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Spring 2016 Trends

It is now officially spring, which means it is time for fresh new trends. This year’s crop of trends is nothing new really, but I am really enjoying how designers are taking past trends and revamping them in a fresh and modern way. If you are ready to pack your coats and sweaters away and start start planning your spring wardrobe shopping list, I have compiled my favorite spring trends for this year to help you in your sartorial choices this season, plus some great affordable options for you to shop! You’re welcome. 😉

GINGHAM
ginghamOscar de la Renta (Getty Images)/ Diane von Furstenberg (Indigitalimages.com)/ Michael Kors(Indigitalimages.com)

Gingham is probably THE print of the Spring/Summer 2016 season. I have to admit, the Southern girl in me is secretly thrilled this is such a huge thing right now. The key to making this modern is thinking outside the box. Don’t think picnic or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, look for this print in modern sillhouettes with interesting details, like the sheer skirt on that DVF dress that I am positively drooling over lately.

Shop this look:

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Asos/ Asos/ Zara

Jcrew/ Asos/ Zara

LUXE HIPPE
luxe hippie
Etro (Indigitalimages.com)/ Valentino (Indigitalimages.com)/ Emilio Pucci (Feudiguaineri.com)

Boho looks will always be close to my heart, probably because I remember loving it so much when it was last a huge deal when I was a high school freshman and wore nothing but boho-inspired outfits. This season’s offerings on this look are much more luxe than what I loved as a teenager. Look for vibrant colors and rich details when shopping this look this spring.

Shop this look:

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Asos/ Asos/ H&M/

H&M/ Lulu’s/ Lulu’s/ Zara 

That 70’s Revamp
70's nostalgia
Tommy Hilfiger (Indigitalimages.com)/ St. Laurent (Indigitalimages.com)/ Prada (feudiguaineri.com)

The 2016 Spring/Summer runways were full of 70’s inspired looks. I personally love 70’s fashion because to me it is so bold and straightforward, with a carefree vibe. This season’s take is all about mixing 70’s sillhouettes in different patterns and textures for a more modern take. Do not go too literal on this trend, because after all, you don’t want to look like you are going to a 70’s themed costume party!

Shop this look:

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Asos/ Asos/ Asos/ Nasty Gal

Gap/ Zara/ Zara/ Topshop

Neutral Territory
Blank Space
Dior (Indigitalimages.com)/ Isabel Marant (Indigitalimages.com)/ Zero + Maria Cornejo(Indigitalimages.com)

Neutrals are a classic and will always be in style, but I love the way these looks are so unabashedly minimal, yet still really interesting. I don’t think I have ever left my house in a head-to-toe white ensemble such as these, but I definitely want to give it a try because if it is done right, it looks so crisp and fresh.

Shop this look:

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Gap/ Lulu’s/ Old Navy/ Zara

H&M/ Nasty Gal/ Zara/ Zara

Bold Florals
Florals
Celine (feudiguaineri.com)/ Diane von Furstenberg (Indigitalimages.com)/ Michael Kors(Indigitalimages.com)

Saying that florals are “in” for spring is pretty much something that is said EVERY spring, but I personally feel that they are a staple look for spring for obvious reasons. This season’s version is bold and bright. Again, DVF is killing me with how amazing her dresses are. If I had that dress (pictured in the middle), I don’t think I would ever take it off.

Shop this look:

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Asos/ Gap/ Nasty Gal/ Nasty Gal/ Asos  

Lulu’s/ Old Navy/ Zara/ Zara/ Zara 

Fringe
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Giambattista Valli (Indigitalimages.com)/ Alberta Ferretti (Gettyimages.com)/ Emilio Pucci(Feudiguaineri.com)

The fringe trend is really a result of the 70’s and boho trends coming back in full force this season, but I wanted to talk about it separately because I really just love fringe that much. Is anything more fun to wear than fringe? If you can think of something that is, please let me know, because I would love to to try it!

