In West Virginia we’ve had 80 degree winter days at 40 degree spring days, but I think it’s finally going to stay fairly warm for the rest of the season. This year, more so than any in the past, I am really inspired to upgrade my wardrobe a bit for the warmer months. I’m feeling very airy and simple in my style these days and gravitating toward pieces that I can mix and match and always look chic without thinking.
The Classic Button Down: My wardrobe requires a white button down, and I think it’s a staple for any wardrobe (girl or guy), but I like the idea of updating the piece for spring with stripes or texture. I tend to prefer a shirt that looks fitted but that’s loose enough for me to move around in with ease. You can style this with your favorite wash of denim or with a denim skirt when you want to be casually put together, or of course dress it up with dress trousers.
Frayed Jeans: I’ve been loving the look of light wash frayed denim. It’s so effortlessly cool; I can’t get enough. I’d love to tell you how I’m going to DIY these, but in reality I’m probably just going to buy these from Asos.
White Bag: I generally carry around a black, structured bag. I’m not too particular with my purses; I wear one until it breaks, and then I buy a new one. But I really want to add a white structured bag into the mix this spring. I think it will add a subtle statement to my spring outfits.
Denim Skirt: I love denim in the spring–I love the various colors of blue denim, and I love the way it works in conjunction with the other colors and textures I wear in spring. It’s a definite cool girl staple and the epitome of chic. I just picked up a vintage Gap denim skirt from a thrift store with buttons all the way down in the front. It fits perfectly and is just the right length. I imagine myself wearing the heck out of this–with low slingbacks and sneakers and sandals.
Wide Leg Trousers: I love my casual cool style, but my day job does require me to wear professional wear for the most part, so I’m always on the hunt for pieces I can wear at work and at play. I am in desperate need of a nice wide leg trouser for spring. 1. They’re comfy, and 2. They just look cool.
White Slides: As I get older, I’m beginning to really do the things I want to do, for no reason other than me wanting to do them. I love the look of heels, and I love the way heels elongate my legs and look really chic. But I’m on my feet all day long. West Virginia is not the flattest state in the country. And heels are just more comfortable for me. I’ve been really into the look of slip on mules, and I think I want to add a white pair to my shoe collection.
Flowy Skirts: Last spring, we saw those structured poofy skirts (as a fashion major, you’d think I’d have a better description of that) everywhere. And I bought a few, but I never wore them much. However, I do love a flowy skirt with a longer length. In fact, it’s one of my NY goals to wear more skirts. They’re so feminine and flirty, and I’m all about it.
Gingham: I like vertical stripes, and I like florals, but I needed a different pattern for spring to add to the mix. Enter gingham. I love that it is reminiscent of picnics and the outdoors, but I think it’s a cute pattern that’s easy to make chic. I’m in love with this off the shoulder top (another trend I’m 100% into) from Forever 21. I like the get trendy pieces at stores like this, because I don’t want to spend a ton of money on something I may only wear for one season.
Silk: A lot of people think to move their sweaters to the closet and bring out shorts when the weather gets warm, but I opt to switch out my fabrics. I like wool and cashmere in the winter, but in the spring and summer, I like updating my fabrics to silks, cottons, and linens. Silk makes me feel feminine and sophisticated, and really luxurious. I’m on the hunt for a rose colored silk blouse, so let me know if you know where I can find a good one.
Sheer Tops: I’m not usually one for sheer. As I get older, I like the idea of being covered from my neck to my toes. But I’m only 23, so I might as well flaunt while I’ve got it, ya know? I recently saw a sheer embellished blouse at New York and Company and envisioned an entire outfit around it. I’d probably reserve the trend for nighttime, but I’d love it with trousers and a blazer and a really cute bralette.
And finally florals, for spring, groundbreaking. You have to wear floral in spring, don’t you? I found this really cute top of Francesca’s recently, and I think it’ll be a great addition to my spring wardrobe.