Style Resolutions: How to Not Be Afraid of Bold Spring Patterns
It’s not officially spring until you bust out your favorite floral print or soft paisley pattern. But this season, those familiar motifs are getting graphic, larger-than-life makeovers that ultimately elevate the clothes they’re on from awesome outfit accents to full-on fashion statements. That means spring 2015 is officially your time to peacock like a style blogger. We’ve made a resolution to get the most out of our wardrobes in 2015, so below we’re showing you three ways to make a bold spring pattern ($60) feel fully wearable, whether it’s taken over a top, dress or pair of pants, like we picked here. Scroll through to see how we’d wear the eye-catching piece to the office, on a night out and on a lazy weekend.
To make sure you don’t blind you cube mate from pattern overload, outfit yourself with hearty staples that can stand their ground alongside your hyper-printed piece. Textural materials like leather and canvas work great here, especially when they can break up the pattern with pops of unexpected color like this powder blue top and (gasp!) copper mules do. A drapey duster will add extra weight to your look, too (and that’s in the best way possible). Round out the look with industrial-feeling accessories like gold bar jewelry and a grown-up version of your grade school lunch sac for those days you can leave your laptop at the office.
Topshop Floral Silhouette Woven Jogger ($60) + COS Leather Front Top ($275), Zara Oversized Cotton Trenchcoat ($170), Rachel Comey Mars Mule in Bronze ($391), Tiro Tiro Ididis Necklace ($195), UNA Gold Bar Earrings ($48), Peg and Awl Marlow Lunch Bag ($44)
When you’re looking to stand out from the pack at the cocktail bar, just one standout piece isn’t enough. Volume is another big spring trend (literally): in the form of a mega ruffled shirt (or flared-to-the-max skater skirt), and it’s a perfect OMG PIC to your pattern’s pop. Cover up smartly and stylishly with a cape coat (just try to stick those ruffled sleeves into your date-night moto jacket), then streamline your look with sleek, wear-again accessories like simple strappy heels, gold geometric jewelry and a metallic clutch.
Topshop Floral Silhouette Woven Jogger ($60) + JOA Ruffled Trapeze Top ($59), ASOS Heads or Tails Heeled Sandals ($65), Topshop Super-Soft Cape ($52), Pamela Love Lunar Cross Ring ($175), Sarah Loertscher Gold Parallel Earrings ($179), Molly M #10 Leather Pouch ($64)
Let the pattern do the talking on your day off, when that extra spiffiness can help turn a grocery run into a mid-day adventure. Keep your color palette simple, even non-existent with white-on-white making a statement of its own. Slip on slide sandals and a mini backpack to stay on trend, then finish your look with polished everyday accents like a gold beaded friendship bracelet and shapley stud earrings.
Topshop Floral Silhouette Woven Jogger ($60) + Mango Shirt Collar Top ($70), Mango Long Cardigan ($80), Jeffrey Campbell Olbia Leather Sandal ($100), Sara Cramer Friendship Beaded Bracelet ($25), Upper Metal Class Mini Wave Earrings ($55), Ecote Textured Mini Backpack ($59)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!