Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to dust off the dresses you stored away for winter and break them out for warmer weather and sunshine. Not to mention, the front of your fridge may be filling up with wedding invites, graduation announcements, and baby showers and you’ll need something to wear for all of the celebrations. Let’s take a look at the latest trends for spring dresses and check out what’s what you’ll need in your closet for the upcoming season.

spring dresses: casual maxi

1. Casual Maxi Dress

A casual, flowing, floor-grazing maxi dress is definitely a spring essential. Maxis come in so many different silhouettes that you can pick the perfect one for you, no matter your shape and size. With so many different ways to style it, this is the perfect piece to pack for your next vacation. Bonus: no time to shave your legs? No problem!  (Because we all know that prepping for your office presentation, getting the kids ready for bed, and getting the grocery shopping done usually take precedent over shaving your legs.)

 

spring dresses: floral shift dress

2. Floral Shift Dress

Easily transition from the office to happy hour with a floral shift dress. I love a good shift dress because they’re modest enough to wear to work, fun enough to wear to social occasions, and also flattering on every body type. A bright floral pattern also adds an extra pop of color for spring.

 

spring dresses: lightweight tank dress

3. Lightweight Tank Dress

A lightweight tank dress is a must for every closet. They are incredibly comfortable and super easy to slip on before running errands or heading to brunch. They’re casual and so soft that you’ll feel like you’re wearing your favorite tee and sweatpants (without looking like it). Throw on some sneakers and a denim jacket and you’ve got an effortless look you can reach for time and time again.

 

spring dresses: fit and flare

4. Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress

If you love a classic look, you can’t go without a polka dot fit and flare dress. Polka dots are timeless! They add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit. Pair them with the universally flattering fit and flare dress and you have a fail-proof combo! The best part? With its fun pattern and silhouette, it barely needs any styling. Wear with minimal jewelry and simple shoes and you’re ready to head out the door!

 

spring dresses: cold shoulder

5. Cold Shoulder Dress

The cold shoulder trend is here to stay for at least another season.  A little peek of the shoulders paired with ruffles and a flattering high-low hem, this dress is perfect for an evening occasion. You’ll be seeing cold shoulder styles everywhere in 2019, so don’t be afraid to stock up on a few pieces with this fun detail.

 

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Anybody that has tried to tell you to avoid mixing different patterns in one outfit is trying to instill fashion rules that are as outdated as not wearing white after Labor Day. Outfits with playful pattern mixing can be seen everywhere from the runway to your Instagram feed, to everyday street style all around you. But how’s a girl to know the rules of mixing and matching prints? Pro tip: there are no rules. You should feel empowered to mix patterns any way you’d like. At the same time, it’s hard to know where to start when you have so many different prints and styles to chose from. I’ve put together an easy guide on how to mix and match your favorite spring patterns! Check them out below.

 

mix and match: stripes with animal print

1. Stripes with Animal Print

Be the queen of the jungle and a speed racer with this amazing animal print top and striped trouser combo. Wearing subtle stripes with animal prints is a guaranteed way to show off your #bossladystatus. I love the long subtle stripes that run down the seam of these pants! It’s a great way to wear your favorite patterns without screaming your favorite patterns, especially when other prints are involved.

 

mix and match: same prints

2. Prints from the Same Family

One great way to wear patterns together is by trying out patterns in the same family. Give me floral on floral, baby! (…or polka dots on polka dots, stripes on stripes, gingham on gingham…) I recommend choosing two patterns that are from the same family that are different enough from each other to make the pattern mixing look intentional. It will help avoid looking like you tried to match perfectly, but are just kind of off. For example, the floral denim here is a completely different pattern and texture from the floral blouse. Choose stripes and polka dots of different sizes, animal prints from different animals, gingham of different colors–you name it!

