How to Find Spring 2015 Trends in Your Closet

spring 2015 trends

After what’s felt like a long visit to Siberia for much of the country, stripping off the layers and slipping into some spring styles feels more therapeutic than indulgent.

But before you grab your wallet and run to the shops, start in your closet. The average person regularly wears only about 20 percent of her wardrobe. And while I’m not advocating for you to feel sorry for the clothes and wear “mistake” purchases out of guilt (you know you’ve done this!), it’s worth it to take a fresh look at your existing outfits before you shell out for more.

Here are six spring trends that nearly everyone can find by shopping her own closet.

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

After what’s felt like a long visit to Siberia for much of the country, stripping off the layers and slipping into some spring styles feels more therapeutic than indulgent.

But before you grab your wallet and run to the shops, start in your closet. The average person regularly wears only about 20 percent of her wardrobe. And while I’m not advocating for you to feel sorry for the clothes and wear “mistake” purchases out of guilt (you know you’ve done this!), it’s worth it to take a fresh look at your existing outfits before you shell out for more.

Here are six spring trends that nearly everyone can find by shopping her own closet.

The Trend: Transparent

The Trend: Transparent

Sheer and semi-sheer styles are the perfect accompaniment to spring’s not-quite-warm weather. It adds a little extra warmth while still revealing a hint of skin.

Pieces to search for:

  • Silk blouses
  • Chiffon skirts
  • Sheer, lightweight scarves

How to style it: There are different degrees of transparency, so use your judgment, particularly for more conservative offices. If a blouse is particularly sheer, always layer a fitted tank underneath (over your bra). (And avoid the dark bra/sheer white combo in the office.) Black and navy transparent pieces transition particularly well into evening, especially in an all-black or navy monochromatic outfit, where the transparent touch softens the look. As a general rule, stick with one sheer piece per outfit.

The Trend: Nautical

The Trend: Nautical

Blue-and-white pairings are also on-trend this spring, making nautical-inspired looks doubly fresh. This is one “trend” that’s a perennial favorite, so treat it more as a classic that’s having a moment in the spotlight.

Pieces to search for:

  • Crisp white blouses and white pants
  • Striped tops
  • Chunky gold chains
  • Navy jackets
  • Red accents
  • Shades of blue from royal to navy

How to style it: Part of the nautical appeal is rooted in minimalism. Keep it clean in color and lines. Stick with two main colors (likely blue and white), gold statement jewelry, and a single red accent (a belt or shoes tie things together nicely).

The Trend: Slouchy

The Trend: Slouchy

First, let me clarify what this is not: sloppiness. Slouchy, when done best, is merely a more relaxed, flowing look than overly tailored, structured alternatives. But its success is in the expert execution.

Pieces to search for:

  • Shirtdresses
  • High-waisted, full-leg trousers
  • Oversize spring coats

How to style it: Focus on high-end fabrics with a flattering, not-too-clingy drape for the best result. Balance is key: If you’re wearing an oversize coat, pair it with slim, fitted pants; if your trousers are on the fuller side, wear a more fitted blouse and tuck it in and belt at the waist to retain shape.

The Trend: ’70s Inspired

The Trend: ’70s Inspired

Every season seems to get nostalgic about a particular decade, and this year we’re jetting back to the ’70s. But butterfly collars and bell bottoms this is not. Instead, think luxe bohemian with a touch of disco glam.

Pieces to search for:

  • Accent pieces with metallic sheen or fringe
  • Longer tops
  • Suede
  • Wide (though not flared) pants
  • Long statement necklace and chains

How to style it: Too many ’70s-inspired pieces will leave you looking like a Saturday Night Fever costume victim. Practice moderation when pulling from this genre. Metallic and fringe pieces are best incorporated via accessories like bags and scarves. Suede shoes and belts add a bit of texture without going overboard. And vintage jewelry paired with more classic, tailored pieces is one of the easiest ways to give a nod to the trend.

The Trend: Refined Androgynous

The Trend: Refined Androgynous

I’m not saying that dressing like a man will lead to greater success, but incorporating some masculine style sensibilities into a feminine aesthetic pushes the boundaries in an authoritative way. This season, androgynous looks are particularly refined.

Pieces to search for:

  • Black-and-white suit separates
  • Asymmetrical pieces
  • Pinstripes
  • Silk tie-neck blouses
  • Menswear-inspired brogues

How to style it: Mix it up and incorporate a balance of both masculine and feminine stylings — a fitted blazer with a full skirt or a tailored pinstripe pant with a silk blouse. And if you do wear a suit, try breaking up the coordinates and wearing them as separates, or at least give it some edge with a popped collar or layered chains.

The Trend: Khaki

The Trend: Khaki

Khaki appeals to both our attraction to uniforms and our love of all things safari. Plus it’s practical and durable. This is another “trend” with classic staying power, so these outfits should serve you well beyond spring.

Pieces to search for:

  • Military-inspired pieces
  • Trench coats
  • Tan pants
  • Tan suede jackets, shoes, and bags; canvas belts
  • Safari-inspired shirts and dresses

How to style it: Wear your trench coat with nearly everything, but swap it out when you wear other military and safari pieces or you’ll look like you just returned from the Serengeti. Khaki pants should have a modern, slim silhouette (if yours look dated or oversize, it may be time to discard them). A canvas belt adds a spring touch to navy, black, and printed dresses alike.

Anna Akbari, Ph.D. is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and the “thinking person’s stylist.” She is the founder of Sociology of Style, which takes an intelligent look at image and culture-related issues and offers holistic image consulting and life coaching services. Find out more and follow her on Twitter.

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