Springtime is upon us – well, almost. Most of us are finding ourselves in that frustrating seasonal shift where we feel between weather temperaments. It’s cold one day with flurries and the next day is excitingly sunny boasting a ‘balmy’ temperature of 56 degrees! In the business world, how does one work with these drastic shifts, sometimes in the same day? Well, first thing is first – if you haven’t layered in these past few months, now is the time to do so. You can go to work with a sweater and slacks, but make sure you have a light cotton button-down underneath it in case you find that you’re not in space heater season anymore. However as we are still pre-daylight savings time, the commute home may be a bit more chilly than your afternoon coffee break. Therefore you can put the sweater back on and cozy up with a convenient scarf around your neck.
How to stay warm while keeping a look of spring to your wardrobe? Dress in lighter colors! Don some light-colored slacks or Chinos with a complimenting lighter-toned sweater and a tan leather satchel. Or wear a slightly brighter-toned button-down shirt tucked in to your light-colored slacks. And of course, take your spring jacket out of its plastic bag and give it some fresh air! The dark reds and blacks with heather gray slacks are very sophisticated (and professional) looks, however there is nothing in those ensembles which shout, “SPRING!”.
This is a very exciting time of the year when we open our windows for the first time, we drive with the car window down, and we take the linings out of our jackets. Granted we may still have to don the winter coat a few more times in the next month or two – but this is at least the beginning or at risk of sounding cheesy, the spring awakening. So own it! And of course – work it!