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Spring Styling Tips: Spring Layers

Spring Styling Tips: Spring Layers

Spring Styling Tips: Spring Layers

Spring has sprung, but if you’re anything like me you still kinda feel like you’re wearing the same old things you’ve been sporting all winter.  Just because the weather is colder in the morning and at night doesn’t mean that you need to still be wearing those winter sweaters.  The key is layering!  And layering in spring fashion!  Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have teamed up to break out of the cycle with some tips on styling spring layers.

A Layered Look For Spring

A Layered Look For Spring

 

1.  Start with a cool “bottom layer”

mark. Easy Does It Romper

mark. Easy Does It Romper

Start with your bottom layer being something cool enough for the warmest temps, like a romper or tank, shorts, etc.  In full afternoon sun an easy romper like this mark. Easy Does It Romper is effortless and cool.  Being solid navy it layers well with neutrals and prints, making it a no-brainer for your spring wardrobe.  Plus its lined!  The quality on this one is spot on!

mark. Easy Does It Romper Layered For Spring

mark. Easy Does It Romper Layered For Spring

 

2.  It’s All About The Fabric

Layered Spring Fabrics

Layered Spring Fabrics

When layering putting the right pieces together comes down to the right fabrics.  In the spring you want to layer lightweight fabrics so things don’t get too bulky and look out of season.  A lightweight button down shirt (Loft) under a spring blazer work (mark.) well together.  If I were to put a winter weight blazer instead, it would of been too much.  Plus, you don’t want to feel like a fat man in a little coat, you want it to be easy breezy spring-tastic!

Spring Blazer Layered With Chambray

Lightweight Spring Blazer Layered With Chambray

 

3.  Layer more than one layer!

Try Topping With 2 Layers

Try Topping With 2 Layers

Instead of donning just a blazer over the romper I layered a chambray shirt too!  Not only does it give the look dimension and interest, it also is functional.  Sometimes it’s just a little too warm for a jacket but still need something, so take off the blazer and just sport the layered chambray over your bottom layer.  That’s the best part about spring, you can wear those pinterest-worthy styles and not get too hot and get more mileage out of your wardrobe.

Achieve Visual Interest With More Than Just A Blazer

Achieve Visual Interest With More Than Just A Blazer

 

4.  Spring Neutrals Layer Nicely

Layer Neutrals For Spring

Layer Neutrals For Spring

When layering multiple pieces think about the color family.  Keeping a like color scheme will keep the look put together and not hodge podge.  Navy, denim and tan are all neutrals that work well together in the blue family.  You could also work in a print (like a printed button down) but stay in the same family grouping even in you’re going with an eye-popping color (try yellow with this look!).  Leopard is a neutral too!  Classic leopard print is in neutral colors so these chic mark. Hit The Spot leather flats work well for a spring look!

mark. Hit The Spot Leather Flats For Your Spring Neutrals

mark. Hit The Spot Leather Flats For Your Spring Neutrals

 

5.  Layer Your Spring Accessories 

Layering On The Accessories

Layering On The Accessories

Now’s the time to bust out your straw hats, beachy bracelets, and shimmering spring accessories!  Spring layers don’t stop at your clothes, layer your necklaces, like the mark. Twice As Nice necklace set layered with the longer mark. Cube Effect Necklace.  Layered on top of my look is a straw fedora with chambray striped detail from Loft with a shimmering neutral snakeskin clutch (mark.).  My favorite layer though, is layered on my lips!  A bright coral lip compliments a navy neutral look and just screams spring with the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini, (plus it’s super moisturizing coming off those dry winter months).

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini

Spring Must Haves

Spring Must Haves

 

Jill’s Tip: Be ready for ANY Spring weather by layering in versatile layers. 
My Sweet Obsessions Spring Layers

My Sweet Obsessions Spring Layers

Be ready for any Spring weather that might come your way by layering in versatile layers like the Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak by mark. It will keep you warm in the cooler mornings and evening, then can easily be removed in the warmer afternoons. Plus it comes with a hood (which can be removed) for those sudden bursts of Spring rain. Add another light layer and a lil color with a light weight floral scarf tied low in the front… (read more)
Jill's Spring Layering Piece:  mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Jill’s Spring Layering Piece: mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

See more of Jill’s look and read all her tips here!

Casual Soft Shades with mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

Soft Shades with mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

Soft Shades with mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

Some days require things to be a little more casual.  Effortless pieces, comfortable flats, air dried waves and a bit of luxe does the trick to be casual, comfortable and quick and easy.  Especially on dreary February days a little comfort goes a long way, lucky for me I have the perfect piece the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt ($28).  It was one of my picks for things to buy in February (see here) for a reason.

mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

Besides it being super comfy it has a chiffon trim that allows you get the layered look without the bulk.  The cropped sleeves and textured fabric also take this into cute top territory instead of sloppy sweatshirt.  Chic sweatshirts have definitely been something I can get behind (as seen here and here!).

