STYLE GURU STYLE: Barefaced in Beige

Spring in Oregon is basically equivalent to South Beach, Miami, year-round—minus the white sand beaches, Atlantic Ocean, and 100 percent humidity. So in context, I guess the two aren’t that similar after all, but once you’ve endured about 200 days of torrential downpour and occasional snow, a little warmth goes a long way in the Pacific Northwest. That hint of spring is when we Oregonians start shedding those layers of North Face and Patagonia coats like we’re in the Mojave Desert. This annual ritual generally calls for a wardrobe touch-up, and this season I’m talking everything bare and beige.

First thing’s first; the sun is out, and gals and guys alike are down to the bare minimum in their tank tops and shorts. Do the same for your makeup bag and opt for a natural face this season; I promise SPF is all you need. Spring is all about keeping it clean and letting your skin breathe because, after all, we have been suffocating under mounds of parkas for months now.

Okay, we’ve settled that, which means it’s time to get down to the real business: a few of my spring favorites that your closet needs this season. Personally, I believe that beige should be a key shade in any wardrobe, and the warmer months are the perfect time to put it to use. Beige is warm, clean cut, and you can easily add pops of color to it for a brighter vibe. Trust me, there’s no better time than spring to incorporate neutrals.

Now picture this: It’s a gorgeous, sunny day out and you’re going for a casual yet light and fun look that still says, “I’ve got it all figured out,” or at least somewhat in that direction. I decided to pair my favorite beige boots with a pair of Levi Jean cutoffs that are probably older than me, a beat up band T-shirt, and my favorite caramel-colored, vegan leather jacket. Pro tip: an increase in temperature doesn’t mean you have to ditch your leather.

Voila! Now you have an effortless day-to-night outfit that can’t be classified under the Lululemon or Nike category and is perfect for going from an outdoor brunch to evening shopping, dinner, and drinks.