It's always a bit of a toss up as to whether or not April is officially the start of spring. If you live in Colorado like me, April still means that you have a snowstorm or two left before warm weather really kicks in. Thankfully, when I was putting these outfits together it was a perfect day outside, which prompted me to throw together some more outside friendly outfits. However, I would consider each of these outfits something of a transition from winter to spring. I also made sure that each outfit could work with the same set of brown accessories. If you're like me, you have your staple belt, watch, and summer shoes (boat shoes, flip flops, sandals, etc.), so I wanted to make sure we could build around those warmer, brown colors.
The first bow tie we'll take a look at is Sunshine, a yellow, wood grain patterned bow tie. A long time ago I had a friend of mine looking at our catalog and he noticed that we didn't have any yellow products. Since then, I always make an effort to keep my out for eye catching yellow fabrics when shopping. I tied Sunshine onto a light blue cotton shirt with a small skull pattern, wore some dark blue Levi's jeans, and matched the yellow with some color tinted sunglasses I found at a vintage store down on Broadway. The subtle hue of the shirt helps the bow tie to stand out, but the skulls make for an contrasting texture to the outfit. The jeans help ground everything by bringing a darker tone, while the sunglasses are perfect for this outfit in particular.
Dew Drop is something that I immediately knew I wanted to use for April. Not only are the colors there for spring, but the playful pattern just kept screaming 'April showers,' so I had to snag it. I paired this bow tie with a teal linen button down and light colored chinos, an outfit truly suited for light weather. The blue aviator sunglasses help to emphasize the cool tones of the outfit and draw the blue in from the bow tie, while the solid shirt and pants help to give sole attention to the Dew Drop bow tie. Since this is a primarily cool outfit, wearing the warmer brown accessories help to balance the color palette as a whole.
This last outfit is the biggest example of the transition from cold weather to warm weather. The bow tie in and of itself, Gardenia, embodies this with it's gray toned floral pattern. I wanted to bring some more color to the table with a purple gingham shirt and a pair of red-purple jeans. Complimented with the warm accessories, this balanced everything out with a cooler purple hue without going overboard. The black sunglasses still work even with the brown accessories because they draw from the darker grays in the bow tie. Even better, the lenses have the slightest purple fade, which brings everything full circle.
And, as always, here's my mandatory selfie with our company pup, Torin.
There you have it! Three simple outfits to transition from winter to spring with our three new bow ties of the month. Transition outfits can some times be difficult, so if you have any ideas, let us know in the comments below!