Dressing for spring in the Great Northeast

By Aja Lownes

small pink trench.jpgIt's springtime in the Northeast, and our weather situation is notoriously volatile. Sure, we've just come off some nice weekend weather, but even though most of us are over winter, winter may not be through with us.

There are lots of fun spring clothes in the stores and in our closets made of lightweight fabrics in the most vibrant of hues; but it's still too cold to wear most of them "as is". The key to approaching Spring from a fashion standpoint is the mix and match.

tights.jpgNumero Uno: Tights (There's a nice selection at "the good Macy's" in Colonie Center). Tights can get you through one of the pseudo-warm days when the air seems deceptively balmy, and then the wind blows and suddenly you can see your breath as you exhale. Tights will look just as great under a cotton dress or skirt in April as they did under a wool pencil skirt in December. Tights are also a fun way to play with color; besides the obvious black, there's navy, burgundy, and charcoal. If you're more daring, trying looking on the bright side with yellow or pink.

Two: The peep toe shoe. Ubiquitous? Yes. But when it's not quite warm enough to wear sandals, peep toes a great substitute. I'm actually a fan of them for year- round use (except in snow, of course). They're great with a pair of wool business slacks .

spring sweaters.jpgThree: Heavy and light. A tried and true method for me when I just cannot deal with another heavy winter outfit. Throw on a cashmere or wool sweater with tropical weight wool slacks, skirt or a pair of khakis or jeans(cropped if you like). Or a cotton cardigan, turtleneck, or button-down dress shirt with a pair of cords and peep-toe flats. Colorful sweaters are everywhere right now. The ones pictured here are from The Gap.

Four: Last year's big item was the Trench, but a classically cut trench is always in style. It is the quintessential transition item. If you've tired of the big overcoat, and the temperature is hovering around 40, I say throw on a scarf, a cloche hat, and a pair of gloves with your trench, and you're good to go. This
trench and the pink on before the jump are also from "the good Macy's."

Lastly-- check out your own closet. Times are tight for many of us, but you don't have to buy too much. The best part of transitioning into spring is that it's really about exploiting what you already have in your closet in a creative way.


I'm super happy that someone pointed me in the direction of some good tights. I can't find a decent selection with enough colors to satisfy. I never go to department stores because I'm an in and out shopper and department stores never seem to make that easy. This is great because I can break out some skirts now and keep the tights for next fall and winter.

Nice to see Aja back!

Heads-up: The tights at the good Macy's are not easy to find. They're on the second floor in a room behind the lingerie section.

Marshall's usually has a great selection of tights and knee socks too. I found a bunch of cool Betsey Johnson ones.

Thanks for the tip. I was just there and didn't see those at all!

Good tips. I tried at least five outfits on this morning. I couldn't bear to wear more winter stuff, but the summer stuff just wouldn't do either...

I love this story, thank you. And soooo glad to see Aja is back.

As for tights, they have a ton at Boscov's in Colonie Center -- lots of colors, sizes and prices.

Target and Plato's closet often have a good selection of funky colored tights for cheap as well

I'm glad you all liked the post :-D

Regarding tights, an online option is www.welovecolors.com

They have 47 colors of their basic tights....then there's the tie dyed, etc.

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