Hello spring! Oh how we’ve missed you. It’s finally starting to warm up in Missoula and the Trendsetters are pumped to be ditching their heavy winter layers at last. From florals and pastels to edgy booties and cool shades, the Trendsetters are showcasing a variety of their favorite spring looks to give you some spring style inspiration and a fun break from your studies.
Spring is finally here, the flowers will start to grow again, and the warm weather is back. That means spring fashion is back and we can start dressing for spring.
For my spring outfit, I wore a white and gold sparkly T-shirt, from H&M, and jeans from Aeropostale. I topped my look off with a pair of black high heeled boots, also from H&M.
My ‘Raneem’ necklace was custom made, and it adds some cute character to my outfit. And last but not least, I added my black leather purse, from H&M, to finish the look off.
Spring is known as one of the most beautiful times of the year, as well as a time of new beginnings! So I thought what better time to try something a little different for my look! To do so, I tried to stray away from the traditional spring color scheme of pastels and floral prints. Instead, I chose to use a neutral color scheme with primarily blue and white, along with the addition of brown accessories for some slight contrast.
For shoes, I wore a pair of knee-high brown boots from Target and paired these with a gray over-the-knee sock for some added dimension, as well as a way to tie the bottom half of my look in with my light colored top. I accessorized with a brown hand bag from Target as well as a woven brown belt to coordinate my accessories and pull my look together.
I chose to incorporate central pieces that would create an overall chic and sophisticated look. My main piece of interest was a dark wash denim skirt from Hollister. I paired this with a simple, white high-neck crop top from H&M. I tucked this into the skirt for a bit of color contrast while still maintaining the overall simplicity of the look.
Our recent spring break adventures leave us with the lingering feel of excitement of warmer days to come. It’s tough to go back to the books after the suggestion of absolute freedom, but who says we can’t take the beach with us to class?
My love of the sun has no bounds so when the sun decides to be an extrovert I usually go for the staple of billowy skirts and dresses. They are effortless especially when pants feel like an unnecessary obstacle. For this outfit I went for a laid back bohemian vibe with considerations from Mother Nature. Near our various lovely mountains, it’s typical to be a little chilly when on the move, but when you just sit and relax it’s perfectly warm. So I chose a long chiffon skirt in a vibrant orange that is comfortable and easy to move in. For long skirts I usually pull them up to my waist allowing the many crop tops to have their day in the spotlight. I opted for a lacy long sleeved piece from Forever 21 with a correlating bandeau that allows me to show skin without feeling too revealing, especially when in class.
To complete this look I brought out my favorite gladiator sandals, purchased from Aldo, that gives me a boost of confidence. For this spring season, dress for what makes you content and self assured. Let the rain calm you and be the wildflower that you are.
I love spring. It’s a time of change, growth and rebirth. It’s filled with sunshine, flowers and the promise of summer. It’s also a time to refresh your wardrobe in a serious way. Shed the layers, show some skin, and bring on ALL the skirts.
Maxi skirts are my guilty pleasure. They are comfortable like yoga pants, but can be worn for classy occasions. Maxi skirts form perfectly to your figure, accentuating all the right curves. My maxi skirt, from Bohme, is a great statement piece. The stripes are bold, stand out, and create a fun feminine hourglass shape.
My favorite thing about maxi skirts: they pair perfectly with crop tops. My white crop top, from Wet Seal, creates a nice balance with the bold skirt. It adds interest to the outfit without taking the attention from the skirt. This crop top gives this outfit a flowy, flirty feel, which is perfect for springtime.
Break out those spring and summer outfits; spring is here and summer is well on its way! Hiking, flowers, tank tops and flip-flops are some of the greatest things about warmer weather. Here is what the sunny days inspire me to wear.
Floral prints always seem to be in during the spring. Every time I go into a boutique downtown, they have something new that is floral. This Taylor & Sage ombre over piece immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to buy it! I am sure you will be saying the same thing this spring when you are out shopping.
A solid colored tank top makes sure that you do not have any clashing patterns. An outfit that does not go together is not pleasing to the eye. None of us wants bad comments about our style or outfits. Pick up a plain tank top or even shirt at almost any store, including Target!
Sunny and 75 in April does not always happen in Missoula. When it does though, we take full advantage. For those days when it is a little bit cooler and the sun is still peaking out of the clouds, full-length leggings certainly do not ruin your spring look. If it does start to heat up during the day, why not roll your leggings up and make them into capris? I definitely do that and hardly anyone notices!
Chaco’s, Teva’s, Old Navy or Target flip-flops; every single one of us has a pair of favorite flip-flops. It does not matter what they look like to you, they will always be a part of your spring and summer wardrobe. I waited all winter to finally be able to break out my sandals! My pink Sanuk Slings are currently my favorite. They have a yoga mat footbed and the sling back feature allows them to stay on my feet no matter what activity I am doing. I do not recommend hiking in these though; they do not have the best ankle support that you would need. Nonetheless, buy a pair for any other occasion. You will not be disappointed in their colors or how comfortable they are. Find some time for yourself soon. Go on a shopping spree to load up on all of those clothes that you put on layaway back in January! Even better find the pieces of clothing that stores just got in and be up-to-date with the new trends for summer 2016!
