How To Step Up Your Spring Fashion Game And Avoid Being A Basic B*tch
There's the quintessential basic bitch of the fall (hello, PSLs!), then there's the lesser-known spring basic bitch.
Spring basic bitches are an entirely different kind of girl. They wear sailor stripes, high-waisted shorts, matchy-matchy two-pieces and milkmaid braids. While none of these things are inherently bad, they're not exactly exciting.
As the great Miranda Priestly says:
Instead of wearing your tried-and-true favorites, step out of your comfort zone and go for these trends instead. Trust me, they'll get you way more #fashioncred than florals.
If you love florals, try Victorian lace.
When you're a girly-girl, you want to show it off. Instead of going for basic florals, however, opt for an equally feminine trend, like Victorian lace.
If a lace maxi dress sounds crazy to you, opt for a lace bodysuit with a dramatic neck. Finish off with an A-line skirt in an Instagram-ready marble print. Say hello to your new uniform.
Try out: Mesh and Lace Bodysuit, Topshop, $68
If you can't get enough crop tops, try an off-the-shoulder top.
I get it, spring is all about showing off the skin you weren't able to during the colder months. Instead of getting your belly button all up in everyone's business, try showing off an equally sexy part of your body: your shoulders.
Go for a pinstripe and exaggerated ruching at the shoulders to keep the top from slip-and-sliding. Pair with culottes for work, or white wide-leg pants for a weekend away.
Try out: Off-the-shoulder Blouse, H&M, $25
If you're a wedge kinda girl, go for mules.
Wedges are awesome if you're totally over heels, but they're so miserably played out. Ditch 'em and go for a pair of chic mules, instead.
To be fair, “mules” and “chic” rarely go hand-in-hand. This season has served up an update on the classic style, with a pointed toe and a leather exterior. Don't shy away from whimsical details, either, like a tassel, a furry pom-pom or a wild print.
Try out: Tia Slippers, Dolce Vita, $130
Instead of chambray, go for a white shirt.
Chambray has been a must-have in my closet since high school. It's time to retire it.
Instead, go for another classic favorite: the white shirt. Try a longer hem so you can wear it as a dress or paired with leather leggings for a desk-to-drinks situation. Be sure to stick to fabrics like linen and poplin, which are lightweight enough for the days the office AC doesn't work.
Try out: Delaney Cotton-Poplin Shirtdress, Equipment, $270
Ditch the matching co-ords and opt for innerwear as outerwear.
Matchy-matchy is great, if you're in grade school.
Instead of going for matching sets (which usually include a crop top), choose an equally-sexy bit of lingerie instead. Lingerie as outerwear is nothing new, but this season is all about the rise of silk slips paired with masculine pieces. The final look is just as mouth-watering as the barely-there set.
Try out: Silk Sheer-Stripe Cami Dress, Madewell, $150
Now pick up your iced coffee, grab a giant pair of sunglasses and be totally un-basic this spring.