Yes, Charleston fashion mavens, spring has sprung.
And barring any unforeseen blizzards, the time has come once again that we can all done bare-shoulders and legs. Then again, considering the mild weather this winter you might not have missed out on that at all.
However, if you’re staring at your closet with absolutely no idea what to wear for these warm days…I humbly submit my suggestions for updating a spring wardrobe.
Crayola colors are your friends. Cast off those drab olives and earth tones and reach for colors reminiscent of your third-grade art class. Almost every designer is following suit with this theme for spring, so upgrading to color is simple and quite effective in shaking the winter clothing blahs.
Your waist is high, very high. No more must your fear the dreaded “muffin top” peaking above the waistline of your jeans. The trend of uber high waistlines has stuck around for spring, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Patterns, please! While solids are always very striking, patterns are all over for spring. Bright florals, bold geometrics, and swirly myriads of color are lovely for a spring ensemble. And yes, leopard is in, too. However, be wary in pattern placement. Because of their bold nature, patterns sometimes have a nasty habit of making areas we might want to minimize stand out.
Ombré? Think tie-dye but classy and not so 1993. Ombré is just one color faded out to white in a garment. Perfect on floaty sundresses or structured spring skirts. Pair this pattern with something that isn’t too busy on top or you risk looking like a mod-podge of ill placed patterns.
Wedges are fabulous. Especially in Charleston, where wearing stilettos on a brick sidewalk can spell disaster. Take it beyond the basic, and charming, espadrille style and move it to as haute-style as you want. Wedges are perhaps one of the most versatile shoes since they can be dressed up or down. Pair with everything from a mini-sundress to denim shorts and you’re good to go. (Bonus points if you grab a pair of Lucite wedges…supposedly they’re in, but I’ll believe it when I see it!)
Now darlings, go out there and be fabulous.