Corporate-Chic Much to the delight of many a fashionista, a number of the looks on the spring runways are adaptable to the workplace. The ‘boyfriend’s dress shirt’ hit the catwalk at a number of shows, proving that a woman in ‘men’s clothing’ can be both elegant and sexy. Playing up to this is the popularity of contrasting collars on women’s button-downs. A style usually reserved for menswear, contrasting collars and cuffs bring a classy, Gatsby-esque signature to any look, and look sleek paired with a pair of tailored jeans. Another item making a comeback is the tea-length skirt. This easy-to-wear length is great for the office, and transitions easily into the evening. This piece is a staple you’re sure to love; purchased in a flirty pastel or vibrant floral, the tealength skirt is also an obvious choice for tea parties and Sunday brunches.
Ladies’ Lunches Speaking of tea parties and brunch, the popular pastel palette this spring is perfectly pretty for lunching with girlfriends or sipping cocktails on a downtown patio. The aforementioned floral prints all the rage this year are wonderful when used in sheer fabrics for blouses, and pair beautifully with what is perhaps this season’s most approachable and adaptable must-have: the wideleg trouser. Particularly in white, widelegged pants were everywhere on the spring runways this year. Also a tailored look, the power suit is back – and the trend spans the gamut of styles: Bright bold patterns and colours are an instant way to make an impact, but a classic cream or navy always looks good. No matter what, paired with a beautiful stiletto, a suit is a put-together look that is versatile and timeless.
Warmer Nights, Hotter Styles From elegant to electric, this spring’s evening wear styles are all about making a sexy statement. Although the crop top is making a return as a hot trend this season, there are a variety of more approachable options for those who shy away from baring their midriffs. Metallic and iridescent fabrics and accents are everywhere this season, from shimmery mini skirts to highly embellished necklines and studded epaulettes.
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Rain Boots These aren’t your Grandpa’s galoshes anymore. In the last few years, a number of glamorous designers have jumped into puddle-stomping wear, creating trendy and elegant varieties of the boots that keep your feet dry all season.
Heel Guards It’s a wonder these treasures aren’t available in every corner store. Heel guards slip over your stiletto or pump heel and are sturdy and wide at the base to prevent your heels from sinking into the damp ground. Leave the irrigation to the experts.
Sun Hats You need at least one good sun hat in the spring – you want to be protected, whether it’s during a day at the beach, or a lunch with friends.
Sunglasses Give into your excitement for the return of sunny days, and splurge on a really great pair of quality sunglasses. If there is any piece that deserves to be invested in, it’s one that is fashionable and protective to your vision.