Spring: It's Coming.

Sometimes I feel like my laziness kind-of runs my life, even* when it comes to my style.
*especially

What I tend to do is buy something new that I undoubtedly end up wearing for 5 days straight and then after that I go back to "I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR" which we all know is a lie. As of recently though, I have been trying to look for "essentials" for every season that I know I can get a really good run out of. 

Because on top of being inherently lazy I am also a low-grade hoarder. And any item of clothing that will last me a while is my new BFF, and I should know, I still have shirts from middle school. And lately I've been noticing some pretty awesome trends for spring that I think could really stick around for quite some time. So with that being said, I present to you...

EMILEE'S 5 STYLE ESSENTIALS FOR SPRING


1. WHITE BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT

Why I love it...

I seriously just love me some button-down shirts and you can't get more classic than white. I feel like everyone needs to own at least one. As for me, I own a couple different kinds. One with pockets, one that's cropped, a flannel one (WHAT A SURPRISE!)... But my favorite is this linen one. Linen is light enough to layer but also sufficient on its own, PLUS if it wrinkles it kind-of adds to the charm.

How to style it...

It's such an easy piece. Personally, I love to tuck my shirts in, even if its just a little bit in the front to show a belt. Sometimes I tie the bottom to mix it up a bit (although I feel like this is more of a summer look). It also helps to roll the sleeves. Unless you're cold then it's okay I just want you to be warm. Button all the way up if you want! Instant professional.

Pair it with...

It depends on the style, but a white button-down shirt really goes with anything. Wanting a more professional look? Tuck that sucker into a high-waisted skirt or some nice dress pants. More casual? Tuck loosely into jeans or joggers. It's just one of those nice items that can be worn for almost any circumstance. You could even unbutton all the way and wear as a swim cover-up! Endless Possibilities. 

Where to find it...

The shirt i'm wearing is from J. Jill (thanks Buffalo Exchange!) and you can find one similar to mine here, but here are some more options:

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2. TURTLENECK 

Why I love it...

I was super into turtlenecks in high school, I had about 7 of them and I WISH I had saved them... foolish me. Trends always come back around. I just really love how incredibly 90's turtlenecks are. Nostalgic maybe. Only this time I'm not wearing my Mickey Mouse overalls with one. The turtleneck has really evolved, too. Cropped, sleeveless, looser styles are now all over the place. It's also a great "Minnesotan Spring" piece because, lets face it, it's cold here for a long, long time. 

How to style it...

It's a pretty bold look, so I tend to keep everything else simple. Pair with jeans & boots and it's an instant work-appropriate ensemble. It can also be a great layering piece. I own a sleeveless black turtleneck (you'll see it in a second) and all I have to do is throw something over it. Throwing your hair up can also show off the dramatic neckline. (RIP MY LONG HAIR! I WILL MISS YOU TOP BUN!)

Pair it with...

Unless it's a looser style (like the one above), I usually like to tuck my turtlenecks in. Tuck it into an a-line skirt to help balance the stuffiness up top, or throw on an oversized cardigan and pair with some ripped jeans. A delicate necklace over the sweater or some big hoop earrings add to the drama. 

Where to find it...

The ones I'm wearing are both from H&M. You can find them here & here. (Seriously... just search H&M Turtlenecks for a plethora of incredibly inexpensive and cute options.) Here are some more:

3. MIDI SKIRT

Why I love it...

I've never been a huge a fan of mini skirts. And floor length skirts are a hassle. I don't want to hold up fabric so I can walk all day long. Midi skirts are different! I love how effortlessly cool they look. And once you have one on you really don't need to do much else with your outfit. But I feel like people are a little scared of them. There's no need to be frightened! I am here for you. I believe in you. You can do it.

How to style it...

I will admit, I have a handful of midi skirts in my closet that I am still trying to wear. I'm going to be honest with you. They are a little tricky. I recommend a heel or wedge to help lengthen things, because sometime the cut of the skirt can shrink you. I would also recommend going for high-waisted. Anything lower on the waist is a little early 2000's... which we are all still trying to recover from. I am super into denim right now, but chiffon or a flowy fabric are great alternatives if you're not feelin' "the blues". (Check out my examples for some really cute styles!) Also I should add, a good alternative to a true midi (shin-grazing length) is a nice knee-length skirt. 

Pair it with...

Heels and Wedges are REAL NICE with a midi skirt. Crop tops and loose shirts tucked in are the go-to for tops for me. If your skirt is more a-line, go for a tighter fitting shirt. If the skirt is more narrow (like my denim one), a looser style is a nice juxtaposition. But don't let me tell you how to live your life. I feel like anything can go with a midi skirt if you just exude confidence and ~believe~ in yourself. ROCK IT!

