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Shop Your Closet: Spring 2012

Mar 22, 2012

Spring style this year offers something for everyone, with four key looks to choose from: NauticalTribalPastels, and Color Blocking. While following fashion could cost you a bundle, it doesn’t have to. You probably have clothes in your closets and drawers that can set you up for fashionably fabulous looks without spending a dime! Shop your closet with a friend, sister or mom and see if you already have what it takes to look great!
 

Set sail with a perfectly preppy lookSet sail with a perfectly preppy lookCourtesy of Abercrombie and Fitch
 

The Nautical Look

Ahoy there, matey! Check your closet for shirts that are plaid, have horizontal stripes, or have a combination of red, white, and/or blue. Shorts are long and slim. Capris are short and tight, even better with a wide cuffed hem. Layer your tops with a tee or tank under a slim-fitting boyish blazer. Get inspired watching 80’s teen movies: look for the preppy look but ditch the shoulder pads and ignore the big hair!
 

Animal prints and desert colors create a tribal vibeAnimal prints and desert colors create a tribal vibeCourtesy of Michael Kors
 

Tribal

Animal prints are just the beginning. If you don’t have any animal prints (as many people don’t keep them lying around!) wear neutral colors (think desert sand beige, pale pink, or off-white). Accessories with hanging beads, leather accents, wooden jewelry, or eye-catching metallics complete the look. Jewelry is chunky and looks hand-crafted, so check your mom’s old costume jewelry box of stuff she never wears for hidden gems. Check out actress Keke Palmer’s style for real-life inspiration.
 

Cool and refreshing as sherbet on a spring dayCool and refreshing as sherbet on a spring dayCourtesy of Ralph Lauren
 

Pastels

Surely you have some light pink, mint green, baby blue or lemon yellow tees, capris or shorts in your closet. If something in your closet reminds you of sorbet, there’s a good chance it’s on trend! Pair un-like colors: yellow capris, a powder blue top and a light pink belt with sorbet-colored ballet flats. Accessorize with similar colors and mix, don’t match.
 

Updated 60's Mod style with bright blocks of colorUpdated 60's Mod style with bright blocks of colorCourtesy of H and M
 

Color Blocking

The Mod 60’s style is all about blocks of bright, primary and secondary colors and geometrical shapes, and this spring, designers have kicked it up a notch with neons, too. You probably have a lot to choose from in your wardrobe here, so all you have to do is mix and match! Stick to no more than three main colors and work them in with your top, bottoms, shoes and accessories. Accessorize with big, round glasses (maybe mom has a plastic pair that look appropriately big and round on you), a long head scarf tied loosely at the neck, and large chunky pendant necklaces. For inspiration, look at old photos of First Lady Jackie Onassis Kennedy and the artist Mondrian’s paintings or watch the movie The Help.

 

Have Your Say

Do you follow fashion trends or do your own thing? Do you have any of these key pieces already in your wardrobe or are you setting off on a shopping spree for fresh looks?

 

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I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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country_girl19
country_girl19 posted in Friends:
Nothing happened between us. I just feel like I'm not important to her.
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
Did something happen between you two in the past? If so, I feel like she might have some unresolved issues with you that you need to discuss with her. And, time doesn't always mean a lot. I've gotten closer to someone before compared to someone whom I had known for 8 years.
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country_girl19
country_girl19 posted in Friends:
Dear Dish-it,                          Me and my friend just started talking again, and it seems like she regrets it. She'll leave me for the people she has only known for a couple of months, when I've been friends with her for a year. Also, she gets annoyed with me, and I don't know what to do.
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
I'll be honest, I don't think that it's very fair that you're placing so much blame on your mother. Cancer is very hard to heal in any animal or person. She may of been able to help one spot, but that doesn't mean that she was going to be able to heal the rest. There's a slim chance that they could of made it through, but it's probably for the best that she put him down. Cancer is a painful thing to go through for dogs and humans alike. It would of been worse to push it. As for the depression, I understand where you're coming from with it. It's a difficult thing to go through and it makes things hard to do. I've struggled with things in the past and sometimes still do, so take my word on this: Eat. What. You. Can. Don't starve yourself. Don't binge. Don't do anything. Keep eating. Your health matters too. You need to find things to do, like hobbies (drawing, reading, writing, ect.) and spend time with friends when you can. At least talk to your friends, don't push them away. They're there for you, even when they might not know how to be. Don't be ashamed to cry, it's perfectly fine too. It's a better alternative of getting things out than a lot of things you could be doing. Do not, under any circumstances, start cutting. Take it from someone who's dealt with it on a personal level in several ways, do not start it. It is not something you "won't get addicted too" and it will not be a "one time thing." Do not try it. Do not start it. Do not try to find "softer" alternatives to cutting. Self-harm is not a fixer, it does not help anything. It isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a personal issue along with mental illness. But it is a very big deal. "And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help?" There isn't always a place to help. Sometimes it won't do the things we wish it would.
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