Spring Survival Guide

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The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer, and the heat bills are going down. Yes….Spring is finally here! And the BEST part? We get to ditch our puffy, oversize, fur-trimmed, hard-to-move-or-look-cute-in winter jackets & boots! So with your puffers and parkas put away for the next 8 or 9 months, what’s next? Spring may be the hardest season to dress for….well if you live in Canada anyway. Winter is still hanging on for dear life, then the rain comes, and the temperatures bounce from freezing to high 20’s. Here are my picks to keep you prepared and looking fabulous during this Spring season.

First of all, layering is KEY for this time of year, so you’ll need a bag that can store all your spring must haves. Ditch the oversize tote this season and stay on trend with a bucket bag. This 80’s favorite is roomy and sturdy enough to store all your spring needs. It’s drawstring gives easy access and the multi straps make for added comfort since you can switch up how you carry it. Inside, besides the regulars like your wallet, compact, and lipstick,  you’ll want a sweater or cardigan, a hat & scarf, an umbrella, and a pair of flats. This will keep you prepared for a chill, some rain or snow, and to change out of your wellies for work.

Miley & Miranda with their bucket bags…looks like it could make a great diaper bag too!

Get the look:

(left) aztec bucket bag  garage.ca  $29.90      (right) perforated bucket bag  ae.com  $29.42

For outerwear a classic trench is usually the go-to piece for Spring, but for 2012,  nylon jackets,  otherwise known as “windcheaters” or “windbreakers”, are your new staple. These jackets are great for resisting cool winds and rain and are lightweight and comfortable. They’re traditionally used by athletes and fitness buffs and were made popular by brands like Nike and Adidas in the 90’s, but in recent years, the nylon jacket has become coveted more for fashion than function.

Jessica & Justin choose function, while the always fashionable SJP chooses style

Get the look:

(left) nylon jacket w/hood, also available in black  $39.90 garage.ca   (right) anorak jacket  $54.90  dynamite stores

(left) nylon raincoat  $27.70  forever21.com   (right) tech windbreaker  $39.00  joe fresh

Next up, wellies, aka rain boots, rubber boots, top boots, shit kickers, muck boots, gummies…and the list goes on). Sure they keep your tootsies warm and dry while fishing or gardening, or safe from a chemical spill in a lab, but they can also just be a cute and stylish way to avoid getting your feet soaked from puddles on your trek to class or the mall!

if they’re good enough for Kate, then they’re GOOD!

 all 3 boots $29.90 @  myspringghoes.com

Well that sums up my tips for staying dry and stylish this spring season. Now you’re fully prepared for whatever the elements (and fellow fashion critics) throw your way!

xo Cree

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