Meet Lauren.

Our favorite rule in fashion is that there are no rules. Creativity and intention is ideal when putting together a look and it's important to step out of your comfort zone if you're looking to expand your style. With that said, it's also important to be frugal and take advantage of what resources you already have, or in other words, what's in your closet. Let's chat about what Lauren had in hers...

With flowers blooming everywhere this spring, it’s only appropriate to incorporate a floral touch to Lauren's look, hence the floral printed dress! Floral prints became trendy again around 2013 and continue to grace us with its iconic touch by being paired with dresses, shoes, bags, swimsuits and even accessories.

Let's pause here, if you haven't noticed, Lauren has a pair of silver pearl earrings in her dress. With that said, this was our stylish touch to her look. We like to push boundaries and sometimes earrings don't always belong in your ears, so feel free to get creative with your accessories!

A great way to have fun with floral patterns is to pair it with soft pastel colors, vibrant hues, and an even metallic accessories, which is why we paired Lauren’s outfit with a pair of medium, sized silver hoop earrings. All in all, matching prints can be difficult and whether you're going floral or not click here for a helpful guide on matching different prints. You can also click here for Vogue's advice on how to wear floral in Spring!

If we asked you what type of heel is the most comfortable and think you could wear the longest, which shoe would you pick? For us, the answer would be platforms. Usually, when most of us think about the platform shoe, we’re immediately transported back to the disco era! In the 70s, both men and women indulged in wearing platform shoes in order to outshine everyone else on the dance floor! (For an illustrative history of the platform shoe, click here!) Now, platform shoes have officially comeback in style and are still extremely comfortable, stylish, and versatile! They go great with just about anything such as skirts, rompers, skinny/boyfriend jeans, shorts, and even dresses and come in all sorts of styles including sandals, boots, and even sneakers! We love the versatility of platforms because it allows us to get creative with our look for any occasion! Check out the gallery below for platform inspo!

For some of us, the thought of wearing leather during the summer makes us sweat! We know that leather jackets are typically worn for the cooler temperatures, but when done right and with the right fabric, leather can have you feeling and looking cool even under the sun. The key to wearing leather for spring and summer is layering! Our advice would be to pair a leather jacket with a lighter and cooler fabric such as silk or linen. That being said, you can also try other fun, leather pieces like mini-skirts, shorts, tank tops, sandals, and even accessories. For example, you can pair a leather mini-skirt with a light basic cotton tee and a pair of cute sandals for the casual look or go with a pair of thin leather leggings, a dressy tank top and a pair of heels for a night out with your girlfriends. Thankfully leather isn’t limited by age, body shape, or even style!

We decided to top off her entire look with a wide-brimmed black hat! We know that for many of us hats can be intimidating and we fight our biggest battles in-store when trying to find a hat that fits our head properly. We have good news! The hat our Lauren is wearing can be perfect for any type of shape, style, season, and look! Usually, black is the go-to color, but keep an eye out for olive green, grey, and even white! However, the key to finding hats that suit you is to simply try on different styles and sizes and find the one that works best for you! The first step is finding the courage to give that hat you've been eyeing a chance!

Challenge: Lauren is just like you and this week we challenge you to add some metallic to your outfit, whether its with a statement earring, necklace, ring, or bracelet and throw in some form of leather into your look. Here's one last inspo link for how you can incorporate platforms with whatever look you're going for! Be inspired and share your creativity with us by using the hashtag #andieandaj on Instagram or Facebook!

Till next week,

Andie & AJ

Find the Look:

Dress (Urban Outfitters)

Leather Jacket (Kmart)

Heels (Ross)

Earrings (Francesca’s Boutique)

Hat (Forever 21)

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