3 Spring Wardrobe Must-Haves (For Snowy Regions)

As I sit typing this post about my spring wardrobe, it is snowing outside (not an April Fool's joke, I promise). This is not unusual where I live.  For years I was so puzzled about why people like spring, because I associate the season with cool days and mud from all the melting snow.  We have gotten blizzards in May before, and let me tell you, you do not know snow until you have experienced a wet, springtime snow.  It is the best snowman-making material there is, if only I was actually in the mood to build a snowman.

One year I actually caught some blossoms on some trees with my camera, and I felt like that was the first real glimpse of the beautiful side of spring that I had ever gotten.  If our springs looked like that all the time I would really love the season, but do you see that picture at the top of this post?  That picture was taken a mere two weeks ago.  And oh look, it looks exactly the same outside right now!

To dispel my winter blues, I thought I’d share with you all my three must-have items for a spring wardrobe when you live in a snowy region.  I used to have a horrible time choosing what to wear in the spring.  It felt like no matter what I wore, I would either be too warm or too cold, but I think I have finally found a happy middle ground.  This is how I keep a touch of spring cheerfulness life when I still have to be warm.

Must-Have #1 - A White Coat.

Actually, any light colored coat will do, but I am saying a white coat because they are so pretty.  This is the one item on my list that I've included not because I have one, but because I very much want one!  If I have to wear a coat, I would like to wear one that still gives a little nod to the spring through color.  Every time I am forced to wear my black, heavy coat during an April snowstorm, it just makes me sad.  

Must-Have #2 - Leggings or Thick Tights.

If there is one thing that screams “SPRING!” to me, it is dresses, and I refuse to let my dresses languish in the closet just because the weather decides to be persnickety.  I was able to review some fun-colored tights a couple years ago, and one thing I discovered about these ones is that they are nice and warm!  Thicker tights or leggings keep your legs from freezing under those pretty dresses.

Must-have #3 - Waterproof Boots or Booties.

Spring snows are wet, and they melt fast.  Mud is everywhere, and the water and slush will soak right through all your normal shoes in a heartbeat.  This is the perfect excuse to indulge in more shoes.  Although I have only owned a pair for wellies for a couple years, they can be styled in a fun way, but if that is not your thing, look for shiny leather (not suede leather) and rubber soles.  Then the water won’t reach your feet, and you can just rinse the mud right off.  I have a pair of tall boots (bonus for keeping my calves warm), but I would really like a pair of booties that will also keep my feet dry.  I am still on the hunt, but I would love these ones if they were a little more closed.

My one final tip for a springtime wardrobe in the snow is to take advantage of those layers.  I have lots of sweaters that I love, but I usually regret breaking them out in the spring because there can be snow on the ground while it is actually fairly warm outside, and I am left feeling bulky and sweaty.  Instead of regular sweaters, my wardrobe has been overtaken with cardigans, jackets, and half-sleeved shirts, which make up the ideal spring outfit in a snowy state.  You will be prepared for any kind of weather that way.  If you live in a snowy region long enough you will also start having "Autumn sweaters" and separate "Spring sweaters", but that is probably a different topic for a different day.

Do you live in a state with snowy Springtimes?  What are your tips for dressing when the weather can’t make up it’s mind?

I also wanted to point you all to Tommy Nelson today, because I am talking about why I am thankful for Spring, even though it’s clearly not my favorite season.  You might have to look a little harder to find the good things when you are buried in spring snows, but every season is a gift from God!

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Susannah said...

Oooo... Goodness, this look frigid! Although I wish we got more snow I definitely am glad we're not getting snow in April!

Elizabeth said...

Lately I've been realizing that I under-utilize scarves! I'm in maternity mode right now so my sweaters don't necessarily button up, so a scarf can help fill in the gap. Plus they can be easier to match than necklaces sometimes.

Callie Nicole said...

I love scarves! And multi-colored ones can go with so many outfits.

Callie Nicole said...

It is very sad. I think I prefer rain to snow this time of year!

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