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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Wardrobe: Fun Bottoms and Dresses

Time for the 4th post on building a spring wardrobe!  In the first post I said that I like to have a good foundation of basics/staples, and then mix in fun or trendier pieces each season.  I can keep the staples season after season and just rotate the handful of trendier pieces I get, allowing my wardrobe to stay fresh without taking a huge toll on my budget.

So far I've covered Staples for Tops (HERE), Fun Tops and Jackets (HERE), and Staples for Bottoms and Dresses (HERE).  Today we're covering fun dresses and bottoms for spring!

Dresses
The collage below is separated in categories by row.  The first row has dresses with trendier elements for this spring, such as the knot tee, bell sleeves, embroidery, or ruffles.  The second row is full of floral prints, which is always in every spring!  The third row has maxi dresses.

Notes about the dresses:
  • Several are breastfeeding friendly with cross-fronts that open extremely easily: Option 5, Option 6, Option 9, and Option 10.
  • I own Option 6 (HERE), and it's reallyyyyyyy soft and stretchy and super cute!  I wear this in M.  I'm normally S/M or 6/8.  See it on me HERE (scroll near the bottom).
  • I also own Option 9 (HERE).  It's not a maternity dress, but because of the empire waist I wore it while very, very pregnant.  It's super soft and stretchy, and the back shoulder area is all crochet as well.  See it on me HERE.  I have it in medium.
  • I also own Option 12 (HERE) in black and a blue print, and the black version is one on my list of staples.  The floral is also really cute!  I wear S.
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight
nine  |  ten  |  eleven  |  twelve  |  thirteen

I'm totally eyeing Option 5 as well as Option 12!  I just need to figure out how/if/when I'd actually wear it.  It's so chic though!


Skirts
Row 1 has printed skirts, row 2 has solid skirts, and row 3 has lace skirts.  A long time ago I wrote a post on the importance of colored bottoms (HERE) for achieving a remixable wardrobe.  While colored pants scare many people, colored skirts and shorts seldom seem intimidating to people.  I think it's because they only cover half your body and don't feel quite as loud as covering your entire lower half in color.  Well, spring is a great time to take advantage of the pretty colors and prints!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight
nine  |  ten  |  eleven  |  twelve


Colored Jeans + Pants
Like I said in one of the other spring wardrobe posts, blush is really "in" again this season, so a pair like Option 4 would be awesome!  But I also think coral jeans and pants can always have some place in a wardrobe.  

In row 1, all are jeans except Option 5 which are chinos.  In row 2, all are trousers or pixie pants except for Option 8 which are jeans.  The last two are printed, and Option 6 would be a great alternative to jeans for anyone who's been thinking about the Spring Style Challenge but has been concerned that they need to dress business casual most days.
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five
six  |  seven  |  eight  |  nine  |  ten

Most of the pants come in multiple colors, so if you're not that into pinks and corals or what you see here, click any of them and they'll give you other color options.

I've already added (replaced) my coral jeans for this year, but I need to revamp or tailor the skirts in my closet.  They're not fitting as well as I'd like them to.  And I already told you which dresses I'm eyeing!  Any kinds of "fun" bottoms or dresses you're looking to add?

Also, if you like posts like these that help you build a wardrobe, check out the PMT Spring Style Challenge HERE!  It's a list that combines some of my spring staples and some fun pieces and then creates 48 outfits out of them for you.  It starts in less than 2 weeks, so if you register soon you'll still have plenty of time to pull together your wardrobe from the clothing list provided in the challenge!  

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