By Rachel Pavelich.
With the snow finally melting, Midwesterners like ourselves are anticipating the arrival of spring, with our windows down for every drive and our favorite ice cream stores reopening for the season. While these are annual traditions that will hopefully never fade, new fashion trends blossom with the changing of the seasons each year.
Last year, cold shoulder tips were extremely popular, and while they’re still trending, new fads have also come about.
According to Harpers Bazaar magazine, the most popular trends at Spring Fashion Week included sequins, pastels, and fringe. In addition to these, florals are always a good choice to bring about a springtime mood, whether it be a skirt, dress, or top. Bell sleeves are a good transition into spring for when it’s still a bit chilly outside, and when the weather does turn, tops with flowy mid-length sleeves can be paired with skirts or jeans.
For the days when the rain just won’t let up, a pair of brightly-colored or patterned rain boots can help bring some sunshine to the day. A matching or coordinating raincoat to go with it is also a good idea to keep you dry and fashionable.
When it comes to footwear, shed your winter boots and choose some flats or sandals. Places like H&M and Target sell good-quality shoes for reasonable prices, and their varying colors and patterns can go with the numerous ensembles of your closet. Speaking of patterns, don’t be afraid to mix them. Perhaps you could try a floral skirt with a striped top, or polka dotted shoes with a paisley skirt. Mix your colors, too: green and pink are a vibrant springtime combination, as are lilac and orange or peach. Don’t be afraid to take risks – spring is all about new and rebirth; let your style change and your clothing trend preferences evolve.
Rather than a t-shirt and jeans every day, set a goal for yourself to wear a dress or skirt at least once a week. As someone who wears them almost every day, I believe that they are so much more comfortable and will help make your day brighter from the start. By dressing up, you show others that you put effort into what you wear, you look cute, and your mood will increase because you feel good in what you’re wearing.
When it’s still a little chilly outside and you want something to make your outfit pop, try some printed leggings. Numerous stores sell a variety of prints – from checkered to cheetah print to floral – and there’s always something that can accent your outfit. Or, if you’re in the mood for something else, pair a scarf with your ensemble. Maybe you’ll begin to build your collection of scarves, and then you’ll have more options to choose from for each outfit. And the fun thing about that is that you can always pair a different scarf with each outfit! Rotate out your skirts, as well, and try new combinations.
If you’re one that just doesn’t feel comfortable in dresses or skirts, that’s okay, too. There are lots of springy tops that pair well with colored pants, or even just jeans, if that’s what you’re most comfortable in. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal (like me, every weekend!) but you still want to look trendy, look into Simply Southern shirts, or similar brands like Lauren James. The pastel-colored shirts have motivational sayings, cute catch phrases, and inspirational Bible verses on the backs, all decorated with creative artwork. They’re not too expensive, and their numerous designs will make you want to keep buying more to grow your collection. Plus, when you buy Simply Southern through their Etsy store, they’ll send you a free gift with your purchase.
Springtime is all about growth and blooming, and while there are popular trends that seem to rise every year, stay true to yourself. Try new things and step out of your fashion comfort zone, but always remember that you look amazing in whatever you feel most comfortable wearing. Your confidence in yourself is going to help you grow, and by being yourself through your clothing, you just might blossom into a trendsetter!
Rachel Pavelich is a senior at North Royalton High School. She is involved in numerous clubs including student council, NHS, and Link Crew, and is president of Key Club and Video Club. She enjoys her job at The Children’s Place, and when she’s not working or participating in activities for one of the clubs she’s in, she enjoys traveling, running her own T-shirt blanket business, and sewing her own clothing. She hopes to attend college next year to study fashion merchandising.