Spring Into Spring


Spring is officially here! Which means three things: 1) Humidity, 2) White jeans, 3) Lent is almost over and that means I CAN SHOP AGAIN. I guess I forgot to mention that I gave up shopping for Lent… I only gave in once and it was because I had an appointment at a place that was next door to my favorite store in Lafayette. Shoutout to Maven Womenswear; you people get me. The only advice I can give to deal with humidity is Clean & Clear oil wipes (they’re a Godsend) and lots of baby powder. But anyway, I’m sure everyone is doing their spring cleaning to get ready for the new season. And since I can’t do much shopping for myself, I’ve put together a list of all the trends for spring/summer 2015 for all of you! I’ve noticed that 90’s grunge is a big thing all of the sudden… some people are even taken it to the goth stage. Another thing is the whole “hipster” vibe; suddenly everyone thinks they can call themselves a hippy. I mean, sure, I get that festivals are big right now but some people completely alter themselves to fit the vibe of the music fest. That’s totally fine (I’m a little guilty of it) but just make sure to incorporate your own style into the look! The stereotyping is getting old. It’s a style, not a characteristic. Just don’t overuse it, kids… There’s a big difference in using a style to enhance and showcase your personality, and using it just to keep up with everyone. Dress for yourself, NOT for the fad! But more power to you if you’re willing to test out different styles. One of my pet peeves is when someone says “Oh, I can’t pull that off.” Holy moly try it on and if you like it, run with it. The only reason you “can’t pull it off” is because you’re too nervous to put it on. You think someone will judge you. I swear people will respect you more for trying out new things and being yourself than they will for hiding in your own skin. Branching out is a major part of fashion– if you don’t try it, who else will? Long story short: there are two extremes when it comes to dressing yourself. Find the happy medium and make it your own.

The biggest in’s for fashion right now range from 70’s glam to futuristic accessories. Some are twists on old styles while others are totally original ideas. I did a little digging and found the best of the best (affordable) pieces that are sure to keep you in touch and in style this spring season.

Joggers 

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ASOS || $50.16
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ASOS || $53.75
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Pacsun || $19.99

These harlem-styled pants go from one side of the spectrum to the other. From sweats to dress pants, joggers are perfect for just about any occasion. I have some jogger sweat pants from Forever 21 and they’re awesome; I can wear them to bed or I can throw on a stripped tee and my Converse and get away with not looking homeless. That’s the dream.

Slip-on’s  

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Vans || $60.00
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Sam Edelman || $175.00
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Steve Madden || $79.95
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Steve Madden || $59.95
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Tory Burch || $135.00

Slip-on’s might just be the best thing ever thought of… They’re SO much more comfortable than sandals, there are a million different styles to dress up or down your outfit, and the sneakers will last through each season. Unfortunately the espadrilles are only good for hot weather because most are made out of canvas and the bottoms are all tweed.

70’s style 

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Free People || $108.00
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Ray-ban || $150.00
Nastygal || $20.00
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Missguided || $80.00
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Forever21 || $32.90
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BLANKNYC || $138.00

Leave it to Free People to take care of your boho needs. As for the flair jeans, the Huffington Post has you covered. Mix and match different color suedes. Throw a fringe or patchwork bag over your shoulder. Strap on some booties to complete the look. BCBG has a whole lookbook dedicated to boho for this spring!

Nail Art

Personally, I’m not a fan of nail art. I’m more of a short nail, solid color kind of gal. I also wouldn’t consider this a new trend. But I found a new technique that I think is so cool! It’s “marbleizing” your nails. You make the polish in a pattern that looks like marble. Aimee Song introduced it to me and has an easy step-by-step DIY. I highly suggest checking it out. Do it do it do it.

Birkenstocks

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Free People || $140.00
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Birkenstocks || $99.99

I don’t know how I feel about bringing these back, but they’re back and better than ever. And of course Free People has a ton of awesome pairs. But you could always go classic from the original Birk’s website. Alice + Olivia just made a bedazzled pair that should be coming out this summer!

Ear Jackets

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Baublebar || $36.00

Whoever thought up all these different kinds of earrings is doing it right… From ear cuffs to double sided earrings, there are hundreds of possibilities on decorating your ears! Who woulda thunk it? Baublebar has plenty of options! For more ideas, ask Elle.

Overalls 

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H&M || $19.99
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Revolve || $57.00
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Freepeople || $128.00

Introducing the 90’s 2.0. I think the overalls are going to take some getting used to. I tested it out on my friends and they were a little skeptical, but they could see where my ideas were going so I call that progress. Surprisingly, these denim jumpsuits can be very chic! Don’t believe me? I have confirmation: WhoWhatWear will fill you in.

Monochrome 

Monochrome can be either black and white or various tones of one color. Besides the 70’s takeover, monochrome was the biggest trend to hit the runway this season. Marc Jacobs, Dianne von Furstenburg, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrara, Celine, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Missoni, and who knows who else lit up the catwalk with striking patterns and renditions to the classic combination of black and white. I wasn’t about to shop for a bunch of different outfits to fit that description, but what I did find is a couple of good places to look for them!  Zara and 7 for All Mankind both have awesome spring collections based on monochrome! Zara uses all white and intricate laces. 7 did a collaboration with Giambattista to create leather jeans with matching tops, almost like a set! The entire collection is done in vibrant shades of red and is stunning.

A few tips and tricks and trends from the Runway according to MarieClaire:

  1. Go big on floral
  2. Skinnies are out. Flares are in.
  3. Single soles are no more
  4. Denim, lots and lots of denim
  5. Just add pockets
  6. Faux fur is staying put–Seriously
  7. All weather-leather
  8. Swap pleats for tulle
  9. That 70’s show
  10. Tie it up

Happy spring and happy shopping! Feel free to call me to do that shopping for you… after Lent 🙂