Friday, April 22, 2011

Wear It Twice: The Great Outdoors

Even though cold, wet or snowy weather provides the perfect excuse to stay at home and get some beading done, the arrival of spring is a welcome one. After all, some of the best inspiration comes from nature, and it’s always best when viewed in person.

It’s time to start planning some fun outdoor pursuits, stretch our legs, and get a little sun. And what better way to motivate ourselves than with some great spring attire?

Today I found the most interesting Proenza Schouler necklace, perfect for a girl who occasionally likes to play rough. It’s made from climbing ropes, with lots of fun color and texture. The stone dangles add sparkle and a playful element that I couldn’t resist.

For a pretty approach, I started with a cute cinched waist dress with crystal embellishments. It’s smart and comfy, and it has pockets - great for collecting treasures along the beach, perhaps. In case it’s a little windy, I paired it with pale gray patterned tights and a wool shawl. A pair of crochet ankle boots and a black Juicy Couture tote add a little tenacity, and a simple flower ring picks up on the yellow cords of the necklace.

The second outfit is a little more versatile, with a great pair of black cargos and a pretty blue V-neck blouse. Simple black oxfords and a many-pocketed Balenciaga jacket give it a go-anywhere edge, but the denim blue and leather backpack help maintain the outdoorsy look. I finished things with a very wearable Murano glass ring in yellow and amber.

The companion bracelet I chose for both outfits is a charming little number, with plaited leather and tassels, and lots of beads that match the blue and neutral palette. I love the texture and movement, which plays along nicely with our mountain climbing neck piece.

Gotta have handmade and vintage? I found these gorgeous pieces for a day at the park:

Spring Fashion Picks for Outdoorsy Girls

And here a few of my favorite Polyvore sets, featuring this month’s picks:

What inspiring things will you be doing outside this year?

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