When the seasons change, especially as spring warms up after a cold winter, we get so excited to ditch our puffer coats and snow boots and start wearing our spring styles. But, as you pull out items you haven’t worn in a while and store windows and online catalogs start bombarding you with the latest must-have trends, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Maybe you want to add some new pieces to your wardrobe or try out some new styles that you’ve seen this season but don’t know where to begin.
I’ve compiled a list of questions that clients have already been asking about spring and summer styles this year. I want to help you find your confidence and at the same time avoid making expensive mistakes.
Q: I love the all white look, but how do I wear it?
A: The all white ensemble looks fabulous on the runway and on the pages of glossy fashion magazines. In real life, in your private dressing room in a store near you, it may look sterile and flat. One way to play with this look is to be less literal about wearing the color white. Use a broader paintbrush and introduce multiple shades of white in a single outfit. Consider mixing pieces in cream, ivory, soft white and bright white. This can be such an appealing and sophisticated look. Also, consider adding in pieces with texture such as a brocade or chunky knit and, as always, use accessories, either neutral or bold colors, to add interest to your monochrome look.
Q: I’ve been wearing skinnies for so long. Do I have to switch to a wider leg pant just because it’s the latest thing?
A: You definitely do not; all pant widths are “in” this season. You may have been hearing about the death of the skinny jean and getting a little nervous if this is your go-to but the skinny jean isn’t going anywhere right now, you just have even more options available to you in the stores than we’ve had in recent years. The advantage to trying this wider leg pant now is that you may discover it looks fabulous on you! When you capture a new silhouette trend at the beginning of the season, you look modern and stylish and will inspire others to wear it too. Remember, skinnies were a new look once too. Take a chance on this pant style and see if it suits you!
Q: I’ve been living in pants but I think I want to venture out and try skirts. Where do I start?
A: Now is the best time to try wearing a skirt because, as with pant widths, all skirt lengths are in style, and therefore in stores, this season. Take the time to discover what length is best for you, whether it’s a mini skirt, or a skirt that lands at the knee, mid-calf or ankle. Also try to zero in on the fabrics you want to wear. Skirts come in cotton, scuba fabrics, denim, silk, or leather. Whatever mood you’re in, you’ll find a skirt that’s right for you.
Q: I want to mix prints, but how do I do it without looking like I don’t own a mirror?
A: Your best bet will be mixing bold prints with dainty prints and being sure the prints share at least one color in common. This year designers are having fun mixing stripes. For example, you can mix large, bold striped bottoms with a pinstriped top. One print needs to be dominant. You can use this rule with almost any style of print: polka dots, floral prints, animal prints, etc. Another go-to combo that works great is to mix stripes with florals.
Q: I love the look when I see other women wearing maxi dresses in the spring time but it seems like so much fabric and I’m worried the style will overwhelm me, how can I wear a maxi dress without making too big of a statement?
A: There are a few ways you can make this trend feel manageable and more like you. Try adding a cropped jean jacket to a maxi tank dress. This will break up the line and create more interest. If the volume of a maxi dress bothers you, change up the silhouette by adding a thin rope belt to the waist. If it’s the girly factor that feels like to much for you, neutralize the feminine details by pairing it with a moto jacket and booties.
Q: I’m so ready for spring but it’s still cold outside here in Michigan many days, what can I do now to start transitioning my wardrobe into spring without freezing?
A: It’s all about layering. Ditch your heavy coat by adding other warm layers such as a heavy knit or fur scarf and topping off with a lighter jacket. Swap out your knee high boots for booties and pair with tights or ankle jeans. Layering up a spring dress can be a great way to bring out the new season while staying warm – add a long vest on top or a collared button up blouse underneath, layer with jackets, blazers, cardigans, scarves, tights and boots in lighter, spring colors to make these dresses work for you now. As the weather warms up, drop the layers one by one.
What other questions do you have as you’re transitioning into your spring and summer wardrobe? It would be my pleasure to help you find what’s just right for you this season. Give me a call and we’ll get our calendars synched up. Fun spring style is close at hand!