Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dreading Spring



As winter begins to wind down, I keep reminding myself that I need to get some more wears out of warm items such as this wool dress and multi-layered tulle skirt, because they're near impossible to pull off in warmer weather. I'm actually sort of dreading the arrival of spring, at least from a clothing perspective; it's my least favorite season to dress for. The weather rarely gets warm enough in San Francisco for anything less than full winter regalia at that time of year, and then pastels (which, sadly, are said to be big this spring) look godawful on me, especially after months without sun. Even the summer is tough here, because again it rarely gets very hot, but at least the color options tend to be more flattering for me.

What is your least favorite fashion season, and why? What are your tricks for coping with it?

This dress has such an interesting shape, with its bustled panel of boiled wool in the back. The curved hemline allowed more of the tulle to peek out, giving the back a completely different look from the front of the outfit. To add some contrast to my upper half, I layered the leopard top under the dress and left the dress unzipped far enough to reveal the top's ruffled placket.

Dress: 2026
Top: F21
Skirt: Noa Noa
Socks: Sock Dreams
Shoes: Seychelles (via Solestruck)

23 comments:

Melissa said...

Love your blazer--where is it from?

Audi said...

Melissa: Oh, oops -- I forgot to include that. It's by Victoria M. Ortiz; I got it at a boutique in Uruguay.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

My least favourite season is winter. I am small and curvy and the extra layers just don't do anything for me. I am always cold. From October until March I requore several layers. Although GB is pretty cold too ( rarely getting over 20C) I can manage without the layers that dwarf me. And always in janurary and february my sallow complexion turns grey and horrible.

FashionTheorist said...

I hate to dress for summer. Summers in New York are usually sticky and hot, and there are only so many iterations of floaty cotton/linen sundress with sandals that I can take before I get bored. Give me cooler weather with its layering possibilities and interesting textures any day!

Summer does bring wonderful cocktails, though, so it's not all bad.

Emily Kennedy said...

I am so with you on pastels. Blech. They look horrendous on me, so I'm always looking for spring and summer clothes in fall colors. Ha ha! Whatever. Sometimes I find that stuff!

My least favorite season, in Kansas particularly, is winter. Ugh to snow, dry skin, freezing extremities, puffy coats, hat head... ugh.

Eyeliah said...

our weather turned crazy warm here in the last week and I am (kinda) sad b/c there were lots of wintery clothes I still wanted to wear. I'm in my spring stuff instead. :-)

Fer said...

I hate dressing in the summer: I can't wear boots, I can hardly wear jeans, I almost never get to have layers in my looks. plus, I always put on some weight in the summer, because it's so oppressively hot where I live that I just give up going jogging altogheter. I never feel really "chic" during summer, you know?

the worst part, though, is following style blogs from the northern hemisphere (such as yours) and seeing you all in fine winter clothes. that just kills me.

cheers,
Fernanda
(from Brazil)

Lesa said...

Since I live in South Florida it is never really cold here, but in the winter they put the same stuff out in the stores as they would in say, New York, Minnesota or any other cold spot,so it is impossible to find anything for our temps. Because I am a shopaholic I brainwash myself that I need cardigans, tights and coats and then never wear them...

Marie said...

Summer frustrates me, because even though I love sandals and short sleeves, I feel like I have a lot less options when it's hot and I'm not as creative since I can't layer. When fall comes I can't wait to pull out all my jackets, scarves and cozy sweaters!

Barry Wright, III said...

Like many above; I struggle with summer because I get overheated at about 72 degrees.

I've learned that "layering" is still possible with smaller articles of clothing. You can get clever with light vests, ties, even scarves during the summer!

This upcoming summer, I'm going to try to work more accessories into my summer looks; chains, hats, etc.

Sheila said...

I loathe pastels. Yuck. I will stick with my vibrant colours, thank you!

I like spring through autumn for dressing. It rarely gets really hot here (it's similar to San Francisco, on the water as well), so in those 3 seasons I can still layer, but not have to bundle up. Winter is always a challenge because I don't like big bulky sweaters and I end up freezing.

Emma Clark said...

