Spring 2017 Style

Take any year, search for spring trends and you’ll find a litany of remixed patterns, colors and shapes to inspire ready-to-wear (khaki, khaki, khaki) for the next year. I’m constantly inspired by both high fashion and street style. However, my own spring style revamp is less in the buying and more in the vision-casting. With every season, I build on the process and use it as an opportunity to build my own aesthetic.

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Clear Out and Clean Up

A new year, and colder weather, is an apt time to dig through the dusty parts of the closet. As I think about my goals for the next year, I consider my clothing priorities. Depending on what projects I’m tackling, my wardrobe carries a different role. Sometimes, I’m focused on climbing professionally and need to bolster my traditional office-wear to boost my confidence. Other times, I am expanding my artistic side and find it inspiring to simply my style to focus on making. Still other times, I’m feeling gloomy and nostalgic or cheery pieces life my mood.

Absorb and Expand

To create anything, one must breathe in inspiration. The same is true with building out a new look for the season. Personally, my fashion inspiration rarely comes from the runway or the trends around me. Instead, it crosses over from literature, film, and art. I see, watch or read something new. Then, I latch onto the colors, textures, or feelings that match those moods.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton

Augment not Makeover

The core of my wardrobe is pretty plain. I stick to one silhouette, flowing tops with fitted shoulders and skinny bottoms (pencil skirts and straight jeans). The change up comes with the shoes, necklaces, bags and hair. Those little touches shake up my look from season to season. Since I like change, a smaller wardrobe actually gives me more versatility. For example, I always keep less than 10 pairs of shoes. So, they wear out much faster. This allows me to keep them current, replacing each pair after eight months or so.

Match and Mix

Finally, I lay out all the pieces and make sure each item works with an outfit. This shows the holes in my wardrobe and ensures nothing drops to the back of the closet. Also, it helps weed out the pieces I don’t love. While it may seem a bit frivilous to put so much care into reworking my wardrobe for the spring seasons, it has become a thoughtful process of preparation. And for the final trick, the castoffs fall into a DIY pile – probably my favorite part. Check out P.S. I Made This and Mark Montano to get some attainable ideas to augment your wardrobe.

For now, I’m collecting some inspiration for Spring and Summer 2017 below. Sound off on your favorite looks on my facebook page.

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Spring 2017 Beauty

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Unlike the shaggy styles for hair, Spring 2017 Beauty is trending toward color-blocking and simplicity. There is a distinct affinity for soap-opera makeup from the Golden Age of Television. Everyone’s skin looks super. Lips and eyes POP! While beauty is the most prone to daily-changing, Insta-spired microtrends, there are some notable shifts for the new year.

We’re Going to Kill Contouring

Well, not kill it exactly. However, we’re seeing more ideas, like draping, from the top beauty bloggers than a total face reshape. While contouring is a fascinating art form, I have always struggled with the implications for lack of self-acceptance. Essentially, contouring promotes a very narrow vision of how people should look: all highlights, jawlines, and cheekbones. The practice never interested me – too high maintenance. Also, it’s taken me a lifetime to accept my overbite and dimpled cheeks. So, my mornings weren’t going to start with a severe face sculpting. While I am amazed at the transformations, I wish more people were comfortable walking about barefaced on the street. Hopefully, contouring shifts toward a less liberal application in the new year.

Healthy Skin

My unsolicited advice for a new year of new skin? Take care of yourself. Several years ago, I developed adult cystic acne. While it is still a struggle, my skin has been the biggest indicator of my eating habits, exercise routine, and stress level. I’m also sensitive about perfumes so, I’m definitely not borrowing body products. Every time my skin flares up, I find myself (rightly) questioning my overall health. If you’ve developed any persistent skin problems, see a dermatologist. Then, consult with a nutritionist. You might be lacking some serious healthy routines that impact your skin. The no-makeup look may be the chicest look of the season – get ready!

Got that Glitter?

Although I maintain a minimal collection of beauty products, I was intrigued by the glitter nail polish that popped up in my Christmas stocking. I would have never bought it- such a trending item. However, I tried it out, just on my thumbs with a simple manicure. I love it! It reminds me summery sunny days in middle school. Yeah, the 90s are back and all that glitters is our birthright.

More Mod

Color pops from lips to eyes to cheeks brighten up all of the spring styles. While mod always reads a little sixties, it contrasts some of shaggy, rocker hairstyles that are trending this spring. So, flip through an Andy Warhol coffee table book and rethink your palette for the season. Below are some of my favorite color pops. Let me know your favorites on the Verderamade facebook page.