Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A few spring things

Do you ever feel driven by the season's change, as if some tiny brain-switch deploys and says, You. must. shop.?

In this country, on the first day the sun warms our hunched chests, we long to change our entire wardrobes. Or at least get a new skirt.


But we had a record mild winter here in Toronto. Maybe I can blame the catalogs, in which the colts of J. Crew and matrons of Orvis alike cavort on terraces and Vespas. Or is it the store mannikins, whose pants morphed from stolid brown to brightest white overnight?
(Shown, waterflower Delphinia gown, $650 from J. Crew Collection.)


The inevitable late March snowshower hits just when you've sent your winter gear to the cleaner.
But one or two things to herald the end of winter can't be so wrong, can it?

Suede Cascade jacket, $895, J. Crew Collection.
Soft pearly-grey; light, supple layer.

Cashmere will make sense here for months, and Eric Bompard have just released their spring line, in shades that avoid limp pastels yet sing of spring.


The liquid
silk (charmeuse) tee in green, €70, could be worn under a cashmere cardi (the "re-gaugued cardigan") in bellflower purple, €210 (less VAT for those in non-European countries).


If you want to say 'spring' but need to stay cozy, I'd buy their cashmere spotted stole, which will also extend a light dress on a cool summer evening, €165.


But sometimes you want an item that's deeply spring. This Sonia by Sonia Rykeil cotton sweater dress is that little charmer: blush with blue stripes! Some of you wee slips of things might wear it; I'll just adore it from afar. From Net-a-porter, price: $270.


Lafayette 148 make clothes you can wear to work without feeling hermetically sealed-in or bored. They are one of the few labels that know we don't want separate wardrobes for work and the rest of life, and deliver consistently.

This Jubilant Jacquard wing-collar jacket is also available in Petite, and would spring-ify any neutral bottom, $495 from their web site.



Another piece that I liked by Lafayette 148 is this denim pencil skirt with the wink of ruffle at the hem. A denim skirt is useful, but so many look like you're headed for the nearest campground. This is denim with a spritz of perfume. Also comes in white, $178.



Talbot's pretty link-stitch sweater, a washable cotton-rayon blend, caught my eye for the sweep of its yoke and neckline perfect for jewelry or a scarf.

Spring hues of porcelain blue (shown) or meadow green; also in bone, brown, vermilion. $69.50; also in Women's sizes.
Sizing runs a touch tight.


Are you captivated by spring yet? What are you looking for?

16 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Love the color of that Bompard tee! The cut of the Lafayette 148 jacket is fab, they do those flattering wing collars like nobody else. I have been finding myself more drawn to color this spring and am keeping my eye out for those shades of salmon pink that make me glow.

lagatta à montréal said...

In the interests of paring down, I don't want too much colour - have been seeking out Parisian leadpipe grey - but I also adore the colour of the Bompard tee, and its shape. I love silk t-shirts; one doesn't see as many of them nowadays as a couple of decades before.No fabric "carries" colour as silk does - very bright shades that would be garish in synthetics or even cotton glow like gems in silk.

But alas I doubt very, very much that it would fit my boobs. :-(

The denim skirt is very chic and not at all campground, but I want a denim skirt in an a-line or with gores (the latter requires a fairly lightweight denim) because I'd want that on my bicycle. In town, bien entendu ... I hate camping!

The weather has indeed been extraordinary. 14c today in Montréal, and sunny! Il y aura beaucoup de cyclistes chics aujourd'hui!

Duchesse said...

lagatta: Bompard's website (www.eric-bompard.com) has length and width measurements for each garment, very useful.

Mardel said...

Love the way you suggested that Bompard tee with the lovely sweater; it is one of my favorite color combinations. Bompard has some very tempting choices this spring.

Splurgie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a denim skirt with a little ruffle. I'm charmed by it.

materfamilias said...

such a sweet little ruffle on that denim skirt -- wonder if it has a walking slit at the back that would let it work on my bike (and lagatta's) -- Occasionally, I buy a pencil skirt and forget to check that feature until I'm trying to get my foot across to the other pedal and then -- whooops!
Spring shopping is sooo tempting! Thanks for even more inspiration.

metscan said...

Up here north, it is still too early to switch coats, although stores are full of spring wear. We may still have to wait for some weeks. Usually I do my shopping well in advance. I don´t have anything against denim skirts, but somehow now, I think I´m past that age !??! Remember, this just concerns me, not others. Jeans are ok. I would never wear a denim jacket. I have a feeling, that my spring and summer colors won´t change dramatically from the winter ones. The materials instead will be lighter. Thank you for your spring review!

LPC said...

Wait, J. Crew for $650??????

s. said...

Windows wide open in Toronto today and, honestly, that's all I need for now. Thoughts of spring clothes will come later but for now... fresh air!

lagatta à montréal said...

It is 16c and sunny in Montréal; think it is even a bit warmer in my central-northern neighbourhood. I did get in a bit of cycling (black skirt - gores).

Although geographically we are far south of metscan's country, our winters are usually as severe - in recent years they have varied wildly.

Yes, I love the little ruffle on the denim skirt, though I have seen those before. The catch is to find something sweet like that on a well-cut, quality casual skirt.

Frugal Scholar said...

Like everyone else, I like the silk tee the best. And it's pretty decently priced also. Will have to check out that brand next time I go to France.

Imogen Lamport, AICI CIP said...

Don't mention that your winter is over! It means that summer is over for us.

I so love that spotted scarf - very fun.

lagatta à montréal said...

Yes, Imogen, but you don't have a very distressing autumn. Think of all that nice new wine! And lovely table fruits!

I've just been writing to friends in Argentina and Chile (the latter were not hurt by the quake). In those countries, only the far south has what we'd call a "real winter".

L'age moyen said...

For me it's the simple cardigan. Love that colour. I saw some great cardigan's from Pink Tartan in spring green and periwinkle blue. Nice and long so a belt could work, too. Anything to brighten things up!

Duchesse said...

L'Age Moyen: Pink Tartan always has witty offerings, and this spring's collection is a delight.

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