It’s still just above freezing here in Northern California, and it looks like this El Nino weather is quickly moving across the country. Right now I’m enjoying the chance to layer all my favorite sweaters and jackets, some of which I haven’t worn in a year or two, thanks to the mild/hot weather we’ve had. But it’s always fun to look ahead and see how to incorporate new pieces to update your wardrobe without looking like a total fashion victim or breaking the bank. Taking cues from recent runway shows, there are a few spring trends that can last year-round with the right combinations and accessories.
Seventies-inspired suede continues to appear in the collections of Balmain and Alberta Ferretti, to name a few. To keep from looking like you raided your mom’s attic, pick a piece with modern lines and versatility. An overshirt in a neutral camel color can double as a light jacket when warmer weather arrives.
Evoke the romance of Ali MacGraw in “Love Story” with a collegiate look. A basic turtleneck worn underneath will keep you cozy, and a wrap plaid skirt is feminine without sacrificing warmth. Defy stuffiness with patchwork heeled oxfords and a fringed purse. Extra style points: tights in a plum or maroon color.
Leather overshirt, Zara, $79.99; Merino high-neck turtleneck, Uniqlo, $29.90; Plaid skirt, Madewell, $89.50; Urban Originals fringed shoulder bag, Nordstrom, $59.98; Chie Mihara oxfords, Shoescribe, $238.00.
A simple white tee and high-waisted jeans are taken to brunch-worthy level for spring. Wear the overshirt mostly buttoned-up with a quarter tuck, or untucked and open like a jacket. Bright platform sandals and swingy earrings are a cue that summer isn’t too far away. Extra style points: a floppy hat, patterned scarf, or thick socks in case the day takes a cooler turn.
Leather overshirt, Zara, $79.99; Elisabeth white t-shirt, Aritzia, $20.00, High-waisted flare jeans, H&M, $39.99; Highness lace-up sandals, Topshop, $48.00; Majid hoop earrings, Anthropologie, $39.95.
Dresses that look like they should stay strictly in the boudoir are getting some outside wear. These looks walked the runways of Calvin Klein, Givenchy, and Alexander Wang. Look for thin straps, lace, and peekaboo details. Dress up with cozy sweaters and cover-ups so people don’t think you’re sleepwalking.
Here’s a bit of a throwback to the grunge period (yes, children of the 90s and naughts!). Toughen up a velvety slip dress with an oversize sweater, combat boots, and beanie. A wrap coat adds that grown-up bit of polish.
An embroidered bomber jacket is the perfect sporty-glam foil to a slip dress. White sneakers and a boxy cross-body bag make it a great all-day, run-around-town spring outfit.
Silk velvet dress, Aritzia, $99.00; Antik Batik bomber, Yoox, $176.00; Adidas superstar sneakers, Urban Outfitters, $80.00; Tassel necklace, Forever 21, $6.90; Ivanka Trump crossbody bag, Nordstrom, $195.00.
What other spring trends are you looking forward to wearing in 2016?