Spring has finally sprung!!!
If you’ve had a chance to look in fashion magazines, online, or actually go into a department store recently, you would have noticed the spring colors taking over. They are so vibrant and beautiful. Color always makes you feel so much better, especially when you add it back to your outfits after a more neutral color palette over winter.
Here are 5 of the best comfortable and stylish spring trends for the season. But what I’m going to suggest are also items you will be able to use next year and for years to come. I will to build a build a wardrobe so you don’t just buy clothes and wear them when they are in style. These are items you will wear for a long time.
If you are not familiar with layering, it is dressing using several garments that are worn on top of each other. Some of the layers have different lengths as well as fabrics.
I have to admit at first I didn’t get it or understand the necessity of layering. I’m sure you noticed younger people dressing in layers all the time, including a short jacket and longer T-shirt or blouse.
I tried it and now get it and love it. It also creates a youthful look for our age group.
The basics of layering include the following:
- Base layer – due to the warmer weather this is usually a tank top which is considered the core of layering. This should be a cotton or breathable fabric so you don’t get hot.
- Middle layer –this piece will go on top of the tank and can be sheer like chiffon for warmer weather. This can be the top layer if you want and base layer is providing the protection of see through.
- Outer layer –this piece is the top piece of the layer and should be chiffon during spring and summer. It is a great fabric to wear and it’s sheer, it flows and so feminine.
Layering is also great for mixing and matching colors. For example, a white sheer blouse with a yellow chiffon tank top is beautiful. You can even check out crop lightweight sweaters and wear white longer blouses underneath, pop the collar and fold back the cuffs and your own your way, looking elegant, stylish and yes, comfortable.
Kimonos are the go-to staple for spring and summer which can be worn in different ways.
You can drastically change the way you look simply by adding a floral or print kimono. Wear a simple t-shirt and jeans or tank top and ankle pant and add the kimono and you will totally put together without trying too hard.
A floral print kimono made of lightweight material can be worn over fitted clothing. I recommend balancing your outfit with a pair of skinny jeans or slim fitting ankle or crop pants. This simple combo will make you look stylish, chic and so comfortable.
Prints or florals
Tropical prints are the new florals for spring and summer, which can include palm trees, flowers, birds and more.
The vibrant colors include coral, yellow, pink, purple, blush, red, blue and more. The fabrics are sheer this year as well and the material is a flowy look.
Personally, I like artistic prints, which are in style forever. My style is more subtle and prints make the subtle statement without going over the top. A print shows off my style and is why it’s so important to know your style. Just because florals are in season doesn’t mean it’s for everyone if you don’t feel comfortable and confident with what you have on your body. Find out what works for you.
The trench coat has been revamped for spring summer to lightweight fabric.
My seasonal favorite is the chiffon trench coat which is stylish and comfortable. You can wear it over dresses or pants and is versatile to wear casual or dressy. It will just make you look stylish without an over the top look.
It’s important to make sure you find the right style for you and you feel confident and comfortable. The fabric is the key as well. I like flowy so chiffon works for me but I don’t want it to be to see through so I need a little bulk, which is heavier chiffon. You can also find the piece in longer or shorter lengths, whatever works for you.
Crops, or ankle length pants
Crops are pants that stop above the ankle but usually well below the knee. Personally they don’t work for me since I like a long and lean look and they make me look shorter since the pants are cut off before the ankle.
This trend is hard to wear and you have to be very careful. Depending on your height, the length can be different for everyone. Once you find the length that works for you, you will be all set.
Here are some suggestions for successfully wearing capris and looking great at the same time:
- Choose crops with a higher waist if you have short legs. The high waist will draw the eye up and make your legs appear longer.
- Wear capris with a tapered or straight leg to create the longest and sleekest look.
The crop pant is a comfortable summer option. Just make sure to create your look to maintain a long leg and sleek silhouette.
The ankle pant works much better for me since the pant stops at the ankle and projects a long leg look.
Whether you choose crop or ankle lengths they both create a modern, slim, chic and spring, summery fresh up-to-date look.
Look in your closet to find any of the above items and feel good and confident for spring.
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Where to purchase items:
White sheer blouse – Marla Wynn on Home shopping Network (HSN)
Yellow chiffon blouse with matching tank top – Marla Wynn (HSN)
Trench coat – Marla Wynn (HSN)
White kimono jacket with print – Marla Wynn (HSN)
Fushia kimono jacket – Chicos
Crepe print jacket and pant – Marla Wynne
Special Note: Marla Wynn is one of my favorite designers and believes in comfortable, easy, elegance. Her clothing is pricey due to the quality of the fabric but HSN has Flex pay which can be paid off in 2-3 months depending on how you want to pay for an item. Her clothing feels good on your body; most of it is non-wrinkle, non-cleaners and stays in style for years. The colors are items you can match with her older clothing, so you don’t have to match new seasonal colors. It’s worth the money. You build a wardrobe with her clothing, not just buy clothes.