The first day of spring tends to be a case of mind over matter for me. After months of jeans, jumpers, boots, and coats, all I want to do is put on a dress without worrying about tights, slip on a pair of sandals, and prance out the door, free in my uncomplicated ensemble. Unfortunately, the weather doesn't cater solely to me, so this has pretty much never been a possibility. Maybe if I didn't care about being warm as much as I do, I could make it work - but I really, really hate being cold. After an extremely long winter, however, I also really, really hate my boots. Something had to be done.
That something, for me, was to just say no to the boots. It reached a downright tropical high of 6°C yesterday, so I figured sandals were definitely a no-go - but closed toe heels, I could make work, with the help of the world's ugliest socks.
I decided not to push the boat out too far, and combined the heels with ugly-sock-covering jeans, a plain white shirt, and a spring-appropriate yellow cardigan, to lighten my look and make it clear that winter was not welcome in the immediate space surrounding my body. I actually layered a singlet under my shirt, also. You can't see it, but it's from Uniqlo's Heattech collection, and it is miraculous. I own quite a few Heattech pieces. They're perfect for keeping you warm and snuggly in winter, and for making you less nervous about venturing out into the cold in a lightweight shirt and cardigan.
So mind over matter it was - for me and most of New York, it seemed. I saw enough cropped trousers and lightweight coats to deduce that I'm not the only one encouraging the next season to make an appearance. Bring it on, spring - our wardrobes are waiting!