Often when incorporating bold statement pieces into our everyday looks, we tend to pair them with traditional black or white clothing — a fun pattern stiletto denim with a crisp white blouse, or a funky top with a clean black pant. In order to stay balanced, we pick one or the other to avoid the risk of fashion overload.
During my stay back home in sunny southern California for spring break, I was remained of my cool and casual stylistic roots. Not everything has to align and match accordingly, which I’m starting to see more on the east coast. With the prep school clean lines and influences of J.Crew around every corner in New York, it’s easy to jump on board with these classic and timeless styles. But for those slouchy chic Saturdays, and effortless LA ensembles, it takes going against the grind slightly and mixing things up. Instead of pairing this amazing wool, oversized floral Free People sweater with a stark white tank or full black ensemble, this Fashionista kept it fresh and spring appropriate with a beige tone sheer button up. Paired with comfy black leggings and Steve Madden boots, this look is airy enough for a patio dinner downtown, yet completely adorable and appropriate for a movie date on the Santa Monica promenade. Not only is this Fashionista playing up the key tones for a warm spring look, she is accentuating her them to a T. These neutrals play off her gorgeous hair and skin tone so perfectly, she is literally glowing. A reminder that even the simplest stylistic choices can bring out the best in someone.
A key factor we Fashionistas/os can never take for granted, especially in our college and younger years, is our ability to rewear. Never underestimate the power of a great closet revamp. With spring and summer just right around the corner, there’s no reason wool and knits like these have to be doomed to moth balls and back of the closet dust. Break out a long slouchy cardigan out come June and throw it over a great creme or deep purple maxi tank dress. I absolutely love a great long cardigan over a slinky tank and high-waisted shorts. They will come in handy for snuggling up at that bonfire in the later evening, or adorably tied around your waist as chic as it looked around your arms. Don’t be afraid of mixing your already loved pieces with an entirely new color palette — it will give it a new identity in your mind and will feel just as amazing as the first time you broke it out of your closet.