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3 Colorful Spring Date Looks

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3 colorful spring date looks

It’s snowing outside, and I am currently bundled up in comfy cardigan, drinking my daily hazelnut coffee. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of warmer weather, brighter days, and happier clothes.

Here are three super-cute and colorful date outfits to prepare you for when the spring fever strikes, and the sun finally decides to come out again.

1. Polka Dot Pop

Polka dot top red skirt booties

I am in love with this red skirt (the “City Mini” from J. Crew) for three reasons:

  1. It has an elastic waist band so I can eat as much ice cream as possible in it.
  2. It is a classy length – not too short, not too long – that’s perfect for day or night.
  3. POCKETS.

While J. Crew is obviously on the make-it-rain-when-you-pay side of fashion, the skirt is high-quality and will last for years to come.

This sheer, collared, polka dot blouse incorporates some fiesta into a plain, black top. I’ve loved polka dots since roughly the age of five. My art teacher always recognized my work by my signature dottiness, err, polka dots. On my toes are suede wedge ankle boots to add some much-needed spunk to the look.

2. Eyelet You Wear Mint

Mint eyelet dress worn with a belt and ankle booties

Eyelet… I’ll let… har har. If you think of a better pun, leave it below in the comments.

This is what I wore on Valentine’s Day. This minty, pastel dress is from a local boutique called Entourage, which is a store some of my UGA readers know I love and have asked me to point out in previous articles. The eyelet detail is very feminine and flirty like lace, but with a more modern feel.

I wore it with a unique clock necklace my grandfather made, a thin black braided belt, the same boots from before, and pale peachy nail polish.

3. Contrasting Peter Pan Collar & Patterned Shorts

Peter pan collar blouse printed shorts and red toms

There is usually that one person in the comments that says “I can’t wear dresses or skirts because I’m going horseback riding on the beach/going on a fox hunt/chasing mountain goats through the Himalayas.” This is for you, that person. (Although I wouldn’t wear shorts for any of those activities, FYI).

Usually, people pair solid-color bottoms with patterned tops. In this case, we’re switching it up. I love patterned shorts for fall or spring. If you still have the winter blues and wear black all the time, navy is a good way to transition into some color without diving headfirst into the rainbow. My top also has a black Peter Pan collar.

I picked a color from the pattern, red, to match my shoes and cross-body purse with. This makes the whole outfit look more put-together and tricks your date into thinking you know how to dress yourself like a pro.

Bonus! Spring and Pollen-Fighting Essentials

Springtime makeup hair tools and perfume

These are some of the things I surround myself with during the winter-spring transition (again, no sponsored placements here – I just really love these things!).

VS Pink’s “Wild at Heart” is a fresh, fruity, and slightly musky scent with (surprise, surprise) sheer polka dot packaging. Packaging shouldn’t matter, but I know enough from my marketing class to know that it secretly does.

Next to that is Covergirl’s “3-in-1 Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation,” which I will be featuring this Tuesday in my February Favorites. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome.

Spring calls for nude lips. Nothing else. Just your lips. Remember that next time you decide to leave your house. This is the extremely pigmented Rimmel “Show Off Lip Lacquer,” or Apocalips for the UK, in the shade “Luna,” to bring me one step closer to my dream of being as cool as Luna Lovegood.

The Body Shop’s mango lip butter. I don’t even like mangoes, but this smell is SO delicious.

A curling wand – because wavy curls are worth all those scars on my hands. In other words, use the protective glove.

Lastly, cough drops for the sick days, in a fabulous watermelon flavor, to bring us one step closer to Beyoncé in our time of need. “I’ve been drinking… watermelon,” she coughed.

Let me know what you think!

Which of these outfits is your favorite? What you are most forward looking to this spring? As always, requests are the best, so leave them below.

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20 Responses to “3 Colorful Spring Date Looks”

  1. 1
    February 23rd, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I love the skirt. I’m on the taller side, so it can be pretty challenging to find a skirt that isn’t too short on me and that skirt looks like it would be the perfect length.

    I also love the shorts. There such a fun way to add a pattern into an outfit.

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    February 23rd, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Psh, what do you mean you don’t wear shorts when you go fox hunting and chasing wild mountain goats? Clearly the uniform of choice for those endeavors.

    (All joking aside, these are super cute outfits! I’m dying for it to be warm again so I can go bare-legged.)

  3. 3
    February 23rd, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Eyelet you wear lace? Clearly, we were MINT to be ;-)

  4. 4
    February 23rd, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Alison, this skirt would be perfect for taller girls. The waistband really lets you control just how high you want it to be and how short you want it to look.

    Shannon, I didn’t know you were a fellow fox hunter and mountain goat chaser! This warm weather cannot come fast enough. These legs needs to see the light of day before they become transparent noodles.

