Tuesday Ten: May Style Tips

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, here in Southern California, we didn’t get too many April showers (we could sure use some!). But, I have been seeing some gorgeous May flowers beginning to pop up here and there. Whenever this month rolls around, the warmer weather and blooming buds inspire me to freshen up my own wardrobe a little. I’m talking about trading those sweaters and jeans for more dresses and shorts. To get you ready to greet this month in style, I’ve rounded up a few photos of outfit inspiration to share today.

Here are the trends I’m going to be channeling this month… Join me, won’t you?

Style chic spring neutrals.

1. Style your spring neutrals.
In my opinion, there is a different neutral palette for each season. Winter and fall have their darker tones (blacks, grays, olives and maroons), whereas lighter tones feel more appropriate in spring and summer (whites, tans and lighter denim washes). I like to mix several lighter neutral colors together in the spring to create one cohesive outfit.

Different shades of denim.

2. 50 shades of denim.
I almost always include a denim look in my monthly style tips roundups, but I usually opt for classic blue jeans. With spring in the air, I’m loving the idea of pairing together different shades of denim. Take a note from Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules and style a mint green chambray shirt with distressed white denim jeans.

Rompers are our must-have spring pieces.

3. Romp around.
The romper has recently become the go-to piece for spring and summer. It’s as effortless to throw on as a dress, but has a little more of a flirty tomboy vibe. I love this fun printed one paired with a black leather fringe jacket, round sunnies and a crossbody bag.

A maxi dress, heels, and an embellished blazer.

4. Make a splash.
A cascading maxi, embellished heels and a patterned blazer are a recipe for a show stopping moment. I adore this monochromatic blue ensemble and plan on imitating it as soon as possible.

Rock the power pantsuit.

5. Rock the power suit.
Who said pantsuits have to be dull, ill fitting and lacking in personality? Make like Kristina Bazan and go for an all-over mint green set. Even if you work in an environment that doesn’t allow quite this much personality, this ensemble is great for weeknight dinners or weekend events.

Join the mod squad in knee-high boots and colorful mini skirt.

6. Join the mod squad.
1960’s mod has been making it’s “comeback” for years now. So, I think it might even be safe to say that any look from this style era is ok in my book. I love a short, structured skirt with knee-high boots and a buttoned up blouse. The end result is perfectly polished.

An elegant jacquared pineapple jumpsuit.

7. If you like piña coladas…
Last month, I mentioned how much I love the idea of wearing cute fruit patterns, and this month is no different. This gold jacquard pineapple jumpsuit is pretty stunning… I think it’s going to find a very nice home in my closet.

Spring pastels are our favorite seasonal staple.

8. Pastel dreams.
There’s a reason why the spring season makes us want to wear pastels… With the weather warming up and the winter world coming to life again, pastels just feel right this time of year. Don your palest pinks and blues to feel pretty and feminine this month.

We're taking a style tip from Kate Bosworth's embellished jacket.

9. Embellish the details.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think when Kate Bosworth’s Coachella outfit hit the style blogs, we all immediately wanted a cool embellished jacket. And the details on those boots are pretty sweet, too. This month, pair your basics with standout, embellished pieces for a multi dimensional look.

A feminine eyelet ensemble.

10. All about eyelet.
What could possibly be more feminine for spring than an all-over eyelet outfit? Midi skirts are all the rage right now, and so are separates. So, this eyelet skirt set is pretty much just what the doctor ordered.

Which of these style tips is your favorite this month?

Let me know what trends you’re trying in the comments below. I’d love to read about them!

XO Lauren

1. Instagram via Krystal Schlegel
2. Sincerely Jules
3. Who What Wear
4. The Chriselle Factor
5. Kayture
6. Style Du Monde
7. Late Afternoon
8. Stephanie Sterjovski
9. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Coachella
10. Soraya Bakhtiar