February is an awkward month for clothes. It’s definitely not warm enough to start breaking out the spring wardrobe (hey there, New England blizzard!), but the usual muted colors of winter are definitely starting to wear a little thin. I mean, let’s be real for a second – black on black, all day, every day, is getting straight-up depressing.
We got really lucky here in SF over the weekend with a couple of spectacular days of weather – the sun was shining (sun! In the foggy city! Mais non!), the birds were singing, and it was a solid, balmy 72 degrees. Maybe it was the weather that caused me to start unconsciously channeling spring, but come Monday I was all about the sunglasses and the floral perfume. Which is a shame, because the weather has now settled back down to our usual, foggy 62 (which I would take any day of the week still over the conditions in New England right now…sorry guys). But the damage is done. Even if conditions have returned back to regular-old winter, I’m still tasting the tiniest hints of spring in the air.
Here’s the deal: I’ve worn various iterations of this outfit for basically a week straight, and so far, no one has noticed. Also, I get complimented on it almost every day. Stripes seem to be the thing right now, which I like because it feels very Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout De Souffle to me and I’m therefore allowed to live out my moody French fantasies in relative harmony. Throw on a beautiful nude lipstick (appropriately named Brigitte, because why not), and some big, preferably cat-eye sunglasses, and you’re basically good to go. The flowery perfume is the icing – lovely, and definitely spring-y, but not strictly necessary if you’re still beholden to a heavier scent.
By the way, this perfume (which I acquired on Valentines day after smelling at least 10,000 with S) is the most heavenly perfume in all the land. I’m serious. It smells like lilacs and freesia and, most specifically, like a walk I took in Paris early last summer. It’s divine. But don’t take my word for it.
What are you wearing to beat the cold? I’m always on the lookout for more outfit ideas – let me know in the comments :)