Spring-Summer Style Bucket List
I’m always excited about the spring/summer season and the new trends that come with it. Although I don’t think of myself as a very trendy person, it’s always fun to throw some fun, of-the-moment pieces in your wardrobe to refresh your classic pieces. I also like trying new things to express myself, but I also want to make sure that any new piece I put in my closet is worth what I am spending.
When we work with clients, we are always strategic about shopping. I use the same rules when I buy for myself. Since working as an associate stylist at DC Style Factory, I find that I don’t select trends based solely on the fact that they are “cute.” I also weigh how that garment works with the rest of my wardrobe. A little test I do is to envision the garment working with at least three things that I have in my existing wardrobe. Sometimes I take it a step further and try to think of ways the garment can be worn across different seasons. This helps me avoid wasteful purchases — and I know anything I buy will NOT be collecting dust in my closet!
Here are three trends that I am super excited to try in this warm weather that I know will work well with what I already own.
I am all for baring my shoulders this spring/summer for day and night. This trend looks great on women of all ages and sizes. Even Sarah Rutson, VP of global buying at Net-a-Porter thinks so: “Everyone’s shoulder’s look great.” You can find the cold shoulder trend in multiple blouse and dress silhouettes. Here are two of my faves.
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Similar, gingham Cold Shoulder Shirt, TopShop, $65 here
This would go perfect with any pair of jeans. However, I personally would opt for white high-waist jeans (alternative: midrise) or boyfriend jeans to give an all around relaxed, tomboyish look.
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Similar, TopShop, $55 here.
I absolutely love Leandra Medine of Man Repeller AND this dress! You can pair a cold shoulder dress with the perfect pair of pointed toe pumps or heeled sandals for an evening out. Leandra is wearing a cold shoulder sweater dress in the photo above. However, for the spring/summer season opt for one lighter in fabric.
Pajamas as chic street style? Sign me up! I have been dying to try this trend. If you are going full pajama (head to toe), I recommend a silky fabric instead of cotton. This way it feels like a dressy jumpsuit. I also will opt for smaller, detailed print for my pajama look — like Olivia Palermo here — rather than bolder, larger print. I don’t want to look like I am 10 years old ready for bedtime! Also, shoes and accessories are crucial in this look. I would stick with dressing this look up with heels, clutch and some fabulous jewelry. Making pajamas for a day look is a little trickier — it can end up looking like you just didn’t bother to get dressed.
I would also recommend always wearing this look with a little boost; a stiletto pump or strappy heel is a necessity when you are rocking pajamas. Anything else looks too relaxed and this trend is relaxed enough. Not ready to jump all the way in? No worries. You can opt for a pajama-inspired top with dark skinny jeans, a pointed pump and clutch for going out or a cute brogue for daywear.
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Similar, TopShop, $75 here.
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Paying tribute to my tomboy and sporty aesthetic with a little mesh fun this season! The athleisure trend, including mesh, has been on the scene for several seasons and it is still going strong. I love how it’s great on any woman too. Just the other day we chose a relaxed fitting mesh blouse that cinched at the waist for a 60-something client. For a going out look, we paired with a camisole, dark wash skinny’s and a pointed pump. She looked fabulous!
Similar, TopShop, $40 here.
I would absolutely do the same thing with both tops shown. However, if I wanted to dress it down, I would pair both pieces with a boyfriend or skinny jean and a cute summer sandal or slip on sneaker.
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