Here’s a time-saver: A shirtdress can morph from polished to casual in seconds. Check out our four ways for working this staple—seen here in spring’s happiest shade—both in and out of the office.
Sleek simplicity. Let the dress do the talking and adorn with simple but beautiful accessories. [Pictured: Nordstrom Bangles, Nordstrom Scallop Statement Necklace, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]
Business chic. Power up your look with a crisp white blazer (another of our favorite pieces right now) and neutral heels. Keep things interesting with a brilliant bag. [Pictured: Cole Haan Slingback Pump, Theory Double Breasted Jacket, Elliot Lucca Tote, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]
Night out. Go glam with metallic extras. Instead of color, think exotic texture and shine. [Pictured: Via Spiga Python Belt, Enzo Angiolini Sandal, Vince Camuto Clutch, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]
Wherever weekend. Add textured everything—a craft bag and easy-walking flat, even your belt. We love the thrown-together ease. [Pictured: Fina Firenze Stretch Belt, Hinge ‘Tanner’ Sandal, Steven by Steve Madden Tote, Persol Sunglasses, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]
A mix of amped-up shapes and intense color makes for a high-fidelity spring. Here’s how we turn up the volume.
#1. Shock value. The brilliance of these ultra wide-leg pants makes a perfectly unpredictable pairing with the super-feminine blouse. Add sky-high heels to create a long, lean line.
#2. Top it off. Keep your top color choices interesting and let it take the lead by keeping the bottom sleek and fitted. We’ve used pieces with a subtle sheen to give a wear-anywhere look a little dressed-up love.
#3. Balancing act. The billowy, bright maxi skirt can be toned down with the help of a form-loving sweater and barely-there flats. It’s all about yin and yang.
#4. Go full blast. All-over volume looks chic and classic with neutral hues in a similar palette and a tailored waist. Update this elegant silhouette with a simple but bold accessory.
Robert Rodriguez Sheer Polka Dot Silk Cascade Ruffle Top
Robert Rodriguez Extreme Wide Leg Silk Tuxedo Pants
Robert Rodriguez Silk Hooded Parka
Robert Rodriguez Coated Pencil Skirt
Trouvé Sheer Twist Seam Linen Blend Sweater
Willow & Clay Paneled Chiffon Maxi Skirt
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Whisper Lattice’ Poncho
Lafayette 148 New York Mixed Media Pendant Necklace
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Ludlow’ Silk Pants
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 all—from 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.
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
Its chameleon-like versatility works perfectly with spring’s pretty prep looks. Layered and light, it’s super sweet, but doesn’t always have to be. Here are our tips for getting maximum mileage.
Office Hours. Wear it like a vest with a cropped jacket and pencil skirt for a look that’s more power-suit than precious. [Pictured: Theory Structured Leather Blazer, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank, Halogen Stretch Cotton Pencil Skirt]
Weekends. With short-shorts, the look’s playful, like you threw it together in a flash, but still sexy enough to go wherever you need to on Saturday night. [Pictured: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Taffeta Tap Shorts, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank]
Anytime. Perfectly unexpected—the pastel clash. Wear the tank with cuffed, cropped pants in another of the season’s newest hues, lemon yellow—just remember to stay natural in your shoes and accessories. The look is light, airy and ultra-fresh. [Pictured: Rachel Roy Slouchy Tapered Crop Pants, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank, Vince Camuto Sandal]
Mingling. Textural lace is perfect for mixing with other patterns. Just be sure to make one of them more straightforward—like the preppy striped shorts here—so you’re not head-to-toe girly. [Pictured: Truth & Pride Rose Print Silk Jacket, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank, Joie Stripe Silk Shorts]