Spring Trends

Monday, March 2, 2015

I'm painfully aware that it's only the second day of March and that there is, indeed, a fresh layer of snow on the ground in Cleveland, but I cannot help but think about spring. It's been incredibly sunny and my spring break is next week, for goodness sake! I'm dreaming of sunny skies and temperatures that don't require me to wear fleece lined leggings underneath my jeans so I don't completely freeze when I'm walking downtown.

My logic is that maybe if I write about spring trends, maybe the weather will get a hint and heat up a bit. And this logic is most certainly why I am absolute crap at science...

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1. Gingham 

Gingham was pretty huge on the spring runways back in September, my favorite pieces being from the Diane von Furstenberg show. This is such a fun print to work with! When I think gingham, I think of Easter, which is why these dresses I found make me love the trend more because they're in darker, more neutral tones. Who says gingham has to be just pastels?

This midi skater dress from ASOS features a larger, more buffalo check pattern and a 90s neckline (which is also another trend, bonus!). This shift dress from Brooks Brothers is a more classic use of the patten, the thick white band giving it more of a mod feel. Dolce & Gabbana's take on gingham with a full-skirted dress that accentuates the waist, along with large, round buttons for added detail.

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2. Less is more

While minimalism could certainly be a fashion trend, I'm talking minimalistic makeup. While I don't totally buy the whole "less is more" thing about makeup, I do have to have my own five minute makeup routine when I'm in a pinch or some products that I wear to make it look like I'm not wearing any makeup (does anybody else do this?).

Ideally, the weather starts to heat up in spring and—unfortunately—the humidity and rain begin to ruin everything. Wearing heavy makeup when it could either a. melt off or b. wash off in the rain, it's nice to keep the makeup to a minimum to reduce casualties.

Dr. Jart Beauty Balm is great for a light amount of coverage that surges your skin with moisture and other added benefits. To keep your lips neutral and glowy, a pink or nude lipgloss like Nars Turkish Delight will bring just enough attention to them. If you don't have time to fill in your brows or don't want to fuss with product you think will come off during the day anything, runs the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel through your brows to fill in sparse areas and hold their shape in no time. And, if you're feeling especially cheeky, try applying a small amount of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush to give your skin a healthy glow and put a little color into it.

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3. Military

Some sort of military and utility theme always seems to be happening, whether it's the fabric, color, or style. Military style jackets were on the runways a lot and you can always find them in stores. It's one of those timeless pieces that will just keep coming back.

Both the Wandering Wardrobe and Nordstrom have olive green military jackets, giving a chic shape and twist on what could be a grungy piece. Marc Jacobs took the trend and turned it into a cotton skirt, featuring big pockets and a much needed simple silhouette for a statement color. Band of Outsiders went the bottoms route as well, crafting tapered pants out of olive cotton, feminizing the look with a bow belt and a skinny leg.

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4. Shirtdresses

This is my favorite trend, I have to say. I have a thing for shirt dresses, just because they can be dressed up or dressed down. I've worn mine to classes, to graduation parties, and even to the office for work. They're versatile, ridiculously comfortable, and everybody seems to have their own version.

I personally have two from the Gap that I purchased a few summers ago, one in a thick chambray and the other a funky multi-colored prints featuring florals and birds. Equipment's polka dots version is a great use of another pattern trend for spring, something that could be worn in the spring and taken into fall and winter, transcending the months with a few different styling changes. The asymmetrical hem, vivid white, and no-sleeves version from Adam Lippes is a great way to rock white before Memorial Day (white all year round is acceptable, don't let people tell you otherwise) and with the addition or subtraction of a blazer, it could easily translate from day to night.

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5. Yellow

To me, yellow is such a summer color...yet I am insanely excited to see it being brought out a season early this year. One of my favorite sweaters is a yellow and navy one I purchased from Banana Republic and you bet it will be making a resurgence in spring instead of summer this year (it's thin, no worries).

This Duffy cashmere sweater is a great way to stay warm while it's still in the early, chilly stages of fall while still rocking one of its fun trends. A somewhat neon take on the yellow trend, this ASOS short sleeved skater dress features a fit and flare shape, synching in your waist while giving the bottom volume. To accessorize in the spring, check out this Tory Burch small tote, a statement way to carry around everything that you need for the day!

What's your favorite trend for spring 2015?

2 comments

  1. I truly believe in less is more in every aspect of my life. Woof!

    Also I am loving gingham this season; not in my wardrobe, but I think it's cute!

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    1. I feel like minimalism is the "thing to do" recently. I highly recommend watching some of Ingrid (missglamorazzi) and Allison's (amarixe) YouTube videos if you're into that sort of "less is more" lifestyle carrying on past makeup!

      Thanks so much for reading, Casey! <3 :)

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