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A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That's Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

Wear and Share Wednesday is all about the spring dresses! With Easter this Sunday, and numerous Spring events, I always find myself needing a new spring dress. The thing with Spring is it can still be pretty chilly, especially in the morning, you know, like when Easter service is and brunch! So not only do we need a new spring dress, we need a functional way to wear it.

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

This is why I love a long sleeve dress!  It gives you JUST enough to keep you warm in that spring breeze.  Layer it with a longer spring jacket like a trench and you can combat those overcast days.

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

I’m loving this long sleeve dress from mark., the Floral Femme Printed Dress.  Its a lightweight almost gauzy material so as the sun does warm up the afternoon you can push up the banded sleeves and bask in the warmth. Flowing, free-spirited and feminine, it’s the perfect peasant for springtime.  Plus the pretty pastel mint base with a print in living coral, navy and white make this an excellent on trend design.

Mixing Prints

Mixing Prints

For spring events layer this dress with a navy and white trench, (Expresss; old).  We are pulling that navy out of the print on the dress and pattern mixing with the nautical stripes.  Work your topper to match your dress for an even more polished look especially for things like Easter, baby showers, wedding showers, etc.  To keep the chill off even more I wore closed toe mules in white, (Express; old) and a spring scarf (Avon; old).

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

I styled this dress with a mint statement necklace and pearly accented bangles (Avon; old).  This allows me to dress up a boho dress for my Spring events.  Shimmery peach makeup finishes off the look in an appropriate, but also fun, way.

Fully Functional Look For Spring

Fully Functional Look For Spring

You can shop my dress, and my peach makeup look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to add on the A Box for $10 with a $40 order and use promo code GLIMMER for a FREE set of Glimmersticks eye liners in black, majestic plum and starry night!

The Must-Have Spring (and beyond) Jacket – mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Your Must-Have Jacket For Spring

Your Must-Have Jacket For Spring

Everyone and their mother has a list of must-haves, wardrobe staples, etc, etc… but there are actually are a few things that pop up on all those lists every time for a reason!  One of those is an anorak jacket.  Not only is it functional, but it’s also super on trend and also a classic.  (is that an oxymoron?)  I own safari type jackets that are similar but not a true anorak.  Then mark. came out with this Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and I was smitten.  But do I really need another jacket?  I really don’t like army green, is this really a must-have?  Well, after seeing a billion awesome looks on pinterest and reading a million different must-haves, wardrobe staples, etc, etc lists I decided yes I need another jacket!  So glad I did because even if it’s not my ideal color this is my ideal jacket!  Honestly, you never really have buyers remorse on a jacket, it will last you years and you can wear it every day if you really want to.

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

The mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak is a true anorak style.  It has a longer length, multiple pockets and a hood.  What sets this one apart is it’s ruching details on the sleeves and the ability to cinch it at the waist.  The material is a nice weight, canvas like cotton so not only will it look chic on but it will withstand the elements.

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Wearing mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak With A Lace Pencil Skirt

Wearing mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak With A Lace Pencil Skirt

Let’s call it like it is, this really isn’t an Alicia jacket.  I’m not really casual and as stated I’m not a huge fan of army green.  But you know what is very Alicia?  Pairing it with a lace pencil skirt!  Pairing 2 very different styles pays off, because how cute are these 2 together?!  The mix of casual and dressy achieves a very wearable and approachable look.  You could also recreate this look with some white crochet shorts for summer of even lace/crochet pants that are trendy right now.  This just shows the versatility out of such a classic jacket.

Style Payoff With mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Style Payoff With mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Pairing Casual With Dressy For A Very Alicia Look

Pairing Casual With Dressy For A Very Alicia Look

 

Cinched Waist and Ruched Sleeves For A More Tailored Look

Cinched Waist and Ruched Sleeves For A More Tailored Look

It’s really worth it to break out of your comfort zone and try a style that you typically wouldn’t buy.  Especially when it’s a style that’s a classic must-have for a reason!  That’s why I really like trend brands like mark., you can try the style at an affordable price (especially when there’s a coupon! like AVONFB20 for 20% off at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).

Try This Anorak With Lace or Crochet For Spring

Try This Anorak With Lace or Crochet For Spring

Alicia Frolics In The "Woods" In Her New FAV Jacket

Alicia Frolics In The “Woods” In Her New FAV Jacket

I’m not going to lie, a little bit of what sold me on it is all the cool girls have one.  You might recognize it from Jill in our last Spring Style Tips post on spring layers, but she also paired it with jeans and navy and white striped shirt for the perfect casual outfit, see more here.  I was not only inspired by cool girl Jill’s cute styling of this jacket but also all those cool girls on pinterest.  Here’s a few reasons why this jacket pops up on every must-have list:

Over Gingham and Pearls

Over Gingham and Pearls

Recreate with mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and A Cut Above Mini Bag

Recreate with mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and A Cut Above Mini Bag

12 more ways to recreate!

12 more ways to recreate!

The style options are endless, just check out pinterest to verify!  I guess that’s why this jacket is on all those lists, it’s really a must-have for Spring (and summer, and fall, and winter).  You can shop the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring at my eBoutique and use promo code AVONFB20 for 20% off.  That makes the jacket ONLY $48 for a really nice quality spring jacket.  You won’t be sorry, believe me!

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

PS:  Want the deets on my look minus the jacket?  Check back next week for the next installment of Spring Style Tips:  Spring Colors!