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WEST COAST STYLE - Laura Mitbrodt

Spring looks from Lark and Sparrow and Is This Menswear?. - Photo contributed
Spring looks from Lark and Sparrow and Is This Menswear?.
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Spring can be an awkward time of year when it comes to your wardrobe because you are stuck between seasons.

By the time spring rolls around, most people are sick of wearing their dark coloured winter coats and heavy wool sweaters. Victoria’s climate is mild enough that we can usually ditch the winter coats and heavy sweaters by the end of February while the rest of the country is still covered in a blanket of snow. Transitioning your wardrobe into spring can be quite simple if you follow these rules and invest in the key pieces. If you want an instant update to your wardrobe, replace dark colours with bright spring colours. Every year there are a few key colour trends for each season. If you want to keep up with the trends I would recommend buying a cardigan or a scarf in one of the seasons key colours.

For spring 2015, the key colours are soft in nature with cool undertones, they are meant to be soothing to the eye and an escape from everyday chaos. You’ll notice that most retailers carry similar colours each season so it shouldn’t be hard to spot out the trending colour stories.

Another easy way to transition and update your spring wardrobe is to add a few bold prints into the mix like this gingham dress from Lark and Sparrow or this men’s polka dot shirt from Is this Menswear? The most important aspect of spring fashion is knowing how to layer your clothing to stay warm while maintaining a fresh appearance. Try layering a cardigan under a blazer and add a colorful scarf for a pop of colour and texture.

If you’re going to buy one splurge item this spring, I would recommend investing in a classic trench coat. A trench coat is timeless and never goes out of style and you can layer it for extra warmth and add colourful accessories like a bright bag or shoes. With warm weather on the horizon you can even transition your trench coat into the summer, especially on those cool summer evenings by the water.

Her Look:

Lark and Sparrow

Blush Satchel (Culture Riot) -$120

Cream Blazer (Timing) -$88

Gingham Dress (Final Touch) -$75

Leather Belt -$52

Wool Hat -$68

Necklace -$68

His Style:

Is this Menswear?

Navy Polka-dot Flannel  - $126 Made in Vancouver

Hentsch Man - Wool Tie $63

Hentsch Man - Ollie Jacket - $347

Hentsch Man - Jean - $80

Grifo Leather Goods - Belt $80

If you have any fashion questions email me at laurajaneatelier@gmail.com.

 

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