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Having spent most of my life in cold weather climates, it was possible to pinpoint the time of year, nearly down to the day, when I would become incredibly tired of subzero temperatures, the perpetual blanket of snow, and persistent lack of sunshine. How to Style PrintsCasual Summer StyleBest Fashion BloggersHow to Style Bright Shoes

While I do find the snow both beautiful and tranquil, when there’s been nothing but for months on it, it begins to wear on you. My long-standing cure for the winter blues? Zeroing in on my spring wardrobe! Call it what you will, but I would find an immense amount of solace in thoughts of colorful prints, wide-brimmed hats, and strappy sandals.

With only 30 days until the official start of spring, the collections I’ve been drooling over since fall are finally hitting shelves. I can imagine many of my friends out East and in the Midwest are near that same point of desperation I would generally hit this time of year. In an effort of solidarity – or at least that’s what we’ll chalk it up to – I’ve selected a few of my favorite spring trends for you to ponder. Let visions of sundresses dancing in your head carry you through if you happen to be one of the unlucky ones stuck indoors during yet another blizzard.

My favorite trends for spring:

1) Flared jeans – Flared jeans are back, my friends. One of the biggest take-aways from SS15 was the overarching 70s vibe, and one of the simplest ways to add said vibe back into your wardrobe is to throw on a pair of flared jeans.  Give your skinnies a rest and opt for a pair with a little more oomph at the ends.

2) Fringe – I recently reworked one of my favorite fringe pieces in a look I wore to brunch (last seen here). Now before you worry that someone will think you’ve borrowed your outfit from the costume department on Dancing with the Stars, know that this season’s fringe is very wearable. Carry a clutch with a little fringe or even pick up a pair of shoes that feature a bit. Often times just a touch of fringe is all you need.

3) The shirtdress – Whether it be striped, solid, or printed, shirtdresses are dominating this spring. While many runway trends may seem daunting, the shirtdress remains no muss, no fuss. If you want to kick it up a notch, layer over a pretty lace piece or add some statement jewelry.

4) Floral – While you can always expect a fair amount of floral come spring, this season’s influx involves more head-to-toe options and particularly bright blooms. Or you could even mix your florals with stripes. Don’t let the fear of mixing patterns deter you! Just remember to keep your palette in colors that compliment one another (or even the same shade) and vary the scale of your prints. That way you’ll to prevent your look from becoming too busy.

5) Red – The color is having a serious moment this spring. And I am all for it! Red can be a toughie for some people (myself included until I figured out the underlying problem). I for one look completely washed out if I don’t get a blue-red as opposed to an orange-red. For quite some time I thought I couldn’t wear red altogether. On a whim I happened to try out a red piece that happened to be in the blue-red family, and it looked incredible. After a little schooling from my very wise madre, I figured out that I had been gravitating towards the wrong shade of red. Once you’ve figure out which shade works best with your skin tone, it’s an entirely different ballgame.

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DRESS: TRINA TURK FOR BANANA REPUBLIC (OLD) | BELT: BANANA REPUBLIC | ESPADRILLES: ALDO SHOES | SUNGLASSES: RAY-BAN | TRIANGLE RINGS: FOREVER 21 | GOLD SQUARE RING: H&M | LIPS: BITE BEAUTY HIGH PIGMENT PENCIL IN ‘CORVINA’  | NAILS: L’OREAL NAIL COLOR IN SWEET NOTHINGS

Photos by Mike Avery

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