Stroll through Spring in Style
by Tara Sharma on Friday, April 26th, 2013
Seventy-degree days, late sunsets, and the countdown to school’s end is now refreshingly underway; springtime has thoroughly kicked in. Somehow, spring always brings with it a rejuvenating, energizing atmosphere, and this year I found myself realizing how inexplicably relieved I was to not have to brace the frigid winds. The stress of schoolwork suddenly felt less extreme, defused by the balmy sunlight streaming through the windows.
What fashion is unique to spring 2013? In terms of colors, think light, pastel, and refreshing. A color combination I’ve seen lately that possesses this pleasantly relaxing and perfectly springtime feel is coral and mint green, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these two colors bombard the fashion world even more in the coming months. Combine airy pastels with one another to create a soft, summery mood. Ombre printed dresses, skirts, shirts, and bottoms can perfectly capture this bohemian feel as well; use faded shades paired with other solid light colors. We all can remember seeing a large blur of floral dresses and skirts every spring for as long as we can remember—floral prints will always be a classic, the definitive April go-to. But this year, pastel shades of florals in old-fashioned prints are big, whether they are found in pants, shorts, dresses, or shirts. Large, bright printed flowers are slipping away from the fashion realm; instead, choose a dress with smaller, geometric printed floral designs that give it a vintage, laid-back vibe. Faded flowers give any outfit a worn-in, warmer ambiance.
I most certainly haven’t given up on my postulate of layering, even though winter has passed. There are always opportunities to layer your clothes from all seasons, and spring is the best time to do so, as the weather is often unpredictable and fluctuating. Make a dress or a skirt more casual and fit for everyday wear by layering an oversized button-up denim or canvas shirt over it. There is also no rule that scarves are restricted to winter, as toning down a summery outfit with a light scarf makes a wardrobe ideal for spring. However, instead of using the wooly, darker scarves of winter, search for sunnier, thin scarves to find that balance between summer and winter.
Dresses and skirts define warmer weather, and this year, stray away from the short styles we’re so used to seeing throughout past springs; maxi skirts and dresses are a great way to transition in the not quite eighty-degree weathSer. Wear a maxi skirt with a flowy shirt tucked in, or layer a denim button-up shirt over a dress. Longer, knee-length skirts are also perfect for the springtime transition, and pair those with a cute pair of oxfords and a colorful blouse. High-low skirts and dresses are definitely the latest style, automatically creating an island vibe. Try wearing a high-low skirt or dress paired with your favorite winter combat boots for the changeover between the seasons. Another great new trend is the smock or corset style dress with old-fashioned, unique collars. This traditional, vintage look is impossible to avoid this spring; look for nostalgic prints with scenes you may find on an old postcard, a record cover, or a china plate.
Don’t be afraid to put away your reliable skinny jeans, as high-waisted pants and shorts are adventurous and extremely versatile new styles. Be daring in terms of pants, and consider wearing high-waisted trousers with a more modern shirt tucked in. High-waisted bottoms go great with a flowing, shorter shirt, or a tucked-in fitted shirt. Faded bright prints on pants, leggings and shorts, with light, summery colors are a favorite springtime trend this year. These patterns include anything and everything from classics such as tribal, floral, ombre, and polka dotted to a photographic-style scene. Stay away from the dull denim cut offs this year, and experiment with the patterns, colors and materials of high-waisted shorts.
Steer clear of the dreaded rubber flip-flops for a few more weeks before they take over for a few months, and resuscitate other experimental choices before you miss your chance. Your favorite wintery lace up boots can always compliment nearly every springy outfit, making a more worn-in, vintage impression. Look for brightly printed flats, old-fashioned oxfords and other lace-up shoes as distinctive ways to show your unique character on your feet while still enjoying the warm weather. Keds are a practical and cute way to navigate daily life in the springtime. This spring, be exploratory with your fashion choices to maximize this short period of bliss between winter and summer. Spring will melt into summer before we realize it, so seize this chance.
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