Spring fashion finds.
Details and big bags are a trend this season. The more detail, the better. With pockets on the side for a cell phone and camera, this bag will take you to business meetings or a day at the park, Sideways owner Peggy Henry says. Also, this bag is great for everyday wear and could be a carryall for a weekend getaway — did someone say “beach?”
Big Buddha purse ($82), Nakamol bracelet ($38) and Tolani scarf ($75), all from Sideways; Moushart Regina gold and onyx necklace ($99), Little Black Dress; Reef “Buckle Up” sandals ($34), Island Nation.
Suzanne Kallay, manager at Mode Boutique, says the hottest trend for spring is bold, bright colors. "Go see ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic,’” she says. Fuchsia is the “it” color for spring ... such as this Wish rayon baby doll blouse ($72), Mode Boutique; Mousehart Brooke earrings ($69), Little Black Dress; Alice+Trixie Paige top ($250), Little Black Dress; and Lockheart slouch bag ($595), Miss Jackson’s.
This Alice+Olivia bow blouse ($198) from Miss Jackson’s has great girly details and a cheery hue. One of the hottest trends for spring is the pairing of feminine, vintage-like pieces with modern, menswear-inspired basics, says Rachel Kern, visual merchandiser at Miss Jackson’s. Wear this top with a pencil skirt for work and denim for everything else. Sweet Romance crystal earrings ($30), Sideways.
Lady in Red
For an essential casual outfit, combine a quality pair of denim capris with a luscious, beaded, A-line top. By adding an edgy leather satchel bag, your attire moves from sultry to savvy, says Lisa Remy, co-owner of Lavish Fine Apparel. Complete the look with a handcrafted, scroll design bracelet and earrings. This wearable ensemble will carry you through a spring afternoon to an evening out with friends, Remy says. Michael by Michael Kors red blaze top ($99.50); Adriano Goldschmied denim capris ($150); Lockheart metallic silver leather satchel ($750); and Lois Hill sterling silver bracelet ($499) and earrings ($155), all from Lavish Fine Apparel.
Cowboy fan or not, orange is a powerful color for spring. This brightly colored trench coat ($156) and striking Robert Graham “Bahia” blouse ($248), both from Donna’s, are must-have items this season, owner Donna Brollier says. Complete the look with this Toss animal tote ($97) and matching cosmetic bag ($31), both from Donna’s.
The Long and Short of it
Long. A staple for this spring and summer, long, easy dresses in striking patterns will take you to a wedding or grocery shopping. Plenty by Tracy Reese color-field maxi dress ($325), Miss Jackson’s (has a built-in bra for added ease!), and Tommy Bahama “Fez Palm Floor Dress” ($178), Island Nation.
Short. Staying true to fashion history during recessions, there is no such thing as too much color. This striking purple dress ($84) by Wish Collection can be worn for Saturday brunch with flip-flops and then transformed for evening with big earrings and heels, says Peggy Henry, owner of Sideways. Kelly Mize, owner of Little Black Dress, recommends this strapless “Beverly” dress by Alice+Trixie ($249). This halter dress ($125) by Tommy Bahama features nautical colors and a braided rope detail — perfect for spring, Island Nation owner Pam Langston says. Versatile dresses are a trend this season, Henry says. This graphic-inspired dress by Hazel ($106), available at Sideways, fits comfortably on a variety of body types. During the day, pair it with a cardigan, and in the evening pair it with feather earrings.
If bold colors are outside your comfort zone, keep to the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Opt for neutral basics with a bold accessory and you’ll still be in style. Off-white Rock Revival Debbie boot-cut jeans with tab pockets and tan stitching ($148), Mode Boutique. Pair these with anything, especially black, Kallay says. She says flattering, feminine and fitted is a must with this black Karlie ruffled blouse ($48), Mode Boutique. Bright ceramic timepieces can get super pricey, Kern says. This plastic version by Toy Watch ($195) marries quality engineering with affordability. It’s also available in several other saturated hard candy shades at Miss Jackson’s.