 

mix and match: color family

3. Use a Common Color Story

A fail-proof way of mixing prints without worrying about your outfit clashing is to tie your prints together using a common color story. Wearing a specific color scheme allows your mixed patterns to blend seamlessly into one cohesive ensemble. If you’re worried about mixing different shades, stick with classic black and white. You can’t go wrong! I love this stars and stripes combo as a patriotic homage without looking like you’re literally wearing the American flag.

 

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Looking for a classic closet staple? Look no further than the striped sweater! The striped sweater is both timeless and goes with everything. In fact, I don’t think there was ever a time in modern fashion history that the striped sweater has not been in. No matter how you describe your personal style, it has a place in your closet. Trust me, you’ll be wearing your striped sweaters for years.

Drum roll please…introducing the MVP of the show: the black and white striped sweater that can be worn in a myriad of ways. Check out some of these casual outfit ideas that incorporate my favorite striped sweater for spring!

 

striped sweater

 

Pair it With: A Dress and Tote

Sweaters are made for layering. Top your striped sweater over a simple dress for a casual, but polished look. I love mixing subtle prints together and the polka dots with the stripe are a perfect combination for spring. Toss a cognac tote over your shoulder (I love this tote for it’s smaller compartments inside) and you’re ready to conquer the day. Boss girl status anyone?

 

striped sweater: layer over dress

 

striped sweater: tote

 

Pair it With: Boyfriend Jeans and Jewelry

Complete the slouchy sweater look with some boyfriend jeans. I love the destroyed details on these jeans because it adds the perfect I-woke-up-like-this element to complete the outfit. Honestly, you’ll look effortless and on-trend at the same time. Accessorizing with some colorful jewelry adds a perfect pop of color for spring.

 

striped sweater: boyfriend jeans

 

striped sweater: jewelry

 

Pair it With: A Button-Down and Clean Denim

Remember how I said striped sweaters were made for layering? Wear your striped sweater over a button-down for the ultimate classy getup. Don’t forget to roll up the button up’s sleeves over the sweater to avoid clunky bunched up sleeves under your sweater. Pair with clean denim and you have the perfect outfit for Casual Friday in the office.

 

striped sweater: button down

striped sweater: clean denim

 

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Transitioning between seasons this time of year can be challenging for our wardrobes. While our minds are ready for spring, the volatile weather teases us with sunshine one day, then drops freezing rain and gusty winds the next. What’s a girl to wear when cozy winter pieces don’t quite fit the season’s fashions, but light spring pieces don’t quite fit the weather? Don’t you worry–I’m here to save the day with some fashion inspiration on what to wear in between seasons. Here’s how to transition your favorite winter styles to spring updates for the warm-ish days ahead.

 

1. Florals and Waist-Emphasizing Details

Immune to seasonality, florals are a versatile trend you can wear all year round. Waist-emphasizing details are a great way to add interesting details and flattering shapes to your favorite floral pieces. Floral waist ties may have been your winter favorite, but get ready for floral knot front details to take their place.

 

winter favorite: floral waist ties

what to wear: waist details

spring update: floral knot front details

what to wear: waist details

 

2. Utilitarian Bottoms

I absolutely love wearing utilitarian pieces. They’re perfect for dressing down your overall look to practical casual without compromising the cool factor. If you loved wearing your favorite cargo pants in winter, you’ll love the skinny camo alternative for spring. They still feel a little bit edgy, and you can choose a pair with ankle zippers or small pockets for added detail.

 

winter favorite: cargo pant

what to wear: cargo pants

spring update: skinny camo

what to wear: camo pants

 

3. Jackets

Light jackets always bring interesting layers to an outfit. An edgy moto jacket is a definite winter staple, but spring days on the horizon call for lighter pastel pieces. Try a pastel drape front jacket when transitioning between seasons. It’ll allow you to easily show off some of your favorite fresh new pieces underneath.

 

winter favorite: edgy moto jacket

what to wear: moto jacket

spring update: pastel drape front jacket

what to wear: drape front jacket

 

4. Statement Sleeves

You won’t see the statement sleeve trend leaving the fashion world any time soon. Long bell sleeves were a winter favorite, but soon you’ll see short ruffle sleeves taking over as we slowly slip into spring. If you ask me, the more ruffles the better. If you’re wearing a dress, don’t be afraid to try some ruffles along both the sleeves and hemline.

