Growing up in the Caribbean and embracing my Latinidad when I moved to New York City, I've definitely made it a requirement that for every black piece of clothing I buy, I have to find a colorful counterpart to brighten up my wardrobe. From rich florals and breezy colorblocking to intricate sleeves and fun patterns, the possibilities are endless once the weather starts to warm up. It's as if the warmer weather inspires me to channel the Caribbean aesthetic I grew up loving.
Back home, my wardrobe consisted of matching floral tops and skirts that paired well with the blue sky and the ocean that was always a 10-minute drive from home. So even when I lived in upstate New York for a year to get my master's degree and tried to adopt the hoodie and leggings uniform, I couldn't help but brighten up my winter with bright yellows and rusted reds. Even now, I tend to choose a red dress or colorful outfit instead of the black and dark-gray uniform most of my coworkers sport.
And as spring approaches, I can't wait to explore more colorful options and adopt brand-new trends, especially as I find any and every occasion to spend time outside with my friends and loved ones. That said, the trends I'm loving can be applied to everyone's closets this season — they're so accessible and wearable.
This spring is the time to leave boring prints at home and become bolder with your choices. And if you're a little afraid of mixing patterns and colors yourself, you can always get a matching set. Not only can you mix and match with other items in your closet, but you can wear them together and stand out from the crowd. You'll be guaranteed a few compliments as you go out to brunch with your friends and spend the rest of the day strolling through parks and farmers' markets.
One thing that spring promises is fun prints. And there's no better way to honor the season changing than by adding tons of them to your wardrobe. Whether it's a cheeky collared shirt or a cutesy hair clip, mixing patterns and prints into your wardrobe is an easy way to channel the fun vibes of summer at your next family gathering or outdoor picnic.
The best part about spring is the temperature heating up, which means shifting the flowy and light fabrics to the front of my closet. There is nothing like finally being able to expose some skin as the sun beams over your arms and legs. That said, when you want to stay cool but protected from the sun, loose fabrics like linen and chambray are your best bet. They can be worn alone or layered for a casual yet sophisticated look that you can feel confident about wearing in any situation.