Style Advice of the Week

Standing out against a sea of dark colors and denim, I spotted this week’s Fashionisto on the bustling streets of Flagler’s campus. His simple checkered button-down sets him apart from the rest, as the color reflects an effervescent pink characteristic of spring. His chino-style navy pants make less of a statement, and allow all attention to be placed on the main attraction. Finishing at the feet he is wearing classic tan boat shoes that provide comfort without sacrificing style. This young man is truly thinking pink.

Much like wearing white after Labor Day, the forbidden fruit of bright spring colors during winter months is highly passé. In Florida where it’s practically sunny year round, one would suffer serious heat stroke if they stuck to the code of deep red, green and navy from October through February. However, just because we are blessed with the sunny side of things doesn’t mean all you Fashionistas/os have to suffer the consequences of geography.

If you’re finagling for a taste of spring in your wardrobe, start small with an accessory. A scarf, hat or even a handbag can add that colorful punch to get you through the gloom. If you’re more adventurous like this week’s Fashionisto, don a colored main piece like a collared shirt, basic tee or even a pair of pants or shorts. If your spring fever is of a lower degree, try a pattern with a black or navy back-setting displaying a bright contrast in a fun design. Floral prints ring true of springtime flowers, and Aztec designs are emerging as ultra fashion-forward. Layering is also crucial to this look, especially if you live in an area with cold winters. For boys or girls, a simple sweater layered over the colored piece delivers the same effect while staying warm. Ladies can also slip on a leather moto jacket to rough up the soft hue.

As you can see, mixing traditionally seasonal colors can deliver an unexpected and fashionable outcome. With the pastel hues of spring, standing out in a crowd can be subtle yet impactful. If you aren’t completely comfortable blurring the lines, start small with an accessory piece. You never know who might catch your eye through the crowds of winter coats.


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