It’s time. It’s time to shave those legs (if you want), move those knit sweaters to the back of the closet and bring the sundresses to the front! BECAUSE IT’S FINALLY SPRING. I know most people will be sporting flowy, floral dresses to start out the spring season but my love for black is all year round (I just get to show a little more leg now.) I decided to approach this look with a more festival type approach because the sun’s out and that means it’s finally festival season. I’ll more than likely be sitting in my yard reading a book rather than attending numerous festivals this time of year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dress like I am about to rock out.
My black hi-lo dress is from Rue 21, and I am in love with the lace sleeves. I paired the dress with a plain black belt, a great hack to take some length off a dress if you have short legs like moi, (sigh), but ladies and gentlemen, that’s what platform boots are for! These bad boys are from Just Fab and I am obsessed with them. For accessories I am wearing a David and Young white sun hat, a black watch from Charming Charlie, a black choker and crystal necklace duo to edge things up a bit more, and my cool cat eye sunglasses with gold detailing also from Rue 21!
So go out there and enjoy the sun, whether it be laid back, you-time or rocking out to some good music. And always remember, wear what YOU want to wear, no matter what anyone else has to say: it’s your style, your life and you should always do you, boo. I know I’m gonna do me and if that means wearing black all four seasons of the year, that is what I will be doing!
Oh how spring has sprung, and pretty quickly too. Just a couple weeks ago we could’ve seen snow on the ground and now look, we have to worry about sunburns again. Now this necessarily isn’t my favorite weather, as I’m more of a fall-layering type of guy, but I’m not minding it because it’s giving me more opportunity to experiment with my style.
Now, I usually wear black jeans with just about everything, but today I decided to switch it up. So I wore my light washed blue jeans from H&M. It’s a nice base for a spring outfit in my opinion because of the lightness.
As I was staying pretty basic with this outfit, I decided to just put on a black tee from H&M to give a nice contrasts to my jeans. And then on top of that, I pulled out probably one of my favorite thrift items, an older-worn light maroon button up with cuffed sleeves. Ever since I got this shirt, I’ve been absolutely obsessed because it was a little different than my usual style but is still in the realms of it.
For shoes, I finally had an opportunity to wear my light tan worn suede Chelsea boots that were also thrifted. And lastly, I just grabbed a nice pair of sunglasses I recently got. I mean, who doesn’t love a nice pair of sunglasses for spring and summer?
Springtime is a fickle creature. It can go from sunny and beautiful one day, to thundering and raining the next. When the sun does make an appearance, I like to celebrate by wearing sundresses. Now I tell you, there is nothing better than walking around downtown in the sunshine, iced coffee in hand, while a pretty dress swooshes on your legs with every step. Nothing. Better.
This dress is from Bohme and I almost didn’t buy it because it’s a different style than what I usually wear. Can I just say that I am SO happy I bought it in the end because I am in love. Don’t let your personal style keep you in a box, my friends. If you like it, wear it. End of story.
I love how this dress incorporates delicate femininity through the soft colors and floral pattern, yet the loose cut keeps it laid back and fun, and not to mention so so comfy oh my gosh. I think this dress will definitely be a piece I bring out again and again throughout springtime and well into the summer months (ehem, farmer’s market, anyone??)
To accessorize, I am wearing a brown felt hat from Bohme, which I find makes almost every outfit a little more complete and fashion forward. Floppy hats are also a great way to add another layer without overheating and are the perfect solution to any bad hair day. Lastly, I am finishing my look off with these incredible heeled lace-up sandals from Bohme. I’ve been trying to step up my shoe-game lately, as I feel I have lacked in that area in the past, and I definitely think these beauties are going to give my future spring and summer outfits that little boost they need to be fabulous.
It’s spring time! This means Montana finally gets to see some sunshine and all of us college students are in the last leg of the semester. I love spring fashion because of all the colors. So for this shoot I went straight for my light blue polka-dotted sundress. My favorite thing about this dress is that it was super cheap. I purchased it at Restyle which is a second hand store that sells name brand clothing for a fraction of the cost. As for my accessories, I chose a pair of sandals that I’ve had for so long I don’t remember where I got them from and a cute bracelet from Icing.
Spring is a season about change and growth, and this year I decided to do just that! Normally, I would break out the pastel blouses and nude shorts (or jeans, thanks to Montana’s unpredictable weather) but this year I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone a little! Florals, or patterns in general, tend to intimidate me, which is why I normally avoid them; however, since this season is all about change, I dove right in!
For this shoot, I did a little shopping in some boutiques that I don’t frequent too often. Nothing was catching my eye as different, or unique until I stumbled into Apricot Lane. I was immediately drawn to this delicate, floral dress! It was flowy, and elegant, with just the right amount of color! The red in the dress scared me a little, but I felt like since the majority of the piece was white, I could pull it off.
This dress is perfect for both day and night– you can dress it up with a pair of heels, or dress it down with a jean jacket and a pair of sandals. For this shoot, I really wanted this flowery dress to be the focus, so I kept my accessories light. This black necklace is just the right balance–it’s interesting enough to add a bit of uniqueness to the ensemble, but plain enough to let the dress take the stage. Rather than wear a pair of sandals or heels, I kept it simple with a pair of standard black flats.
If it’s a little colder where you’re from, don’t be afraid to layer this look up! The dress will be just as pretty with a pair of tights and a cardigan. Layers are in no matter what season it is.
A very happy spring and the best of luck finishing up the semester from all of us here at Trendsetters at the U.
Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography