Monday, March 10

Five Key Pieces For Spring

Want a whole new spring look? Go for it!  But consider these smart options first.  They'll be your closet's MVPs.

Key Piece #1- Denim Jacket

Why it works: You already know how versatile it is.  The trick is to make this workhorse feel a little more thoroughbred.  Look for of-the-moment details:  a band collar and zippers instead of metal buttons.  Then, for a pleasing contrast, pair it with silky floral shorts and saunter into the winner's circle.



Key Piece #2- The Striped Dress

Whether it's soft and subtle or big and bold, this pattern seems to signal warm weather and always feels fresh.

Why it works: You can take a blue-striped classic shirt-dress anywhere.  Red and white accessories will always look right with it- but add one pattern you won't see on a flagpole, like this abstract print scarf.

Linea Weekend


Why it works: For a Coco Chanel in St. Barts vibe, select a dress with horizontal sailor's stripes and a long, skinny silhouette.  Give the look polish with a canvas and reptile skin bag in place of a straw tote, or strappy studded sandals instead of espadrilles.

Michael Kors
Calypso St. Barth

Michael Kors
Michael Kors


Key Piece #3- Flowy Pants

They're a nice change from body-hugging, curve-revealing clingers.  I love you, skinny jeans, but sometimes I just want to exhale.

Why it works: A fluid material, like silk, creates a beautifully slouchy drape.  Choose a top that's equally relaxed, like this drop-shoulder sweater.  If you're craving a bit of structure, try a crisp white blazer and neutral pumps.  Top it off with a sophisticated top handle purse.

Weekend by Max Mara

Weekend by Max Mara
LAUREN by Ralph Lauren
Alexander McQueen


Why it works: Don't be afraid of combining a bold pattern with a loose silhouette.  Elastic at the ankles keeps the volume in check.  Top with a cool leather blazer that echoes the breeziness of the bottoms.

Dorothy Perkins
Zero + Maria

Elizabeth and James

Charles David
Zac Posen

Key Piece #4- White Jacket

I'd never call this plain vanilla.  It's fresh, cool, and as sweet as you want it to be- the perfect topping for a dish like you.

Why it works: Tired of your tough black moto jacket?  Time to trade it in for something a little lighter and frothier.  Girl it up with satiny pastel trousers, sexy heels and rose gold accents.

Gianvito Rossi
Stella McCartney


Why it works: Restraint is the secret to this ladylike look.  Nothing distracts from the pristine silhouette- no collar or lapels, no scarf, no frills.  It's just pure shape and simple lines.  Punctuate with black and white accents.

House of Harlow

Vince Camuto
Jimmy Choo
River Island

Key Piece #5- The Flippy Skirt

What do you get when you cross a ballerina with a figure skater?  Not sure, but I think she'd want to give this cut a whirl.

Why it works: Especially graceful in a longer length, this skirt is also super-comfy thanks to the forgiving folds of fabric.  Balance the romantic bottom half with more graphic pieces, like a striped top, a bold bag, and textured heels.

Ralph Lauren
Alexander McQueen

Ann Taylor
Saint Laurent
Nine West

Why it works: A shorter hem gives this look a playful feel.  Go with a top in the same spirit, like this totally fierce animal-print pullover.  The next best thing to bare feet?  Flats that showcase your brilliant pedicure. 

Alexander Wang

Ralph Lauren
Bottega Veneta
Stella McCartey

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