Let’s talk easy ways to bring your wardrobe up to speed for spring, and let’s start with the basics. We pulled 16 best of-the-moment trends from street style and our own Fashion Office reports and put together a mini collection of closet staples for the new season–most of which you can mix, match and layer. Read on for our full list and links.
Young, Fabulous & Broke, the California-cool brand that creates effortless fashions inspired by the streets of Los Angeles, is embracing the psychedelic colors of the ’60s for spring with their boho maxis. From striking tie-dyed hues to unassuming tie-dyed stripes, this new hippie chic is a stylish win for the upcoming music festival season.
“Tie Dye is always essential, but especially this spring! The sophisticated playfulness of the washes means it’s time to relax and let the sunshine bring us out of the darkness of winter. Springtime, bring it on! We dye for it,” says Heidi Cornell McKenna, creator of YFB.
For more warm-weather dressing ideas, check out our curated collection of the best items to take on your winter break in our Vacation Guide.
Okay. So it may not get a lot of points for being revolutionary, but we’re still spreading the word about how much we love this understated color duo right now. With the mixed prints and bold graphics that have been our style go-tos lately, a simple, pared-down blue-and-tan combo feels beautifully minimalistic—and so very wearable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate this look into your wardrobe now (by layering on accessories) and for when the polar vortex gives way to warmer temps (via skirts and sandals—yes!).
Kristi Berkland, one of our Personal Stylists at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, put together three looks for spring and summer for under $150. Check out her budget-friendly recommendations (modeled by her lovely volunteer, Whitney).
Work. Every wardrobe needs a black pencil skirt—the more fitted and forties-inspired, the better. This skirt will work all through summer and will pair with fall’s nipped-in blazers and sweaters. The top is another key story for spring with its graphic black and white pattern and easy, feminine fit.
Weekend. Whitney is wearing one of my favorite spring trends: the sleeveless jacket. This one features another big spring story with its rose print and fun moto-zip details. I’ve paired it with an unexpected dotted skinny for a fun, casual look.
Event. Whitney is ready for a summer garden party wearing a vanilla dress and sherbert pastel accessories from Savvy. The pleats and sleeve cutouts make this cream dress perfect for any warm-weather event. I’ve chosen a perforated belt and lilac crossbody to complete the outfit. A pastel crossbody is a fun and practical addition for spring and summer!
Love these outfits? Our Beauty Stylists put together looks to complement all three. Check them out on our Beauty 24/7 blog.
Get even more tips and personalized recommendations. Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.
Three of our personal stylists at the downtown Seattle store are teaming up to bring you six of their favorite trends for spring—including tips on how to wear them:
1. Color pops and neon accessories. Neons and bright colors on jewelry, shoes and handbags pack a big punch in small doses. Try pairing a neon clutch with a beige trench coat or a set of bright bracelets with a black-and-white striped shirt. (Pictured: Furla Transparent Rubber Satchel | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Puffy Bangle | kate spade Pump)
2. Caged sandals. Caged sandals make almost any outfit look current, confident and adventurous. This is definitely a type of shoe that gets noticed. (Pictured: Jimmy Choo Caged Sandal | Gucci ‘Ursula’ Sandal)
3. Clear, glossy lips. Clear lip gloss calls attention to your lips but still seems effortless and natural. Bonus: this goes with any look! (Pictured: Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss | Kate Somerville Lip Treatment + Gloss | M·A·C Clear Lipglass)
4. Camo. It really stands up to the test of time. It is tough and urban, yet casual. Try adding camo elements to more feminine apparel to celebrate the contrast. (Pictured: Free People Camo Blazer | Haute Hippie Camo Trousers)
5. Leather shorts. If you can pull off this look, why not? Leather shorts are a great reason to pull out those caged sandals, or you can wear them with a dressy T-shirt and several layered skinny necklaces. (Pictured: Milly Shorts | T by Alexander Wang Shorts | L’AGENCE Shorts)
6. Lace details. Lace is so feminine and delicate. To stop it from being overly sweet, pair it with a structured or tougher piece—like a lace top underneath a structured blazer, a lace skirt with a leather jacket, or lace where you’d least expect it, like on T-shirts or tennis shoes. (MINKPINK Tunic Shirt | Jessica Simpson Coin Purse | Tracey Reese Mixed Media Dress)
Meet our contributing downtown Seattle personal stylists:
I would describe my style as modern and on-trend, while keeping up with the latest in men’s fashion and up-and-coming brands. I am passionate about finding my customers key items to update and modernize their wardrobes. I enjoy putting together great, easy-to-wear looks. I like helping each customer bring out his or her individuality.
