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Spring Style Inspiration

Sunday, March 11, 2018
So I've got a question. At what point does wishful thinking really just mean blatant disregard for reality? Because yeah, it's March now and yeah, that probably means nice weather and springtime for most places, but I'm in Nebraska. While it might be 60 degrees and gorgeous today, tomorrow it's supposed to be a high of 38. I want so badly to jump into Spring fashion and try to will more sunshine filled days with my fun new outfits, but the crazy weather fluctuations have battered my spirit and I'm feeling a little vulnerable over here. To bare my ankles or to hide away under all my layers, that is the question.

Since this transitional period has left me a little timid, I've been living vicariously through the internet (don't we all?). Partially because I'm daydreaming of the sun on my skin, but also so I can start planning my Spring wardrobe. Like I've mentioned before, I try to build a capsule wardrobe each season, รก la Anuschka Rees. Part of that planning process is discovering your tastes for the season, figuring out what kind of outfits you'll want to create, and seeing patterns in those styles so you can create a sensible shopping list if necessary. I've just about wrapped up my planning session for this season, so it's time to share what I've been into!

(Note: all pictures have come from Pinterest and belong entirely to the original creators, not me!)

Colors & Patterns


brown coat beige sweater cream pants fashion style spring

After wearing all black everything more days than not for the last few months, I've been gravitating toward a lot of lighter colors. Creams, whites, light grays and khakis are all over my inspiration board this Spring. Even when darker colors pop up, they're not full-on, saturated black, but instead they're dark browns or navy blues. I still tend to avoid really bright or saturated colors -- some things just don't change that much. Set me up with some earthy neutrals over jewel tones any day, thanks.

checked long line blazer

In the past, patterns didn't really play a huge role in my style, but I still am loving the checked pattern that I've been wearing to death in my winter capsule. As Spring warms up, the blazer might be a bit too heavy but I can definitely see the same pattern making its way into some shorts or pants.

ribbed cream cardigan tortoiseshell button white jeans denim

blazer denim jeans straight leg sock boot tortoiseshell button

I've also really become obsessed with all things tortoiseshell. I want it everywhere! On sunglasses, hair accessories, earrings, shoes, buttons -- especially buttons. I don't know why but big tortoiseshell buttons on a cream cardigan is a look that has just been permanently seared into my brain lately. If left unchecked I might soon be found wandering the streets clutching tortoiseshell accessories and muttering 'my preeeeciousss' over and over. Stay tuned for that.

Textures & Fabrics


ribbed turtleneck roll neck sweater fine light knit long sleeve spring style

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention my love for ribbed knits that has seemingly come out of nowhere. My current theory is that a ribbed finer knit is Spring's answer to Winter's chunky knit, which I was also very into. Ribbed, long sleeve, neutral-colored lighter knits I can already tell are going to be my rock this season. They're practical, easy to wear, and go with everything, but they also provide a little visual interest with their unique texture. That's a quality I'm always on the lookout for when the majority of my wardrobe is made up of basics.

silk shirt button up down satin high rise denim jeans mid wash blue

For more visual interest I am also looking to really shiny satin to give an everyday Spring look a little extra juice. I'm just dying for luxurious, silky, fluid feel after hiding under a bunch of wool layers, even if they are cashmere, for the last few months. Give me a nice shiny button up in a light sand or brown and I'll be in heaven.

high waisted denim mid wash blue straight leg jean

Finally, I pretty much plan on pairing all of this with either some high-waisted, thicker, ankle-bearing, mid blue straight leg jeans (phew, a lot of adjectives) or some cream colored denim. My poor black jeans are actually wearing a hole in the crotch (the dreaded chub rub) so I'm sure they're delighted to be retired and I know I'm excited by the possibilities having more than one jean color will open up. So many new outfit combinations! I'm sure my coworkers will be shocked to see me wearing my own version of a "brightly colored" outfit, but I'm sure they'll get used to it...

Shopping List

All of this time I spend figuring out what exactly I'm lusting after is only useful when it starts directly translating into what pieces I will need to create the looks I'm going for. Luckily a lot of the looks I want to create this season already utilize a lot of items I have in my wardrobe, so I'll be pulling several items out of storage -- Welcome back my beautiful loafers and stock piles of white crew neck t-shirts. I obviously can't go buying up every trend I'm loving at the moment so here are the top things I'm looking for to start my Spring capsule:

1. High waisted, mid blue, cropped straight leg jeans. So far I'm leaning toward these at Topshop.
2. Cream bottoms. Probably denim because I'm lazy, but maybe a lighter fabric if the right pair comes along.
3. A ribbed, long sleeve, light weight neutral colored knit. Preferably in the cream to brown range.
4. A shiny satin button up, also neutral.
5. Anything tortoiseshell.

I'll go hit the shops (aka not leave the comfort of my couch and instead shop entirely online most likely) and share what I find!
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