How To Make The Toughest Spring Trends Work For You

With each new season comes new trends. Some are practical and comfortable, like the athleisure trend, while others are more obnoxious and ridiculous, like the neon biker shorts trend. Of course, as with everything in life, there’s a spectrum. You could either be the girl (or guy #staywoke) who embraces the animal print trend with a simple cheetah belt, or be the person who goes full throttle in a latex animal print onesie. So, rather than just writing off every ridiculous-sounding trend as something you could “never” pull off, try incorporating the trend in a less dramatic way instead! Here are seven of this spring’s most anxiety-inducing style trends, and how to rock each one in a more simplified, natural way. 

1. Surfer Girl

I know you won’t believe me when I say this, but it’s officially time to whip back out those puka shell necklaces and Tamagotchis. Okay, maybe you don’t need the Tamagotchi, but those things were fun as hell, so might as well while you’re already getting out your pukas. And like, by the time you’re done with this list, you’ll realize that literally everything from your pre-pubescent past is coming back for spring. So really, it’s just a matter of time before we’re all playing with our long-forgotten, starved to death Tamagotchis and Ferbies again. But anyway, if you’re not ready to go full Johnny Tsunami with this trend then just pick a cute surfer girl vibe accessory that’s more subtle, like these cute hoop earrings from Free People!

Free People River Way Hoop Earrings ($28)

2. Western

Let me start by saying that this isn’t permission for you to wear your best cowgirl look from that one rodeo-themed frat mixer in college. Please keep your cheap-*ss cowgirl boots in the back of your closet or like, donate them to charity or the trash or something. It’s very easy to look costume-y with this trend if you’re not careful. Add one too many fringe pieces or buckle belts and you’ll look like a bad country singer reaaaal quick. So basically, the key with this trend is to only wear one piece at a time that has a Western vibe. For example, wear these Steve Madden boots with jeans and a tee and you’ll look stylish af without going over the top. 

Steve Madden Billey Bootie ($129)

3. Tie-Dye

Just like all terrible things we want to leave in the past, like that pathetic on-again-off-again cheating ex, tie-dye is back and rearing its ugly head for spring. It’s time to summon your inner adolescent summer camper-self, because tie-dye is about to be big. I’d even go so far as to suggest dragging yourself over to Michael’s to get one of those “As Seen On TV” suped-up tie-dying kits ASAP because like, that’s how trendy it’s going to be. Or, maybe have that aforementioned ex go pick one up for you; at least make him useful for something. If you’re not ready to go tie-dying everything you own, take on the trend in a little less dramatic way with a cute tie-dye scrunchie or maybe just a cropped crewneck tee. 

Velvet Tie Dye Scrunchie ($4)

4. Feathers

My beloved childhood icon, the one and only Big Bird, clearly served as the muse for several designers’ Spring 2019 collections. Feathers are a huge trend for spring, with everything from feather dresses, jackets, and lots of accessories. If you’re not ready to go all out “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird,” then embrace the trend with a simple pair of feather earrings like this super cheap pair from Forever21. They add just the right touch of elevated style to even the most seemingly basic outfit.

Faux Feather Drop Earrings ($5)

5. Crafty

I told you this spring’s trends are all nostalgic of our youth, so it should come as no surprise that the crafty look is another trend we can expect for Spring. I mean, between tie-dye tees and beaded accessories plus crochet tops, you could just look to those ’90s summer camp photos for outfit inspo. You could probs even post one to Insta right now and get a ton of likes since vintage-style photos are like, soooo in.

Free People Rainbow Tank Top ($108)

6. Animal Print

As Lil Jon would say, “Welcome to the jungle, b*tch.” Everyone and their mom is already currently wearing animal print, and we can all expect this trend to continue well into Spring. This trend is one of the easier ones, given that most animal print pieces come in neutral shades, which means they’re naturally more subtle and more versatile. I suggest getting an animal print accessory or pair of boots to incorporate the trend while looking the least tacky. If you’re feeling more bold, try rocking a chic leopard coat or jacket.

Pretty Little Thing Leopard Skinny Belt ($15)

7. Neon Pastels

If you simply have an Instagram, then you know that lately, the Kardashians have been more into neon than dating NBA players. But you don’t have to go Kardashian-level-extra to embrace this trend. Add on a simple neon accessory, but in more of a pastel shade, and it’s all you need to brighten up your look while incorporating this Spring trend. Take this Rebecca Minkoff bag, which can be added to any outfit as a statement accessory and make you look stylish af.

Rebecca Minkoff Avery Crossbody Bag ($87.50)

I get it, no one wants to look like they’re trying too hard to be “trendy.” Rather, we all want to look stylish and on-trend. So skip the tacky-trendy and unleash your inner Insta blogger by incorporating these spring trends in more subtle ways. And like, not by going to Charlotte Russe and just buying an ugly af bodycon cheetah dress.

Images: Free People; Pretty Little Thing; Revolve; South Moon Under (2); Shopbop; Forever21

Five Fashion Resolutions For A More Stylish 2019

Okay, so we’re 10 days into 2019, and I know you already have your health, relationship, and career goals all set for the year (and realistically, have probably already broken all of them.) But, I bet you haven’t set (or broken) any fashion-specific resolutions for 2019 yet. Fashion resolutions aren’t just good for your closet, they’re good for your entire well-being as a person just trying to exist in 2019. For example, it will totally benefit your financial and mental health to buy a trendy fannypack from Zara for $50 rather than a $600 logo one from Gucci. And like, not only does that save you finance-induced mental stress, but like, with all that money saved you could even treat yourself to a Groupon massage or something.

