Now and Later | Spring Trends #2

Spring Trends 2-Intro

We’re back with more trends for spring. If you’re planning to downsize your wardrobe and sticking to buying only a few new pieces each season, consider making these part of your purchase this quarter.

Victorian vibes

The Victorians may have been known for being very uptight, but the runways’ take on it for spring ’16 depicts a much more carefree outlook. Erdem, Gucci, and Alexander McQueen were just a few who mixed high necklines and lace with flowing silhouettes and opulent details. To keep your look from being literal, pick more streamlined items that you can still wear with your favorite weekend casuals.

Victorian vibes now

Start with a high-necked, long-sleeved dress any Victorian wouldn’t feel shy in. Layer on a sumptuous coat with embroidery or pattern to add color. Add a dash of rock n’ roll with a studded belt and tall lace-up boots that wouldn’t have felt out of place at the turn of the century.

Dress, Reiss, $132; Tracy Reese faux-fur coat, Anthropologie, $398; Lace-up book, Jeffrey Campbell for Free People, $298; Michael Kors Studded Belt, Nordstrom, $48.

Victorian vibes later

Take this look to the office then to happy hour. An embroidered waistcoat gives you warmth if you need it, while red velvet ankle boots bring in another trend that’s also gaining popularity. An ornate necklace is perfect if you’re going somewhere dressy.

Dress, Reiss, $132; Embroidered gilet, Topshop, $150; Victorian necklace, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, $120; Velvet boots, Urban Outfitters, $99.

Pleats please

Pleats, once the realm of schoolgirls, is all grown up. Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, and Valentino features pleats to give structure to dresses or add a bit of flirtatious flounce. Play with longer lengths for dresses and skirts, so you don’t look like you’re on your way home from cheerleading practice.


The metallic materials gives this pleated skirt a tough edge. A sporty sweater balances out the ladylike vibe of a faux fur scarf and pointy boots.

Skirt, Ted Baker London, $214; Sweater, Farfetch, $150.64; Faux fur scarf, Net-a-Porter, $118; Over the knee boot, Calvin Klein, $192.50.


Step into spring with a tongue-in-cheek nod to preppy schoolmarms. Add a lacy top, sexy Mary Janes, and a playful floral shoulder bag and you’ll have that subtle-but-sexy look down pat.

Skirt, Ted Baker London, $214; Lace blouse, River Island, $40; Floral print leather bag, Coach, $375; Mary Jane heels, Ivanka Trump, $139.95

Spring/Summer 2016 certainly seems a lot girlier than previous seasons, but I’m not mad at that. As a somewhat vertically challenged person, I find wearing dresses and skirts easier than buying pants that inevitably have to be hemmed. What clothing challenges do you find yourself constantly facing?

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