What do I wear?

Piece by Kwazi Dlamini – Our resident FabMags Intern; Durban University of Technology Third Year Student

On my way to work the other day, I couldn’t help but overhear two young women sitting behind me in the taxi complaining about how unpredictable the weather is these days. After hearing that, I decided to write a piece about what and not to wear in spring.

I’m not a fashion guru but they were right about one thing: the weather is unpredictable. That’s the nature of Spring, though; the only thing you can do is get your wardrobe right the moment you leave your house.  Spring is all about colour! Add colour to your wardrobe and wear clothes that can keep you cool but also protect you from the breeze.  Light colours give a happy, energetic and fresh look to spring fashion.

Dark colours are a big NO in spring; they belong to the bottom of the closet and should only be revived in winter.  Neutral colours are most preferable as they can be worn in all seasons and still stand out.  As I said, Spring is an unpredictable season so you have to be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you.  It is advisable that you always bring a sweater, cardigan or light jacket with you or have a pair of leggings handy, something that is easy to take off when feeling hot.

Spring is the rainiest season of the year and that means you should get geared for rainy condition: get yourself an umbrella and rain coat and rain boots should always be by the door.  Wear clothes made of lighter fabrics and kind of loose-fitting…but I don’t mean baggy.  Ladies, don those maxi dresses as they will keep you warm but also avert you from overheating.

Golf t-shirts are the way to go for men as they are semi-professional and can be worn for any occasion. You can also wear them with a vest underneath so that you can take them off when the temperature rises.  Fitted short sleeved t-shirts should be dominating your wardrobe at this time of the year; you can wear them when you feel like being more stylish.

The best thing you can do in Spring is to stick out your head outside to see how the weather is. If the weather is tricky wear a light wind breaker jacket; they can protect you from cold breezes and light rain.  Jeans are also the thing for Spring; the fabric is not too heavy.

Dress according to the weather.  If temperatures are still cold, wear long sleeves or layer your short sleeved pieces with sweaters and jackets. If temperatures get hot early, do not be afraid to bring out summer clothing early.

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