Wednesday, March 14, 2012

OOTD: Some Springy Ideas

The weather has flipped from random freezes to all-out 70 and even 80+ degrees here this week! Spring is certainly here in A-town alright, even if the calendars says it still has some more winter planned for us.

As I plan to swap out my clothes for the lighter fabrics and colors of spring and summer, I am still working with what I have currently stocking my closet and drawers. A shopaholic and fashionista-wannabe at heart, I like to pick up a few new items each season to refresh my wardrobe. But it's even better when I got those items at the end-of-season sales last year, so they are brand new to wear this year at a fraction of the cost! I can't wait to "discover" the new pieces that I stowed away last Fall for now :)

I have two fashion ideas to share with you today, my (lady) friends. The best thing is that only TWO of these items are new to my wardrobe. The rest are pieces that I am repurposing in new ways. It's one of my favorite kinds of shopping: shopping your own closet!

First: There is no reason jean-on-jean can't work.

Wearing: Vintage H&M top, Target jeggings, vintage BCBG heels

When you pair dark jeans (here, mine are actually jeggings) with a light chambray top, the effect is less 90's punk rock hangover and more fashionably on target for 2012. Break up the colors with a pair of shiny or colored heels. Jean is a neutral, after all!

Second: Polka Dots and Bright Colors, oh my!

Wearing: H&M skirt, Target tank, LOFT sweater, Nine West heels, JCrew belt

Polka dots (and their sister-in-law, stripes) are all over the fashion map this spring. I had fun putting together this outfit of seemingly various colors and patterns, and voila, the polka dots actually become a base for the other colors to blend with. Layers are a must for us office-workers at this time of year, so I am getting some extra wear out of a cold-weather cardigan over a springtime tank. Tie things together with a neutral belt and heels, and your look will look bona fide JCrew-inspired.

I hope this inspires you to shop your own closet as you layer up (and then down!) for this springy weather!