 

winter favorite: bell sleeves

what to wear: statement sleeves

spring update: short ruffle sleeves

what to wear: statement sleeves

 

5. Sweaters

Sweaters are often associated with winter, but the varying weight and textures of sweaters actually make them a versatile style for in-between seasons. Chunky cable knit sweaters were perfect for cold winter nights by the fire, but lightweight striped pullovers are great for chilly strolls outside as flowers start to bloom.

 

winter favorite: chunky cable knit sweater

what to wear: chunky knit sweater

spring update: lightweight striped pullover

what to wear: lightweight striped pullover

 

 

 

 

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Move aside, winter – spring is taking over! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to escape the polar vortex of winter. Luckily, spring (and a closet update) is just on the horizon. It’s time to shed the turtlenecks, pom beanies, and wooly socks to embrace bright colors, florals, and dresses again. As you start to transition all your winter clothes towards the back of the closet, you may need some inspiration when you go to pick out new pieces to fill those empty hangers. Check out these 9 spring fashion trends you need in 2019.

spring fashion trends: living coral

1. Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

Coral is an absolute oasis in the drabness of winter. After being named Pantone color of the year, you better bet it’s going to be in all the top spring fashion trends this year. Try a bright coral sweater or incorporate pops of coral in your outfit with accessories and prints.

 

spring fashion trends: colored denim

2. Colored Bottoms

One of the best ways to add spring colors to your wardrobe is to stock up on colored bottoms. Switching out your blue denim for bright colors will add an extra spring (see what I did there?) to your step in warmer temperatures.

 

spring fashion trends: animal print

3. Animal Print

RAWR! Unleash your wild side with edgy animal print. If wearing an entire printed top is a little too much for you, try incorporating smaller pieces of animal print like leopard printed flats, tortoiseshell jewelry, or a snakeskin clutch (all faux of course!).

 

spring fashion trends: fruits and florals

4. Fruits and Florals

Blooming fruits and florals are tell-tale signs of spring, and they aren’t restricted to just nature! Wear lemon, cherry, watermelon prints and all different patterns of floral to welcome the change in seasons.

 

spring fashion trends: t shirt dresses

5. T-Shirt Dresses

T-shirt dresses are the best way to wear an outfit where fashion meets comfort. They’re perfect for casual days where you want to look good but also don’t want to wear pants (hey, we don’t blame you).

 

spring fashion trends: clean denim

6. Clean Hemlines on Denim

Remember all the raw hems we saw in 2018? This spring, we’re reverting back to classic styles with clean hemlines on your everyday jeans. The best thing about this trend is that this kind of denim pairs with literally everything.

 

spring fashion trends: oversized bags

7. Oversized Bags

No matter how good of a minimalist you are – some days just call for carrying a lot of stuff. Thankfully, oversized bags are a top spring fashion trend and you’ll look oh-so-chic carrying your large bag around. I especially love this bag because you can transition the inside into a smaller option as well! Yasss to versatility.

 

spring fashion trends: tortoise

8. Tortoise

Tortoise jewelry is no longer limited to the classic color mix of amber, brown and black. Today’s tortoise trends include pops of colors and textures and this viral jewelry trend is taking over. I love these small earrings – they are versatile and unique.

 

spring fashion trends: sporty elements

9. Sporty Elements

Reminiscent of the uniforms of your favorite sports teams, you’ll find lots of sporty elements on spring pieces this year. For instance, I love this sporty pair of denim with pops of red stripes. This trend is certainly not just limited to bottoms. You could also try a cardigan or t-shirt with an athletic-inspired accent.

