When I consider the items I’d like to introduce to my spring wardrobe, I find myself leaning towards traditional pieces with a twist. I don’t mean a subtle tweak to the classics either. My favorites right now are injected with a major dose of style. I think of them as statement pieces to wear individually with my everyday basics. Any of these items would add a load of chic to my go-to outfits of jeans and a tee or head-to-toe monochromatic white or black.
The trench coat is a spring essential, but this season, the style variations are numerous. For example, the Burberry iconic trench is elevated with sketch inspired doodles making it a highly collectible piece. I also like the paired back styling on Rosie Assoulin’s belted trench, the relaxed silhouette from Alberta Ferretti, the olive green on this Isabel Marant and the frayed edge detailing from Elizabeth and James.
I update my stripe tops every spring. I wear them so often, I like to find a detail that makes them feel fresh and current. The military style gold buttons on Vanessa Bruno’s add just enough punch to the everyday classic. A variation on the stripe in color or pattern looks good to me too. I like these options from M.I.H. and A.P.C.
If I want to wear the latest in bags, I’d be smart to toss on a belt bag. They’re back and better than ever. I love to have one when I travel and stylish ones are not always available, so I’ll scoop up a couple this season guaranteeing I’ll have good options on my next trip. Meanwhile, I’d be happy belting any of these on for a hands-free day running around town. Logos, color and texture make them the most current.
If I need something bigger than the belt bag, I also like the bold shopper totes from Fendi, Dior and Gucci. This is where I’d play up a pattern or introduce transparency, another key element for spring. Interestingly, many of my favorites are from the mens department.
The jewelry pieces on my radar fall into two categories, oversized necklaces and variations on hoop earrings. I’ve talked about hoops before, both classic and updated, and they’re still my earring of choice. Charlotte Chesnais continues to artistically elevate them and is one of my first picks. An oversized necklace is the other accessory that can instantly transform an outfit from boring to wow. I stick to classic references, like a simple round bead, then look for a detail that makes it special and unique. I love this one.
It took me awhile to find a pair of white shoes I really loved, but now that I’ve embraced and worn them, I’m hooked. Part of my hesitation was the starkness of a bright white shoe. But this spring, designers have added embellishment which I think breaks up the boldness nicely. Any sort of detail will do to achieve this, but I’m drawn more to buckles, bows, and stones. Take a look below.