45 spring statement-making pieces I'm loving right now.
Aside from the perfect weather being featured (a rarity for this New England style blogger), this look is one of my all-time favorites. A hand-me-up tank, pants I just had to have (but were only available a size larger than my usual) and a simple belt is chic go-to pretty much any day of the year. I’m also able to balance out the neutrals on the tops with a pop of color on the bottom that is super flattering for darker features.
I talk a lot about minimizing my wardrobe and what I own but in a recent conversation, I realized how limiting that can be for anyone who is trying to elevate their style. The truth behind creating a well-curated closet lies in personalizing classic pieces that make a statement without overwhelming the outfit or the person wearing it and I decided that sharing some ideas on how this can easily be accomplished (with items you can shop) was just what the Fashion Doctor ordered…
[Key; $ - $50 or under, $$ - $50-100, $$$ - $100 or over]
Red hot: If there’s a color that is more multi-purpose than a neutral, it’s red. Red has significance in so many ways, from good luck to female empowerment and there are so many ways to rock it either at work or after hours.
Like this Diane von Furstenberg Knit Pullover with Statement Cuffs ($$$), this Halogen Blouson Sleeve Top ($) and this Banana Republic Relaxed Camp-Collar Shirt ($$).
Black but not boring: I’m still just as faithful to my neutral wardrobe as ever. There’s just something about the drama factor of an all-black, all-white or all-beige ensemble. But specifically black because you could be a secret agent, fashion editor or a spy and nobody can tell.
Playing with pastels: For some inexplicable reason, (I blame winter) I have been so drawn to pastels as of late. They’re soft but fun pops of color that are muted enough to keep the rest of your look front and center if you need it to be.
These are not your mother’s “fashion rules”: ”No white after Labor Day” used to very much be a thing but with the mergence of “winter white”, the line between when you can and cannot wait to wear white. I’d like to think that wearing white jeans into September and beyond was my first foray into rebelling against traditional fashion rules. And now you can too.
The new neutral: As we prepare ourselves and our closets for the impending changing of the seasons, I’d like to suggest that a new strategy be introduced; orange as a neutral. You’ve likely seen it, well, everywhere, typically in a soft peach tone that allows for a pop of color while also being versatile for everyday wear.
Groutfit #goals: And then there’s my favorite of the minimalist fashion trends which has been characterized as a shade that I find slightly hilarious: grout. With this muted shade comes lots of potential for bravery, especially in the way of jumpsuits, overalls, dramatic skirts and other creative lines.
Seeing colors: If I have a fashion resolution for 2019, it’s to get more creative with my outerwear. While keeping to a few rules that allow for building my best, most interchangeable closet, I aspire to own beautiful pieces that will pick me up, sartorially-speaking, on rainy Sundays such as the one the Boston-area is experiencing right now.
In the black trenches: That being said, there is nothing as classic as the perfect black trench coat. It really needs no explanation.
Like this Calvin Klein Women's Asytmetrical Zip rain Coat with Removable Belt and Hood ($$$), this Na Kd Fluid Trench Black ($) and this New York & Company 7th Avenue - Belted Trench Coat ($$).
Navy service: Okay, and I don’t need tot ell you that navy is just as amazing and classic too.
LWD: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already packing for my summer vacation adventures and I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t already planning on incorporating white into that season wardrobe. Why? Because it’s one of the best times to flaunt a golden glow and wearing white one of the best ways to do that.
“Grape” style": Speaking of incorporating color into your wardrobe, another underrated shade is pretty much any dusty purple that is reminiscent of delicate spring blooms.
Grey-t expectations: And then there’s my weakness, an off-duty dress you can wear almost anywhere and needs no introduction.
Black-tastic: Just in case you thought I had forgotten about accessories, 1) I haven’t and 2) just because we won’t be layering up as much in the upcoming season, doesn’t mean we don’t need a little something extra to throw on, cinch or incorporate to accessorize our look.
Like these La Soula Sterling Silver Little Bar Path Diamond Stud Earrings ($$$), this Guess Coated Twill Baseball Hat ($) and this kate spade new york Spade Thin Bangle Bracelet ($$).
Blush-inducing: I would be remiss if I didn’t include something in my absolutely favorite color. Instant femininity, just add you.
White out: And lastly, what’s more contemporary than a monochrome look? This season I challenge you to pair an all-white look white white accessories. It’s almost like “trendsetter” is your middle name.
Like this Majorica Double Chain Simulated Pearl Necklace, 16" ($$$), these Taolei 18K Gold Plated Bar Pearl Ear Jacket ($) and these Ted Baker London 53mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($$).
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