Millennial Style Guide (Guest Post) | CharlotteBehappy

A while ago I had a guest post by a woman called Tracey Clayton which you can find here. Here's she's returned with another post, so enjoy! If you're interested in guest posting/collaboration, email me here:
Millennial Style Guide: How to Look Your Best This Spring
Several months ago, during the most important fashion weeks, designers presented their spring collections and set the trends for the upcoming season. The spring is almost here so now is the perfect time to see which trends will stick around, especially when it comes to millennial fashion. Known as the generation who doesn't like to be told what to wear, like, or do, millennials are particularly picky when it comes to dressing. However, it turns out that certain trends are too adorable to be ditched, so here's how to look your best this spring.
Think pink
Two shades of pink dominated the fashion scene and imposed themselves as the colors for the spring of 2017 – one is ballet slippers blush-like pink and the other one is electric pink that brings the '90s fashion back to the scene. What's so special about it, you might ask? Well, for starters, it doesn't have that girly or feminine vibe pink is usually associated with. On the contrary – it's much more popular in boyish clothing, such as sweatshirts, and combined with not-so-girly materials, such as leather and faux leather. Find a bomber jacket or backpack in either of these shades and you'll surely turn some heads this spring.

Come on, kimonos!
Sometimes called “the bed jackets”, kimonos are one of those trends that have been around for a while now and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Why would they, when they're so comfy yet so chic? Various prints make them easily fitted into every style while comfy cut helps you achieve a relaxed silhouette. It can be styled in so many different ways – from bathing suit cover-up to 100 percent boho outfit. And remember – just because kimonos are usually patterned, that doesn't mean you should only combine them with monochromatic outfits. Pattern on pattern can look even better – you just need to use your imagination.
Mix high and low
One of the main postulates of millennial fashion philosophy is that although certain pieces might be pricey, fashion doesn't have to be. That means that mixing high-street and high-end pieces is more than welcome. As a matter of fact, shopping at flea markets and consignment stores is becoming a necessity – not only is it cheaper but also an eco-friendly and more entertaining way of shopping. Besides, it's easier to shop for larger sizes that way, since clothes fund in commercial stores don't always have a lot in common with actual average women sizes. So, this spring, feel free to pair your designer bag or shoes with a $10 shirt and wear it proudly.

Go matchy-matchy
Long gone are the times when matching upper and lower pieces was considered a fashion crime – millennials brought it back to the scene and that's why matched sets will be the hottest thing this spring. You can stick to the solids and get an elegant yet chic look or go edgy with printed matching sets. Although florals might not be groundbreaking for spring, they still make the perfect choice for sunny weather, so considered that when picking out your matchy-matchy set for spring day strolls. You can even mix and match a bit – if you're feeling like breaking up the sets and making your own combinations, just go for it. Remember that fashion is a playground where everything is allowed, so there's no reason not to wear your blue polka dot top with red and white striped skirt.

Ask any millennial fashionista about what fashion should be and they'll tell you the same thing – it should be personal and personalized. Fashion is, now more than ever, an expression of your identity and the good thing about spring fashion trends is that they offer a lot of room for playing and experimenting. That means that you can mix colors, materials, prices, and styles until you find the perfect way to show off your flare.

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers articles. She’s passionate about fashion, home d├ęcor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook