Friday, March 20, 2015

Basics and Trends

It's time to take stock of your closet and change out your fall and winter clothes for spring and summer. Fashion experts recommend 70% of our wardrobes should be classics and 30% more trendy, fun pieces. So, take some time to make sure you have the classics you need (trench coat, jean jacket, black pants,etc) or your "meat and potatoes". Then take a look in the magazines, online and in the stores to determine which pieces from the spring trends, you like for your "dessert", to update your
look this season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gap

To help you get stared, I'm suggesting a list of basics/classics
every well-dressed woman should have in her closet -
As they say, April showers bring May flowers—don't get caught in a rainstorm without one of these.
APC trench coat, $638,
Slip a denim jacket over your floral dress for a casual and cool edge—and to easily transition from chilly nights.
Gap jacket, $70,
Jean jacket - great versions from the Gap and Levis, as well as 
                     JBrand and high end designers
Trench coat - in classic beige or tan or black              GapGap
Long cardigan- ideal for travel and more            
Black blazer - for work or play
Leather jacket- a moto style is edgy but classic, too
White button down blouse
Silk blouse- in a flattering color
Cashmere sweater- not necessarily black :)
Striped T Shirt
Few T's and Tanks

WhiteStripe Rayon Linen Short Sleeve Tee

Great fitting jeans and white jeans
Great fitting black pants
Pencil skirt
Black ( or navy or charcoal grey) suit- pants or skirt
Little black dress- that can be dresses up or down
Little white dress ( a new classic)
Boots- short and knee high
Evening shoes- sandals or pumps
Classic handbag, evening clutch and a tote  Pointed Leather HeelsLouis Vuitton Leather Tote in Monogram

Of course, you have and need more in your wardrobe. What those garments are depend on your lifestyle- more dresses, suits trousers...for work and more jeans, sweaters, tops, skirts, workout wear for play. This is your jumping off point to work around.

Trends to Try this Spring-
Hawai JacketLeg-lengthening flares are the denim style of choice this season, bonus points if it has a high-rise for that Jane Birkin-effect. 
Stella McCartney jeans, $375,

Laced up Gladiator sandals
Casual "Flatform" shoes
Platform Heels ( they're baaack)
Flared Jeans  ( ditto!)
Cropped culottes ( we called them gauchos)
Something gingham
something suede- like a skirt or vest
Denim on Denim
A Belted jacket
Something with fringe- a top, skirt or bag
Round sunglasses
Large earrings ( also back again)
Bucket or canteen bag

DIANE von FURSTENBERG Wrap Dress - Amelianna Gingham_2No look is complete without a stylish pair of sunnies—skip the trendy styles for a round pair in tortoise. 
Karen Walker sunglasses, $280, on trend and instantly slimming, the on-trend platform is ideal for spring shorts, skirts, and flared jeans.
Michael Kors, $395, michaelkors.comMarion Mini Round Bag

More Spring Trends, tips and colors to come...

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