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resolutions vs. goals: notebook

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Is it really 2019 already? You’ve likely already been inundated with messages demanding that we make a list of lofty goals for a “new and better you.” Cue the cliche New Year’s resolutions that will be stored in the mental files of things to feel guilty about by January 15th. Nah, I think I’ll pass. While intentions for setting New Year’s Resolutions are undoubtedly positive, I feel like they’ve evolved into an obligatory practice that isn’t always very inspiring. I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions – not because I don’t believe in self-betterment and goal setting. Rather, I have embraced a concept of continuous self-improvement that flows throughout the whole year, not just January 1st.

resolutions vs. goals: desk

 

My mantra encompasses splitting up long-term goals into multiple short-term goals, going with the flow, and constant self-reflection. Here are a couple of ways I like to keep myself on track! (Hint: they don’t involve dumping a load of forgettable New Year’s resolutions on the first day of the year.)

 

Resolutions vs. Goals

  • trying to attack multiple big goals all at once vs. inching towards milestones over time
  • setting overwhelming resolutions once a year vs. setting more realistic goals weekly or monthly
  • waiting until next year to evaluate what I have/haven’t accomplished vs. celebrating little victories at a time
  • starting 2018 with a ton of pressure and anxiety vs. embracing “go with the flow”
  • feeling stuck with the resolutions set at the beginning of the year vs. adapting expectations and priorities according to life changes
  • holding yourself accountable to resolutions that may no longer be important to you vs. leaving room for new opportunities that may pop up unexpectedly

 

resolutions vs. goals: book

 

Why wait for one day to make major decisions when you have 364 equally valuable goal-setting days? (Besides, you were probably too hungover on January 1st to think straight.) A lot can change in a year, and that means our goals and expectations will likely change too. Setting big New Year’s resolutions for ourselves early on may be setting ourselves up for failure – even though we’re really just adapting and changing our priorities. Perhaps setting New Year’s Resolutions works for you. If so, that’s fantastic! Keep doing what you’re doing. But today I wanted to share an alternative perspective just to keep you on your toes.

 

resolutions vs. goals: reading

 

Cheers to coasting into 2019 unburdened, expecting the unexpected and tossing New Year’s resolutions out the window!

 

originally published on honeydewblog.com

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? I’ll be home for Christmas…you can count on me… ? That is, you can count on me to be prepared with the best holiday outfits for my trip back home during the most wonderful time of the year. Wherever you may be traveling for the holidays, you’ll likely need to pack for a plethora of occasions – from holiday dinners and lounging with the family, to catching up with old friends over cocktails. The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about what to wear, so I’m coming to the rescue with a few packing tips to make sure you bring the perfect winter outfits for your trip back home.

packing tips: cozy knits

Cozy, But Put Together

For some last minute holiday shopping or a casual outing with old friends, you’ll want to be sure to pack pieces that will keep you cozy and still look put together. Try a classic striped sweater with relaxed denim and some fun patterned flats. Bring a beanie (I personally LOVE the ones with the oversized pom-poms) to keep you warm when you’re getting in and out of the car. For some added glam, finish your look with some statement jewelry to kick your casual outfit up a notch.

 

packing tips: athleisure

Relaxed and Comfy

Sitting by the fire, playing board games, or going for a stroll to walk-off the post-holiday dinner food coma calls for comfortable athleisure pieces. Sneak little details into your ensemble with tie front pieces or strappy back bras. Don’t forget to pack sneakers made for lots of steps. Whether your layover is at the other side of the airport, or you’re getting out to stretch your legs at a rest stop, traveling can keep you on your toes!

 

packing tips: dressed to impress

Dress to Impress

Despite the overwhelming cozy and comfy connotations with the holidays, there’s a time and place for dressier outfits, too. When you’re planning to participate in some dressier occasions like a night out to dinner or cocktail hour with friends, you’ll want to dress to impress (without compromising comfort, of course). Black skinny jeans, a blouse in a holiday hue, and fancy flats are the perfect combination to ‘wow’ without the risk of overdressing.

