Spring Forward!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's here.  What every girl waits for all season long (or at least I do).  SPRING!

Okay, maybe those of you on the east coast are still experiencing all that snow, but for us on the left coast we're enjoying the sunshine and warm weather all year round.  Which means we can start vamping up our wardrobe with one of this Spring's most popular runway trends: flirty florals.

Bright bold floral patterns look great on everyone and are one of this season's hottest trends.  I've scoured the web to find my favorite florals like this Ann Taylor Loft Dress above.  This all over orange floral print is a bold statement in itself, and needs little to accessorize the look.  Remember when dress shopping to keep it to one bold element in the design of the dress.  In this case, it's the print that does the talking, and all other details in the structure of this dress are tasteful and subtle, ie. the knee length hem, thick tank straps, and modest neckline.  Always go for just one "look at me" aspect when putting together an outfit; if you're wearing a short mini to accentuate a great pair of stems, be sure to cover up on top and save the decolletage for another day. 

This season we'll be seeing some great floral patterns in a variety of different styles.  Check out a few of my favorites so far like here, here, here, and here.

If you're rocking a statement all over pattern, be sure to break up bright floral dresses with a woven or leather belt around your waist (especially if you're petite!).  Pair with a long cardigan in a neutral hue to add a subtle accessory.  

Finish the look with a pair of nude heeled sandals like these or these which give the appearance of longer legs.  Or if you're not the heel wearing type try a pair of embellished gladiators like these ones from American Eagle.  And If you're still feeling that crisp weather back east, pair with a great versatile suede or leather boot to keep those tootsies warm until you can show off your fab new pedi!

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