pink trench that I think is incredibly fun. I think it'd be impossible for this trench not to brighten up your day amongst the grey skies.
Link to pink trench: click here
Or if you're like me and you don't want to worry about having to carry around an umbrella, opt for a light anorak raincoat with a hood. I got mine on sale at New Look as a practical birthday present to myself, and it's been getting a lot of use. I love the blue-green color I got mine in (of course).
My favorite thing about it and the reason why I got it is because of its cinched waist. Now I don't have to feel big and bulky while wearing rain-suitable gear like I did with my raincoats in the past. Instead, I still feel cute and feminine which overall boosts my confidence those days when you just have to wear a raincoat.
It's also on the lighter side perfect for those days when it's pouring but not actually that cold but warm enough if you're wearing a jumper underneath on the cooler days. I also love how the lining on the inside is striped. The sleeves are sewn rolled up at the wrists so you have a wonderful contrasting striped cuff.
Link to hooded raincoats with cinched waists: click here. This coat comes in loads of colors and in petite sizes. I opted for a petite size because my body frame is quite small. It fits perfectly and I still have room for a jumper underneath.
Tip 4: Opt For A Coral Lipstick
I mostly wear red lipsticks if you haven't already noticed. However when spring comes around I wear loads of coral colors. Whether you prefer a more orange or pink hue, a coral lipstick will definitely boost your spirits and make you feel like it's spring. This little detail is the perfect touch to finish things off.
Two years ago in Seattle, I had a bit of an obsession. This led me to buying quite a few different shades. Most of them were from a drugstore so they were inexpensive and that's my excuse. After experimenting with the different shades I have a few favorites that I use and sometimes blend together.
Sidenote: do any of you blend your lipsticks? I love mixing the colors in mine to create something new.
I have a light-olive skin tone on my face and these are ones I found looked most flattering on me:
Orangey-coral shade: Revlon Crème 750 "Kiss me Coral" click here. This one is by far my favorite and the one I usually reach for. It's also the shade I'm wearing in these photos.
Medium Pinkish-coral shade: Revlon Crème 702 "Blasé Apricot" click here.
Lighter pinkish-coral shade: Gerard Cosmetics "Tequila Sunrise" click here.
Which tip is your favorite?