This Spring’s Smart Styles for Work and Play

by R. Carnavale | March 3rd, 2016 | Current Trends, Women's Fashion

shop (400x400)If you caught Reese Witherspoon wearing a gorgeous purple sweater and white skirt or Victoria Beckham’s “grown-up” styles at NY’s Fashion Week earlier this month, did you notice how looking smart and chic is “in” this spring? Whether you’re at work or out for a shopping date, looking great is in style. There’s a brand new women’s retailer on the block called Trademark and it features preppie designs by fashion entrepreneur Chris Burch‘s daughters, Pookie and Louisa. (Watch out, J. Crew!) Tops with geometric patterns and stripes and pleated skirts are big this spring, so you can look forward looking elegant and chic all day and night long.

Think preppy
Button-down oxford shirts like this pretty J. Crew jeweled Peter Pan oxford boy shirt in blue, which turns the classic oxford shirt into something you can wear to a party.

This Gatsby-era lightweight merino contrast V-neck sweater in blue dusk or natural will look great by day or night.

Think bold and beautiful
This spring’s pants are colorful and playful. Your legs will stand out with these colorful silk trousers in abstract coral print and sleek and sexy piped chinos that are skinny and slightly cropped.

If you really want to make a statement, try this black and white tribal print flounce strapless jumpsuit available at Charlotte Russe or this Lunachix black & cream tribal print maxi skirt available at Zumiez.

For a more subdued geometric print look, try this Christopher & Banks cool, whimsy sublimated top with sequin accents in tanager green.

Think classic
You can’t go wrong when you wear timeless silhouettes like this Talbot’s polished knee-length sleeveless dress in mango spice, British khaki or black. The bateau neckline lends itself to a pearl or chunky necklace and you can enhance the figure-flattering sheath silhouette with a slim belt.

Given spring’s often-changing weather, it pays to wear a dress that will work when the day’s weather forecast calls for both warm and cool temperatures. This lovely Talbot’s jersey knit dress in azalea, dark sapphire, deep turquoise and black drapes beautifully and will look good, even when you travel.

This trim front blouse from Ann Taylor LOFT combines this season’s classic looks and geometric styles by featuring a lovely diamond print, split neck, crochet detail and a covered button front and the shirttail hem means you can wear the blouse tucked in under a pair of trousers for a tailored look or shirttails out for a more casual one.

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