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Leopard Flats and Grey for Days

Leopard Flats and Gray for Days

February is a tough month to dress for.  Kinda over all those wintery pieces but it’s not quite spring yet.  The perfect way to combat that is introducing the soft shades pallet into the mix.  Grays, whites, blush, nudes and the like are great transitional colors.  Try going chromatic by sticking in the same family and breaking it up with some texture (like the chiffon trim and fabric of the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt).  I could enter a witty 50 shades of Grey pun here, but you get the idea…

Sparkle and Casual Waves

Sparkle and Casual Waves

Keep it casual with some flats like these mark. Hit The Spot Flats (who even have gray in the leopard spots!).  Truth:  these are the MOST comfortable flats I’ve ever worn, EVER!  And they look super cute on so win win!  Follow it up with some sparkle, a baby pink lip, and casual waves.  I let my hair air dry after I ran a bit of mark. Curl Commander Gel through my hair to give it a little texture.  Perfect look for those running late days, a quick and easy look from head to toe!

Soft Shades and Leopard

Soft Shades and Leopard

Everyone needs that chic go-to casual outfit and I think I found mine!  Have you embraced chic casual and/or soft shades?  You can shop the look here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger 

Casual Chic in Soft Shades with mark.

Casual Chic in Soft Shades with mark.

New Year, New You, New Arrivals

new year, new you, new arrivals!

new year, new you, new arrivals!

New year, new you.  Regardless if you make a resolution or not January represents a fresh start!  Out with the old in with the new: new year, new you, new arrivals!  Here are my top 5 picks to start the new year off on the right foot and will still keep you within your budget (you know, for that save money resolution!).

New Bag:

Style On The Run Bag

Style On The Run Bag

A new bag for the new year is a must.  Not only does it help with the get organized resolution but it also keeps you looking chic.  Go with a basic color in a classic shape like the mark. Style On The Run Bag ($45).  This bag not only is roomy for all your essentials but it works day or night PLUS it has a removable case for your tablet, phone, etc.  This is like a designer bag for a whole lot less (like $100 less than that MK one I was stalking)

New bag happy in day sequence!

New bag happy in day sequence!

New Shoes: 

Hit The Spot Flats

Hit The Spot Flats

Kick out those old run down shoes with a new pair of leopard flats, mark. Hit The Spot Flats ($38)!  Not only are they super trendy but also super classic in a pointed toe and leopard so you can wear them year round.  Quality doesn’t have to cost you, these new real leather flats from mark. are only $38!  For this new year I’m interested in going for quality over quantity which is why smart purchases like this are prefect for the new year.

Leopard flats are on point!

Leopard flats are on point!

New Everyday Liner:

Saved By The Gel

Saved By The Gel

I wear eyeliner everyday even if I wear nothing else so having a quality liner that looks good and lasts all day is important.  The new mark. Saved By The Gel Waterproof Cream Liner ($11) is the perfect solution for the everyday.  Cream liners are less harsh than liquid but have the same lasting effect.  Plus you can smoke out a cream liner really nice for night.  Adding a fail proof product to your everyday is a must for the new year to simplify your routine.

mark. Saved By The Gel in Black

mark. Saved By The Gel in Black

New Accessory:

Keep It Connected Hair Pin

Keep It Connected Hair Pin

Accessories are the easiest way to add something new and fresh but keeping the cost down.  The mark. Keep It Connected Hair Pin ($14) is my pick for the new year.  There are tons of ways you can wear it, in your hair (bun like shown, or through a braid) and out (like on a bag or on a collard blouse!).  When you want to save a little time throw your hair up and dress up your tresses with this pin.

Sparkly Add Ons For The New Year

Sparkly Add Ons For The New Year

New Coat:

Close Rank Capes

Close Rank Capes

Let’s not kid ourselves, spring is months away and the winter chill is real so a new coat for the new year is a must.  Instead of going with your standard black wool jacket got with a statement making cape!  In a basic black you can still pair it with everything but you get some extra interest with the shape.  The mark. Close Rank Cape as been a top seller and you can see why at only $70!

Wearing the Close Ranks Cape with Poseidon

Wearing the Close Ranks Cape with Poseidon

For under $200 ($178 to be exact) you can start off the year right with some key pieces to mix and match in with what you already have.  Shopping in January can be a bit difficult (esp on the spending guilt) but with smart buys on classic go-to items go for guilt free shopping.  PLUS you can get 20% off your $50 order so shop new arrivals with promo code SITEWIDE at http://www.youravon.comaliciahessinger