6 Style Must Haves for Spring

“Fashion is about dressing to what’s fashionable. Style is about being yourself.”

Oscar de la Renta
Style Must Have for 2019 - neutrals!

Mr. Del La Renta’s quote is one of my absolute favorites as it’s a philosophy to which I truly adhere. Every season brings new fashion trends, but this doesn’t mean you should give up your style.

By knowing the elements of your signature or personal style, you can make any fashion trend fit into your existing wardrobe and make every season feel new and exciting!

Here are the 6 style must haves to update your wardrobe for Spring 2019. However, some are “repeats” so be sure to check your closet to “reactivate” some classics you may already have.

They’re back – Florals & Prints

Finally, the cold weather is over and nothing says spring better than floral and print designs.

Style must have for 2019 - floral print, cold shoulder maxi dress
Refreshing floral print dress

While fall colors were dark, this year’s flower motifs represent the color and light that come with brighter spring days.

Here are tips to keep in mind when wearing floral or print designs:

  • Make sure the colors in the print or floral pattern are part of your color palette and match your complexion. Several of this year’s colors lean to the lighter side of the spectrum, so knowing your color palette will ensure they look good on you.
  • Look for light weight fabrics like chiffon or crepe that can cross from spring to summer as the temperatures begin to rise.
  • Don’t limit yourself to bright pastels. Even though bright spring colors are a natural attraction, try to explore the full range of spring inspired colors available, such as this season’s big focus on neutrals such as creme, white and beige.

There is so much versatility with floral and print fabrics this season which makes it much easier to find pieces to add to your wardrobe. 

Casual spring style - Creme, lavender and grey kimono from Marla Wynne
Lavender, & creme print kimono in crepe fabric

Historically, floral designs were found only in dresses, but this year why not try wearing a jumpsuit?  Or perhaps a pair of billowy slacks, patterned shoes or even a light weight, printed scarf? 

The Colors of Spring 2019 – Coral, Blush, Pink, Yellow, Green and Lavender

Pantone Color of the Year – Living Coral

Pantone’s color of the year is coral, with yellow at a close second.  I’m loving this spring’s yellow and if you have an Autumn color palette like me, you can wear a true lemon yellow.  This is not true for everyone so you may need to be careful with yellow. Depending on underlying skin tones, you may need to go with a browner based yellow that leans towards mustard.

Pink and Blush have made a big comeback this season and I see it everywhere. Pink especially has been tip-toeing its way back from previous years. You may have a few items in your wardrobe already, so make certain to check your closet before purchasing anything new.

If you have a lighter complexion or one with olive undertones, light pink and blush can make you appear washed out.  In this case look for a darker Rose with blue undertones to make your skin glow and eyes sparkle.

You will also find lots of lavender and green this year, which fit right in with the leaves and delicate flowers in the floral.

Lavender is a lighter shade of purple and works well with gray, cream, white and pink. Green is also seen in brighter and lighter shades including neon. I recommend caution with neon green.  Like lemon yellow, it’s a shade that you need to make certain compliments your skin.

Wear Neutrals – White, Nude, Beige & Tan

This spring, why not try wearing a neutral color from head to toe, such as white or nude? It is a very classy look for even the most casual of outfits. Accessorize with edgy embellishments like a studded tote & boldly printed sandals to really stand out.

You can also try a top and bottom in one color and the topper in another color such as coral.

Nude is a variation of beige or sand and can be worn with almost all spring colors.

Always in style - head to toe, neutral tones by Marla Wynne
Tonal neutrals for casual style – Marla Wynne

Polka Dots are big this spring…no really, they are BIG!

As in size.

polka dot styles for spring 2019 - dresses with big, bold dots.

This trend  was huge in the 60’s and very popular in the early 90’s (think “Pretty Woman” polo dress), so those of a certain age may have a few of these outfits in their closet. The difference this time around is in the size of the dots; they are much larger than previous go rounds. 

If you wear a two-piece polka dot outfit, I recommend balancing it with a solid instead of the entire outfit in polka dots.  The extremely large dots are difficult to pull off from head to toe unless you are very tall and very thin.  However, it’s also not my style to wear excessive pattern, so while I may not big on large prints, you should always dress to your style not necessarily trends.   If the large dots do not compliment your body type, then wear what looks best on you. Period.

Lace & Crochet

Lace and crochet are feminine, pretty trends I’m happy to see back. Practically anyone can wear lace, it simply depends on what and how you wear it. You will find dresses, jackets, pants, blouses, tops and jackets. Everything is stunning this spring and in so many colors

Day to evening style of yellow floral lace blazer.

It used to be that lace was a fabric you only wore to an evening affair.  But no more!  Lace can now be worn anytime, from easy, breezy casual blouses, business blazers to dressy evening attire with stretch lace for a much more comfortable experience than in previous years. 

Comfort can equate to style

Finally, designers get it: Women want shoes that are comfortable and stylish!

