STYLE GURU STYLE: Throwback to Move Forward

April 3rd, 2017 at 2:00am

If you know me, then you know that I prefer colder weather and closed toe shoes over flip flops and blooming flowers. Instead of indulging in the season of new beginnings, I revert to the iconic parts of the past. I favor the old-school inspirations of spring fever heard in the melodies of bands like Sugar Ray and spurred on in teen movies like Dazed and Confused.

Basically, in the spring I take a trip down memory lane, and so does my wardrobe. If you Fashionistas and Fashionistos will join me on this trip, we’ll start our journey with the basics. First and foremost, I need vintage denim that makes my butt look just as good as Bruce Springsteen’s. Graphic T-shirts and band T-shirts are my essentials for spring because they aren’t as heavy in material; they can be layered, and they can be dressed up or down. Retro T-shirts are prime because they are the ultimate relapse to a bygone era. But for me, I only find it hip if you know who you’re sporting on your chest.

A spring motif I indulge heavily in is pastel. Pastel colors are a classic indicator of a more fun, vibrant season. Pastels also add a sense of playfulness and youth to your outfits, whether it’s a hint of mint green or head-to-toe orange creamsicle. Plus, the brightness of pastels ease you into the richer, deeper colors that paint the landscape of summer.

Like I said before, I’m not a big flip flop person. I’ll wear the occasional sandal, but I like to add flair to my outfits via shoes. So, in spring and summer I gravitate toward platforms. To put it simply, if the Spice Girls wouldn’t wear them, then I don’t want to wear them. Platforms remind me of what wearing roller skates looks like, and I appreciate the look and the lift.

Speaking of socks, a new trend to be on the lookout for is wearing socks with sandals, which is why I paired my platforms with these tropical pink socks. If I enjoy anything about style right now more than style from the past is that we millennials can make anything look cool.

One thing you can’t forget about in the spring is accessorizing. Sunglasses are my favorite accessory because they have no rules and they instantly make you look cooler. Sunglasses can emphasize your eye makeup too, which is fun to play around with and adds depth to your look.

My spring wardrobe has definitely become one big throwback. What I’ve learned is that no matter what era it comes from, if it is something I like now then I probably liked it before and I’ll like it again. If there’s one thing you learn from my style, I hope it’s that you find what you like, know what inspires you, and hold onto it for as long as possible.