Fashion Friday – Spring Outfits

It is unseasonably warm in Minnesota right now. Usually we would still be slogging through a snowstorm or two or five in March, but instead it’s been in the 50’s or 60’s all week and what little snow we had is nearly gone! All of which has me dreaming of spring fashion, gardening, and painting my toenails. I might even shave my legs. Crazy, I know.

I hopped over to Polyvore and put together some ideas, plus some of my own stuff I can’t wait to put together this year, to give you some inspiration. An added bonus – nothing is over $50! Cause new wardrobes don’t have to break your bank. Check out my profile there, and you can click on the items in the sets for links!

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Spring Florals

I’m not a huge floral person; it really has to be done right for it to catch my eye and not think of grandmotherly couches. In general, I like bolder colors and a bolder pattern – tiny florals make me think of Laura Ashley. All these pieces caught my eye in a good way. I love the shape of the first cami top, plus the combo of green and pink is classic, slightly preppy, and always makes me think of spring. I love the colors in the second and third tops – they are so bright and almost tropical – and for a subtler hint of floral, you can’t go wrong with lace in a strong color. The top next to the lace top is a bird and floral pattern; I cannot resist a cute bird print! The sweatshirt would look super cute with skirts or jeans or thrown over a dress on a cooler night. Lastly, I’m not sure why I like the last top but I just do! Something about the colors.

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Skirts

I love a good flouncy skirt. How cute is that little green skirt with the bow? It would look really cute with that bird print shirt above, tucked in, with a cute pair of black heels. I also love the galaxy print on the skirt next to it, very fun and colorful without being overly girly. Anchors are timeless, and you could mix prints nicely by pairing it with a blue and white striped boatneck tee – add in some red accessories if you want to go full tilt, or scale it back with neutrals. That yellow flouncy skirt is so bright it almost hurts to look at it doesn’t it? What a great bright almost neutral color – you could pair it with nearly anything so long as it lets that yellow stand out. I’m always in the market for an easy long skirt – they make me look long and lean, which is a feat considering I’m 5’2″ with hips. And finally, you will never fail with a cute denim skirt.

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Accessories

Can’t or don’t want to overhaul your whole wardrobe this year? Accessories are the easiest and cheapest way to update your look. A new pair of cat-eye sunglasses, or a fun floral hair clip, or delicate jewelry can make last year’s jeans and tees and skirts feel new and fresh. I love those neutral sandals, they look dressier than flip flops but are just as easy. The fisherman’s cap looks really classic; I’m picturing it with ripped jeans and a soft white t-shirt, and brown booties. And the easiest way, hands down, to update your look is a new lippie or blush or hair color! The purple locks are actually hair extensions – seriously considering those. I keep getting the itch to dye my hair purple, but I don’t want to have to bleach my hair into oblivion. That would be an easy way to do it!

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Finally, some of my own pieces. A couple are new, most are things I’ve had! It’s a good idea to assess what you have before you buy more – you may be able to remix your own wardrobe into something that feels new. The strapless blue dress is from Old Navy, and is a good example of the florals I go for – bold colors, bold pattern. The grey striped top is from Gordman’s – I cannot ever resist grey or stripes, and I love the shape of the hem, how it goes down longer at the sides. It’s very easy and breezy but doesn’t overwhelm me. Ripped jeans are from Aeropostale, and I got them on sale last year – I would never pay their full price, and you don’t have to spend $50 on ripped jeans either. If you like the look, find a pair at your thrift shop that fit you well and distress them yourself! The top is from Target’s Merona line, it’s a nice layering piece since it’s kind of see through, and a nice color combo with the light purple and orange. It honestly looks really good with that green skirt, which I wouldn’t have expected! Lastly, the crocheted bright orange shoes I got at Target last year, the saddle shoes I found at TJ Maxx, and the leopard heels at DSW for $10 (I KNOW)!

Here’s to new outfits and new accessories, and I hope it’s just as warm where you are!

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