Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Late Winter/Early Spring Dress Code

With the weather warming up over the past few days, I've really been thinking a lot about my spring wardrobe. I find it terribly difficult to dress appropriately in the spring and feel that this is the time of year when many people are seasonally-challenged when it comes to dressing themselves. I know that is mean, but it is the absolute truth.

It really is tough, and I know I'm not the only one who has this plight. For instance, the high yesterday was supposed to be 81. 81 in early March!! Its still winter, so do you continue wearing winter colors? Do you bust out a dress and skip the tights? Do you wear hose? (my work environment is not formal enough for hose, so that isn't a consideration) Do you wear peep toes or stick with your classic pumps? And then what if it gets cold again later in the week? Can I pull my boots back out, or do I have to surrender them?

Once you get past the whole issue of what to wear, then you have to deal with the fact that you look ghostly. I mean I really think my legs probably would glow in the dark right now! I realize that it is fashionable to be pale, but I just can't stand it. Some people look great pale but I am just not one of those people. So what do you do? Do you use the smelly lotions that don't really work that well? Do you get a spray tan that really makes you look orange? Or do you just go to the tanning bed a couple of times where you can control it better? So tough.
Once we (at least for us in GA) get through early March, it starts to get a little easier. But you do still have to conquer the whole "when do I wear sandals?" issue. When is it right to pull them out? Do you base your sandal-wearing only on weather, or do you have a specific date before which it is simply unacceptable?

If you are a male reader, you're probably stopped reading at the second sentence. If you are a female reader, you probably have the same struggles. How do you handle them? What are your rules?

Also, on a totally random note .... do I use too many commas in my writing? I think I do.


6 comments:

Becky said...

Good topic. I'm interested to read some comments here b/c I struggle with this. I'm reluctant to wear open toed shoes before mid-April. And I think I can wear my boots until the end of March. I base the changing of the wardrobe around Easter/Masters I guess. And yes, you do heart commas.

Erin said...

It is a really difficult time of year. I wish there was a handbook that could provide some firm rules for everyone to follow. However, I think it also varies by region - for instance, what is appropriate in South Florida in April might not fly in New York.

Kimberly said...

I agree with the handbook idea! I struggle with my outfit every morning! I say not sandals until April but the boots are a tough call.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I was never one to follow rules, so I'm the last one you should be asking (not that you were asking me, per se, but you know what I mean). However, I do know that if it was 81 degrees, I wouldn't be confused at all. I'd be out in the sunshine enjoying the weather. Unlike the weather we're experiencing here today (a high of 29).

EquisBuffy said...

I think the only requirement to pull out the sandals is a warm day and a pedicure. And if the next day calls for boots slaps those bad boys back on!

Megan said...

The official first day of Spring is March 22nd - after which time it is "acceptable" to wear open-toed shoes. Easter is also an offical date for wearing white, seersucker, etc. - up until Labor Day - so I interpret that as also the day to bring out that spring wardrobe. However - I agree with Equis Buffy - sometimes you just have to roll with the weather ...