Spring Fever

Wow, it's been six months since my first post.  I guess that's what college does to you!  Well since my first post A LOT of things have changed.  I transferred to Chapman University in Orange County, CA and I love it here. I love the people, I love the weather, I love the location, and last but not least, I love the fashion.  Everyone has their own distinct style that I love.  I can't help but notice everyone's outfit everyday.

Anyways, it's pretty safe to say that spring has officially sprung... it's almost summer even!  Boy do I feel like a failed fashion blogger.  Well, hopefully that will change!  I'm in the midst of studying for finals, so once that is over I will have nothing BUT free time!  But enough "I'm back" nonsense, since no one even knew I was gone to begin with.  Let's get going with spring and all of it's must-need essentials.

What I have been noticing is the wonderful use of color.  Color is one of the most important aspects of an outfit.  Spring is the time to start bringing out your brights and putting away the darks.  Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it's warm enough to wear shorts, but the nights are cold enough to put on a light cardigan or sweater... well in Southern California at least!

I'm definitely one for simplicity, especially in spring, so I like to keep my outfits loud, but not too loud.  For the past week, I have been pairing a tank top with some above-the-knee fringed shorts with a comfortable pair of sandals or boat shoes.  I have been scoring some great tank tops from Urban Outfitters lately.  They can be a little pricey considering it's a small amount of fabric, but I can definitely count on them lasting for a few years and making a statement in the next two seasons.  Chino cut offs are definitely coming back in style.. and in colors!  A pair of classic khaki is a MUST-HAVE, but add a sprinkle of color in your wardrobe.  I personally have a pair of coral and aqua chino cut offs that go with almost everything.  J.Crew and Urban are definitely a great place to pick some up.

For all you ladies out there, crop tops are the way to go.  Whether it's printed or a solid color, make sure you have a few in handy.  Pair them with acid-washed denim shorts, wrap a belt around your waist, and shoes to match and you are all set.  Another trend that has been starting to make it's way around is wearing a solid colored maxi dress and wearing a loose, print top over it.  Put your hair up in a low, messy bun and some feather earrings.  Great spring/summer outfit right there.

Now to the fun part, accessories.  I personally think that accessories make the outfit.  They are key to making plain outfits seem more put together.  For all of you out there (both men and women), be sure to pick yourself up a reliable fedora (or any type of straw hat for that matter).  They are perfect to wear at the beach or to just walk around town.  I am also a sucker for a good pair of shades.  Sunglasses are my life.  I'm pretty sure I've picked up at least 4 pairs since Christmas.  My all-time favorites right now are my Ray-Ban Clubmasters.  I think Ray-Bans in general are a great accessory for spring and summer.  Other brands that make very stylish sunglasses are Gucci, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and much more.  So now, instead of writing paragraphs and paragraphs about the endless amount of accessories every guy and gal should have, I'll just list off what I believe is essential for spring.

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Men

- Tanks tops (Check out Urban Outfitters for great finds)

- Denim Cut-Offs (They can be found almost anywhere now. But if you want to save some money, go to your local thrift store, pick up some loose-fitting jeans and cut them up.  A few inches above the knee is a perfect length.  From there you can either let them fringe or cuff them)

- Chinos (Both pants and shorts. Both can be found at J.Crew)

- Sperry's (They can be found almost anywhere.  I bought mine at Nordstrom's)

- Loose-fitting Tees (Stripes are definitely in once again.  My favorite Tees can be found at American Apparel)

- A Reliable Watch (A key spring item. Definitely get your hands on one.  Marc by Marc Jacobs has some awesome ones)

- Fedora

- A Travel Bag

- Rolled Up Jeans or pants

- Retro Swim Shorts (Long swim shorts are a thing of the past.  It is now all about shorts that go above the knee, by how much is up to you and your comfortability.  Bloomingdales has a lot of great pairs)

Women

- Crop tops

- Loose Shirts and Racerbacks

- Denim Shorts (The same goes for women as it does for men)

- Skirts and Dresses (Try Forever 21 if you are tight on cash, but if not, you can find them almost anywhere.  Try pairing a print skirt with a print top.  The mis-matched look is definitely do-able as long as the prints do not class TOO much.  It must be executed well.  Such as a floral print top with a striped skirt. As for dresses, maxi dresses will do)

- Chiffon (Anything made out of chiffon is perfect for spring-wear)

- Bandeau (Urban Outfitters. Pair it with a crop top or a sheer tank)

- Jewelry (Nothing chunky.  Spring is all about being simplistic.  Try rusted-gold necklaces with a long chain and a unique pendant)

- Swimwear

- Sandals with large straps and Wedges (J.Crew also has these)

- Braided belts and plain brown leather ones. (Try to wrap them more around your waist rather than right under your chest)

Inspiration

- D.