While we aren’t out of the woods yet for a late major blizzard to hit Chicago, I am setting my sights on spring style (the power of positive thinking!). Whether you are a trend follower, a DIY gal or prefer to buy one investment piece per season, I have a little something for everyone.
I can’t think of a more satisfying answer to the question “Where did you find that accessory?” than “I made it!” You might not be a Martha, but you can definitely DIY your way to the spring tassel trend. This year is all about long, swingy fringe.
Create your own by grabbing a pair of hoops from your jewelry box and buying some thin nylon cord. I prefer nylon over cotton because it creates more movement. Cut to double the length you prefer, then tie a “tu-tu” loop around the earring hoop (Google it, I promise it is a thing). Repeat until the bottom of the hoop is full. You can finish the ends with a heat tool to prevent fraying. When the fringe trend is over, simply remove the cord and your plain hoops are back!
Each season—and for me, there are only two seasons: cold and not cold—I invest in one piece of clothing that will last for years. I usually invest in outerwear because, let’s be honest, we often don’t even remove our coats when the temps fluctuate. When I say investment, it doesn’t equate to expensive. Fit and quality are key here, so you might have to invest your time in finding a piece that ticks all of your boxes. Burberry isn’t in my budget, so I scour the racks at discount stores and sites to find one that will go the distance and fits like a glove.
Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is officially Ultra Violet, but many are taking the vibrant shade down a few notches to lavender. I have worn lavender eyeshadow for years, and you can select a shade to work with any skin tone.
For daytime, go with a soft wash rimmed by violet eyeliner. At night, you can line eyes with a charcoal that fades out to violet shadow. You can grab a color quad palette at the drugstore if you want to experiment with shades, but more expensive shadow often provides a higher pigment payout (more pigment = less shadow used = bolder color).
Try a trend
Ready to get a little crazy? Fishnet socks paired with heels are popping up everywhere and I am a fan. I skipped the frilly ankle socks paired with heels trend from a few seasons ago, but this is a more sophisticated form of foot fun. Go with a neutral pair worn with pants and neutral heels or be bold with a fun color that contrasts your shoes. Either way, the fishnet adds both pattern and texture to your look. Whatever you choose, spring is a time for new beginnings, hope and less layers!