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Joyful Spring Outfits to Brighten Even the Dreariest of Days

Bold hues, volume, and bright prints are guaranteed to boost your mood.

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I'm a fashion girl through and through, so getting dressed in the morning is my favorite part of the day. But there's a lot going on in the world right now, and "cute spring outfits" may not be something you've had a moment to think about. Still, I find myself turning to fashion as a much-needed escape from our current reality, and a huge trend for spring was the idea of "joyful dressing." Joyful dressing is exactly what it sounds like: Bold hues, volume, and bright prints were seen on spring/summer catwalks far and wide. Frankly, we all need a dose of joy right now, and even if you're unable to be out in the world, you can celebrate the arrival of spring with these playful, mood-boosting outfits. As for me, I'm dreaming of better days ahead...filled with inspired looks.

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1 Tie Dye
cute spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

The psychedelic print is back. Tie dye was revived this season by designers, and the colorful swirls were all over the runways. Due to an unexpected turn of events, tie-dying has now become everyone’s favorite at-home activity. We love a multipurpose trend! Anyway, I love this look because it’s hippy-dippy with some edge. The oversized moto jacket toughens up the look, and is perfect for transitional weather. Add a pair of platform black Birkenstocks as a nod to tie dye's hippy roots. Tie it all together with a cute nylon backpack and you're ready to go.

1. RAEY moto jacket, $1,288; 2. Notte Rimini necklace,$102; 3. Notte Dream a Little Dream necklace, $119; 4. REDONE tank top, $74; 5. MSGM jeans, $185; 6. Prada backpack, $1,200; 7. Birkenstocks, $220.

2 Keep It Classic
cute spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

There’s nothing like a simple shirtdress. It's one of those foolproof, forever pieces in your wardrobe. A shirtdress is a great for the days when you want to look polished, but the effort just isn’t there. Keep your accessories classic and simple: Layer gold necklaces and add a pair of gold hoops, then finish off the look with a classic leather bag, gold lace-up sandals, and aviators. I'm always the most overdressed person in the room, but I've learned sometimes that less is more. (Key word here is sometimes.)

1. Celine sunglasses, $450; 2. Mango shirtdress, $56; 3. Jennifer Fisher Lily hoops, $395; 4. Alighieri necklace, $340; 5. Alighieri pendant, $730; 6. Audette bag, $380; 7. Loeffler Randall sandals, $225.

3 The New Suit
cute spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

The short suit is one of this season's biggest trends. It floated down the runway in different colors, prints, lengths, and fabrics. Off the runway, the trend is super wearable. While we’re at it, why not incorporate another big trend, the bralette? The look can take you from day to night. Wear the jacket closed throughout the day and open it up to show off your bralette for a sexy nighttime look. Elevate your all black look with some jewel-toned accessories. Pro tip: The short suit can be great for work if your company has a laid-back dress code. For a work-appropriate ensemble I would swap out the bralette and sandals for a high-neck knit tank and a pair of mules.

1. Zara blazer, $90; 2. Lele Sadoughi headband, $80; 3. Ben Amun earrings, $230; 4. Zara bralette, $40; 5. Tod’s shorts, $545; 6. Bottega Veneta bag, $2,591; 7. Jaggar Rein sandals, $152.

4 Double Denim
spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

I’ve had pictures of this Ganni denim corset saved on my Instagram for weeks and am obsessed with it. I’m constantly inspired by the “Scandi cool girls” who rock Ganni on the regular. So my dream spring outfit would be this feminine corset styled with a relaxed-fit pair of jeans. So easy, yet so cool. I’ve kept the accessories minimal because the corset is clearly the star of this show.

Shop the look: 1. Ganni top, $265; 2. Missoma choker, $97; 3. AGOLDE jeans, $188; 4.Gelareh Mizrahi bag, $495; 5. Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, $90.

5 Let's Get Tropical
spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

This isn’t your dad’s Hawaiian shirt…it’s Prada. I love the juxtaposition of a slinky red slip dress under a boxy poplin shirt. For the full effect, leave the shirt open to keep things relaxed. After a long winter of wearing black, I love to experiment with color come springtime. Don't be afraid to amp up the bold color combo of the shirt by adding red and orange accessories.

1. Topshop slip dress, $61; 2. Prada poplin shirt, $1,120; 3. Timeless Pearly earrings, $245; 4. Donni red beaded choker, $51; 5. Anita Berisha pearl choker, $280; 6. Simon Miller mules, $390.

6 Sweet Sherbet
spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

This Staud corset came down the runway paired with hot pink shorts, and I loved the sherbet color combination. I wanted to give the bold look a new spin by incorporating printed shorts and a menswear-inspired blazer. When it comes to rocking such bold colors, keep the accessories very minimal. Wrap up the look with some dainty gold jewelry and flat sandals.

Shop the look: 1. Jacquemus blazer, $1,150; 2. Mejuri hoops, $50; 3. Maslo Slide necklace, $44; 4. Staud bustier top, $235; 5. Off-White shorts, $750; 6. Staurt Weitzman Merinda sandal, $350.

7 In The Trenches
spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

Here’s an outfit that’s just as easy as athleisure but more polished: Start off with a trench coat, a classic springtime piece. Style your trench with a neutral rugby shirt, straight leg jeans, and a practical bucket bag. I’m a maximalist, so of course I added some pearl mules to slightly dress it up—but if you want to keep things 100 percent casual, swap the mules for a classic pair of white sneakers.

1. Donni Rugby ½ Zip, $175; 2. ASOS sunglasses , $15. 3. Venessa Arizaga Luna necklace, $75; 4. H&M oversized trench coat, $70; 5. Levi’s jeans, $98; 6. Louis Vuitton Noe BB, $1,270; 7. Jimmy Choo mules, $1,579.

8 Florals, For Spring? Groundbreaking.
cute spring outfits
Design by Morgan McMullen

A floral dress is a springtime staple, but I challenge you to go full floral. Fashion girls love to mix prints, but the bold styling choice might be intimidating to some. Here’s a little tip on how to make mixed prints wearable: Instead of choosing two wildly different patterns, choose two very similar floral printed pieces. The dress and cardigan share the same pink and yellow color scheme. The pattern is small and not overbearing. Tone down the ultra-feminine look with easy cool girl-inspired accessories such as gold chain jewelry and causal sneakers.

1. Molly Goddard cardigan, $377; 2. Adina’s Jewels chunky open link necklace, $198; 3. Bauble Bar curb chain hoops, $44; 4. Reformation dress, $248; 5. The M Jewelers signet ring, $100;
6. Kaanas woven bucket bag, $45; 7. Superga sneakers, $65.

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