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Ooh! It’s Spring!

26 Mar

After  a sunny weekend there’s only one thing to do: Think about Spring! Spring isn’t my favourite dressing season- I feel a lot more comfortable in the fall when things are a bit more covered, but Spring definitely has its charm. Colours and floaty fabrics are always a welcome departure from the boring and stale. My favourite transitional outfit is definitely the basic pretty dress + long cardigan + belt formula. I ended up breaking it out for the first time to solve my hipster party dilemma on Saturday night, and it was perfect. Not too fancy, not too casual. Not cold, and super adjustable. Despite loving this combo to an unnatural point, I only have one cute flowy sundress.

I bought this at American Eagle when I was 17 and have been in love with it ever since. It works for almost any occasion and is so easy to dress up and down. It also looks great with a t shirt and tights in the winter. It was well worth it’s mileage. And, it has pockets. What more could you want?

I paired it with a gray cardigan I also accumulated when I was 17. I love it to death and I’ve already repaired 3 tiny holes… it’s proven well worth the $4.95 I paid for it. I noticed that I was a little shapeless, so I popped a 70’s vintage brown braided belt over my waist. I wore my Tiffany gold heart tag necklace and black Bloch flats and looked ready to go. If it was cold, I could’ve popped tights under, but I chose to go barelegged for spring.

I think it’s time to buy more dresses and cardigans.

Quick Visit Dress in Green at Modcloth, $97.99

I love modcloth for dresses… and shoes and skirts and swim. There’s some great finds and since they order in small amounts it’s hard to find a look alike. The only problem is massive duty charges.

Pin Up Dress Blaize in Landscape at Bernie Dexter, $156.00

This dress was a splurge for a wedding last year, and it’s been worth every penny. I’ve worn it only to that wedding, but it sits in my closet, waiting for the day I have the nerves (and the cardigan) to wear it. Summer, come sooner. This baby needs an outing. Small problem, it’s dry clean only. I’m going to try it with my washing machine’s gentle cycle- my Mum’s tried some dry clean only stuff through it and it’s been okay, but I can’t mess up that pretty print.

Engineered Floral Corset Fit and Flare Dress at Betsey Johnson, $128.00

I have just discovered a Betsey Johnson diffusion line.

A moment please…

She has sweaters too. I die.

Dip Dye Striped Boyfriend Cardigan at Betsey Johnson, $108

If you haven’t discovered yet, I am a Betsey GROUPIE. When she comes on Project Runway I go rambling around the house being far to excited, yell at everyone to shut up already, grab the dog and something sparkly and become enthralled by the Betsey goodness.

Now, as much as I love Betsey and I’m happy things are finally in the $100-$200 mark, for me, that’s one paycheque. So, it’s not going to work. That’s where sewing comes in. If you’re savvy, you can get amazing deals on fabric, and when you sew you get what you want, every single time.

These books will teach you everything you need to know about how to sew. Start with Sew U (Skirt, button down and pants) and then progress in this order. You’ll be a sewing and pattern mastress. It really is a great way to save some money and avoid that awful look alike problem. As for me? I’m off to make some new girly dresses! ‘Bout time!

P.S. I spent the day in PJ bottoms and a tank top… whoops.