I find myself making more purchases during the spring months than any other time of year. My wallet hibernates for winter since I’m rarely removing my go-to sweaters and heavy wool coat. But as soon as those spring looks hit the magazines, blogs and stores, I have the MAJOR itch to shop. I’m aching to replace all those heavy layers (even if it’s not practical yet in upstate NY) with some pretty, feminine details and signature spring prints and colors . Think ruffles, pintucking, flowers, lace, nautical stripes, and other delicate “extras” that foreshadow the May flowers.
I often purchase my tops in the trendy, less expensive stores, but I always look for details that give the top a higher-quality look. Something as simple as a covered button can transform your piece from shabby to chic. Here are nine pretty tops, under $50, that can help you bring a little spring into your closet without breaking the bank. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the top and scroll through the slideshow, with link and details below.
The trench coat. Versions of this wardrobe staple have likely been around since the late 1800’s, but the coat got its name when WWI British officers in the trenches replaced their existing bulky raincoats with these lighter weight, more breathable designs. Burberry designed its first soon-to-be “trench coat” in the early 1900’s, but didn’t begin to line them with the iconic Burberry check until the 1920’s.
As with Burberry’s designs, the classic trench hasn’t changed all that much in the last century. It continues to be a closet essential of women, men, actors, street style stars… why? Because of its combination of light weight, classic look and versatility. The first collage below shows my favorite picks this season, with the classic Burberry Sandringham front and center. I’ve included both traditional and contemporary designs at a variety of price points and functionalities. I’ve also included three very different ways to wear a trench, giving you a visual of just how versatile this wardrobe staple really is.
You can throw a classic trench over just about anything and look instantly cool (and you don’t have to wait for the rain). Below, I’ve created three very different looks, built from basic pieces you may already have in your closet.
Yes, I’m doing the unthinkable. As I write, I’m looking through a window that shows at least four inches of snow on the ground, along with a continuous flurry that’s lasted two weeks. I’ve been delaying this post because it JUST DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT. It still doesn’t. But it’s at this time each year, when SAD has officially kicked in, that dreams of new spring outfits create that happy bridge to the other side.
One of the main goals of this blog is to help you keep your wardrobe updated, but also wearable. Sometimes great looks come down that runway, and they’re just not all that practical for our personal lifestyles. This season? PVCPlastic looks from head-to-toe (I’m sweating just thinking about it). Or… Daytime Sequins (maybe for lunch at Cantina with my four boys?) How about the “Transparent” trend? (It’s possible I could get some very strange looks around here if I ventured out while exposing nipple. Not sure about where you live.) Fortunately, there are plenty of spring trends that can be worn by ALL women, and I’m happy to share my five favorites, along with some great seasonal finds. Links are under each trend.
Last week I wrote about the many ways you can style a basic “Little Black Dress.” After several requests for more LBD recommendations, I’ve put together a quick post with some of my current favorites. These dresses, in addition to the Everlane one featured last week, span a range of shapes, fabrics, formalities, price ranges and fit a variety of body types.
Obviously, the simpler the dress, the more versatile it is, the more ways you can wear it. I’ve included a few basics designs but limiting my choices to only these seemed a bit boring. There are too many amazing LBDs out there to not include the ones that REALLY excite me. (Click the thumbnail for larger views with details linked below.)
When choosing fitted styles, never underestimate the power of undergarments (and I don’t just mean Spanx here ladies). The right shapewear (if that’s your thing) in addition to the right bra and panties can truly transform your body (and I can assure you that a future post will be entirely dedicated to this topic).
Leave it up to Coco Chanel. In the 1920s, she took a look, traditionally linked to servants or people in mourning, and made it a fashion staple for decades to come. The LITTLE BLACK DRESS. We all have one that’s been hanging in our closets for years. The one that we turn to when we get a last-minute invitation. Or when the dress that arrived for the wedding just isn’t cutting it. Or the one we grab when we’ve gained a few extra winter pounds. The best part of all? That same dress can be styled SO many different ways.
This week, the Junior League of Albany launched their Little Black Dress Initiative. The LBDI was first launched in 2014 by the Junior League of London during London Fashion Week. Members of our local League have committed to wearing the same black dress for five consecutive days to raise awareness of poverty levels in Albany and New York State. Details about the program, local poverty levels, and how to donate can be found here.
In honor of our lovely ladies who are participating in this fashion-focused fundraiser, I thought I’d share five ways to style the same little black dress (link to the super versatile dress shown above). Maybe you’ll be inspired to pull out your “go-to” LBD… and wear it very differently than before.
February brings many things… longer days, dreams of warmer places, and that dreaded Hallmark holiday. Few people in my life have expressed their love for Valentine’s Day. Maybe you use it as an excuse to get a sitter and enjoy dinner with your partner? Or it’s yet another reason for a girls’ night out? Or maybe you consider it just another day. No matter how you celebrate this “holiday”, why not use it as an excuse to buy a little something pretty for yourself!? Something pretty… and PINK.
Move over Molly Ringwald… and make room for some of my favorite pretty, pink things (links below photo).