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Despite the joys of reconnecting with family and over-eating to your heart’s content, an inevitable dilemma exists:  what am I going to wear?! Between making sure you don’t burn your potluck contribution and avoiding relentlessly nosey relatives, the holidays are stressful enough. The last thing you want to worry about is what you’re going to wear. I’m taking the stress out of getting dressed so that you can focus on what’s really important on Thanksgiving: pigging out on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. I’ve got a few cute and totally comfortable Thanksgiving outfits cookin’ (pun intended), and I’m excited to share them with you!

thanksgiving outfits : colored bottoms

1. Colored Bottoms

Wearing colored denim is one of my favorite ways to incorporate a statement piece into an outfit. Pair with a drapey neutral top (great for hiding that food baby) and incorporate some pattern play with your footwear to round out your ensemble.

 

thanksgiving outfits : upscale t-shirt

2. A Snazzy T-shirt

Depending on where your Thanksgiving dinner is, you may need to crank up the fancy notch (does that exist? well, now it does). An upscale t-shirt with a gorgeous texture like velvet or suede is the perfect solution. It looks and feels elevated without compromising the comfort of your favorite cotton tee. Accessorize with classic pieces and pair with clean wash denim to avoid overdressing for the occasion.

 

thanksgiving outfits : classic plaid

3. Classic Plaid with a Cozy Cardigan

A classic fall outfit calls for pairing a plaid shirt with a cozy cardigan. You simply can’t go wrong! This is the best outfit for a Thanksgiving day spent curled up on the couch, catching up with family members, and watching football (or, at least, pretending to).

 

thanksgiving outfits : jumpsuit

4. A Versatile Jumpsuit

Wear a jumpsuit and you’ve got an instant outfit that will be drawing all sorts of compliments from the family. And, it’s a one-and-done piece that takes away the stress of trying to coordinate a head-to-toe ensemble. Simply layer with a jacket, some fun accessories, and voilà – instant Thanksgiving outfit.

 

thanksgiving outfits : elevated denim

5. Elevated Denim

Trade in your classic jeans for a pair of elevated denim. Whether its embroidery, a playful hem, or bold distressing, focus on what stands out and draw attention to the detailing (not the cranberry sauce stain that may or may not be on your thigh) and finish your look with simple pieces like a cozy striped sweater and ankle booties.

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Brrrr… I’m definitely starting to feel the chill here in Wisconsin! We are deep into fall (which never seems to last long enough) and winter is slowly encroaching. (Eek!) Whatever climate you live in, this is the perfect time of year to sort through your closet and check to see if you’re fully stocked up on your fall and winter essentials. To make sure you’re 100% prepared for the dropping temps, I’m sharing 13 layering essentials that can help transition you from the chilly fall days into the dead of winter.

 

fall and winter essentials: sherpa denim jacket

1. Sherpa Denim Jacket

Your denim jacket may have been a great spring/summer staple, but add some sherpa detailing and it becomes a great fall and winter layering essential! The sherpa detailing adds extra warmth and cozy winter vibes to your outfit.

 

fall and winter essentials: mustard sweater

2. Bright Sweater

Just because the winter brings shorter, darker days doesn’t mean that your wardrobe has to get darker too! While you generally see lots of muted colors in the colder seasons, you can add some sunshine to your winter days with brightly colored sweaters!

 

fall and winter essentials: colored skinny jeans

3. Colored Skinny Jeans

Just like bright sweaters, colored skinny jeans can add a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic winter wardrobe. Plus, they look fantastic with neutral booties!

 

fall and winter essentials: lightweight puffer jacket

4. Lightweight Puffer Jacket

Every woman needs a lightweight puffer jacket to withstand the fluctuating temperatures of fall and winter. Take it on hikes, walks with the pup, or errand runs for extra warmth that won’t weigh you down.

 

fall and winter essentials: long cashmere cardigan

5. Long Cashmere Cardigan

A long cashmere cardigan is a cold-weather staple. Slightly oversized and oh-so-cozy, it’ll feel like you’re stepping out wrapped up in your favorite blanket (without looking like it, of course). Layer over a v-neck and wear with some cute boots for an instant Pinterest-worthy outfit.

