t’s that time of year when high school hallways are filled with giddy laughs and eager chatting about the big day, yes… prom! For young ladies around the nation, this is their Oscars. Their chance to glam it up and feel like a true princess for one night. Here’s some of my favorite picks to make this a night to remember.
Few things make me happier than a dress with pockets. It can hold all the essentials (which for prom means a phone and lipstick) as well as serve as a perfect for landing place for nervous hands that aren’t quite sure “what do to”. This C/MEO dress has a structured bodice balanced by a fuller skirt creating a chic and comfortable silhouette.
If glam is your jam, then this is your dress. This Dress the Population sequin number is a true showstopper. The figure hugging shape is red carpet worthy, while the leg slit allows for actual dancing.
When I think feminine florals, this embroidered lace corset dress by Blondie Nights tops the list. The fit and flare cut is super flattering on almost all body types and the corset top will make sure everything stays put for a log night of dancing.
This Avery G dress is the best of both worlds. You get the comfort of a short dress and the drama of gown with this jeweled tulle overlay. The bodice has built in padding (adios awkward strapless bra) and the all over sequins add to the princess feel.
For those fashion forward ladies, this Dress the Population fringe dress is a dream. The deep crimson (also available in silver) is so rich, while the fringe has incredible movement for a night filled with dancing.
For those who want to channel their inner Grace Kelly, look no further than this AQUA embroidered bodice gown. The diamanté embellishment looks beautiful set against the blush tone tulle.
Seeing as how prom and festival season sync up, here’s an option for the boho babe. This metallic Rebecca Taylor mini slays with stacked heels and layered necklaces.
This sequin one shoulder mini by Self Portrait is what I like to call a double duty dress. Killer worn with heels for prom, it can also be worn again after with boots and a leather jacket. A dress this fab deserves to be worn more than once
For us Southern Californians, rain is a rare occurrence. Well, until this year that is. We have had a bit of a winter and I can finally wear all my fabulous jackets without sweating like a crazy lady. Turns out when the ground is wet, you do actually have to dress accordingly. Here’s some of my favorite rain boots to get you from April showers to May flowers…
These Sorel Joan of Arctic wedge boots are top of my list. While they don’t look like your average rain boots, they are indeed weather proof. Aside from being practical, I love the hidden wedge to give your legs a little extra length. Shearling was a big trend for fall and the details on these have just the right amount to wear season after season.
Perhaps one of the best know makers of chic wellies is Hunter. A staple wether you’re hunting in the English country side, or in my case, doing school drop off on a rainy day. While their original tall boots are an obvious go-to in black, this season I love their Original Nebula Tall Boots in Wave Blue.
Hunter also offers a great trendy version with their Refined Short Biker Boots. Still water proof without looking it, and super on trend. An obvious choice for jeans but these would also slay with dark tights and a dress.
Now these last ones I am sliding on on a technicality- they are waterproof:) These Jeffrey Campbell Hurricane boots are too fun not to include. Translucent was a big trend for fall and just make sense in spring. Just be sure you’re wearing cute socks as they will be on display!
4:30am on a cold January morning, I loaded up my car with the brightest and most gorgeous spring fashions I could find and headed out to the famed Glamis sand dunes. It was a shoot the dream team I work with at San Diego Magazine had been hoping to do for quite some time. As you can imagine 5 women and racks and racks of clothes looked a bit out of place amongst hard core riders and their sand toys but after a few hiccups, including one very cranky and very tattooed gentleman in the trailer spot next to us, we quickly found our groove. What followed is one of my favorite shoots of all times.
The big take away here is that bold colors are big for spring. We shot the rainbow for this spread with a little something for everyone. Topping the color trends this season is lavender, as evidenced by this dreamy Caroline Constas dress. Pastels can sometimes be tricky while jewel tones are typically universally flattering, so deeper tones of pastels work too.
If you’re not yet comfortable rocking bold colors in your clothing, try out the trend with accessories, like sunglasses and belt bags (aka this season’s fresh take on the good ol’ fanny pack:) Celine, Quay and Chloe have some pretty colored peepers while almost everyone on the planet has their version of a belt bag.
While we went for head to toe monochromatic looks, if that is a bit too bold a palette, anchor a colorful piece with a more conservative piece like denim. Wide-leg, maximalist jeans are having a moment and I couldn’t be more thrilled. While dramatic, trust me, they make you look six feet tall and skinny- what’s better than that?!
You can also shoot bold color into other spring trends like suiting, anything tie dyed, crochet and feathers.
I am always big on having fun with your fashion and this spring there are so many ways to do so!