It's Time to Bloom
Goodness gracious, this has been the longest winter ever.
We've hibernated in our homes, discovered new hobbies, watched all the shows possible on Netflix and lived in a virtual world thanks to Zoom. We've also suffered losses and illness. Many of which have changed us forever.
With the COVID-19 vaccine, many lives will be saved. And our lives can return to a world lived outside.
Spring has arrived.
Much of our lives revolve around what we put in and on our bodies. This Pandemic has shifted both for me! Although temporary, I strayed from my vegan diet to consume cheese, chicken, and fish. I wore sweatpants and sneakers. Who is this pandemic Jana? A Jana that searched for comfort in chaos.
And now it is Spring.
I've adjusted my diet and I'm working on adjusting my wardrobe. I miss heels! Although I am still a Sexy Style Personality (my sweats are leopard print), I'm reimaging how I express my desire for comfort and polish. Spring- The season of renewal.
What are you reimaging this Spring?
By the way, Yellow is the 2021 Pantone Color of the year. What a great hue to usher in joy.
While simultaneously holding space for loss and struggle. Gray is also the color for 2021.
May we continue to hold space for joy and struggle this Spring.
Prints that are reminiscent of vacationing are trending for Spring. As color is the emotion of a wardrobe, prints are the voice. A Sexy Style Personality in an Animal Print vocalizes her care-free, and creative identity. Out of all the trending prints for Spring 2019, I've identified your key print for your Style Personality:
Classic: Checkerboard Checks
Gingham should be a basic in the Spring wardrobe of the Classic Woman. The black and white print is easy to pair with the tempered hues in her wardrobe. Push the boundaries and wear a gingham dress with a tomato red blazer at a Summer work conference.
Comfort: Tie Dye
Tie-Dye is having a 3rd wave revival. The very hippie print matches the easy-going temperament of the Comfort Woman. Try it out on a casual pull-over paired with shorts and chic sandals for a weekend getaway.
Feminine: English Florals
Florals for spring are nothing new for a Feminine Style Personality. Instead of a pastel floral that is ordinarily obvious, this floral print is more romance than sweet. Try on a rose motif shoe for a holiday weekend celebration.
Sexy: Scarf Prints
Motifs of paisley, ditsy florals, and potpourri of patterns are usually reserved for silk scarfs. Now blown to full proportions, try wearing this print on a chic blouse and matching shorts on a warm spring night.
The color of cheer, joy, and optimism yellow in all variations is the color of Spring 2019. For the serious temperaments, this upbeat hue can be a bit off-putting. Particularly if your wardrobe is compose of lots of black. However! There is a way to incorporate some cheer in your style for your Style Personality:
Watercolor prints are perfect for the Classic Style Personality. The splashes of yellow are perfectly balance by shades of black, cobalt, and a coral. The dress wears will with a navy cardigan and sandals to ground the dress. This will become a go-look for springtime celebrations.
Try on a yellow plaid short if you're a Comfort Style Personality! Matched with a basic white tank, denim jacket, and slides, this will become a favorite outfit for a Saturday brunch on the patio.
Marigold is bring the sunshine to the Feminine Woman! This tiered sundress is matched with a bubblegum pink cardigan and grosgrain tie espadrilles. A Feminine's Spring wardrobe must feature florals..a statement necklace and earrings adds the whimsy.
The yellow mixed media skirt is the star of this outfit! The Sexy Woman can get away with mixing black and yellow..with a slight nod to a bumble bee. The white blazer structures the look as does the top-handle purse. Add in the leather belt over the blazer to a stunning hourglass silhouette. I can see the Sexy Style Personality wearing this to a cocktail event.
As color trend is a result of societal shifts, yellow is going to be around for a while. If you're looking to add new wardrobe staples, consider pieces that you can wear through fall.
Texture is an element in style that is highly underappreciated. While color speaks to emotion, texture speaks to personality. An all black outfit in a flat fabric is instantly elevated to sexy and chic when done with leather and fringe. Here's how to make the Textures of Spring 2019 your own by your Style Personality:
Next to a strand of pearls, nothing is as timeless as lace. It's sophisticated and sensual without being sexy when paired on tailored silhouettes and can be worn as a day-time staple. As a Classic Style Personality, you'll look fantastic when you update your suiting with a lace blouse or pair up a lace pump with a simple sheath dress. Be sure to look for lace in your signature hue on your next shopping excursion.
Your childhood dream has come true! It you're a Feminine Style Personality, now is the time to dress as a ballerina princess in this uber romantic fabric. Pair your tulle pieces with structured items to keep the look from being too ingenue. Pair up a tulle skirt with a tailored blazer and kitten heels. For just a touch of tulle, lookout for accessories and embellishment on basic pieces.
Fringe sways to the beat of the Sexy Woman's walk! This embellished fabric shouts excitement and confidence of the Sexy Style Personality. Fringe details on shoes in a bright color are the perfect accompaniment for a sleek white pant. Try out an all-over fringe skirt with a crisp white blouse for work.
Crochet brings up memories leisure and comfort; the perfect texture for the Comfort Woman. The ease of crochet provides the perfect sensibility for your Style Personality while invoking interest. Team up a crochet maxi skirt with a bleached denim jacket and basic tee for a casual work day. On the weekends, a crochet flat is great with your favorite shorts and tank matched to a belt bag.
WARDROBE CHALLENGE: I intentionally left out the links to purchase these items! I want you to shop your closet for the texture that works for your Style Personality. Don't have it? Email me for shopping suggestions.
As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, it's now the perfect time to plan your Spring Wardrobe. Here's how to do it:
1. Take Inventory of your Fall/Winter Wardrobe.
If you've read or watched Marie Kondo's book or Netflix series then you know how to rid yourself of clothing items that do not Spark Joy. If an item brings up a negative feeling (makes you feel fat, old, dated); and shows visible signs of wear, get rid of it. Outside of weather challenges, if you didn't wear it at all this season, get rid of it.
2. Determine what items can be worn into Spring.
White cotton blouses, black poplin pants, navy hues, and black and white prints on mid-weight fabrics should be included in your Spring Wardrobe. Any other year-around items that are not dependent of weather can be kept out, too.
3. Determine what items to store way.
Velvet, corduroy, thick sweaters, cashmere in deep hues, herringbones, and christmas plaids should be set aside for storage. Knee high boots should also be stored if you Spring Wardrobe doesn't style well to that look.
4. Take inventory of your Spring/Summer Wardrobe.
Eyelet fabrics, wispy dresses, linen pants and bright pastels should be reserved for their wardrobe debut in May. Bring out anything in navy nauticals, jacquard florals, stripes, and tissue weight cashmere. Keep out your twill trench if you have it. If you are not on a weight loss plan and an item doesn't fit, get rid of it. It will take up space in your closet and cause a negative emotion because you can not wear it.
5. Create 5 favorite outfits.
Now is the time to have fun! Once you have your wardrobe organized by item and color, it's time to shop your closet. With an idea of your upcoming activities and the weather, create 5 distinct outfits. Coordinate a dress with a blazer and heels; jeans and blouse with booties and a trench; skirt with a knit sweater, blazer and sandals; and anything that works for your lifestyle.
6. Create a shopping list (if needed) .
If you are have difficulty shopping your closet or wishing you had a particular item to complete an outfit, take note of it. If you see something in a magazine or on the internet that works for your Style Personality and current wardrobe, add it to the list. Once you've determined your shopping budget , go get it!
Jana Coke is the founder and principal wardrobe consultant of Jana Coke Style. This is the place to be to get your style tips and wardrobe advice!