Part 1: Spring Has Sprung….. Almost.

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A look at Spring/Summer 2016- what you need.  NOW.

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I’ll confess…

Spring has always been my favorite season.  Never mind the warmer temperatures and longer days.  Its so much more than that.  Spring represents a time of new.  Its as if Mother Nature finally wakes up after another long dull winter, takes a look around, cringes, and starts adding color and life to literally everything.

And you should too.

And what better place to start than within your own wardrobe.  But be prepared to make plenty of room for this season’s trends.  Cause you’re going to want them all.

You’re probably sick of looking at all those heavy, over-sized, curve-hiding, skin-covering pieces anyway.  I AM.  And that is EXACTLY why Spring is so damn amazing when it comes to fashion.  Textures finally lighten up, giving way for shorter, sheerer options while colors palettes increase.  I mean, REALLY increase.  In addition to that, dresses become more playful.  More girly.   More exposed.  Think flowing, draping silhouettes that will have you feeling Goddess status.  Even the patterns amp it up with bold vibrancy, while accessories become more delicate.  And finally, we get to trade the tired feeling of wool against our skin for something more sultry and feminine- silk.

If you weren’t already excited, you are now.

So what trends should you invest in now?  If you’re like me, you collect clothes.  Like an investor.  You don’t shop- you build.  You constantly keep your eyes open, slowly acquiring those cant-live-without-pieces to add to your collection.  The show stoppers.  The game changers.  Its a little practice called “Buy now, wear later”.   You have an entire lineup of stunners just waiting for the right occasion.  Or, in this case, month.  In other words:

You don’t buy the dress for the party- you go to the party so you can wear the dress.

#BombshellCode

So with that being said, lets take a look at some of the S/S 2016 trends you can count on to turn heads, no party needed.

1. Lingerie

You read that right.  Except we’re not talking about the Victoria’s Secret type- people tend to frown upon you walking around in your bra and underwear.  But this trend is as close as it can get.  Because this season is all about the return of the slip dress.  If you’re the bombshell type, you’re probably use to wearing these.  Albeit, up until now, it was only at home when you were feeling casual and that was the best you could do.  But now, even running to Starbucks in one is fair game.  And a simple adjustment in accessories can take the look straight into night.  Or, tone it down and keep it more boho with ankle boots.  Because the best part about this trend is the versatility factor.  Keep it as glam, or as quirky as you please- you’ll look amazing either way.

Pro Tip:  To keep the look extra sexy and authentic, shop vintage.  Not only will you score something unique, but the idea of a retro slip is sooooo much more chic.

Below, from top left, Chloe RTW S/S 16, Vintage, and Saint Laurent RTW S/S 16.

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2. Modern Bohemian- barely there boho meets vibrant tropical prints

Once again, the bohemian trend shows no end in site.  And I LOVE it.  But this time, feel free to go wild with it.  And by wild, I mean prints.  Its Boho, but with a twist.  Its less about the simplicity of pieces and lace details and more about dramatic details.  Like birds.  Or at the very least, feathers….

From left, McQueen, Gucci, Valentino and McQueen again (full sized).

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But boho is more than birds and feathers right now.  Its about embellishment.  Whether its patches or patterns, color is key.  And lots of it….

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3. Pleats

If you suddenly got excited when I mentioned flowing fabrics earlier, than this look is all you.

Maxi dresses have never looked so lux.  And who would have thought that something as simple as pleat would be the element to take a standard spring staple from comfy to flat out goddess.  And the colors are a visual feast for everyone.  Get ready to stop traffic…

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4. Metallics

Accessory lovers, get excited.  I mean, even more excited than you already are.  Cause you get to have some fun this season.  During Fashion Week, we saw everything from the return of spikes, to gloves, to beyond oversized statement necklaces.  But one thing was consistent- the use of metallics.  Bronze or pewter, they’re both on point.  And even better when worn together.  So mix it up, or tie your look together with one bold piece.  Its all fair game.

Pro tip: NOTHING looks better against metallics than tan skin.  But for the sake of safety, skip the tanning bed and hit Sephora instead.  Get your golden glow on without a side of cancer.

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So there you go, dolls.

These trends should keep you inspired enough to safely secure how you’ll be spending that upcoming tax refund.  Personally, mine is pretty much as good as gone…  Or at the very least, these ideas will keep you busy until Part 2.  But just like everything else, spring will be here before you know it.  And its always better to lead the way with fashion.  So take these tips, and twist them into your own unique way to express yourself this season.  Because just like I always stress, no matter your style, it should always represent you.

So… what do you want to say to the world this Spring?

Till next time…

X

 

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