Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Fashion Guide

Written by Tori Ward, Marketing/PR Assistant

When April rolls around in Louisiana, it's typically time to break out the shorts and sandals. The temperatures start to rise pretty quick in the South, but that just means we get to showcase our spring wardrobes earlier than everyone else. 

Spring fashion is known for lightweight fabrics, bright colors, and fun prints. However, each year brings it's own unique trends for men's and women's fashion. We teamed up with three local Ruston shops, Patton's Downtown, Beau Monde Boutique, and Rodéo Boutique, to bring you a guide to this year's spring styles! 

For the Gentlemen

This spring, it's all about comfort and functionality for the guys. Shades of blue are big this spring, as well as gingham and plaid. For a dressier look, pair some navy Columbia shorts with a Fish Shippie gingham button-down shirt and a pair of brown, leather loafers. 

Outfit available at Patton's Downtown | Ruston, LA

If you're looking for a more casual look to wear for a day outdoors, pair a neutral, lightweight Columbia PFG shirt with a pair of blue PFG shorts. Don't forget a mesh-back Columbia hat to finish the look. Also, be sure to grab your ENO hammock and enjoy the nice, spring weather! 

Outfit and hammock available at Patton's Downtown | Ruston, LA

For the Ladies
We're seeing a ton of fun trends in women's fashion this season!  
"This spring and summer is all about retro throw backs," says Katie Bonnette, owner of Rodéo Boutique in Downtown Ruston. 

Don't be surprised if you see some styles that look like they are straight out of the 70's with a distinct boho vibe. Flare jeans, flowy tops and dresses, and wrap necklaces are all big trends this season. Another fun spring/summer trend is lace-up shoes, which put a funky twist on the traditional sandal. 

Outfit available at Beau Monde Boutique | Ruston, LA

Two-piece sets are all the rage right now for ladies of all ages. The great thing about sets it that they can go from day to night with a wedge and the right accessories! You can also mix and match the top and bottoms with other pieces to create additional fun, spring looks.

Outfit available at Rodéo Boutique | Ruston, LA

"I love all the colors of spring," said Whitney Hovey, owner of Beau Monde Boutique. You'll definitely see bright colors, florals, and pastels everywhere this season. 

Outfit available at Beau Monde | Ruston, LA

Outfit available at Rodéo Boutique | Ruston, LA

If you're looking for a dressier, "night out on then town" look, try a fitted dress or romper paired with stylish accessories. Variations of the halter neckline are also in style right now, especially for dressier pieces. 

Outfit available at Beau Monde Boutique | Ruston, LA

Outfit available at Rodéo Boutique | Ruston, LA

"Springtime clothes should be easy, comfortable and cool," said Cat and Kristen, sales associates at Patton's Downtown. 

If you're looking for ultimate comfort, check out Lauren James' line of t-shirts and "shorties." Also, don't forget to add a hat for a pop of color and a pair of super-comfy Birkenstock sandals, which are also a big spring trend. 

Outfit available at Patton's Downtown | Ruston, LA

That wraps up our Spring Fashion Guide! What are your favorite spring fashion trends? Tell us in the comments below!

Tori Ward is a proud Louisiana native, born and raised in Shreveport, La. She is a Louisiana State University alumna and has a passion for all things PR. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic and lover of the outdoors. She is currently attending Louisiana Tech to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. 

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