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Timeless black and white is looking anything but bland right now. Brazen prints are making all those bright colors we’ve seen for so many seasons look demure. Wear a graphic black-and-white print all on its own, or layer on a pop of color for a statement-making optical punch. Ready to get bold and beautiful? Here are a few Editor’s Picks to get you on your way.

Collective Concepts Stripe Skirt

kate spade new york ‘davis’ capri pants



Lela Rose Lace Sheath Dress | Marni Edition Knit Skirt | Tibi Colorblock Shift Dress
Tibi Silk Shift Dress | Kelly Wearstler Knit Pencil Skirt | Alice + Olivia Drape Front Cardigan

Jeff Powell

Feel that breeze? Spring is officially in the air, which means it’s time to refresh your warm-weather wardrobe. We’ve updated our Spring’s “It” List Fashion Guide for April with all our favorite trends and newest pieces to wear—including styling tips.

Check out our five favorites, and make sure you click through to the end to watch a behind-the-scenes video from our catalog shoot with street-style photographer Tommy Ton!

Prep Club
Graphic Prints
New Horizons
French Charm
Streamlined

Prints are sizzling hot in the fashion world right now. Of all the creative ways to wear them, we can’t get enough of what they’re doing for pants and denim. Check out our editor’s favorite prints for your lower half and how to wear them allfrom polka dots and flirty flowers to artistic blurs and animal spots.

Rocking the printed pants trend is far simpler than it looks. Consider these tips when planning your look, and get ready to turn some heads.

Your first pair. Go for slim-fit and cropped—the easiest and most modern style. Consider picking up a pair of floral-print skinny jeans—a must-have for spring and a great introduction to printed pants.

Height is key. Pair printed bottoms with heels or wedges. Choose flats with caution to avoid the risk of looking like you’re wearing pajamas.

Manage your proportions. Wear looser-fitting tops over printed bottoms—when combined with a cropped hem, this balances the amount of print in proportion to the rest of your outfit.

Day to night. For work, slip on a crochet top or tuck in a silky blouse—a sharp blazer is a great finishing touch. After hours, throw on a slouchy t-shirt and leather jacket for a rocker vibe.

Dare to pair. Don’t be afraid to mix printed bottoms with printed tops and accessories. Just keep them in a similar color palette, and you’re good to go.

Pictured:
1 – Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Nuri’ Silk Pants
2 – Current/Elliott ‘The Stiletto’ Leopard Print Stretch Jeans (Camel Leopard Wash)
3 – Robert Rodriguez Geo Print Silk Tuxedo Pants
4 – Paige Denim ‘Skyline’ Floral Skinny Leg Ankle Jeans (Chello Ivory Print)
5 – Theory ‘Elly – Cubist’ Print Skinny Leggings
6 – Thakoon Addition Tie Dye Silk Pants
7 – Robert Rodriguez Crop Polka Dot Silk Pants

Vivid patterns look so fresh—and they ignite your look like a shot of pure adrenaline. If you haven’t found the courage to try a bold, graphic print, here are a few confidence-building tips.

#1. Go head to toe. Match your patterned pieces for maximum impact. Then use chic tonal shoes to balance the look. [Pictured: Robert Rodriguez Stained Glass Print Silk ShirtTuxedo Pants, Vince Camuto 'Persh' Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)]

#2. Try a punched-up purse. So easy! A boldly patterned bag pops any outfit, especially another graphic print. [Pictured: Pour la Victoire 'Milano - Medium' Tote, Diane von Furstenberg 'Karin' Print Silk Shirtdress]

#3. Mix your prints. The trick? Use one or two strong shades (like black and white) to anchor your pairing. You can also unify your mix with patterns of a similar scale. [Pictured: Vince Camuto Stripe Blouse with Drawstring Hem, Diane von Furstenberg 'Donovan' Print Silk Shorts, Elliott Lucca 'Cordoba' Clutch]

Luscious designer arrivals and spring’s key looks are inspiring passersby at our Downtown Seattle Flagship Store this month.

Here’s a little visual inspiration for working out your new-season wardrobe refresh, from floral and graphic prints to lacy French charm and color blocking—and how to wear it all.

Pictured:
MICHAEL Michael Kors Round Keyhole Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Crop Polka Dot Silk Pants
TEXTILE Elizabeth and James ‘Sid’ Denim Jacket
Jimmy Choo ‘Abel’ Patent Leather Pump
Trouvé Lace Tee

Our Women’s Apparel Trend Director, Adam Moon guides you through this spring’s key trends—and how to wear them—during our February catalog shoot with Tommy Ton.

Check out our Spring’s “It” List to browse and shop all our favorite trends featured in the video right now.

Picasso. Parisian upholstery. Cape Cod gone psychedelic. This season’s inspirations—in apparel, accessories, shoes and beauty—come from far and wide.

Our Spring “It” List Fashion Guide is the perfect place to find the most covetable looks we’re seeing pop up this spring.

Pictured:
Prep Club
Streamlined
New Horizons
Graphic Prints
French Charm

January 26, 2012

Warmer Days to Come

Our post-holiday Seattle Flagship window displays are all about sunny getaways and transitional dressing into spring. We’ve run the gamut from on-trend, office-appropriate outfits to super-savvy cocktail dressing and beachwear.

This nautical number is a perfect example of what’s on deck for spring—a combo of bright colors and big graphic prints and patterns, all elevated by a pair of platform sandals (you can never go wrong with Dior).

As days get warmer (lucky you if they already are), swap out that statement-making kate spade mini trench for a lightweight and colorful blazer or cardigan.

Pictured:
kate spade new york bowed mini trench
Burberry Cat’s Eye Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Wide Leg Trousers
Dior Metal Cannage Heel Platform Sandal

All display images courtesy of Gavin Sisk.