    Oh Mina, you’re too much. That is the pun to end all puns. There’s no topping that.

  5. 5
    February 23rd, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Wonderful article! love the third look :) P.S. where did you you get that bedding sheets? they’re awesome!

  6. 6
    February 23rd, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I have that skirt but in navy. It is super cute – love the length, the pockets, the color – but I HATE that it is linen aka wrinkle city. Any tips on how to stop it from getting wrinkled?!?!

  7. 7
    February 23rd, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Oh my gosh the short outfit is soo cute! Where did you get the shorts and the Peter Pan top?

  8. 8
    February 23rd, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Sundus. My sheets are the brand Hillcrest in the style Ashley Roses, I got them from TJ Maxx and they’ve lasted sooo well.

    I haven’t had too many problems with wrinkles, Liz, but then again I haven’t had the skirt for very long. I keep mine hanging straight up when I’m not wearing it and I hang it straight to dry. Good luck! I bet it’s super cute in navy.

    Thanks Audrey. I’m not sure if my shorts are available anymore, but the tag says Billy by Flying Tomato. I bought them at a local boutique that has a ton of colorful bottoms: http://www.jackanddarcy.com/

  9. 9
    February 23rd, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    The polka dot tip is too cute! I always love your articles, I may be slightly biased because I’m a Georgia girl, but whatevs.

  10. 10
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    You’re wearing the ankle booties soooo wrong. They cut off your legs and make you appear shorter. You have to go with an open shoe or wear them with dark jeans.

  11. 11
    February 24th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Sarah and Attik!

    Marian, of course, going with an open shoe is the more traditional option that would look fantastic. For weather transitions, sacrificing some leg length for the warmth of my feet is a sacrifice I’m willing to make :) I actually really like the chunkiness of ankle boots with girly outfits.

  12. 12
    February 24th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I love that mint dress! & so glad there’s another person who loves skirts & dresses with pockets.

    retailers & designers take note: make more clothes for women with pockets!!

  13. 13
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    the writing in this post was so adorably witty. really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait for more beauty faves!

  14. 14
    February 25th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Thanks m! I second that. I am SO jealous of all the pockets in men’s clothes.

    Donna, thank you! You are so sweet. I’m glad you liked the beauty part. More beauty, skincare, and fashion favorites will be up in my February Favorites article coming out very, very soon.

  15. 15
    February 26th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Yes, love the colorful, feminine mini skirts and the cute eyelet mini dress too ! So tired of skinny jeans, leggings and Winter wear. Time to Fem up and shop for Spring outfits. Please post up some cute, colorful maxi dress and maxi skirt collections too. They are my favorite ! Thanks and think Spring !

  16. 16
    February 27th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Joanne, that is a great idea, and a great excuse for me to go shopping to buy some. Thanks for the awesome suggestion.

  17. 17
    May 23rd, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Hi Leah!

    I somehow stumbled across your blog while looking for reviews of TOMS this evening. I am looking at purchasing my very first pair! I have read all sorts of stories on various websites about TOMS making feet really sweaty so I have been hesitant to buy a pair in the past. Has this been your experience with TOMS or are your feet always dry when you wear them?

    Fantastic website, by the way! You have a new fan!

    Sarah.

  18. 18
    May 23rd, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Howdy Sarah!

    I love my Toms. They’re thin and sort of open, so I don’t feel like my feet are trapped in a humid cavern. A bunch of my friends have them and like them, too. You could always try with socks if your feet feel sweaty.

    Good luck! Thanks for the super nice comment!

  19. 19
    May 24th, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Hi Leah!

    Thank you for the excellent feedback! I have never owned a pair of TOMS, so your feedback is really appreciated. I am not sure if it is because I am partly obsessive-compulsive, but I have such an intense fear of my feet sweating! Next time you and/or your friends wear TOMS on a warm or hot day, are you able to double check there is definitely no sweat or smell caused by them?

    I have lousy genetics when it comes to foot sweat, so I am really particular about what shoes I buy. I am definitely not a sock person at all so I need to know that I won’t have any sweat or smell issues with TOMS.

    Thanks, Leah. Have a great weekend!

    Sarah.

  20. 20
    May 25th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hi Sarah, I should point out that my feet, for whatever reason, rarely ever get sweaty. I could see that wearing TOMS all day outside might make your feet sweat a little. For school or in cooler months, I think your feet would be fine.

    However, my friend with sweaty feet that wears TOMS every single day says: feet are going to sweat no matter what, but if you buy TOMS that can be washed on a regular basis smell shouldn’t be a problem. (He still thinks they’re super comfortable and doesn’t wear socks either.) He says they also make a spray and inserts that help with smell. And remember, most TOMS can’t be put through the drier so you have to let them air dry.

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