Fashion & Accessories

By Laura Werling

Every year, spring in New York seems like such a treat considering the winter we just had. This year, winter barely showed its icy face and spring managed to start early, creating an exciting and optimistic energy all throughout the city. People start to emerge from their tiny apartments and enjoy Spring-y things like outdoor seating at restaurants, lazing around the parks, and wearing less and less layers. Do yourself a favor and take a deep breath of the fresh, warm air and you’ll feel the serenity and hopefulness of spring.

One thing I’ve noticed about spring is the love-hate relationship I have with the temperature; one day it’s humid and hot, and you’re stripping off layers as you trek up the subways steps. On the other hand, there are days when the wind threatens to blow you off the edge right into the Hudson River. That would be unpleasant. So my point is; managing to dress just right for the weather is not an easy task. However, when you can find that perfect mix of layers to accommodate comfort and style all in one, you’ve definitely met the goal.

Here are some of my thoughts for this years’ spring dressing for fun weekends all over New York:

1. Lighten Up – New Yorkers definitely fill their quota for black and grey dressing in the chillier months. This season, wear light and bright colors! Pastels and neons are a great start. (Especially pastels for those of you who can’t just quit black cold turkey.)

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2. Get quirky – Add cool and weird accessories to your outfits this spring. For example, I once had a pair of earrings that were big bunches of various tropical fruit dangling from my ears. Just an idea.

3. Steal your boyfriend’s jeans – (Or your ex-boyfriend’s) Go for a pair of comfy, loose fitting jeans, they’ll make all the difference. Pair them with a fitted tank during the day, and add a pair of heels and bright lips for a sexy transition to night.

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4. Pull a Carrie Bradshaw – Never in my life have I seen so many crop tops and bra exposing pieces than this particular season. When I say “Pull a Carrie Bradshaw”, I am referring to her tendency to have a cute exposed bra in her looks in the warm months. If she can do it, why not us?

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5. And lastly, Stop thinking so much – This year’s keyword in dressing is effortless. I always find that I feel the best and look my best when I barely tried at all, and just focus on living in the moment. Jeans, a tee shirt, and my trusty Converse sneakers never felt so good.

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Originally published April 2012
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