Transitioning between seasons is an important part of Montana fashion and style. We spend plenty of time in February and March looking out our window each morning to see if it’s another snow boots day or if just maybe we’re lucky enough to pull out our favorite summer flats. I know I look forward to wearing boots but then by February I am ready to move into a more spring look. This blog post today is about transitioning outfits, how you can move an outfit from a chilly winter day to a warmer spring afternoon.
My name is Courtney Ferda and I started this blog a year ago this month, it has been a crazy adventure but so much fun. The New Year has been a great opportunity for me to reflect on everything that has happened, but also to look ahead to where this adventure may be taking me. I named my blog 114° west after the longitude of my hometown, Whitefish Montana, which is one of my favorite places on earth. Much of my style inspiration comes from the attention-grabbing textures, stunning views, and crazy weather patterns that happen here. I remember a year ago looking at other blogs, girls in LA and New York, wearing denim and native prints; girls in beanie’s with flannel shirts and wondering why someone had not started a blog in Montana. Obviously, daily style has been impacted by the West, and I decided to take a chance and try and show people what Montana Style looks like, showing all the unique and special details that our beautiful state has to offer. I have loved sharing with you all my favorite looks and style ideas along with some people that I think dress pretty awesome. One of the biggest blessings has been working with local photographers and shops, making new friends and having tons of laughs along the way. This past fall I was chosen as one of H&M’s style ambassadors, helping spread the word about their new online options (a highlight of the past year!). It set me on the right track for the months following, including being invited to write for this awesome magazine.
Please welcome my friend Anna to the 406 Magazine family. She is one of the most lovely people I know and I always am captivated by the outfits she comes up with. You cannot describe Anna’s wardrobe without using words like distinctive, beautiful and colorful. She joined me to set out to show a new way to transition your favorite styles from winter to spring! These outfits are totally different but show how you can take a basic outfit, either a dress or pants and a button up, and change up the accessories just a bit to morph the outfit from a cool winter outfit to a warmer spring option. I chose to use one of my favorite items in my wardrobe, my chambray button up shirt, and pair it with a pair of dark denim jeans (never be afraid of mixing denim with denim, just make sure that the colors of denim are far enough apart!). For those cold days I paired it with an awesome Pendleton jacket I bought at the Village Shop in Whitefish on a huge discount (spring is the time to check out your local shops looking for some sweet end of season savings!) and a chunky knitted scarf. Boots finish off this outfit and I chose a comfy pair that can match with basically everything in your wardrobe. These are my go to item for cold winter days, because I can wear a pair of comfy wool socks and stay toasty all day. Anna chose an awesome leopard print dress from Target to dress up for winter with a leather jacket and knee-high boots. I love how she added the long socks with her boots to give more dimension and also add warmth for a cold winter day. Her dark lipstick is a great choice for any outfit, and doesn’t wash you out in those sunless winter months.
When looking to transition an outfit from winter to spring make sure you choose lighter options for jackets and tops. This green jacket from H&M has become a staple in my wardrobe; you can find me wearing it a few times a week with everything from pants to dresses. Pairing it with a light scarf like this yellow one helps with those warm spring days. I was so excited to pull these wedges out of my wardrobe and wear them today. Wedges are a great option for Montana women in the spring because of the many rainy and slushy days that can leave girls wearing flats wet and cold. Anna removed tons of layers for her spring look and just wore this unique dress. Long sleeve dresses are awesome for transitioning to spring in Montana because many days it is still not warm enough to wear a t-shirt or tank, so having a sleeve is a must. She also kept the boot theme rolling but transitioned to a boot with a heel that is not quite as tall: cooler for those warm spring days, but with the support and height you need to dodge those spring puddles!
It is time to start putting away those long coats and warm hats and switching it up for lighter jackets and fancy scarfs. Transitioning from winter to spring can be a frustrating time in this beautiful state we live in, but I believe in you! For more ideas and inspiration check out my blog at www.114-west.com .