Real Life Ready: Spring Runway Trends

Despite their moniker Ready to Wear lines aren’t always as “ready to wear” as they claim, especially if you live in Vermont. Recently a friend got me thinking about bridging the gap between the trends they see on the runways and life in the Green Mountain State, and I have to admit at times it feels impossibly wide.  It’s hard to think about fashion when your slogging home from work in three inches of wet slush and coping with winter temps the boarder on inhumane but it’s not impossible.

Here are my tips for finding the middle ground between the runway and your real life when it comes to this spring’s hottest trends:

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Where to wear: Casual meeting, lunch date, coffee date with friends, dinner and drinks, brunch, first date…

By mixing two of spring’s hottest trends (florals & short suits) together you can find a middle ground that is not only flattering but completely practical. For a bolder look opt for shorts and a blazer in the same print and keep your other pieces simple or find a bold print romper and add a solid blazer in a complimentary color and you’re ready to go. Play up the colors in your floral pieces with bright accessories, or tie bold patterns together with simple, solidifying accessories.

 Not a fan of platforms? The heels can easily be swapped out for flats. Can’t pull of high waisted shorts?  Everything from Bermuda shorts to cut offs will work with this idea.

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Where to wear: Date night (perfect for the movies, bar, or a casual bite to eat), Concert, Brunch with the girls…

Now I know what you’re thinking, “how is this practical?!” but you have to look beyond the components. Leather (and faux leather) aren’t going anywhere this spring. Instead of shying away from the inherently tough vibe that a lot of “moto” pieces have play them up and add feminine pieces for balance. A leather vest is a great piece to add into your wardrobe and can be layered over just about anything, including flouncy dresses, white tees, and hoodies. Keep everything grounded with a simple color palette, but play with different textures and accessories to find the right balance.

Also keep in mind these are far from literal translations, fashion is about trends, but it’s also about finding your own individual spin on trends and making them your own. Striking the perfect balance between the runway and your real life is all about experimenting and getting creative.

What spring trends are you excited to try? What trends fall outside your comfort zone?

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About Caitlin Pierce

I’m Caitlin, a redheaded bibliophile from the rocky Maine Coast. I have an embarrassing amount of shoes, love to travel, and treat my cat Gus like she’s my baby. I write Wore Out; a life and style blog chronicling my adventures in Burlington, Vermont one outfit post at a time. From vintage dresses and cowboy boots at the Burlington farmer’s market to flannel and Vermont made wool socks on Camel’s Hump, Wore Out is as much about my love affair with my adopted home state as it is about developing my style and sharing my inspirations. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest. Website: | Twitter: @WoreOutVT | Facebook: /WoreOut/

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