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Styling Tricks for Spring

I don’t know about you but, with this hopeful new season, I’m definitely ready to shake things up a little in the outfit department. Not necessarily looking to add to my spring wardrobe so much, but more to rethink how I style the clothes currently in my closet. There are plenty of innovative, fun pairings

I don’t know about you but, with this hopeful new season, I’m definitely ready to shake things up a little in the outfit department. Not necessarily looking to add to my spring wardrobe so much, but more to rethink how I style the clothes currently in my closet. There are plenty of innovative, fun pairings and styling ideas out there to renew your spring (and summer) attire. Here are few combinations that I’ll be trying out for striking yet wearable looks.

First, dress up sweats. If you, like me, have been living in loungewear for the past year, it’s time to elevate these basics with dressier touches. Wear your standard hoodie with a skirt and heels. Layer a button-down under a sweatshirt and pair with black trousers. Size-down a pair of sweatpants (to avoid looking too schloopy) and wear them with a blouse and boots. Black sweats are the easiest to dress up, but you can also do so with navy and dark gray loungewear pieces. If you have patterned sweats like camo or tie-dye, they can also work for this trick; just make sure your sweats are clean and free of spills, stains, and rips.

If you’ve been wearing more activewear, the same technique applies. Pair your track pants with a party top, like a sequin cami or halter-neck. Warm-up jacket over dresses, or yoga pants with a tee-shirt and blazer. Come summer; bike shorts will be on trend again this year — consider styling them with a sleeveless boho tunic and sandals. Again, you want your workout wear to be laundered and, if you’re feeling really adventurous, try a sports bra as a crop top with high-waisted jeans.

Have fun with layers this spring. I was against wearing a dress over pants in years past, but I’ve finally come around to this outfitting trick. The key is to find the right dress and pant combo by keeping proportion and functionality in mind. The general rule is that if you have volume on one half of your body, then the other half should be more fitted. For this spring, I’m thinking of assuaging that mandate and playing with volume by pairing a loose shift or tent-shaped dress over a flowing palazzo-Esque pant. An easygoing, bohemian vibe is perfect as spring turns to summer.

For a preppy take on layering, try wrapping a sweater, scarf, or another long-sleeved woven top around the shoulders. This will give any basic jean and tee combo an elegant, collegiate vibe as the school year winds down.

Speaking of school, tweedy blazers (usually associated with autumn and academia) can work in lieu of a casual jacket for spring. Oversized blazers in any material are on trend this year and are an unexpected way to switch up your everyday style. Instead of a windbreaker, zip-up, or denim jacket, opt for a blazer. Feel free to add a blazer to your dressed-up sweats look above to combine two tricks into one outfit!

On the flip side of dressed-up-sweats, consider giving your dressy clothes an airing out and pair them with more casual pieces. This past year, I feel like some of my favorite garments have been hanging in my closet and “dying on the vine,” so to speak. Now that it’s spring and things are opening up, I’m ready to wear my more stylish pieces even if the occasion doesn’t call for it. I’m thinking of swapping out jeans for suiting trousers but still sporting sneakers for the grocery store run. Or, a cocktail dress with a zip-up jacket and flats, instead of the usual heels for the next date night. By styling these garments with casual touches, it allows you to bring a certain functionality to a more formal fare.

And you can’t go wrong with sheer in the spring/summer. Of course, not all sheers are equal. There’s mesh, lace, chiffon, voile, and tulle if you’ve got it. A more modest approach would be to find a piece with the sheer fabric as the overlay or create that look by layering an opaque garment under a sheer piece. However, don’t feel the need to go for total coverage; there’s nothing wrong with a cropped tank under a mesh shirt and a high-waisted skirt. Whichever sheer path you take this season, I’d style it with a rougher/tougher fabric. There’s the classic leather and lace pairing or chiffon and denim. The trick is to balance out the softness of the sheer with a heavier piece.

Lastly, I think my favorite outfit for spring is a wide-leg jean, a loose button-down layered over a graphic tee, loafers, and a blazer. This look is made up of pieces most people already have, it’s a mix of casual and workwear, and it allows for some playfulness in the t-shirt. This outfit combination is also ageless and flatters most figures. You can wear it during the week, on weekends, and in the evening. Of course, all of these tricks are meant to be fun and creative, not as hard and fast rules on dressing. At the least, hopefully, this gets you to think about and reconsider your styling for spring!

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