5 Rules for Dressing Your Best This Spring

I love spring, but that wasn't always true. I used to be all about fall, and while I'm pretty sure I'll always love fall a little more, spring is slowly growing on me. The flowers are blooming everywhere and the weather is that wonderful "warm but not hot", and I kind of love it. We have been having amazing weather in the Bay Area (especially after that super rainy winter), and I'm not complaining! This spring has given me an opportunity to wear loads of light layers in bright colors.

This season I have been embracing so many spring trends and learning a lot along the way. I'm so excited to share my 5 Rules for dressing your best this spring with you. Hopefully these tips inspire you to try something new this spring, and learn from my repeated trial-and-errors with these spring trends!

1. Make a Statement

Gingham Bell Sleeve Blouse Zara Rebecca Minkoff Cross body Bag Viva Aviva Blue One Shoulder Dress Statement sleeves are one of the biggest trends this spring. This isn't a new trend, and last summer I purposefully stayed away from this one. I thought "these aren't very practical, and I doubt they will even still be in style next summer." Buuut I was super wrong about that and I missed out. In the Spring/Summer 17 runway shows we saw statement sleeves in so many collections including Simone Rocha, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Kenzo, and Dolce and Gabanna. And can we talk about those sleeves at Erdem?! Gorgeous!

So I knew that this spring I would definitely need to give statement sleeves a proper chance. Ever since trying them, I have to say that I've' grown to love the statement sleeve. I've worn a few different types of sleeves, and there are advantages (and disadvantages) to each. You may have seen me wear the bell sleeve here in this post. This bell sleeved gingham blouse is a casual and easy way to try out statement sleeves. It covers the shoulders, which is a plus if you want to wear it to school or to work, and the gingham print is so cute! I love how easy this type of blouse is to wear. The only complaint I have about the bell sleeve is that they are such an annoyance to wear while eating. Has anyone else experienced this? Those sleeves DRAG IN EVERYTHING! 🙈

Two more statement sleeve tops that you should try out are the off the shoulder (OTS) and the one shoulder blouse. I have been wearing this off the shoulder blouse which you may have seen in this post and the dress from this post so much! The one shoulder blouse is super easy to wear. The off the shoulder top can be a little more difficult because it can slide up your arms and chest. In my opinion this doesn't happen often especially if you make sure to get a good fit on your OTS top.

2. Be Bold

Color Blocked Tie Front Midi Dress Bold graphic patterns are such a fun spring trend. We saw them on the runways everywhere from Proenza Schouler to Mui Mui. We saw bold colors and patterns at Fendi, Paco Rabanne, Peter Pilotto, and Tory Burch. Bold colors in striking patterns are the perfect way to amp up your spring wardrobe. And what's my favorite way to wear these bold colors and patterns? PATTERN MIXING!

Pattern mixing can be really intimidating, and I totally get that, but it's actually fun and easy. The key to successful pattern mixing is selecting patterns with cohesive color palettes. If the patterns have completely different color schemes, the combination of the two will just look like a mistake instead of a successful pattern mix. Pick one pattern to be your primary pattern—essentially, the pattern that you want to dominate the look. Make sure that both of your patterns share at least one color. I like to use different size scales in my pattern mixing, but you can use two patterns of similar sizes. Integrate bold colors and patterns and try something new!

3. Go Long

Hunter Bell NYC Sasha Midi Dress Elizabeth and James Clay Silk Dres Watching the rise of the midi skirt has been nothing less than joyous for me. I was never a fan of the maxi dress, especially the jersey ones that somehow still exist (LET THEM DIE IN 2007 WHERE THEY BELONG). And sometimes, you just don't want to go through the arduous process of wearing a mini skirt So naturally the midi skirt is my go to silhouette. You've seen me wear quite a few midi skirts and dresses. Two of my favorites are definitely this red dress and this bold dress.

The midi length is perfect and so easy to wear. I definitely recommend trying it out this spring. However, if you're all "been there, done that" and looking for something new and feeling bold, I'd suggest you try making your midi sheer. We saw midis and especially sheer midis all over the runways this season in some amazing collections including Christopher Kane, Gucci, Fendi, and John Galliano. I recommend wearing your sheer midi skirt over a fun bodysuit like this one. Sheer midi skirts are an exciting way to change up your look, and be adventurous in the process. Try layering a light jacket on top to balance out the sheer-ness of the skirt. I would love to know how you wear your midis this spring!

4. Explore Florals and Embroidery

Yumi Kim Floral Trinity Skirt This is definitely one of my favorites this spring. I have been all about florals this season, because they've been flirty, romantic, and playful. If you haven't tried out these romantic florals now is the time! Floral prints dominated the spring/summer runways, showing up in the collections of Mui Mui, Delpozo, Tory Burch, Altuzarra, Alexander Mc Queen, Anna Sui, and so many more. Floral prints are the epitome of spring, and this seasons prints are elegant and effortless. You may have seen me try out some of these floral prints in this Yumi Kim yellow floral midi here and in this Rebecca Minkoff pink floral dress featured here.

Another way to integrate a floral motif into your wardrobe is through embroidery. Embroidery is HUGE this season, and we are seeing it everywhere from cotton blouses to denim skirts to jeans. Floral embroidery is a great way to add in detail and elevate your look without going over the top in patterns. I have seen some amazing embroidered denim like these jeans or these jeans both from Topshop. These are great for dipping your toe into the embroidery pond. Embroidery is showing up everywhere this season and you are sure to find something that you'll love!

5. Be Bright

Kate Spade Cotton Eyelet Midi Yellow is not a color that I've always worn frequently, but this spring, yellow is everywhere! Yellow popped up in the collections of Coach, Creatures of Comfort, Erin Fetherston, and Delpozo. I've always been a fan of richer mustard colors for fall, but these brighter yellows seemed intimidating. The piece that changed my mind about yellow was this eyelet Kate Spade dress (now 40% off 😱) which you may have seen in this post.

The trick to pulling off bright, summer yellows is to find the right shade of yellow and strike a balance. These Bauble Bar earrings are the perfect complement to the bright yellow. I think the shade of this Kate Spade dress would look good on almost anyone. But you don't have to go full-on yellow like I did. If you're hesitant to introduce yellow to your spring wardrobe, I recommend starting with something like this J. Crew lemon sweater. I love how fun and playful that lemon print is!

These tips have guided me while integrating the biggest trends into my wardrobe this spring, and I hope they'll help you too! Which will you be trying out first?