The season is officially upon us.
In Oxford, spring means a lot of things – sunny days, pollen, ditching the winter jacket and then getting frustrated that you ditched your winter jacket because it's cold again.
It can be difficult to transition out of my emo girl winter beat to pastels and colors, but like the season of spring, such change must be embraced. Here's my guide to dressing for all of it.
Some Oxford spring days can be 60 degrees while others can be 30, so layers are essential. Whether it's a sweater over a crop top, a jacket paired with a hoodie or spandex under sweats, layering helps to minimize the amount of discomfort in any weather scenario.
The best part? You don't have to go out of your way and can layer with whatever items you already have in your closet. Below are a few layered fits I would wear on a normal spring day.
If you hit the bars, now's a great time to find new going-out pieces. SHEIN crop tops and Fashion Nova dresses are cute and convenient, but if you're looking for more ethical and sustainable online clothing retailers, Reformation and Wolf & Badger are solid options.
If you're into athletic wear, Girlfriend, Prana and Wolven are great. When in doubt, thrifting is always a reliable way to find unique and affordable pieces such as jeans, vintage tees and jewelry. Valley Thrift Store, thredUP and Goodwill are some local options.
Whether you want to wear less or more fabric, it's all about comfort. Find pieces you love that make you feel like you didn't get out of bed and don’t make you sweat on the walk to class. Leggings, sleeveless crop tops, open flannels and Nike shorts are some of my go-to comfort items.
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And if you want to go out of your comfort zone, by all means, express yourself however that may be. Accessorize. Embrace color. Try new patterns. Whether you're looking to reform your entire vibe or refine the one you've already established, you'll find what works for you and what doesn't.
The most important part is to have fun with it. It's your style, and style is never meant to be taken too seriously.
Whip out your favorite pair of sunglasses and strut into the spring season.