Rain, rain, go away…

April 25th, 2011 § 8 comments



  • Sweater: Cable & Gauge via Marshalls
  • Tank: Banana Republic
  • Belt: BR
  • Skirt: Gap
  • Shoes: Madden Girl via DSW
  • Necklace: gift

Spring is taking its sweet time coming to my neck-of-the-woods, and in the meantime it’s been grey and rainy for what feels like months (real time: probably only a few days out of each week for the last few weeks). I’m not sure about you, but my mood is more than a little influenced by the weather, so all these cloudy, chilly days have not been making me too happy. However, I am happy that April is national poetry month! Today especially, I’m reminded of T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and some of the most famous lines in all of poetry:

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

After a rain soaked weekend, I decided to dress like the spring rain and dull roots and don blue and grey. This is basically another version of a monochrome outfit I put together last summer for our Color Wheel Challenge. As for memory and desire, well, the memory of past summers is the only thing making me smile in this picture.

2011 Academichic - Monochrome

The subtle embroidered flowers on the skirt and my flower belt also perked me up a bit, and I wore my green torsade in an effort to convince myself that all the rain really was bringing new, fresh, green things into the world. Usually I try to wear bright colors on days when I’m feeling low or the weather is bad, but today it was wearing little hints of spring that me happier. What are your tricks for changing your mood or combating a dreary climate?

Green torsade

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§ 8 Responses to Rain, rain, go away…"

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love the sweater and the necklace! Looks great!

  2. EvaNadine says:

    i try to wear more color when it is dreary outside and get outside as much as possible while it IS dry and sunny out. in the meantime, i try to be as productive indoors as possible (cleaning, laundering, working, organizing, creating) so that when it finally is nice outside, i can go out and enjoy it without worry of all the things i *should* be doing — because they are already done!

  3. Lucy says:

    Definitely a hand-me-down kid & now adult. I feel better recycling clothes (just like I recycle plastic bags)!

  4. Laura says:

    You look gorgeous! We’ve been having loads of rain too, and I’m definitely with you on dressing to make myself feel better about the constant MUD. I just packed for a three day trip knowing every day would be thunderstorms. Oh Upstate NY in April…

  5. Alex says:

    I agree about wearing bright colors in dreary weather. I purposely bought a green pea coat for winter so that the bright color would make the brittle cold more bearable =D

    By the way, I adore the outfit! It is so cute!

  6. Amy says:

    Ugh, yeah, we’ve had wayyyy too much rain here too. Sometimes I try to combat dreariness with bright colors in the winter, but around this time I just give in and wear comfy dark plaids and my rain mocs. Little hints of life and color are just the thing for this interminable early spring.

  7. Salazar says:

    Love the subtle pattern on the skirt.

    Oh man, I miss spring rain. We don’t have that here in LA. Just cold, annoying winter rain :(

    14 Shades Of Grey

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