 

fall and winter essentials: plaid flannel shirt

6. Plaid Flannel Shirt

Plaid flannel is an off-duty favorite, and it’s super easy to style. Whether you’re tying it around your waist, front-tucking it into jeans, or wearing over leggings, the plaid flannel shirt has been and will always be a wardrobe staple.

 

fall and winter essentials: chunky knit scarf

7. Chunky Knit Scarf

A chunky knit scarf is the ultimate essential for cold weather clothing. It not only adds functionality to your outfit, but also serves as a great layering accessory to your winter wardrobe. I can’t help but hide my entire face in a chunky scarf on a windy day!

 

fall and winter essentials: open-front blazer

8. Open-Front Blazer

An open-front blazer can be easily layered over any blouse or t-shirt to create a pulled-together, polished look. Blazers are perfect for the days where you need to transition from work to happy hour or date night!

 

fall and winter essentials: printed button-down shirt

9. Printed Button-Down Shirt

A printed button-down shirt is the perfect underlayer for any solid colored jacket, sweater, or cardigan. It’s cute on its own and works under layers?! Sounds like a win-win to me!

 

fall and winter essentials: modern leather jacket

10. Modern Leather Jacket

Despite being thin, leather jackets are surprisingly warm, and they add a bit of edge to your ensemble. Layer a modern moto over a basic top for an instant cool factor.

 

fall and winter essentials: oversized turtleneck sweater

11. Oversized Turtleneck Sweater

Don’t you just love the thought of cozying up by a fireplace in a warm, oversized turtleneck sweater? Oversized sweaters are the perfect example of fashion meeting comfort. You can’t survive winter without one!

 

fall & winter essentials: fleece sweatshirt

12. Fleece Sweatshirt

For those days where pulling together a fully dressed-up outfit seems like too much work, a simple fleece sweatshirt will come to rescue over-and-over again. Pair this cozy piece with your favorite pair of jeans, and you’re ready to go out the door!

 

fall and winter essentials: leggings

 13. Comfy Leggings

You simply cannot survive winter (or any season for that matter) without a solid pair of comfy black leggings. Their versatility makes them perfect to pair with oversized sweatshirts, tailored sweaters, cardigans, dresses…you name it!

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As the days become cooler, so can your style! There’s no better way to add a little bit of edge to your outfit than layering on a black moto jacket. It’s the ultimate street-chic piece for fall. You might already have one in your cool weather rotation, but today I’m sharing four fresh ways to style a moto jacket, inspired by some of the most fashionable Instagram influencers. (No motorcycle required!)

 

moto jacket: romper

1. Jess @jessicaoakes

What’s the best way to transition summer pieces into fall? Wear a moto jacket over them! Jumpsuits may give off summery vibes, but wear one under a leather moto jacket like Jess and you’ve got yourself the perfect fall outfit.

 

 moto jacket: monochromatic

2. Candice @candicenikeia

Monochrome is in! You can’t go wrong wearing black—it’s slimming, it hides stains (spill all the coffee you want!), and it works with every skin tone and hair color. Candice has the right idea here, wearing all-black pieces that mix fabrics and textures. With black denim and a black cotton tee, her faux leather moto jacket pulls the look together perfectly with an added layer of texture.

 

moto jacket: sweater & boots

3. Brighton @brightonkeller

Brighton’s outfit is proof that a moto jacket can be easily dressed up or down. For laid-back vibes, pair your leather jacket with a loose tee, destroyed denim, and comfortable booties. A moto jacket is the perfect add-on for a quick, casual coffee run!

 

moto jacket: dress

4. Olivia @oliviapw

I love how Olivia paired leather with a floral dress for an unexpected yet elevated ensemble. Wearing subtle fall florals will offset the ruggedness of your moto jacket for a perfect flirty-chic combo.

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