Freezing at night, scorching during the day with a short downpour around mid-afternoon—sometimes it feels like dressing for spring requires multiple wardrobe changes in a single day. As the saying goes—if you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes. Unfortunately, the same probably can’t be said for your cute outfit. Who has time to swap their cute spring outfit each time mother nature decides to change course? We certainly don’t.
Luckily with a little bit of planning, you won’t need to. Like most things in life, there’s a process for successful springtime dressing. It’s all about the light layering ladies, and we’re here to tell you how to do it.
Spring Fashion Trends
While the weather can be pretty unpredictable, spring also signals the end of ‘survival-mode’ winter dressing. No longer do we need to hide under beanies, oversized sweaters, and furry boots. Spring is the time of renewal! A chance to start fresh!
Even though there are certainly some things to keep in mind if you want to avoid freezing your socks off, being caught up in an unexpected monsoon sans wellies, or scorching under the unforgiving sun all in a single day, spring is the time to try out new trends.
Bright colors, shorter hemlines, and light jackets are dominating the spring lookbooks from here to Kalamazoo. Here’s a rundown of what you should keep an eye out for in stores this spring:
Cat-Eye Sunglasses: If the thought of cat-eye sunglasses makes you think of your crazy Aunt Doris, think again. If Spring 2018 proves anything to us, it’s that cat-eye glasses aren’t just for 80-year-old ladies. This shape is actually surprisingly flattering on just about every face shape, and are sure to bring out that inner-diva you always knew was there.
Ultra Violet: The Pantone color of the year is getting some serious TLC this season. Its bright pastel hue is perfect for cheery cute outfits for spring. Catch it on two-piece sets, strappy ‘90s-inspired sandals and more.
Strappy Heels: Everyone’s favorite block heel is getting an upgrade this spring. Paired with a baggy tee and some kick-flare jeans, these tie-up heels can easily add just a touch of polish to a casual outfit for spring.
White Sneakers: In today’s post-Stan Smith world everyone is still on the hunt for trainers that will go with everything. This season the white sneaker craze will take on an even more muted tone. Gone is the green, the black stripes, and red check. All white everything is the name of the game for this spring’s sneakers. Pair with just about anything...that’s the point
White Denim: This spring, white denim will be the workhorse of your wardrobe. Its blank canvas gives you all kinds of creativity when it comes to spring dressing. From skirts and wide-legged jeans to jackets-- wear it on top or bottom for a perfect cute outfit for spring.
Casual Cute Outfits for Spring
It’s difficult to achieve the perfect balance between relaxed and sloppy in the best of times, but in the mid-seasons, it’s downright perplexing. The key is to perfectly combine relaxed styles with something that has a bit more polish. We’ve created a few fashion formulas to help you find spring outfits that are cute but casual.
Look one: Wide-Leg Trousers + Denim Jacket + Platform Sandals
A pair of cropped trousers will keep you warm on chilly days but the loose, breezy fit will also prevent you from sweating if the temperature rises. The pastel pink hue is perfect for spring and can easily transition to summer. Pair with a cropped, tight-fitting jacket to balance the weight of the trousers. The light layers on top are sure to keep you Throw on some platform sandals to keep your look polished.
Look two: Overalls + Crop top
No longer just for farmers, overalls are a lazy girl’s best friend. Thanks to IG influencers and our current love of 90s fashion, dungarees are a comfortable yet fashionable option that’s perfect for spring. Pair with a turtleneck when it’s a bit chilly, or a cute crop top for an effortlessly casual look.
Look three: Flare Jeans + Crop top + White Booties
This spring the boho chic look a la 1978 is as popular as ever. Look casually cute in a pair of flair jeans, a cute crop, and some white booties. Throw on a light jacket or swap the crop out for a tight-fitting sweater in colder weather. Keep color tones muted for a great spring look.
Cute Spring Outfits for School
Dressing for class during the transitional seasons can be a whole new problem. There’s nothing worse than wearing a coat to your 8am only to be sweating by mid-day. Or maybe for all of you southern ladies, the school hasn’t quite gotten the A/C settings right. Here in Texas even if it’s only mildly warm outside you can bet they’ll have the air conditioning cranked all.the.way.down. So how do we deal? We plan our cute spring outfits for school using the following formulas:
1. Tracksuit + Tee + Leather Jacket = Perfect for early morning classes
If you hear ‘tracksuits’ and immediately think of Paris Hilton circa 2004, no one would blame you. But, this spring tracksuits are back and better than ever. Ditch the matching top and wear your tracksuit bottoms with pride. Think of them as a comfortable yet trendy alternative to suit pants. Top it off with a cool graphic tee and a leather jacket.
2. Dark Jeans + Tee + Cardigan = Perfect outfit for dashing to afternoon classes
This outfit combo is perfect for those afternoon classes when the sun has started to heat up. The jeans and cardigan will keep you warm if you’re living in a slightly colder climate or protect you from drafty A/C units that always seems to plague big lecture halls. Throw the cardi in your bag if it gets hot out, and the dark jeans will be perfect to hide any sweaty-issues.
3. Velvet Dress + Tights + Oversized Jacket = Perfect day/night spring outfit
The comfortable texture of velvet makes it a perfect option for day-to-night dressing. An oversized jacket easily makes this outfit day-appropriate. Throw on some booties for a look that will take you straight from evening class to a night on the town.
3 Cute Spring Outfit Ideas
We absolutely love to see how you style our latest pieces which is why we’ve been keeping a close eye on #shoptcellis. If you’re still in need of some inspiration on how to dress in this unpredictable weather, check out these 3 cute outfit ideas brought to you by TC Elli’s customers far and wide.
Cute Spring Outfit 1
Why this works for spring: Our girl Channing is perfectly styled for a warm Austin night. We love how she combines a cute summer dress with some white close-toed booties for a perfect spring look. Throw on some tights and a leather jacket if you live further up north.
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Cute Spring Outfit 2
Why this works for spring: Bell sleeve tops are back for Spring/Summer 2018 and we couldn't be more glad. These cute little tops are great for the in-between seasons. The light fabric keeps you from feeling restricted in the heat despite the long sleeves
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Cute Spring Outfit 3
Why this works for spring: Aubree really has the light layering thing down! She’s clearly prepared for a warm day or chilly night and the color of her top just screams springtime.
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