Dressing for Sprinter 

 

Shirt: (sold out) similar herehere,  here | Jacket: Hanita (bought in Italy), similar herehere and here  | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Rocket Skinny (faves!) | Boots: (old) similar here & here (on sale!) |Purse: Chanel  | Sunglasses: Gucci (old), similar here, here & here (the last ones are on sale!) | Belt: Gucci  (mine is sold out, but these are same with different hardware) |  Photo Credit: Ireland Marchand 

So, apparently it is spring, but in eastern Canada, it is still looking WAY too much like winter for pretty spring pastels or brilliant brights. So to freshin’ up my look, without feeling out of season, I took this black and white striped shirt, black suede boots and paired it with a pop of emerald green. By finding a balance through textures and colours, I was to create an ensemble to help transition from winter to spring, or what I like to see call, sprinter. 

So, I will admit, I am slightly obsessed with stripes, especially, black & white ones! They are so versatile and I just love how the pattern and colour combo plays so well with other wardrobe elements. They are a total classic, yet can look modern, elegant or preppy, depending on the piece and how you work it! This particular shirt really gives me an early 90’s vibe, so I love the nostalgia that goes along with it! It’s also rayon, which makes it breathable and season-less and I picked it up at H&M for under $25!

Although you can wear suede all year round, I feel it is especially great for sprinter. It softens a black boot, making it more spring appropriate, while still looking practical on cold (sometimes snowy) days. Lastly, but most importantly, the pop of a gem tone (in this case, emerald green) brightens the over-all mood. Emerald green is a colour I feel can be worn all year round. It’s also a colour that looks universally good on brunettes, blondes and redheads! The colour itself evokes spring (think lush green grass and trees). Although this coat Is mohair and wool, it’s viscose lining makes it quite light, while still being warm and the three-quarter sleeves lend it a springy vibe. 

In my opinion, a colour pop tends to be the focal point or statement piece in an ensemble. I typically only choose one stand out piece in an outfit, but for this look, the bold stripes are also commanding attention.  The key of mixing two statement pieces, such as this, is all about balance. Although stripes are a bold pattern, the classic back & white doesn’t compete, but acts as a backdrop to the pop of colour – complimenting instead of distracting! 

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the real spring to arrive, so I can get out on the trails with baby Elle and Sadie dog and not have to trudge thru the snow and ice. I love a good winter hike, but with no tropical vacation this year, it feels like it’s been winter forever and I am totally ready for a change of scenery. In the meantime, I hope this simple example of how to transition an outfit from winter to spring has inspired you to find ways to rework your own wardrobe for sprinter. Until next time, have a great day and thanks for reading!

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