FBFF: Think Spring

Spring is officially here, even though it felt like spring (well, typical Chicago spring) most of winter in this area.  Today’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday post asks us to talk about when we think of spring, but I figured I’d just show you some of the stuff that I’m looking forward to wearing this spring.

Colors: Brights & Pastels
I’m really enjoying how bright and fresh the spring colors are proving to be.  Here are some great ideas for bringing that pop of color into your wardrobe (as well as some looks I’m hoping to duplicate myself soon).

1: Pretty coral and chevron from The Pink Peonies; 2: Casual but chic mint skinnies from shine.yahoo.com; 3: Sunday Crossbow rockin’ a coral cardigan; 4: Orange and teal make a lovely combo, as shown by The Chic Affair; 5: Sidney from The Daybook pops magenta with liquid leggings; 6: Cobalt and lime place nicely over at Flor de Maria Fashion; 7: Kendi Everyday pairs mustard and mint with a peek of fuschia; 8: A hot pink sweater and a teal scarf look beautiful over at Atlantic-Pacific; 9: Hot pink makes its way to the maxi skirt at Sunflowers & Spears;

Pretty Nails
In winter, my hands get really dry and my nails always end up breaking, no matter what I do, so I’ve started just keeping my nails short and unpolished for most of winter.  But come spring, I’m able to grow my nails out and can start polishing them regularly.  It’s funny how a simple coat of polish can brighten your mood (or it can for me at least).  Here are some great nail looks I can’t wait to try out this spring.

1: I’m in the process of hunting down Revlon’s Whimsical, which is a dup for Deborah Lipmann’s Glitter in the Air so I can get this look; 2: I have polishes that will work for this look, which reminds me of spring rain; 3: I love this different take on ombre by mixing and matching different shades and hues; 4: Neon’s big for spring, and this half-neon-half-nude look is perfect for those of us who aren’t brave enough to do a full neon nail; 5: I love the subtle metallic zig zags on this nail art, and it’s easy enough to do; 6: These candy-like dots remind me of the buds on trees; 7: This mix-and-match look is so pretty and would be great for Easter; 8: With orange being the 2012 color of year, and mint being hot for spring, this chevron nail art, well, nails it; 9: This blocked out nail art is a perfect way to bring color-blocking into your look, either with tone-on-tone like this, or with different colors.

Floral Prints
Floral is big this spring, and I’m loving all the floral looks that are popping up.  While I have some floral pieces in my closet, they’re mostly dresses.  I’m hoping to add a couple more floral tops and a pair of floral pants to the mix this spring, because I’d love to be able to mix and match them like this.  Notice how well florals mix with brights too!

1: La Vita Bella works a floral shirt with brights; 2: City Gurl Secrets repurposes a floral dress into a long vest; 3: Jazza works a floral skirt with a denim top; 4: Another great floral skirt look that could even work with rainboots; 5: A floral scarf adds a perfect pop of color to this simple navy dress at Atlantic Pacific; 6: A floral maxi with a cropped tee or sweater is a perfect spring weekend look; 7: The Signature Bow shows off great floral pants; 8: Already Pretty wore this in December, but the pattern-mixing is so fab it can be done in spring too; 9: Adding  a solid cardi over a floral dress, like Flashes of Style does, can help keep you warm on cooler spring days.

Flowy Fabrics & Lovely Layers
I’ve really grown to love layering, and doing so is spring is so much fun because you can really play around with textures.  In fall, it’s harder to layer airy fabrics with chunky knits, but in spring, it works wonderfully because it’s warming up instead of cooling down.  Scarves, heavier knits, and flowy fabrics all mean lots of texture opportunities.  I can’t wait to layer up this spring!  Here’s why…

1: Free People always has lovely stuff, but this chunky sweater over a slip dress has won my heart with its fab textures; 2: The Libby Story stylist posted this beautiful layered look on Chictopia, and it’s perfect for spring; 3: Maxi dresses are perfect for spring, and work beautifully paired with oversized, lightweight tops, as shown over at Style Pantry; 4: A chambray shirt and tights is a great way to warm up a summer-weight dress; 5: And you can warm up an airy summer top by adding a military-style vest and jeans; 6: Popping a bright, chunky knit sweater over a light dress can really work, as shown by Song of Style; 7: Wendy always knows how to work it, and this light dress with tights and a jacket is no exception; 8: Make like Trendy Taste and add a lightweight scarf to a long cardi, blousy tee, and shorts for a little bit of warmth and lots of texture; 9: Atlantic Pacific does it again by layering a blazer over an oversized oxford and shorts.

What are you looking forward to this spring?
Please share your thoughts in the comments… I’d love to hear what your favorite parts of spring are!  And while your at it, check out what other FBFFers have to say about spring over at ModlyChic.

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3 Responses to FBFF: Think Spring

  1. Heel in Mint on March 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Love all the collages. Pastels and florals are my favorite right now.

    xx
    Heel in Mint
    http://www.heelinmint.com

  2. Natacha Steven on April 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    You’re blog is SO cool!

    • Rachel Jay on April 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Aww thanks! :)

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