If there is one thing I’ve learned while living in North Carolina, it’s that there is no happy medium between cold and hot. Spring temperatures last a mere week or two before campus is blasted with humidity and hot weather. Even though winter was never-ending this year, the immediate jump to summer weather has led many to skip their spring layering.
Despite the heat, there are still ways to incorporate layers and create looks that have an attitude more like May and less July. This Fashionista dials up the heat and tunes into a flowing, casual and simply cool pieces to build her look. Comprised of white ruffle shorts, a black crochet crop top, a black bandeau and a patterned open-faced cardigan, she sticks to a classic, neutral color scheme but incorporates different silhouettes and textures. The white ruffled shorts, similar to these Sabo Skirt frill shorts, are high-waisted and made of a free-flowing cotton polyester blend. The loose structure and the ruffle on the side hems give the shorts an easy, non-restricting feel and add some shape to her outfit. Paired with a black crocheted crop top that reaches just about the top of the short and a black bandeau, the look becomes a little more bold yet continues the summer-time, easy living feel. You can achieve a similar look with this Moa Moa crocheted tank or this TINSEL crop top. To bring the top and bottom together, she layers a black and white printed light sweater over the crop top. The watercolor hues of the sweater and loose structure of the sleeves complement the shorts while taking the roughness of the crochet down a notch.
To complete the look, this Fashionista plays with colors and layering of her accessories. She wears a purple stone pendant layered with a gold bar necklace, a silver cuff, purple studs, brown heeled booties and a red wrap headband. The pendant, kind of like this violet Kendra Scott necklace, and matching studs adds a fresh color to the look without over powering the rest of the outfit, but her headband is the real finishing touch. Kind of like this Anthropologie turban, her headband and pulled back hair is what makes this outfit easy going and less high maintenance.
Don’t let the heat discourage you. With the right fabrics and silhouettes, you can still make spring last a little longer while enjoying the early summer temperatures.