Love, Lydia - Notes from a geeky, plus sized artist.: My Top 5 Spring Fashion Essentials

Saturday, February 27, 2016

My Top 5 Spring Fashion Essentials

Hi Friends,

I'm back with another fashion post, and this one if part a spring collaboration with my friends from the Geeks and Beauties Community.  So for other great top 5 lists please scroll to the bottom of the post!



My Top 5 Spring Fashion Essentials

#1 - Pastels

A classic springtime favorite pastels can work for anyone.  If you're not a fan of the traditional Easter inspired hues you can always try grayed down versions like old rose, sage green, dusty blue, and mushroom.  Personally my favorites are mint and lavender, but I've also been playing the trends and adding touches of this year's Pantone colors - Serenity (pale blue) and Rose Quartz (soft pink).  Here's a peek at some of the pastels I'm using in my wardrobe:

Sweater - Torrid, Dress - ModCloth, Leggings - LuLaRoe

#2 - Great Jackets

A good jacket keeps you warm through the last hints of winter, a great can also be styled for spring just as beautifully as it might November.  My military style jacket pairs pinks with with olive for the right combination that works for both spring and fall looks.  A light denim jacket does this well too, though I don't own one yet.  And for colder days a soft white coat flatters most anything you pair it with, but keeps you from looking too drab with colorful skirt peeping out!  Additionally a soft flannel shirt can layer like a cardigan with a touch more interest thanks to the plaid print.

White Coat - Target, Military Jacket - Maurice's, Plaid Shirt - Old Navy


#3 - Ballet Flats

As the weather warms these become a staple for their versatility.  A more comfortable pair with insoles can get you through a whole day on your feet, the floral ones certainly did for me back when I was working at Anthropologie!

Blue Shoes - Payless, Floral Shoes - Payless, Mint Shoes - Forever 21


#4 - Soft Florals

Speaking of florals what spring closet is complete without a bit?  Light or dark they can set a cheerful tone, or make a solid colored outfit perk up fast!  Florals paired with text can set a nice modern tone as well.  Floral shoes can soften a more somber outfit.  Or you can wear the floral with pastel for an ultra feminine look.

Skirt - Torrid, Sandals - ModCloth, Tee - Switchfoot

#5 - Pops of Bright Accent Colors

Finally, sometimes between all the gentle colors I want to add something bold to the mix!  Bright purple nails with lavender or mint work great.  Or let a bright floral print paired with all pale or dark colors shine.  Jewelry, bags and shoes can all let bold colors in to keep a more approachable feel at work too.  (See the cobalt blue flats pictured above!)  Dark floral prints often have a more edgy feeling as it is, and the brighter the colors paired with the dark color the more they'll pop.  Bright solids can also work wonders with pale or dark shades in the same color family for a monochrome style.

Nail Polish - Julep in Sherri, Leggings - LuLaRoe, Top - Torrid

I hope you've enjoyed my spring looks, and if you have more fun ideas for how I could work with these items let me know in the comments below!  Thanks for reading.










My Friend's Top 5 Spring Essentials



Starting off with a bit more about clothes there's Sadie By Design's Top 5 Spring Cosplay Essentials.




Next up is this fun video by Dusty Sabot!








Zainey Laney bridges the gender gap with essentials for men and women in this video.








Zombiieeninjja Beauty gives us a look at her hair essentials in the above video.




Jessica Forbes shows us some of her beauty favorites in this video as well.


A few more friends will be added too, so be on the lookout as I add their work to this post as the week goes on!

If you're a blogger or vlogger and would like to learn more about the great support offered through the Geeks and Beauties Community please click here for more information.  We create collaborations monthly and we'd love to have you join us!  Thanks for reading.

10 comments:

  1. Every one of your fashion posts makes me want to go clothes shopping I love your style so much!!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I wish you lived closer, we could totally go shopping together!

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  2. Love your essentials a lot! Thanks for sharing! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  3. I am loving the pastels and florals seen around the fashion and everyday wear realms already. Great compilation Lydia, hope you are well.
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! And sorry for the late reply, this past week was a bit crazier than usual, but it's been a good month so far. :-)

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  4. you have a great eye for fashion! I love the pastel color, and all the florals, and can't forget the super cute ballet flats!

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    1. Thank you! It's been really fun to wear everything too now that it's starting to feel warmer outside.

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  5. I love pastel even out of spring! I feel like they compliment my skin more than darker colors. I also love ballet flats, but I feel like they can sometimes make me look a little bit short. I'm glad I found you through badass bosspreneurs :)

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    1. Me too Channing! I wear lavender and mint with dark colors in winter, bright shades in summer, and muted tones for fall. I definitely agree flats can sometimes be problematic for height...I can't wear much in the way of heels though so I've learned to make them work pretty well for me. I'm glad to have met you too!

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