Well, it’s the early days of spring, and while one starts thinking of warmer weather and the nice fashions that come with it, here in Wisconsin, more often than not, it means this:
Yes, the above photo I tweeted this morning serves as first-hand evidence that Madison and Southern Wisconsin got rocked by snow during the past 24 hours. I’m not exactly sure, but I’d say the West side of Madison, where I live and work, got about 6 inches, while areas South and West of here got a foot of snow or more. (More photographic proof can be found here.) If you live in Wisconsin, you don’t really call spring “spring,” but rather other titles such as, “not really spring,” “nowhere near spring,” “second winter” (which a tweep suggested to me this morning), “Mother Nature’s cruel joke,” or my favorite, “the reason road construction season starts late.”
Seriously, though, winter is a wicked season, usually overstaying its welcome and striking so late that you never expect it… like, say, some time after a late-winter warm spell (which is what Madison had 3 weeks ago). True story: More than once during my younger years living in Northern Wisconsin, we were hit with snowstorms in May, well after we had an early warm spell in March. Let’s just say it looks pretty strange when it’s 7 o’clock in the evening, the sun is still out, and there’s a good amount of snow on the ground from the storm that hit earlier in the day.
Luckily, like those May storms mentioned above, the temperatures warm up and the snow goes away in a matter of days, as if the snowstorm never happened. But if you’re really impatient, you try to bargain with Mother Nature as soon as she makes her late wintry statement. Observe:
Right now, you’re pretty impatient as well, I imagine; you’re looking at this post’s title again and saying, “Gee, Allison, when are you going to get to the fashion portion of this post?” Oh, all right, all right. Spring (when it gets here, of course), means nice, bright colors on dresses and outfits, as evidenced by this Calvin Klein display spotted Sunday at Boston Store at West Towne Mall. The dress on the right has nice, springtime patterns and seems so well suited for a warm, spring day. The yellow dress on the left also has that springtime vibe, but its cut and design seems to add elegance; it’s as if it’s ready for a formal setting.
Yellow isn’t the only color for spring, mind you. The middle dress in this display, also at Boston Store, is a nice peach color, and is nicely accessorized with a turquoise necklace and leather crop jacket. The patterned dresses flanking it really stand out, too, as does that teal-and-white patterned purse.
Even a cooler color can look pretty awesome on a springtime dress, case in point this dress spotted at JCPenney. That plunging “V” down the front is a natural attention getter, but I think the accents of indigo and black really make the entire dress pop. This is a dress I really love.
Back at Boston Store… you noticed how the leather jacket went really well with that peach dress earlier? I’m a firm believer that leather or leather-like clothing is something that not only doesn’t go out of style, it can work in spring as well as it does in fall. I spotted this peach top on the same rack as these black leather front-panel pants. Peach and black are colors that seem to work very well together, and the fabrics that go with them work together as well. Don’t you agree?
According to the esteemed fashionistas at People StyleWatch (or at least according to this display at JCPenney), patterns look to be an “in” thing for spring. Floral prints are a natural for spring, but what do you think of the leopard print on the outfit on the far left? If the mannequins with the yellow and striped tops are any indication, spring also tends to bring out a relaxed feel to fashion; you know, the “let’s bring out the wicker chairs and relax on the back porch” kind of feel. (Just sayin’.)
One other big thing about spring is local high school proms, and with proms come… prom dresses! I didn’t go into full photo detail with the prom dresses on Sunday, but I did snap a couple of displays. Boston Store (below left photo) has their prom dresses on full display, not only the long gowns you see here but also a few bedazzled short dresses that show a little uh-huh. (Gee, are short dresses suitable for a dignified setting such as school prom?) Tiger Lily (bottom right photo) is well known in this town for elegant dresses and gowns; they’ve now returned to West Towne Mall in what may be (though I cannot confirm) a temporary spot for their prom selections, in the spot formerly occupied by Body Central.
I’ll conclude with a little bit of levity…. If you go to the Boston Store at West Towne and enter from the mall entrance, you’re greeted by about 5 or 6 full blown cosmetic stations, all in a row. Clinique. Chanel. Bobbie Brown. And a few other cosmetic and perfume brands I can’t recall off the top of my head. (I just use Boston Store as an example since I was there yesterday, but other department stores in other locales do have the same setup.) I always get a kick out this setup, and I don’t mean in a “wow, they’ve got every cosmetic brand known to man” kind of thing; it’s a natural for them to be arranged all at one spot of store. Rather, you do realize they’re manned with clerks and beauticians and experts who, when you think of it, are competing against each other despite being all under one roof. They’re likely clerks who are experts–and obviously promoters–of one certain brand of cosmetic or perfume over another. But with their stations so close together, as evidenced by this photo, the dark portion of my mind wants to think some of the experts/clerks would be eager to use an open space of the mall as a back alley, just throw down their gloves, and have at it. [cue urgent movie music] “Listen up, Clinique! This here store ain’t big enough for the two of us. You and us, right now! Let’s rumble!” But, really, the cosmetic and perfume world is above throwing haymakers at each other. Theirs is an elegant and graceful world free of jealously… well, isn’t it?
So, are you optimistic about spring fashion (when spring finally comes, at least)? Share your thoughts below. Thanks!