Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 1

 

 

Couture-Couture '08

 

So, I’m doing my fashion magazine thing…going through last year’s issues with spring and summer fashions. I’m always amazed at what looks good to me the year after it is introduced, I think it takes my eye some time to adjust to new styles.

 

I find spring and summer fashions more challenging than fall and winter fashions. In the colder months it seems easy to pull a look together with my boots, jeans, jackets and sweaters although I’m already getting tired of all the heavy clothes and layering (and here in the Chicago area we have at least 3 months of winter to look forward to!). In the warmer months when I have to put away my boots and jeans, I’m at a loss as to how to replace them and still look nice.

 

Although my legs are probably my best asset, the older I get, the less I’m interested in shorts and capris as they are unflattering and make my legs look shorter. I’ve found that pants in light weight fabrics are just a cool as shorts and look a hell of a lot better. That leaves me with skirts and dresses when I want to show some leg, so I tend to dress a little nicer in the summer than in the fall and winter.

 

I’m also revisiting my Spring Wardrobe ’08 selections to see what I didn’t make last year but still want on my sewing list for this spring. Here is what I’ve found:

 

I bought some silk twill last year to knock-off this Badgley Mischka look…I think it would make a great transitional outfit, maybe with my yellow crepe de chine blouse (Project MyWay#6).

 

 Badgley Mischka Spring '08

 

This Armani outfit is another nice early spring look when it’s too late in the season for wools, but too early for bright colors:

 

 Armani Spring '08

 

Shirtdresses (this one from Bruce) are a nice daytime look without being too fussy. I have a picture of another sharp looking shirtdress from a magazine in a bronze charmeuse:

 

 Bruce Spring '08

 

I bought some silver gray silk and cotton fabric last year for this Derek Lam skirt and I never made it. It would be nice with a sweater in the early spring and with a sleeveless blouse in the summer:

 

Derek Lam Spring '08

 

 

I bought some cotton poplin in buttery yellow last year to copy this Elie Tahari look. It’s one of those throw-over-anything-and-look-great coats:

 

 Elie Tahari Spring '08

 

I still love this outfit from Erin Fetherston because of the sophisticated colors and easy, slouchy style. Maybe I’ll make the blouse with long sleeves for early spring:

 

 Erin Fetherston Spring '08

 

 

 

 

I need a raincoat and I’m sooooo tired of trench coats! I like this one is from Marc Jacobs and there are lots of patterns available for double breasted coats:

 

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Love this bright blouse by Milly with the white skirt. It would also look good with white jeans, one of my spring/summer staples:

 

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Here’s one of those new silhouettes that I couldn’t see wearing last year, but now I’ve seen how fun these dresses look with t-shirts underneath and I’d love to have one this spring (from Derek Lam):

 

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I fell in love with the Chaiken spring line last year and I never sewed anything from it. This year I definitely want an outfit like this to wear for casual evening events (with those ubiquitous white jeans):

 

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Ta-ta for now!