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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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My parents have always been aggressive and abusive and I only just noticed it a couple months ago. Over time they've gotten worse (specifically my mother). Whenever she gets mad she'll yell at us and if she gets mad enough she'll hit and push us around. Whoever we get into arguments it's always one- sided and she always wins, even if she knows she is wrong. An argument we had not to long ago was about me not taking care of myself. She looked at my hair and started to touch it and told me "Your hair isn't soft why is it so dry, it's probably because you aren't taking care of your hair." Then she goes on to tell me that she's going to cut it and all of this other stuff when she knows I'm conscious about me looking like a boy ( Used to get called a boy for having short hair). As the argument goes on, I start to tell her things that she knows she is wrong about. She proceeds to yell at me then grabs me by the face and say "If you don't lower your tone and listen to what I'm saying I'm going to knock you in the head." Then she goes on to tell me she remembers nothing I was saying and that it's a lie. She also hit me when I didn't clean the laundry room correctly and whenever she gets fed up. I'm constantly having to watch what I say and do, because I'm scared that I'm going to end up hurt. She also likes to degrade me and tell how bad I'm doing. She's said plenty of thing like when I didn't have my bed covers tucked in she yelled at me and hit me and I said "Do you expect me to just stand here and take this", and she replied saying "That's what you are supposed to do you are the child and I am the adult, you take whatever I do until I'm done." Another time is when I had my band concert and I had to pick out the right attire. When we went shopping to get the clothing I chose slacks when she liked a skirt better, we went on to fight in the store and she bought the slacks. When we got home she said to me that real girls wear skirts and dresses and boys wear slacks and pants. This hurt me because she knows I have a past with people telling me I look like a boy etc. Another time I started to sleep on the floor, because I was practicing a minimalist life. When I left my pillows on the floor she found it and questioned me on why they were there. I told her it fell of my bed when really I left it there. Later when I told my dad, he told her and she got mad because I was getting cat hair on my pillows. She then proceeded to ask why I lied and I told her sometimes lying is better then the truth (I knew she would get mad that I was sleeping on the floor so I lied) then she told me that I was never going to have a relationship, a job, or friends ( This hurt me because I don't have friends now). She's also said that I don't take care of my body because I ate two sweets in one day which lead her to banning me from Doritos and now I have to ask to get chips and any other snack. She's told me I don't take care of my teeth because I have yellow spots from using whitening toothpaste with braces on. She's told me I don't take care of my hair so I can't wash it or do any hair style or then a bun. She had lead me to starving myself (Unless she makes me eat) and cutting myself. I've just stopped caring, because what ever I do is always wrong. I never get a choice in my activities, she controls my life in fact she me just in a different body. But what is even worse is that she's turning my dad into her. Now I have a scheduled time to eat breakfast and lunch, and to go onto my electronics. I feel like I'm in a prison with my parents constantly watching over me, in fact yesterday when I was pouring my milk my mom got out a measuring cup and poured my milk into the measuring cup and said "Why isn't this a full cup" and I replied saying "Because I don't measure my milk." Then she got angry at me. There's so much I could say about her, but I'll stop. Anyways my father is always sarcastic and he doesn't realize how much it hurts me. Today I was cleaning out my bag for next school year and my dad came in and said, "Wow, you aren't even dress yet and I had to come up here to tell you how sad." Just little things like that hurt me. My little sister got mad at me last week for sitting in a certain area and she said " Why are you sitting there," and I didn't reply because I didn't want to speak to her and she then said, "Probably because you are too stupid to answer." I wanted to break down crying then and there, but I kept it in. I've limited my talking to her, because all she does is break me down. Like when there was a Proactive commercial and she said, "Ha, you need that." That hurt me because just the other my mom was telling me how I don't take care of my face and that's why I have acne. My older sister and I barely talk, because whenever I try to talk to her she's mad for what ever reason and when my parents were talking about hitting my sister she was in the corner laughing. My cat Preston is very young and I got hi,abo a year ago. I get very sad and often cry, because I've seen him turn out scared and aggressive just like me because he's been through what I have. One time he pooped in a clothes basket (It's right next to his litter box) my mom grabbed him by the neck and hit him while she smothered his face in his poop, all while yelling at him. I was going to call the Animal Protective Services, but I got too scared and I realized how lonely I would be. Please help me I'm not sure what to do anymore. Also sorry for the very long post!
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Error101
Error101 posted in Family Issues:
Dear Kkmr324, I hope you get to feeling better as time goes on.  It does get better but like you said you can't actually get over it.  Losing someone to cancer is awful and I have never lost a friend and I hope I never will and I am so sorry that you did, but I have lost family to cancer and it is horrible.  I hope your okay. :(
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Kkrmr324
Kkrmr324 posted in Family Issues:
A few months ago,my friend Kendall died of cancer. It was really hard to "get over it"; because really you dont just get over it. One thing i did was find a bunch of pictures of me and Kendall and remembered all the fun we had together. And it helped! I still miss her, but good friends and family helped with that.
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Kkrmr324
Kkrmr324 posted in Family Issues:
A few months ago,my friend Kendall died of cancer. It was really hard to "get over it"; because really you dont just get over it. One thing i did was find a bunch of pictures of me and Kendall and remembered all the fun we had together. And it helped! I still miss her, but good friends and family helped with that.
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Tennis123
why are you allowing that to control your happiness? why can't you have true happiness instead of chasing some dream for momentary satisfaction? You're 12. This is when your core beliefs, values, and outlooks on life start. Don't mess it up choosing to be sad over something like that.
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