Where to find it...

Mine is a vintage style from Buffalo Exchange. I HIGHLY recommend hittin' up your local thrift or goodwill to find some awesome midi skirts. That's where about %75 of mine come from. I have to say a huge THANK YOU to 90's fashion for supplying thrift stores with some treasures. If you aren't looking for something secondhand, check these out:


4. STRIPES

Why I love it...

IF YOU KNOW ME AT ALL EVEN JUST A LITTLE BIT YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE STRIPES!!!!!!
Sorry about the yelling but I truly love stripes. All kinds, all sorts. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zig zag? Sure why not. I probably own over 15 striped shirts. I love how graphic and eye-catching they can be. And what I am really loving is the "RETURN OF THE STRIPES" in a great 70's vibe. Look for thinner stripes and muted colors this season. They are everywhere!

How to style it...

Whether its a shirt, a dress or a bottom, stripes are surprisingly easy. I really hate those articles/people that say stripes are unflattering. Don't listen to them. The key is to find the right kind of stripe. It's true, stripes can effect your eyes just like an optical illusion. If you wear vertical striped pants, they will seem to lengthen your legs. If you chose a thick horizontal striped shirt, it might seem to shorten your torso. It's all about using stripes to your advantage. Stripes are your friend.

Pair it with...

If you're going for a day-to-day look, all you need is one striped piece to really rock this trend. Pair a striped piece with a solid color or some jeans and you're set. Feeling adventurous? Pair with more patterns! I MEAN IT! The trick is to vary the patterns. Florals look SO GOOD with stripes. Polka dots too! Don't be afraid to pile on the patterns. 

Where to find it...

My dress is from American Eagle. It's an older style so it is unfortunately out of stock, but here are some other great options:


5. Tomgirl/Boyfriend/Mom Jeans

Why I love it...

These are the jeans of many names. They go by Tomgirl. They go by boyfriend. They even go by mom. They are all three and MORE. These are the ever versatile loose-fitting jean. I love them because they are so effortless in both their look and their styling. They can be extremely casual but also professional. I think they get a bad rap though. Don't be mean to them! I think if you had the chance to wear them you would change your mind. They are so comfortable. And surprisingly trendy! 

How to style it...

CUFF THOSE PANTS! You gotta. Well, you don't have to but I personally think it really adds a polish and detail. Look for both high-waisted and lower-waisted styles. There are a lot of distressed pairs of boyfriend jeans out there. They are real cute, but I'm telling you a non-destructed pair works just as well. And they are out there. Look for alllll washes of the rainbow, too. 

Pair it with...

I love the high-waist. Tucking in a loose tee or throwing on a crop top is a super cute, casual look. If your jeans sit a little lower on your hips, a button-down shirt can really turn it into a professional outfit. heeled boots or heels can also help you feel a little less "slouchy".  This is another pretty dramatic trend, so be confident in your choices and I promise you will look and feel wonderful.

Where to find it...

My light wash & my black pair are both from Goodwill, which I highly recommend. The last pair is from American Eagle, which have a great abundance of Tomgirl jeans. Check them out & more:


that concludes my 5 Style Essentials for Spring!

I hope by reading this you gain some inspiration, maybe to take some risks as the weather gets warmer. Maybe to pull out that one piece that you've been a little scared of. But there's no need to be scared. Style can be fun! And the more confident you feel, the more confident you'll come across to others. Not to mention you feel great about yourself. Which is my goal, I think. Other than to entertain you with my ramblings and funny thoughts. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the styles above, where to find them, or just general life tips. (I can't really guarantee I'll be any help if you come to me with math problems, but I'll give it a shot.)

Now get out there, dress happy and be happy! Spring is on its way.

-Em

 Here's us as baby twins back in 2012! #Denim

Here's us as baby twins back in 2012! #Denim

OH! A NOTE...

All of these amazingly wonderful photographs are courtesy of the equally amazing and wonderful Kate Becker, of Kate Becker Photography. She is Incredibly talented. Enormously giving. Unspeakably creative. Words fail me. We got to take photos in her grand-spankin' new GORGEOUS home, and I am in love. Kate, thank you for being you, for being one of my oldest friends, watching ridiculous movies with me in my dorm room and decorating hilarious cookies. I love you with all my heart.

 

EVERYONE... go and look at her work. After you pick your jaw up off the floor, go "like" her facebook page and then book a session with her. GO ON, DO IT!