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. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Upcoming Events on April 9-10

We're gearing up for one of our busiest spring weekends to date! This Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th is packed with fun events for the art lover, the music lover, and the entire family! The best part: you can attend it ALL! Here's your itinerary for this weekend in Ruston: 

Saturday, April 9: Spend your Saturday in Ruston

10am-5pm: Spring Ruston Makers Fair

Come out to the corner of Mississippi St. and Louisiana Ave. in  Downtown Ruston for this free, family-friendly event celebrating Ruston's thriving arts community. There will be live music, food, games and activities. But the main attraction is that more than 50 local artists, creatives and crafters will be out displaying and selling their work to the community. This event is a time to appreciate and support the unique arts culture of Ruston while discovering some incredible pieces of art, jewelry, woodwork, soaps and more!

4:30pm: Dinner and a Movie 
The Junior Auxiliary of Ruston will be hosting their annual Dinner and a Movie event Saturday at the RPAR Softball Complex. There will be entertainment and several fun booths set up for kids, and the movie will start at dusk. This event is free and open to the public, and tickets for hot dog or hamburger plates are $8. You can get tickets in advance at the Ruston Visitor's Center located at 2111 N. Trenton or at the event. 
6pm: Joe Woods' Wildwood Express Showcase
Every year, the Dixie Center for the Arts brings together beloved local and regional artists to perform classic country favorites at this fundraiser benefiting the Dixie. This anticipated event is also a celebration of the life of Joe Woods, who livened up the music scene in Ruston in the 70s and 80s. The event will be held at the Dixie Center in Downtown Ruston. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at the Dixie box office. 

8:30pm: Frank Foster Live in Concert
The Revelry and Beau Vines Steakhouse present Frank Foster and special guest Lainey Wilson! These two artists are doing big things in the world of country music, so you don't want to miss them perform right here in Ruston. You must be 18 or older to enter and tickets are $20 in advance/$25 day of show. Doors open at 7pm. To purchase tickets click here.
Sunday, April 10: Enjoy an afternoon in Ruston
3pm: United States Air Force Concert 
The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will be live in concert at Howard Auditorium on the Louisiana Tech campus.They will perform a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Americana, opera, and choral standards to modern Broadway and jazz. Tickets to this event are free to the public and can be picked up at the School of the Performing Arts Box Office or at The Ruston Daily Leader and the Louisiana Tech Box Office. Please limit five tickets per person.
  • Go to 4 of these listed events, document each event by posting a photo on social media with the hashtag #RustonLA, and you'll receive a FREE Ruston t-shirt! 
  • Go to 3 of these listed events, document each event by posting a photo on social media with the hashtag #RustonLA, and you'll receive a FREE Ruston travel mug!
  • Go to 2 of these listed events, document each event by posting a photo on social media with the hashtag #RustonLA, and you'll receive a FREE Ruston koozie!