If you’re like me and your fashion choices are comfortable, painless, and cheap, but you fear the end result is dangerously close to drab, read on. I like to look to fashion mags and New York Fashion Week and then ask, does this make sense? Will this be painful to wear? Will it cause the wrong type of turned heads? Then I proceed with weeding out the good ideas from the bad. My focus for this season: pops of yellow, tops with ruffles, keyholes or lace, colorful eyewear, and comfortable sneakers.
Many Fashion Week styles are not practical for those of us who value looking easy-breezy, or who dislike the feeling of plastic over skin in the form of a wide belt, like a recent model wore at fashion week. Plastic shoes are also currently in style, but make me want to go barefoot forever. One of my summer goals is to not be sweatier than necessary, so plastic is “out” for me. Other fashion week styles beg the question, why? Head-to-toe leather is another example. The look is hardly effortless.
But some current trends are fun and easy, like adding a pop of yellow to an otherwise basic summer outfit. Yellow appeared on models at New York Fashion week, and for good reason. Handbags, like this one sold at Nordstrom come in yellow, orange, or coral, add spring color and look great with denim. Royal blue and peach are also making their appearances at stores in belts, handbags, jewelry and scarves, as well as shirts in florals and fruit prints, particularly lemons and pineapple. Nothing says spring more than a bright yellow lemon-printed sundress or a pineapple tee.
I’ve long been a lover of the basic tee shirt. But while it’s comfortable and doesn’t require coordinating with pants (or anything, for that matter), I get bored, quickly. This season is full of tops that Nordstrom describes as “bold shirting,” and for good reason. Many of their tops have asymmetrical ruffles, lace, varying hem lengths, twisted hems, and more. I love a style that women of different shapes, sizes, and styles can enjoy. There have been entire decades that didn’t work for my body type (I’m looking at you, 90s), but this decade is more forgiving. I love this ruffle tee, and this Snoopy tee. Express has many variations of these strappy tees, which go with everything and are beyond basic.
Another fun trend is rose-colored glasses. While I wouldn’t wear them with, say, a lemon dress, they’re fun with an otherwise basic outfit. Orange, red, yellow, and pink are the easiest to find, and look the most like spring. Elle Fanning was recently spotted in eyewear with the slightest bit of peachy color – subtle enough to look effortless, but bold enough to stand out from the crowd. Rosy shades come in styles for all face shapes and levels of daring, including cat eye, metal, aviator, and more.
Sneakers are another trend that, while not new, go with everything, are on-trend, and are practical enough that they’ll be a good investment. Gone are the days where women need to wear pointy toed flats or heels, unless that’s what you choose, of course! New Balance, Vans, Adidas and Reebok are comfortable and get great reviews. Slip-ons are classic, come in different colors and some offer hints of floral. Perforated slip-ons are also huge this year and look cool with those springy air holes.
Whether you take a full spring shopping spree or just buy a few pieces to add to an existing wardrobe, have fun, be comfortable, and don’t try too hard. It seems that every year, women have more choices, so buy what feels right for your body and your personality. And also, don’t be afraid to add some color.
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