NOORI CHISHTI ’17
It may not seem like it just yet, especially with piles of snow still all over campus, but spring is right around the corner. That being said, it’s never too early to start thinking about one’s spring wardrobe. I wouldn’t say it’s time to retire your warm winter gear just yet, but it can’t hurt to start introducing some more ‘springy’ clothing into your daily repertoire.
There are a few simple ways to start transitioning into the next fashion season. The most obvious thing to think about in transitioning into spring clothes is color. Even if you’re someone who tends to base your wardrobe mainly in neutrals, a little color can go a long way. You can easily add a vibrantly colored scarf or necklace, a pastel colored accessory, or even a pretty light pink or a dark purple shade of lipstick to an outfit. All of these single statement pieces would still go with darker winter clothes.
Another obvious choice is florals. No matter what trends are currently popular, florals will always be in for the spring. But keep in mind with florals, a little can go a long way. An outfit based entirely in solids with a floral scarf is always a go-to, or even perhaps a floral top with a solid pair of pants. If you’re feeling particularly bold, Burberry designed a floral printed trench that could go really well with an otherwise understated outfit.
The color scheme trending for Spring 2015 mainly consists of light pastels, corals, and an emphasis on more earthy color tones. This season, we’re also seeing a lot of patterns, especially gingham. Michael Kors featured a beautiful light pink and white gingham mini dress in his spring collection. In doing so, you could definitely channel the iconic style of Brigitte Bardot, who famously wore a gingham printed dress to her wedding. However, many designers have also been working with a more minimalist look, as modeled by Caroline Lindholm ’17, who is wearing a military inspired coat (pictured above). We will definitely be seeing a lot of this spring.
Another very easy way to start dressing for spring weather is to opt for layers instead of wearing a single heavier jacket. This is a great fashion choice for boys and girls alike, as demonstrated by the photo of Griffin Hunt ’17 and Dillon Walker ’17 above. Wearing multiple thinner layers – a button down, Barbour, vest, and/or sweater – always makes for a great New England spring outfit. Lighter quilted coats are always a classic way to look cute but also stay warm with the chilly weather.
Even if it isn’t Memorial Day yet, I’m definitely a proponent for pulling those white pants out in time to transition into spring. There are definitely ways to wear white pants without looking too summery. Not to mention, monochromatic white outfits were all over fashion week. The trick to wearing head to toe white is all about balancing textures and layering up (perfect for the weather that still won’t cooperate). There’s nothing wrong with pairing a nice cream or off-white with bone or white. White clothing is always a classic, and is also a great way to make anyone’s complexion look tanner.
Bigger trends to look out for in the coming season are shirtdresses, shift dresses, and 70’s inspired bohemian clothing – think fringe, suede, light wash denim, and dresses with looser silhouettes. It’s the perfect opportunity to channel your inner Penny Lane from “Almost Famous.” Wear a bright colored shift dress with a cute fur coat and a pair of boots.
Another easy way to transition your winter clothes into spring is by switching up your shoes. Opt for stylish booties instead of your tall winter and fall boots. Switch out your Bean Boots for Hunters or another cute pair of rain boots. Or even wear your taller boots, but do it with a more colorful and ‘springy’ dress. Spring and Fall are always fun seasons to dress for because you can work with a wide variety of clothing items. For this reason, pulling a few spring pieces into your winter wear should be no trouble at all!