Shop this look:

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Asos/ Asos/ Asos/ Asos/ H&M

H&M/ Lulu’s/ Nasty Gal/ Nasty Gal/ Zara   

Crop Tops
crops
Balmain (IMAXTREE)/ Michael Kors (Indigitalimages.com)/ Oscar de la Renta (Indigitalimages.com)

Crop tops have reigned supreme since 2013, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. This is bad news if you don’t like doing crunches, because wearing crop tops is definitely not easily done. That being said, this season’s version seems to be a little longer, a little looser, and a little boxier than previous season’s crop tops. I realize that the Balmain version pictured doesn’t really illustrate this like the other two looks, however, i was so obsessed with it that I had to include it.

Shop this look:

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Asos/ Asos

Lulu’s/ Zara

Sporty Chic
sporty chic
Stella McCartney (Indigitalimages.com)/ Alexander Wang (Indigitalimages.com)/ Tory Burch (IMAXTREE)

Like it or not, athletic wear has come on the fashion scene in a big way lately. This is a little hard for me to come to terms with. I have seen street style pictures of the most perfect fashion “it girls” wearing Adidas track pants with heels and a blouse. This kind of combination sort of goes against a lot of the things I stand for when it comes to fashion, but as I am always trying to think outside the box, I am keeping an open mind when it comes to this new sporty-chic side of fashion. To me, these looks are like the most elevated versions of what a grown-up tomboy would wear. I was never a tomboy, but honestly, I am learning to love these “sportswear” type looks.

Shop this Look:

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Zara/ Lulu’s/ Lulu’s

Nasty Gal/ Lulu’s/ Lulu’s 

Happy Spring, and thanks for reading! xo

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Sunday Best

Easter is probably the epitome of “putting on your Sunday best.” When I was younger, getting an “Easter Dress” was always something I really looked forward to.

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This always involved going to Dillard’s with my mom and grandmother to pick out just what I would wear to church on that very special Sunday. While I haven’t had an Easter dress in years,

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I picked up this amazing dress recently and immediately fell in love with it because it reminded me of a dress i wore on Easter probably around the time I was 8.

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I remember trying on this dress and thinking there had never been nor would there ever be anything prettier. In fact, I don’t think I have ever any piece of clothing as much as I loved this dress. What can I say, I’ve been fashion obsessed since…forever. Here’s that gem of an Easter dress in all its 90’s glory below:

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While personally Easter isn’t quite the same as it used to be back then, I can’t deny that I won’t take any excuse or occasion to get dressed up, especially when the dress reminds me of my favorite dress EVER.

 

Dress: Forever 21/ Shoes: Shoedazzle, sold out, similar/ Clutch: House of Harlow 1960

Have a wonderful Easter/Passover, and thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Ashley Capella

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Mules Shoes

Good afternoon everyone! For my second installment of Tuesday Shoesday, I’m talkin’ Mules. Mules are everywhere right now, from the feet of the fabulous to almost everyone’s drink order. (Seriously, why is everyone drinking Moscow Mules these days?!) I have never owned a pair of these, and while I do love them, I feel as though you really gotta be on your balance game because these are just basically slip on stilettos.

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If you are into a little more stability in your shoe, you could definitely opt for the more chunky-heeled version of this shoe. Check out how these chic ladies take their (non-drinkable) mules:

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Happily Grey

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16805675648_444953640c_oLust for Life

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Red, Red Lace

Happy Friday everyone! This look was originally meant to be for Valentines day but between school and work this week, I have been one busy girl.

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In any case, I think this is a great look for any date night, Valentines or not, so I guess that this being a little belated isn’t the end of the world.

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In any case, I am definitely not that big on Valentine’s, because you should celebrate love everyday, not just once a year, am I right or am I right?

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On the other hand, that definitely didn’t stop me from getting festive and putting on this dress!

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Dress: Free People, similar/ Shoes: Forever 21, similar/ Purse: Just Fab, similar/ Sunnies: Fashion Q,similar

Have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!

Photos by Matt Osgood