Five Trends to Try this Spring

What can I say? I love the changing seasons. As much as I was excited for the promise of cooler weather and LAYERS, I’m now equally excited for the fabulous fashions and colors of spring! Let’s face it, Texas summers are HOT which is why I enjoy the calm before the storm so to speak, even if it feels like that weather only lasts a few weeks here.

So did I mention color?!?!? This spring is full of bright colors and while this may cause some of you to step outside of your comfort zone, I promise it is worth the plunge! The best thing about the colors this spring is that they can be incorporated as much or as little as you want. From a royal blue top to kelly green denim or maybe a coral purse to bright pink nails, these vibrant colors are just screaming to be worn.

And did I also mention these beautiful colors come in stripes? Yes, as a lover of all shirts striped I’m excited to incorporate this along with some other new spring trends into my clothing rotation.

As I begin my seasonal closet change over, I lovingly put away my winter sweaters and jewel toned pieces, and break out my classic spring/summer wardrobe I’m like a kid who just discovered some lost toys. I’m giddy as I unpack some of my favorite pieces!

Here are a few more of my favorite trends to check out this spring and don’t miss how I plan to style some of these trends along with the classics in the Style Challenges Spring 2019 Capsule Wardrobe which opens this Friday!

1. Polka Dots

If you couldn’t already tell from the new arrivals at Alison + Aubrey I’ve got a bit of a love affair going on with polka dots this spring. Polka dots are not an uncommon pattern to see this time of year but what I’m really loving is the print variations I’m seeing. From large scale dots to super tiny dense prints one thing is for sure, you can’t go wrong with polka dots right now. Try this easy outfit formula:

Polka Dot Kimono + White Tee + White Denim + Taupe Booties

Have you tried these white tees from Amazon Essentials yet? They get great reviews and I’d love to know what you think of them.

2. Espadrilles

Espadrilles are where it’s at in 2019! While traditional espadrilles are flats, it’s safe to say that anything goes this spring and summer. From platforms and mules to a more traditional style wedge, this is a super wearable look that you’re going to see a lot of this spring. In particular, I’ve noticed lots of espadrilles with a white sole embellishment for a fresh, modern take.

Espadrille Platform Sandal

3. Tortoise Accessories

I love pushing you out of your style comfort zone but I’m also a big fan of trends that are low risk. A look that you can test the waters with, without making a big investment or statement (if you don’t want to that is), is A+ in my book. While tortoise is a classic and timeless print we usually see it styled on glasses (I’ve been wearing my tortoise readers from Loft for a few years), it is showing up on all kinds of accessories right now. Just like leopard, tortoise is a neutral and is the perfect finishing accessory to any outfit.

Celluloid Hoop Earrings

Tortoise Layering Necklace

Tortoise Hammered Cuff Bracelet

4. Paper-Bag Waist Pants

If tortoise is a trend that feels pretty safe, paper bag waist pants is one that may push your comfort zone a little more. I recently walked you through styling some of the new silhouettes and the paper-bag waist pant style is another one that may take some trial and error to find the perfect fit and look for you. You’ll want to fully tuck or half-tuck your top to show off your new waistline cut detail. I recently tried out a pair for myself and honestly, I kinda like it!

[Ribbed Tee / Paper-bag Pants / Sneakers]

5. Bright Stripes

Pastels tend to take center stage in spring but this year brights are having a moment in the spotlight! After a long, dreary winter you better believe I am the first in line to freshen things up with a little dash of color. I knew it was going to be a fun season when I noticed not just brights, but bright stripes! Now we are speaking my language. 😍 Here are some of my favorite bright striped tops to check out.

[Striped Cashmere Tee / High-Rise Denim / Leopard Mules]


[Knit Tee]

[Rounded V-Neck Tee]

It’s Your Turn: What pieces are you planning to add to your Spring wardrobe? How many of these do you already have? Join the conversation in our GYPO Pretties Facebook group!

Style Challenges Spring 2019 Capsule Wardrobe News

Have you heard the news? The Style Challenges Spring 2019 Capsule Wardrobe is almost here! Registration opens this Friday, March 8th!

What the heck is a Style Challenge you ask? It’s my online personal style program that basically gives you a personal stylist for practically nothing. But seriously, it’s personal style that fits your budget and size and over 25,000 women have joined since its start in 2014!

I started this program based on the premise that life’s too short to worry about what you’re wearing. I want getting dressed to be the easiest thing you do all day!

Trust me when I say this, it’s about SO MUCH more than clothes. It’s real women, real fashion and most importantly real FUN!

I’m not just tooting my own horn either, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and read through some of the 325 five star reviews.

OK, Alison, this all sounds awesome, but how does it work?

Glad you asked! It’s so easy. First off I give you a shopping list of classic basics and seasonal spring trends. You check off anything you already have in your closet and go shopping for the rest armed with your list. No more decision overwhelm, you’ll know EXACTLY what you need. Don’t worry, I also give you links to online options if you don’t want to leave the house.

The best part? Every piece on your shopping list gets paired up in at least 3-4 different ways helping you make the most of your shopping budget!

After your pieces are in place, you’ll get a daily outfit delivered right to your inbox made up of pieces on the list to style and wear that day.

It’s kind of like meal planning for your closet. I give you the ingredients list (shopping list), you check your pantry (closet) for any staples you already have and then I send you a daily recipe (outfit formula) to create your meals (outfits) for every day of the week!

How much does this cost?

I started the Style Challenge on the premise that EVERY woman deserves to have access to great style and the confidence that comes with it, no matter her size or budget. Access to everything in the program is just $39 per season (considering a personal stylist is $150/hour, I think it’s a pretty awesome deal!) We don’t charge you a recurring membership fee either, you pay for the program you want, that’s it. Plus since you do your own shopping, YOU get to set the budget and shop at your favorite stores.

You can’t put a price on confidence but if we had to, we’d say $39 makes it a pretty good deal! PRICELESS!

I’M TOTALLY IN! Now what?

The Style Challenges Spring 2019 Capsule Wardrobe will be open for registration on March 8th. The minute you sign up, you’ll get your shopping list and access to 30+ outfits plus all the goodies inside our members only area. Make sure that you’re on our newsletter list so you’ll be the first to know when it opens. In the meantime, you can learn more about the Style Challenge program HERE.