After the long, cold and snow-filled winter, who can blame Washingtonians for their case of spring fever this past week? A couple of sunny, 65+ days will do that for you.
It’s not quite warm enough for flip flops – although I’ve started seeing them. And in the mornings, it’s not quite nice enough for bare legs — although many women are going that route already (including me!). By mid-day, it’s certainly nice enough to snag a spot outdoors to eat lunch, chat with a co-worker or just enjoy the warm rays of the sun.
Spring also means new wardrobe – ditching all the blacks and grays that have become staples. Taking the long wool coat and short down puffer to the dry cleaner. Pulling out open-toed shoes. And it means shopping!
I got an email from J. Crew – 20% off spring dresses. About 10 minutes later, I had ordered a mint colored shift (mint! like I’ll be wearing that anytime soon!), a floral strapless sundress (to be worn at work with a cardigan, of course) and another sleeveless romper. Whew, now I’ll have something to wear these still crisp in the morning Spring days! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. A friend told me how she spent $500 at J. Crew buying clothes she won’t be wearing for several weeks yet.
Then there was the impromptu post-lunch jaunt into Betsy Fisher that led to a wrap top (that I can wear now with black pants, I justified) and a patterned white skirt that won’t see the light of day until mid-April or later. Alas, we can dream, can’t we?
When can I start wearing cropped pants? Colleague at works says after it’s been 70 degrees for 3 days in a row. Sales woman at Betsy Fisher says “now.”
I just need a bit of color on my legs to get rid of the winter pallor – and a pedicure!
Happy spring shopping!