1. Don’t Buy Shoes You Can’t Walk In

You need to stop wasting your money on shoes you’re never going to wear. I don’t care how pretty they are, if you’re never going to actually wear them, DON’T BUY THEM. And don’t you dare try to tell me how good they’ll look in your closet. Unless you’re like, Lisa Vanderpump and your closet is a legit museum, you don’t need “pretty shoes” for your two-feet-wide apartment closet. 

2. Don’t Waste Your Money On Trendy Designer Pieces

Another area where you need to stop wasting your precious money is buying trendy designer pieces. Look, I’m not saying you have to refrain from buying designer pieces entirely, just avoid “trendy” ones. For example, refrain from buying the Balenciaga “dad sneaker” and instead, use that money for a classic and timeless pair of YSL boots. Both purchases will bring you the dopamine rush you crave that comes from buying something new and fancy, but one will leave you disgusted with yourself a year from now when it’s practically worthless.

3. Invest In Transition Day-To-Night Pieces

For 2019, focus on buying more pieces that can appropriately transition from day to night. Look, if you’re not in college anymore, then there’s really no reason for having thotty bodycon American Apparel dresses in your closet that are reserved specifically for “going out.” Instead, try to purchase pieces that don’t need to be placed in a designated “going out” drawer. For example, get yourself a cute embellished tank that would look great under a blazer for work, or with leather pants for the weekend. Not to make assumptions, but I don’t think you could really make the bodycon dress work for the office, even under a blazer.

4. Embrace Your Body As It Is Right Now

We all have pieces in our closet that we’re saving for when we’re five pounds lighter, or for when our arms are officially “skinny enough” to see the light of day. But for 2019, let’s agree to stop torturing ourselves with these self-inflicted rules! Buy things now, to wear them now because, chances are, by the time you eventually get to your version of “good enough” you’ll be so over that piece anyways. You’re going to want to go treat yourself to something new, which is totally fair.

5. Eliminate The “Chair” Pile

Everyone has the infamous “chair” in their room where half-worn or tried-on-but-didn’t-wear clothes go to die. Basically, this pile becomes so big with half-worn stuff that your closet and dressers are practically empty. Instead, we need to get in the habit of putting away our sh*t before it piles up. Just because you wore the jeans for a few hours doesn’t mean that they can’t go back in your drawer with your other clean jeans. Like, just because you put them in your drawer doesn’t mean you’re going to instantly forget that they’re not 100% clean. You’re not 80 years old with dementia and, if you are, and are somehow reading this, please comment below. I have a lot more questions for you. 

Fashion resolutions may seem trivial to non-shopaholics, but trust me, they’ll be beneficial to each and every one of us. Honestly, just getting that atrocious American Apparel bodycon out of your closet is enough reason to embrace these resolutions.

Images: @tamarabellis / Unsplash; Giphy (2)

How To Dress For Passover & Easter When The Weather Is Being Psycho

Honestly, spring is the absolute worst season to dress for. For some reason, everyone expects you to wear gross stuff like colors and floral prints, despite the fact that black is, and always will be, the only acceptable color. Plus, the weather is as unpredictable as the answer you’ll give your roommate when she invites you to drink on a Tuesday (you never know whether or not your desire to sleep or your desire to drink will be stronger on any given day). Because none of us are meteorologists or Karen Smith, we have no idea what the weather will be like during all of the spring holidays. Like, yeah sure there’s literally an app on your phone that tells you the weather every day, but who remembers to check it? In case it’s freezing, or you end up at the home of a menopausal relative who cranks the AC no matter what season it is, here’s what to wear in spring so you dont have to be that one person who is always complaining about how cold they are.

1. A Non-Wintery Sweater

Obviously, when it’s cold, all you want to do is wear a giant sweater and avoid talking to people. Unfortunately, you can probably only get away with one of those things on Easter and Passover. To avoid looking the exact same as you did in all of your drunk winter holiday Snapchats, go for a sweater that’s definitely warm and cozy, but with a spring-ish silhouette, like this off-the-shoulder sweater from Aritzia.

Wilfred Free Faretta sweater

2. A Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are like, the ultimate power betch outfit because they show that you’re the kind of person who is confident enough to get completely naked everytime you have to go to the bathroom. A velvet jumpsuit is the ideal thing to wear for one of the last cold occasions of the season because it’s not like, so wintery that you’ll look like you shouldn’t be allowed to dress yourself, but it’ll probably be one of the last times you can wear it. Think of it like you’re hooking up with your college boyfriend during alumni weekend. Like, he’s not the worst, but you’re pretty much a grown-up now and this is the last acceptable time to do it, so you’re kind of obliged to.

Madewell velvet cami jumpsuit

3. Printed Pants

I know I literally just said floral prints are disgusting, but every rule (besides thou shalt not Instagram two selfies in a row) has a few exceptions. These black cigarette pants won’t make it look like the Lilly Pulitzer agenda you bought but never wrote anything down in came back to haunt you. You can pair the right printed pant with plenty of warm layers, like a black turtleneck, and still look like you’re vaguely aware of the fact that it’s April.

Topshop floral cigarette pants