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Francesca Federico is a senior undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Global Liberal Studies and minoring in Classical Music and French. She has been studying in Paris since August 2012, at NYU's campus as well as with the Paris Conservatory. An opera singer and harpist, Francesca is interested in pursuing both fashion and classical music in her later life. She created her blog, The Minx, in 2009, and uses it as a visual diary of her travels and evolving personal style. Her favorite designers include Marni, Dior, Rochas, Theyskens Theory and Tsumori Chisato. Francesca is also an avid writer of both poetry and prose, having been published in Mexico City's Ofi Press magazine, as well as the Jacket2 experimental poetry journal out of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on her third novel. She is glad to have moved back to New York this fall, although her wanderlust is eternal.

How To Mix Your Winter Wardrobe With Spring Essentials

Spring is arguably the loveliest time of the year – flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and we ladies are tentatively peeling off the mountains of layers we had been shrouding ourselves with since October.  It’s not always practical to buy a new wardrobe every time the seasons change, but have you ever wondered if it’s possible to mix your favorite winter trends with new spring essentials? We plan to show you the many options you have at your disposal for mixing your tried-and-true winter pieces into a Spring ensemble.

Leather Skirt + Sleeveless Blouse : Instead of wearing turtlenecks and wool tights with a leather skirt, opt for a breezy sleeveless blouse instead. The proportions of both pieces are supremely flattering, and this combination can be both office and weekend-ready just by changing up your shoes.

Brighten Up Your Spring Wardrobe

Brighten Up Your Spring Wardrobe ( Photo Credit: Polyvore)

Spring Recommendation: Mother of Pearl Umiko blouse $388

Sequin Jacket + Crop Jeans  Don’t put that fantastic jacket you got for all the holiday parties this December into storage, but brighten up your look with a pair of cropped jeans. The length of the jeans keeps the jacket from feeling too heavy, and paired with a striped t-shirt and some embellished flats, this look will take you everywhere.

Left to Right: Current/Elliot jeans, Tory Burch jeans, Helene Berman blazer, Mango jeans, Current/Elliot jeans

Left to Right: Current/Elliot jeans, Tory Burch jeans, Helene Berman blazer, Mango jeans, Current/Elliot jeans (Photo Credit: Polyvore)

Spring Recommendation:  Current/Elliott jeans $248

Winter White Sweater + Skater Skirt : Using your trusty white fisherman’s sweater as a starting point, indulge your playful side with a skater skirt for Spring. The silhouette is universally flattering, and you can make it more or less formal by adding flat boots, a wide-brimmed hat, or colorful jewelry.

Clockwise from top left: Miss Selfridge skirt, Acne sweater, Topshop skirt, Alice + Olivia skirt, Starry Night NYC skirt

Clockwise from top left: Miss Selfridge skirt, Acne sweater, Topshop skirt, Alice + Olivia skirt, Starry Night NYC skirt ( Photo Credit: Polyvore)

Spring Recommendation: Topshop skirt $56

Peep-toe Booties + Denim Jacket : For all you urban warriors out there, you don’t have to give up your sturdy ankle boots just because the sun’s out. Wear a floral sundress, and anchor the look with a denim or army green jacket on top; you’ll be ready for anything, even the occasional Spring shower.

Clockwise from top left: Uniqlo jacket, Laurence Dacade boots, MiH Jeans jacket, Madewell X E&J parka, Forever 21 jacket

Clockwise from top left: Uniqlo jacket, Laurence Dacade boots, MiH Jeans jacket, Madewell X E&J parka, Forever 21 jacket ( Photo Credit: Polyvore)

Spring Recommendations: Madewell X Elizabeth and James jacket $295

 

 

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