Styling Spring

By Sharon Mosley

March 1, 2016 4 min read

You've checked out the striped handbags, the floral slip dresses, the cropped culotte pants and flats — just a few of the latest spring fashion trends — but now you've got to pull it all together. Expand your fashion thinking. It's all about new possibilities. Here are some tips for styling your wardrobe this spring.

Do more with a dress. Wear a dress like a tunic top over skinny pants. This season, look for soft slip dresses that easily fall over leggings or jeans. This layering is one of the hottest trends this season.

And if skinny pants aren't your thing, you can always get comfortable in athletic-inspired track pants. They're a little on the slouchy side but can even be worn to the office. Just dress them up with a classic trench coat and white shirt. Slip into a pair of loafers to give them even more of an updated look.

This mix is a fun way to add some personality to your wardrobe: Team an oversized hoodie with a lace or sequin skirt. Or, pair a leather moto jacket with your favorite midi skirt instead of a blazer.

Mix your prints and patterns. This may be one of the hardest styling tricks to master. But the eclectic look is one of the best ways to freshen up your style. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, when you are experimenting with this trend.

Remember that bigger prints will make you look bigger. It's just a fashion fact of life. Smaller patterns are much more flattering, especially if you are combining several of them in one outfit. Stick to low-contrast colors. This season, mix and match soft floral pastels with more relaxed and neutral pieces. Animal prints always look great and make solid pieces pop.

Be bold and wear leather and suede this spring. As technology in fabric production advances, these fabrics are available in featherweight designs that are perfect for warmer days. A pink leather jacket or a buttery mint green suede tank will give your wardrobe a breath of fresh air.

Don't forget about accessories; they can refresh an outfit you've worn for years. You can instantly update your closet for a new season. It can be a trendy lace-up ballerina flat, a black-and-white striped tote, a chunky rhinestone necklace or a pair of dangling chandelier earrings.

Scarves are also good bets. Just because serenity blue is the color of the season doesn't mean you have to wear it from head to toe. Just buy a cotton scarf in a colorful blue print to wear with a favorite jacket. Now you're stylin'.

 Put some style into your spring wardrobe by wearing a long vest over a tunic and skinny jeans. Simply Vera. Vera Wang at Kohl's. www.kohls.com.
Put some style into your spring wardrobe by wearing a long vest over a tunic and skinny jeans. Simply Vera. Vera Wang at Kohl's. www.kohls.com.

To find out more about Sharon Mosley, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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