“What are you wearing? Where is the dress I left out for you on your bed!?“
When we were little, my mom loved dressing me and my sister in matching outfits. I had a closet-full of big, puffy dresses and skirts in every single color and pattern you can imagine.
Unfortunately, I hated wearing dresses.
My mom’s eyes would sometimes fill with tears of joy after she was done dressing me and telling me “my princess, look how beautiful you look!” I’d take one look in the mirror, while also trying to flatten my dress and say: “nope. I’ll take those overalls, thank you“.
Funny thing, I eventually did fall in love with wearing dresses. The only problem was that I started wearing them over jeans in the early 2000’s…. my mom wasn’t very impressed. I still remember the days when I hid an entire closet-full of clothes in the basement, and would change after leaving for school. All unbeknownst to my mom, of course. Ah… the good old times.
Well, I can easily say that as an adult, I completely approve of wearing both dresses and skirts- especially during spring.
As I’m writing this, I’m looking out the window and the weather couldn’t be more perfect. There’s just something about spring that makes me feel excited about everything- yes, that includes wearing dresses.
I love all seasons, but towards the end of every winter I start feeling tired. Tired of sweaters, scarves, jackets, thick and uncomfortable coats. I love fashion, but during those colder months I often sacrifice style for warmth. Now that spring is here at last, I finally get a chance to wear some of my favorite pieces; those usually include sheer, soft fabrics, flowy tops, maxi skirts and dresses. When the weather isn’t quite warm enough to rock a spaghetti-strapped dresses or tops, sheer fabrics are the way to go. They keep me warm enough, but also let that spring breeze through.
As I told you guys in one of my previous posts, I recently got rid of a huge chunk of my wardrobe and I’m controlling my impulse buys and only invest in pieces I know I’ll wear. Crazy thing is that now that I have less, I don’t find myself saying “ugh I have nothing to wear!” too often.
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When it’s 45 degrees early in the morning and 85 by midday, layers are a must. It seems that the weather here on the East Coast has calmed down a bit, but only last week the temperatures were already nearing the 90s (!). While I do love that cool morning breeze, I can’t stand being cold. So, to battle those awkward in-between temperatures, I layer. And I then layer some more.
For work, blazers are usually my go to because they’re so easy to style. Black goes with everything- it also happens to be my favorite color- it’s no wonder that I have about 10 black blazers hanging in my closet. I love that you can also pair them with jeans and a basic tee and not just cigarette pants. Jean or cotton shirts are also staples for me during this time of year and those once again, go with everything.
What are some of your style staples for spring? Anyone else hated wearing dresses when they were little? (love you Mama!)
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Ambar SyedApril 24, 2017 at 6:55 am
I love sheer fabrics this time of year, they feel so feminine and are really easy to wear! :)
– Ambar x
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 24, 2017 at 7:09 am
Same here Ambar! :)
MihaBalanApril 24, 2017 at 7:12 am
Hey Paula :) I was not a fan on dresses when I was small either, used to dress very boyish with loose jeans and t-shirts and always had short hair. But now, I love dresses especially in the spring and in summer but I also like midi skirts. Cause they make your outfit look cute no matter how you wear it. Great and insightful post :)
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 24, 2017 at 7:19 am
I used to do the same thing- I loved wearing baggy clothes hehe ;) I never thought I’d like wearing dresses, but they did grow on me hehe :) I agree that they’re perfect for spring!
Claudia @ Just a Little BlushApril 24, 2017 at 8:28 am
Well… I’ve just recently embraced white pants. Seems like a disaster in the making consider I also tend to spill things pretty often haha. But it’s so spring! Also, I used to LOVE this deodorant before I switched to aluminum free versions. My sister is also obsessed with it!
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 24, 2017 at 9:36 am
Haha, I avoided wearing white for the longest time, for that particular reason! White is so perfect for spring though, I agree! :)
AliceApril 24, 2017 at 8:51 am
I’ve always been more of a jeans and tee kinda girl but lately I’ve definitely got into wearing dresses more, especially for work.
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Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 24, 2017 at 9:38 am
I never thought I’d grow up and look forward to wearing dresses during spring and summer haha :)
Liz | Lipstick & ConfettiApril 24, 2017 at 9:06 am
Layers have been key for me lately! The mornings are still so cold but the afternoons are nice :)
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 24, 2017 at 9:39 am
Same here! I love cool mornings but they definitely require some layers, especially if you’re always cold, like me hehe ;)
Anna MioApril 24, 2017 at 9:43 am
I’m glad I could always dress the way I wanted, it probably saved me from an awkward rebellious phase:D I actually always liked dresses, even though I was a huge tomboy as a child.
It would be great to see some clothing themed (what’s the right word for this?) posts from you, I’m sure you have a great style. That white blouse is also gorgeous:)
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 24, 2017 at 10:14 am
I was very rebellious as a teenager- I even ran away from home once haha :) I actually used to post outfit posts- they were always so fun to work on!
Linda Libra LocaApril 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm
I did not wear dresses that much back then, but my daughter loves them. She already has a strong mind about what she is going to wear, so it is dresses 4 days a week. I do enjoy wearing dresses now as well, but mainly for work. They don’t really hold up to me running around at the playground with two little ones.
Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm
Aw that is so cute, looks like you have a little fashionista growing up! :)
Linda Libra LocaApril 27, 2017 at 4:57 am
I sure do. wonder where she got that from, probably her grandma.
AnaApril 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm
For me layers a totally a must! I’m always cold in the morning so I have to put on a lot of layers. Love this post xxx
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 26, 2017 at 6:02 pm
I’m always cold in the mornings, too, love that fresh morning air though! :)
Kiri YanchenkoApril 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm
I am definitely wearing a hat. And layers are a must here in Australia in winter because it doesn’t stay cool for too long after the sun comes out!
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Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm
It must be so nice to have such nice and fairly warm winters :)
Cat LApril 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Beautiful post Paula and stunning photography! Layers for me are a must! I live in sunny Florida where people are always blasting the AC! I love carrying around a cardi and/or a scarf!
~ Cat L.
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Thank you so much Cat! I’m super sensitive to AC during summer too- I always get too cold!
Elizabeth AppsApril 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm
Your photos are gorgeous and I completely agree I really sacrifice style over warmth in winter and I really want to play with my style these warmer seasons. I love dresses and ‘flowier’ pieces, I just struggle to find the right pieces!
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comApril 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Thank you Elizabeth!
Natalie RedmanMay 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Love your photos! Always so good!!
Paula @ thirteenthoughts.comMay 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Aw thank you!