For fashionable people, the dawn of a new season means that it’s time to start cleaning and restocking the closet. It’s easy to scope out trends and incorporate them into your closet, but being fashion-forward is all about taking trends and incorporating them into your style in interesting, creative ways. Fashion blogger Abby Miller, author of The Denver Darling, shares tips about what is new for spring and how you can incorporate these trends into your own wardrobe in a fashion-forward way.
Abby Miller
Denver Darling
Denver, CO 80202

A Denver native, Abby Miller is passionate about fashion, and she knows how to balance style with the active lifestyle that comes with being a Denver resident. She lives in LoHi, among the most fashionable residents in the city, and she routinely shares her personal style with readers via photos and advisory posts. Miller’s fun sense of humor and polished style have made her blog popular with Denver residents and other readers. She regularly posts outfit ideas for everything from snowshoeing to hitting the city, and the Denver Darling blog also features lifestyle posts, offering a fashionable guide to the Mile High city.

Mix And Match

Making your own wardrobe more fashion-forward doesn’t require an entire overhaul. Miller suggests that one of the easiest ways to do it is with accessories. “You can wear an old white shirt, jeans and boots and look perfectly put together with a cozy scarf for winter or light weight scarf for spring. If you are thinking of investing in a piece, a nice structured purse always pulls a look together and can make it look more fashion-forward.” Accessories are some of the easiest pieces in your wardrobe to swap, and they can change the vibe of an entire outfit.

Incorporate Trends That Suit You

Being fashion-forward doesn’t mean taking every trend and putting them all into your closet, nor does it mean rocking all of them at the same time. True style comes from knowing your personal tastes and pairing outfits that suit it. It’s also important to ensure that your clothes fit properly. “I always have to get things hemmed or arms shortened because I am 5′ 3″ and it really makes a difference in the over all look,” says Miller. The same goes for clothing that is either a size too big or a size too small. Stop worrying so much about the label, and pay attention to whether or not the look is flattering with your body.

Play With The Classics

Many of this spring’s trends are carry overs from fall, including 70s inspiration and mixing and matching prints. Miller also notes the following. “Prominent trends for spring 2016 include feminine fabrics, mixed textures, unexpected pleats, cold shoulders blouses, flowy florals and classic whites with a twist. Another trend I am loving is uber girlie, but grown-up touches, like ruffles — which can turn an otherwise ordinary look into something very flirtatious and sweet.” These trends can be incorporated into what you already own by pairing classic basics with more trendy styles. For example, if you’re interested in rocking a floral a-line mini skirt with inverted pleats, pair it with a classic white tee and add a statement necklace from your fall haul.

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Integrate Your Wardrobe

Native Coloradans, as well as those who’ve lived here for a while, know that in the spring, the weather can be very unpredictable, and as such, it never makes sense to completely retire seasonal staples. However, Miller recommends changing up the colors as the season transitions. “Florals and feminine fabrics are always a favorite of mine, especially coming out of the winter when fabrics are heavy and dark. Pastels are always a timeless look for spring and colors like blush or powder blue and and winter whites are perfect to start integrating now and will easily transition in the coming months.”

It’s Okay to Be Non-Committal

One of the best ways to be fashion-forward is to take calculated fashion risks that showcase your personal style, and the best way to do this is to try different looks until you’re familiar with what looks good on you. Miller recommends utilizing fast fashion retailers as an inexpensive way to test the waters. She also advises using websites in which you can “rent” clothing. “It is much easier to find unique and fun pieces at affordable prices than it used to be. I love Forever 21, H&M, Express and online store like Asos, Lulus, or Chicwish. I also think online accessory and clothing subscription sites like Rent the Runway and Rocksbox can be a great way to update your wardrobe inexpensively! I use, which is an easy way to swap out designer sunglasses as often as you’d like for $24 a month (sign up for a free month with code DenverDarling).”

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