Spring – fling the black!

IMGP0461 The weather warms. The clock springs forward. The legs and toes are bared. And I take a moment to ditch the black – at least, for a bit. I will always love wearing black – it’s so chic and elegant. But I reach this point in the season where I need a change from the expected: I need a pop of color. Purple does the trick. And pink. And red. And white. Always white.

Happy almost-Spring to you.

Blouse: EILEEN FISHER

 

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Cutie Culottes

haMhDikQDpRBmMlyv7l-4vLlipxHTemtUZ0PSId0AW8,FyUfsEElQv6htb9p4hw8LbkdritHco7fXoEFu-r-hCk8_ITw_0fmVrBxRb1rXavd_2x2coK7MeXetNit6DQNEE,4fCjAh_b6nRsxxd0m85XS9DIT8cVMQXiHMvT8wrB6Uo,ziwUXzSxxq53LLxewf5FwhAm_vQkTISHkiERMzcaJmcrESw-YfSEXf-9bY1nIULclq0ukFig8AZpuIv8TYWlDY,69kUOjFjGueJJM-2CGoCxfqHhsSO0qaVCYIJ8LBru7cNeed an outfit change this Spring? Try culottes. First spotted for fall, this fashion trend is still going strong for spring and one that you can pull off! This pant that hits at the calf looks like a skirt but is actually a trouser. And you can find it in various fabrics and textures. High-end brand Tibi has beautiful and original culottes – but you don’t have to pay high-end prices to own a pair. I didn’t want to invest in culottes until I saw this pair at Zara for $60. And now I want to wear them all the time!

How would I style culottes? Since the pants are on the wide side, I suggest pairing them with a slim-fitting top and heel. And don’t forget to accessorize!

My outfit: culottes, Zara; top, Alice + Olivia; sandals Coach; and of course, pearls!

Photos by Sophie MacMillan 

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The Beauty of Mixing Patterns

LGH_150418_6464Stripes mix so well with a floral or printed skirt … don’t be afraid to try it this spring. You can even mix stripe on stripes, as long as you keep the stripes top and bottom different widths. For instance, if you have a wider stripe on the bottom then keep a skinny stripe on top. The key to mixing stripes with florals and prints and (even more) stripes is to make sure that they share one color in common. Top off with a sleek accessory and you have successfully mastered this casual-yet-chic look.

My striped sweater is getting new life with this printed skirt (for which I searched many months!); in this case, my top and bottom share two colors – black and white.

My look: sweater, August Silk; skirt, Karen Millen, sandals, Coach; necklace, Prabal Gurung for Target.

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom; Photographed at Reeves-Reed Arboretum,”Daffodil Day”

 

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