My worse season would be summer - oppressively hot in the office with no air-con. I hate my arms, so summer is a nightmare because everything is sleeveless. If I layer a top under dresses, etc, I simply cook!

For these reasons, spring and autumn are my favourites. Your blog made me laugh, because I'm desperate for spring to come here, so I can wear some of my warmer weather clothes.

Clare said...

Oh, I am SO with you on dreading Spring. For me, winter is much easier and more fun to dress for. Spring and summer are such challenges, and I always am SO excited when fall rolls around.

Oh, and i absolutely adore the skirt layers!

Sal said...

I long for my very own set of those Noa Noa tulle skirts. Every time you layer them, I drool!

I'm not a huge fan of spring clothing, either, since it's cold and wet here in MN ... but the longer days and warmer temps help a LOT.

Julia said...

Oh, I really like this look - love the shoes!

I don't do as well in the summer - I seem to expand a couple sizes and turn shiny, hot pink, and puffy(and where as I love me some hot pink, I prefer it not to be the color of the skin on my face)!

Although I do enjoy summer clothing styles, the expanded puffiness is inevitable.

Linda said...

Maybe I'm biased (because I loather them with a passion), but doesn't it seem as though hardly anyone really likes pastels? Why do They try to get us to wear them every year?

I kind of dread spring from a dressing perspective too. I've given up on pants, and there's an annoying "too warm for tights, too cool for bare legs" gap in the weather. Also, almost all my shoes that are really comfortable for walking are either boots or sandals--it's hard to find something in between that looks good.

Jane W. said...

My least favorite season to dress for his summer, when temps around here routinely rise above 95 and the sun is very intense. I'm still honing my coping strategy!

Diana said...

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons to dress for. Unfortunately they don't last very long here.
The colors in Spring are never saturated enough, and summer is so ridiculously hot that I feel like I can barely wear anything without sweating like crazy.

Una said...

I look terrible in pastels - I'm from India, where people think pastels are more grown-up than bright colors, so I get grief for wanting to wear turquoise or flaming red. I hate dressing for spring, though in Alaska it's basically still winter till May. I have to say, when I lived in Hawai'i, I loved the ease of dressing in a single layer of breezy fabric and knowing I would not freeze to death.

Chelsea said...

Oh I just love how you layer tulle under skirts and dresses! It gives each of your outfits so much added interest and unexpected frill... I love it! And you always have the most interesting pieces, like this dress. The cut in the back is fabulous! I also love how you've layered the leopard blouse underneath. Just a fabulous outfit all around :)

Dressing for San Francisco was such a struggle for me for the first few years I was here (I migrated up from SoCal). I wanted to cry seeing all my dresses and skirts languishing in my closet unworn, until I discovered the art of layering! Now I'm all about skirts with socks, tights, leggings, etc. and topped off with blouses, cardigans, and the occasion jacket.

But becoming so accustomed to not-hot weather, I find Summer weather elsewhere to be the most challenging to dress for! I feel so boring without my many layers and fun legwear, and my complexion is so much paler now that I don't spend as much time in the sun that I find that pastels can wash me out. Oh well... I still love visiting hot weather places!

Natalie said...

I'm already dreading summer, not just because it'll be oppressively hot here in AZ, but also because I feel like I'm just starting to understand this whole layering thing. And these legs are sooo not ready to go bare!

Audi said...

Thanks for all your comments -- I'm tossing around a few ideas for a whole tutorial post about this, thanks to all of you!

Wicked Thrifty- Formerly The Thrifty Stylist said...

although it's my favorite season in GENERAL, i fear summer dressing most. i can't do shorts (horrors), and in long skirts i tend to look like the hippie-chick i dressed as from about 12-24 and i'm sure they're doing nothing for my short stature. however, bare legs (indeed, showing my legs) terrify me too, and i miss tights as soon as the mercury soars. and boots. ah, boots. no other shoes are comfortable for me, so i spend the summer miserable if forced to shod myself. shod? i think that's right. if i could run around in a bathing suit, sarong and bare feet all summer i'd probably be happy. as long as no one looked at me!