There are now all types of shoes available that include step and arch support which provides the ability to walk for miles in comfort and style.

There are several new brands (Vionic, Fly, Kork-Ease & Gentle Souls) joining classic makers like Birkenstock, Munro and Ugg, that are focusing on comfort as well as style. You can find platform, block or wedge style heals with foam inserts or removable linings that allow custom and discrete orthopedic inserts. You feel like you are walking on clouds.

So rejoice; no longer are style and comfort mutually exclusive.

Style and comfort combined in a versatile shoe
Vionic block heels with arch support

Happy Spring!

stylish taupe strappy sandal with block heel and arch support by Vionic

The key to wearing any color is to know that it looks good on you and that it enhances your eyes, hair and complexion. While using swatches is a temporary and quick fix, knowing your full color palette makes getting dressed and shopping so much easier. If you would like to learn more about color analysis, contact me at Brenda@FirstImpressionsMatter.com or click the link below.

Custom Color Analysis – Learn Your Color Palette

What to Wear to a Christmas Party: Tips to Look Stylish from Chic To Casual over 50!

Christmas is fast approaching. Can you believe it? The year is almost gone. Have you thought about what to wear to the Christmas parties and look stylish and comfortable?

Here are 5 tips to help you coordinate an outfit quickly. You should find a little inspiration from my ideas below to help you plan what to wear to your Christmas party. Who knows, you may already have an outfit in your closet. Now wouldn’t that be nice!

 

Red

Holiday Red Dress

Fortunately red is best color of the season  so you should be able to find many possibilities that will work well for a Christmas party.

Red also works well for women over 50 since it is a festive color and automatically makes you feel better. All you need to do is make sure you find the right shade that works well with your complexion. You can find reds that have blue, orange or brown in them, so find the color that looks good on you!

Red Christmas Tree Decor

 

A red dress or pantsuit would be an ideal choice to wear to a Christmas party. Red with gold jewelry is a timeless classic combination. That being said, depending the style of your dress, you may not need too much jewelry.

 

If you don’t have red clothing, you can always use accessories to make a festive impact. Red shoes, jewelry, a red handbag, scarf, poncho or wrap. And my new favorite thing, glasses. Yes, red rimmed glasses, I love them! So festive!

 

 

Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits had disappeared and now they have returned, in a big way.

They are not for everybody but if you feel you can pull it off, then why not? The body fit makes all the difference. Try to make sure you look long and lean is the trick and you will know if you have the right body type for it.

Choosing darker shades help. Blacks and navys are chic and versatile and they immediately slim down curves.

If you find you have tummy flaws, a jumpsuit that has material in the middle instead of being fitted is ideal.

You should also find a style that is somewhat tailored but not tight. Most of all, stay away from clingy fabrics. Sometimes they tend to rise up at the front and back if they are too tight, creating a “wedgie” effect – so try on a few styles to find the most flattering fit for your figure. For instance, I have a jumpsuit that have the palazzo pants affect so when I wear heels with it, I automatically look long and lean. If I didn’t wear the heels I wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

The big thing about the jumpsuit trend is that you must feel really good and confident about yourself. If you are unsure if you should wear it, then don’t. The unsureness will show on your face and you will look uncomfortable and lack confidence.

Also make sure to accessorize the jumpsuit with sparkly jewelry.

If you aren’t wearing one of these pieces of clothing and you’ve always wanted to, try something new. Go to the store and try them on and find out if it is for you. You might be surprised and love the new you!

 

Jewel Embellishments

Get more holiday glam from embellishments this year. There are so many outfits out there with pearls on tops, sequins on dresses and jeans and sweaters.

Some of the outfits can go from casual to dressy depending on how to choose to wear them. Add boots or heels and you’re off to the events. You can find shoes with pearls and my personal favorite are the sequin shoes. You will have them for years to come.

Lace and metalics are also great to wear for the holidays.

 

Velvet

Velvet is back and bigger than ever and should be easy to find.

You can find beautiful colors in velvet, but for me, I choose to stick with black so I can add colors of sparkle with it or wear red shoes if I like.

You can also find velvet jackets and tops and the velvet fabric can be worn dressy or casual. If you’re going to a casual event you can wear velvet skinny jeans, or leggings as well as velvet slacks to a dressy event.

 

Blush

The color blush is a light faint pink.

Wearing a light pastel can be an eye-catching approach to holiday dressing. The is fall the color blush has been jumping off the shelves.

 

 Almost anyone can wear the color and make you look updates. If you are especially a Winter, or Autumn season color, you will look absolutely fabulous in this color. You can accessorize with neutrals, like black or white.

Most of all holiday dressing is about wearing color and emlishments whereas New Years Eve dressing is darker and more sparkly. So make your holiday dressing colorful, comfortable and stylish.

 

I want to hear from you!

Have you planned your holiday party and Christmas outfits? What will you wear for your Christmas party?