My style is best described as classic preppy with some modern edge. My approach to styling is very basic in concept: “dress for the occasion.” I customize my styling to each individual, making sure the fit is just right. Ultimately, I want my customers to feel good and leave with an amazing experience!
I would describe my personal style as modern and tailored. I love helping the customer find his or her signature style. I also love helping find silhouettes that show off what is positively unique about a person while creating a comfortable and supportive experience in the fitting room. Once my clients have the proper basics in their wardrobes, we then get to have fun adding the right fashion pieces to the mix.
We picked some of our most coveted handbag trends and tossed them into this handy spring trend guide. Find your newest favorite accessory—whether you’re heading to the beach or to brunch.
We asked four of our Personal Stylists to talk about their favorite trends for spring and what it’s like to be a stylist. No surprise, these ladies know their stuff! If you’ve never booked a complimentary appointment with one of our stylists, read on and get inspired. We consider them to be your secret weapon to a wicked wardrobe.
Kiffa, Roosevelt Field, New York
“My style inspiration comes from many places: museums, vintage magazines and a few favorite celebrities, of course.”
Kiffa is an intuitive stylist who revels in the unexpected. She especially loves when a customer comes back into the store and tells her how much they love what she picked out. “It makes me feel like I’m changing their lives!” One thing is for sure: change your accessories and change your mood.
Kiffa’s favorite way to play up an outfit with Accessories.
Melissa, Horton Plaza, San Diego
“I have to really understand not just what’s happening in fashion, but how it relates to my customers and their lives, and how they want to present themselves to the world.”
Melissa’s styling philosophy: “The better you know someone, the easier it is to get it right.” For her, it goes beyond just creating new looks, but creating relationships, as well. Of course, she also loves working with all of the beautiful clothes.
Melissa’s list of key spring trends.
- Soft tailored suit
- The skater skirt
- Gilet jacket
- Fit-and-flare dress
- Black lace
- Mirrored floral prints
- Anything white
- Summer leather
Nicole, Scottsdale Fashion Square
“It has to be you. It has to feel good.”
“Making magic happen!” That’s what Nicole says is the best thing about her job. As a Nordstrom Personal Stylist, she also loves that she can shop the whole store, letting her creativity run free to create exciting and unexpected combinations for her customers. Speaking of unexpected, take the pictured lace dress, for example. “Why not think of the dress differently—layered over or under for a new look every day.”
Nicole’s recommendations for most versatile pieces.
Deanna, The Grove, Los Angeles
“I love, love, love fashion…but it’s important to feel comfortable about what you’re wearing.”
The most gratifying moment for many stylists is when they get a customer to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. This is especially true for shoes, which can really be a style game changer. A customer will say, ‘I would never have picked this out for myself,’ yet they leave the store happy, looking and feeling great.”
Deanna’s spring picks for shoes:
Looking for even more handy tips or personalized recommendations? Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.
Some of our favorite looks and trending pieces seen on the street at London Fashion Week.
A red lip for the upcoming seasons.
Designer trend: Pink shock.
Designer trend: Mixed media.
Designer trend: Short cuts.
Spring trend: Easy fits.
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.
Kudos to our Visual Merchandising Team for beautifully displaying some of the looks and trends we’re excited about this season, and showing how to incorporate them into any occasion.
We’re racking our brains to think of absolutely every possible excuse to wear this exquisite black lace Valentino tunic dress. Thankfully, the rest of our windows have inspirations—from florals and prints to color and shine—appropriate for anywhere your day or night might take you.
Which look(s) are you loving?