It’s spring at last. Time to deep clean the house and start working on the yard and garden. We are also freshening our wardrobes for the season, putting away the heavy fabrics in dark colors.
Perhaps the fashion industry conspires to make us buy new clothes by constantly changing the color palettes. But it’s still a fact that an easy way for both men and women to look fresher and even more youthful is to sport one of the “it” colors of the season, assuming, of course, it flatters their skin.
For spring we are spotting colors with names like Scuba Blue, Tangerine and Strawberry Ice. Designers are combining such colors with wild abandon for both men and women — greens or reds with grays, aquamarine with tangerine.
Adding a new color to your wardrobe doesn’t have to be expensive; retailers at every price level stay current. And there’s no need to invest in a major garment like a dress or jacket. Fresh colors are available in less expensive items such as scarves, neckties, T-shirts, polos, skinny belts and costume jewelry.
Seasonal dressing is about fabric too. Linen remains a classic spring and summer choice. Yes, it wrinkles; but just wash it, put it on and go on with your life. For a visual impact even in lighter fabrics, look toward woven material with texture, like a jacquard.
As we choose what we like and what feels good on us, it’s nice to have so many wonderful choices for spring.
Lillian Bates is the owner of Lillian By Design, 136 Front St. in Alton.