It’s time to start stocking up on spring and summer clothes! Of course with my impending 21st (SIX DAYS AHHHHHHH!) I’ve been browsing clothing sites and simultaneously drooling onto my keyboard….probably a bad habit since liquid and electronics don’t tend to mix well. It’s slightly depressing since I’ve had no time to go to the gym, but all is not lost since it’s only April 6th…wait…..that is bad. The point is, I’m sooo beyond excited to start wearing sundresses, wedges, and cute little strappy sandals again. I am getting so sick of tights, pumps, boots, and heavier outerwear. I want pink nails, bright colors, and some form of a tan! In celebration of what is sure to be some fabulous So-Cal sunshine this summer, here are some cute trends and pieces I’m adding to my mental to-buy list.
Floral I usually think of anything floral as reserved for grandmas and trend victims (floral leggings?? Please no.) But recently I’ve been seeing some really cute floral pieces that can be easily integrated into an otherwise simple outfit for a pop of fun. I’m not a fan of floral pants of any sort – let’s not revert to the ’90s. Skirts, dresses, and tops are a different story, though. Take a floral skirt paired with a cute top and blazer, accessorize like a fiend and throw on some heels, and you’re set for the day at work or school. It’s not so easy to take from day to night, but such is life. Who cares anyway, if you buy the right pieces and make it sophisticated it should work anywhere but a nightclub.
Dipped Hem This is sort of a rollover from last year, the trend just hasn’t gone out of style yet. I love the dipped hem for a few reasons. The first is that when I was a little kid and drew princesses and pop stars, their dresses always had a dipped hem. They’re romantic and sweet looking. The fact that they’re usually light, flowy fabric makes them even better. They’re flattering on legs and look good on skirts or dresses. They’re also (obviously) perfect for spring and summer. Dipped hems are trendy without looking ridiculous like flatforms and Litas. They’re sort of a classic trend…not a trend for the hell of being trendy. I love pleated dipped hems, although my feeling that pleats are best for teeny tiny people remains. I think they’re best in color, although dark ones are okay, too. I’ll definitely be getting at least a dress with a dipped hem, since I think the dresses are more flattering for my shape.
Desert Diva Dress (LOVELOVELOVE so good for summer but would be a weird fit for people who aren’t flat-chested….lamelamelame)
A|Wear Skirt with Stepped Hem (definitely just bought this…mid-post…from Ireland. No self control!!)
Jason Wu Petal-Print Silk Pleated Skirt (dying need crying wahh)
Full skirt If you’ve been reading any of my runway review posts, you know I’m obsessed with the full skirt trend. It’s been evident on the runways of Dior, Zac Posen, Lanvin, Elie Saab, and many more…and I love it every time. I actually wore a full skirt today! I like them because they accentuate the waist while refraining from being too revealing – even when they’re really short. Also, it’s really fun to swish them around when you walk. I did that all day today.
Aqua Large Eyelet Skirt with Exposed Zip (which is gold so ew but I like the front)
Pastels vs. brights Much like color blocking, pastels and brights are trends you see every year for spring and summer… yet the whole world acts like it’s something new. I’m pretty sure this has been going on since cave girls switched it up from darker loincloths to nice light beige ones. Regardless, I’m going to cover it because I like the brights and a girl at work wore head-to-toe mint the other day. If you were unaware, mint is in. Mint mint mint. ANYWAY – brights are fun to mix in with basic colors. When I wore my full skirt (which is a bright peachy pink) I paired it with black pumps, a white top, a black blazer, a black belt, and a long silver pendant. The white kept it from being too dark…but without the pop of color it would have been pretty boring. Pastels are basically the opposite. You can wear almost any shade of pastel with any other shade of pastel and somehow they magically match. Daring people try this with brights, but I have yet to attempt it…I really like black/white with a color pop. I will attempt it this spring and relay the results to you, though.
Happy spring shopping!