A Note on Style: What to Buy in February

Hi, LDV readers! This is Karima from A Note on Style. For me, February is the time to regroup my thoughts on what I want to wear through the next few months. I’d like to pull together looks that hint at spring even though the weather may not be in sync. I’m currently focusing on pieces predominantly in ivory, knowing they will get tons of mileage right through summer. It’s not too early to pick up a pair of shoes, jeans, bag or top that are buy now/wear now friendly to update and brighten up pieces in your closet.

If you’ve been on the fence about white shoes, the Chloé Quincey loafer may suit you. It’s not bright white so therefore a lot easier on the eye. The milky shade complements denim, black, khaki, gray…really everything. A white shoe continues to reign as the quickest game changer for any spring look.

I’ve had my eye on several white everyday bags and keep coming back to this one from Wandler. It’s pretty fair on the wallet priced at $890. When I saw a macrame strap from Marni I could add, that clinched it. I love the versatility it brings to the Wandler bag. Stella McCartney used a generous dose of macrame in the SS18 collection adding an on-point cool vibe to so many looks. It is a little unexpected and quite beautiful.

I wear white jeans year round and always like to give them an update or tweak in the spring. Currently, I like the classic silhouette and straight leg of these from Goldsign (also available here). The waist line is right on target, welcoming tops that are either tucked in or left undone. Best of all, they’re in crisp 100% cotton, which is how I prefer white denim.

Another simple piece that every well-rounded wardrobe should include is a white turtleneck. It’s a tad more bold than black and looks fantastic under plaid jackets, layered under sweaters or even dresses for extra warmth. I like this from JoosTricot for its fitted, but not too snug, shape and its decent weight.

Lastly, I think a new pair of sunglasses is perhaps the easiest thing to buy offering instant gratification and feeling current. To me, they have the same effect as buying a new lipstick, although at a more substantial price point. I’ve got my eye on pale frames this season, like these and these from Chloé.

Once these pieces are selected and in place, it’s time to mix and match with some other cool items for spring…

The menswear inspired blazer that was so dominant for fall has translated well into spring designs as well. Look for checks and plaids in soft hues. Tibi has a number of them, including this Prince of Wales in gray. I’m also fond of this pinstripe and this blue checked pattern. A blazer makes me feel pulled together and polished, even if I’m just tossing it on with jeans and a tee. It’s a super versatile piece to layer over knits now and a tank in the summer.

If the weather is too chilly to go sockless, I’ll toss on a pair of Falke cotton socks. I’ve loved this well established brand dating back to my buying days at Lina Lee in the 80’s. A neutral is in line with my taste, but if you’re feeling bold, go for a color or texture and make a subtle statement.

I like to balance blazers and loafers, which lean toward a tom-boy style, with at least one feminine piece. Jewelry usually does the trick. It can be as understated as a delicate ear climber, like this diamond and gold beauty from Maria Black.

Come summer, I’ll be looking for pieces to build around another uniform of mine – black and white. This could be something as simple as a new striped tee or a classic tank, but the key to giving these essentials a new life is introducing texture and metallic touches.

The macrame strap is a must and just looks so chic starkly placed against a white bag. I love the combination of the two – combining a handmade, artisan detail against a clean, structured bag.

I’d play with gold accents to tie everything together. Texture is good too. The heel height and shape of Chloé’s suede sandal is exactly the feel I’m going for. I love this very wearable shoe and it’s going straight in my shopping cart. I’d incorporate more texture with a simple woven Bottega Veneta belt that has the subtlest touch of gold on the buckle. It’s a classic worth investing in now that will be worn for years to come.

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