Guest Post by Jenna Maroney
At long last, we’re (hopefully!) coming up on the finish line of one of the worst winters in recent U.S. history, and I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready to shove aside my winter coat and scarves to make room for my boxes of spring and summer clothes. To find inspiration for ways to enhance my wardrobe, I took to the internet to find the hottest and easiest trends for spring. The nice thing about spring clothes is that, while few trends fade in and out, most continue to stay relevant year after year. The change of season makes for a great excuse to go shopping and dream up cute new, versatile ensembles that are easy to implement for us women who are always on the go!
The most obvious print to come into play in spring is, of course, floral. And while it will be a few more months before we can break out our favorite sundresses, snippets of rose and floral prints are more than acceptable when adorned in other ways. Patterned pants or leggings are a preferred comfy alternative to traditional blue jeans, especially if you’re anything like me and need a month or two to work off the few pounds I packed on this winter. Plus, handbags or scarves are a stress-free way to incorporate hints of flora into any outfit.
Geometric patterns are also currently en vogue – although they never seem to go out of style for very long. I try to shy away from uninspired solid colors and opt for blouses, skirts and accessories with bold and eye-catching repeated patterns. These jazz up articles that would otherwise be plain.
On the coldest days (i.e. all of winter 2013-14), I tend to stumble out of bed and reach for something black or gray, because in my sleepy mind, it seems easier than searching for pieces with complementary colors. Is it just me, or does that seem to change with spring around the corner? I can’t wait to shake the dust off of my pastel-colored clothes. A soft, bright mint, yellow or pink will open your appearance right up – a welcome change from bundled-up coats, scarves, and mittens. Pastels will always be trending at this time of year, so if you splurge a little on a few new pieces, they will serve you well through multiple seasons.
Not quite evergreen, but still just as light and energetic, is the recent holographic trend. If it feels like you’ve stepped back into the 1970’s, you’re in the right place. Hologram is very similar to the current metallic trend; the difference being a splay of rainbow color and iridescence, as opposed to a solid, shimmering hue. The holographic style is undoubtedly a fun way to elevate your casual wear.
Full-bodied, mid-length skirts are currently the rage, and with good reason. They allow for total comfort and full movement, while still offering the dressy elegance of business casual or evening wear. The best part: full skirts aren’t tight, short and clingy. That means that they are both a modest and attractive option that can slim and elongate any figure. Slouchy sweatshirts are the same, in that they are guilty pleasure in comfort, and their lack of structure will flatter any silhouette. To add a bit subtle sex appeal, let a bare shoulder hang out.
If you are blessed with a curvy or thin figure, glam jumpsuits are in high fashion these days. Throw on this little romp and deck it up with a statement necklace or belt. There is also plenty of opportunity for romping around in active wear, which can easily be styled up from frumpy to fabulous. A pair of yoga pants or warm zip-up can look much more polished than you might think. Trade out your sneakers for a cute pair of flats or open-toe sandals and add a touch of jewelry, and your gym clothes will look totally appropriate for those daily errands and after-school programs.
Dressing fashion-forward this spring does not have to be difficult. Who’s ready to give their daily wardrobe a revamp?