Spring and Summer Style
June 04, 2013
As the weather heats up, one of my favorite things is getting to chuck my winter sweaters and boots into a tote and go on the hunt for some new, summery duds. The idea of debuting my pasty, white legs after a winter in hiding isn’t always the most enticing thought, but getting my hands on some new garb quickly sweeps that thought under the rug. This spring and summer there are some great, user-friendly trends that anyone can include in their wardrobe. Four that really caught my eye and got my brain working on new outfit ideas are the following:
- Stripes: These can be worn on pants, shirts, bags, anything. There’s the thought that horizontal stripes aren’t flattering, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to try. Try vertical stripes or a zigzag look if the horizontal seems too risky.
- Lace: Lace has been on everything lately and in a wide range of colors. Lucky for you, any winter lace you have can translate perfectly into a spring or summer look if you go bare-legged and add an open-toed shoe.
- Florals: As one might expect, florals are big for spring and summer. Big blooms, small blooms, and all sizes in between can be found on dresses, purses, shirts, and even pants for the coming months. As far as florals go, the brighter the better in my opinion. Don’t be afraid to turn heads.
- White: Going in almost the completely opposite direction of the trends above is the "white" trend. For those who are into a crisper, clean look, an entire white ensemble for spring and summer will be right up your alley. Just be careful if attending a barbecue or a picnic.
A lot of people may think that the only way to be as fashionable as one would like is to have mounds of money. I beg to differ. I have and will forever be a strong supporter of all things thrifty, especially when it comes to shopping. Many of the new trends each season can be found at any local thrift or vintage store. Some of my favorite stores are the Salvation Army thrift shops found in Lee’s Summit and Independence, Red Racks on 7 Highway, Vintage Vogue in Independence, and Boomerang in Westport. Not only can you get cheap, unique, trendy pieces, but you can also be environmentally conscious by recycling and reusing apparel that may have otherwise been thrown out.
With all that said, I think it is important to make fashion your own. Trends are always great for new ideas, but it’s good to know yourself and your style and make the trends work for you. Have fun with it and figure out what works best for your body and your personality. A great way to do that is to pick up a few books at your local library that can help you get a start!
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