Okay fine, it's only February. And I know I should live for the moment and seize the day and do all of those things I'm told are good for my mental health. I love the snow. I love the winter. I love the cold. Repeat after me: we love the snow and the winter and the cold. Brrr...is it March yet? As I look at all of the pretty pieces coming into stores for spring, though, I think I've found my silver lining. These finds let me embrace the present while looking to the future, too. They let me have a cute spring fling while still making the absolute most of winter. From a fashion perspective, shopping for spring in winter is a win-win: it allows you to buy pretty new things now and wear them way longer. Scroll down for the items on my want-list right now. So much cuteness, you'll have a really hard time waiting. And you really shouldn't. Carpe diem.
NOW VS. LATER | Break from your basic blues for a minute and check out the super cute button-downs in stores now. I am LO-O-OVING the fun new takes on the classic borrowed-from-your-boyfriend shirt and am currently debating between long and printed or cropped and patched. Um, how about both? Wear your new blue shirt(s) with cropped jeans and block-heel ankle boots now and with your white jeans and sandals in the spring.
NOW VS. LATER | On those days when you're not knee-deep in slush, take advantage; toss aside your well-loved winter boots and throw on a pair of new white kicks instead. Add slim black joggers, a grey sweatshirt and a perfect ponytail and you'll look all athleisure in all the right ways. When spring hits, pair your kicks with your dresses and skirts to add some sporty spice to any outfit.
WE LOVE | White Hi-Tops, $90, ALDO
NOW VS. LATER | These amazing gilded shades don't need instructions. Okay, except one: just wear them.
NOW VS. LATER | If you're not a lipstick person, you haven't given Bite Beauty a try. The gorgeous formula comes in loads of pretty shades and delivers intense hydration, sublime texture, and creamy, long wear in one saturated swipe. This duo is perfect for brightening a sallow complexion right now and the pinks will transition beautifully into the warm, sunny days of spring.
NOW VS. LATER | If you're anything like me, you probably avoid dresses in the winter, if only because they just never feel cozy enough. Now that we're halfway through Feb, though, it feels like the perfect time to revisit the LBD. Try a comfy knit dress with opaque black tights and ankle boots or a high-texture floral dress with over-the-knee boots to give your pants a break. When the mercury rises, wear the knit dress with white running shoes and the floral dress with strappy heels.
NOW VS. LATER | Sure, we're still a little (okay fine, a long) while off from seeing our gardens in bloom, but why let that stop you from wearing flowers RN? Look for a print with a dark background (like black or blue) to keep it seasonally on-point. From statement embroidered ankle boots to a bright floral print dress, these pieces are sure to brighten up any cold, grey day.
NOW VS. LATER | Think cropped jeans are just a summer thing? Think again. These fun (and super affordable) cropped jeans would look cool with a tee, a blazer or oversized sweater and block-heel ankle boots, Carry them into spring with a plain white tee and easy slides.
WE LOVE | Straight High Cropped Jeans, $39.99, H&M
NOW VS. LATER | The weather in Feb is always unpredictable, which is why I'm such a big believer in layering. One of my favourite ways? The long cardi, of course. Try this fringed beauty with waxed black skinnies, a white tee and ankle boots now. In the spring, wear it with your white jeans and little dresses.
NOW VS. LATER | Sometimes all you need is one bright piece to bring instant fun to a boring wardrobe. This pink cross body might be little but it makes a big impact, whether you wear it now with an all-black base or carry it into spring with a little black dress and ankle boots.
WE LOVE | Dinker Crossbody in Glovetanned Leather, $295, Coach
NOW VS. LATER | If you've grown tired of your old chokers by now, you might be in the market for something a little unique. Enter the grosgrain choker - we're loving this black & white striped beauty for its looks and its price point. Wear it now with your oversized knits and with your jersey tank dresses this spring.
WE LOVE | Grosgrain Ribbon Choker, $6, ALDO
NOW VS. LATER | You'll never go wrong with a classic tan trench but we can't help but fall for this pretty in pink version. Sure, it's not time to part with your puffer quite yet but while you wait for the snow to melt, try it layered under your wool coat, or with an oversized scarf on warmer winter days. Of course, you'll be in living in this all spring with everything from denim to dresses.
WE LOVE | Belted Trench, $109.90, Reitmans