Style is mostly about how you wear something, not what you wear. This spring, after examining our packed closets, we turned to Nordstrom Styling Director Ruth Basloe for tips on how to make the most of what we’ve got. Ruth gave us 10 ways to wear things we already own, incorporating small updates to look fresh this season. So here’s how we’ll be wearing everything—along with some street-style inspo and shopping links (in case you feel inclined to buy)!
Keeping up with fashion trends is a full-time job. In fact, it’s Ruth Basloe’s job. As our Nordstrom styling director, Ruth tirelessly researches designer collections and streetwear style to guide our strategy at Nordstrom. In addition to that, she has to field annoying questions from us like: “Can I wear black socks with white sneakers?” “What style of jacket should I buy this spring?” “Does this look weird?” But she’s always game to offer her good-natured guidance.
For our own reference, we selfishly asked Ruth how she’s updating her wardrobe for 2017. Now we’re generously sharing her pointers and shopping wish list with you!
- Updated shirting.
“I love all the new plays on the classic woven shirt: off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, statement sleeves, extra long or oversized,” says Ruth. “I’m hoping to find something that is really unique and interesting in a bold striped pattern.” On Ruth’s wish list: this striped shirtdress from Tibi.
If there was one trend that the Fashion Week fold universally embraced this fall (for Spring 2017—yeah, it’s confusing), it was denim. And that’s not as dull as it sounds. Current denim trends include a multitude of styles that open the door to personal interpretation. It’s tempting to say that if you wear any cut with confidence, you’re in vogue. But there are a few ground rules to consider.
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We spoke with Nordstrom Styling Director and our jean therapist Ruth Basloe about this season’s hot styles. She gave us some tips for wearing the trends now.
Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a
Pastel colors are enjoying a new prominence in men’s style, especially in the sector known as athleisure. Look around this season at dudes mixing athletic and casual clothes and you’ll notice an influx of colors like oatmeal, mauve, mint and rose.
As far as how to style pastel clothing? You can’t really screw it up. Pastel colors in general go well with each other. As long as you stay in the pastel family—or stay “tonal,” wearing various shades of the same color—you’ll be fine.
There are a few finer points to consider. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor explains those below.
Hillary Kerr, co-founder and editor of Who What Wear, is our guest clothing curator this fall. And we couldn’t be more excited about her selections. Kerr chose pieces that offer that urbane femininity evident in her signature style, which often includes floral skirts, leather jackets, pretty blouses and cinched waists.
If you feel like your seasonal wardrobe could use a little oomph, look no further than this media entrepreneur with a yen for celebrity fashion. Here’s what every closet needs for fall, in Kerr’s words.
1. A sleek sheath
“There’s something so inherently elegant about a sleek sheath, especially one in a rich, autumnal hue. This Ted Baker London option is elevated by an embellished neckline, while the below-the-knee hemline makes it an ideal choice for the office (just add a sharp blazer) or your off-duty events (especially when styled with a cropped leather jacket).”
2. An oversized vest
“A long or oversized vest, like this one [from Theory], is a smart third piece to invest in right now. It adds significant interest to an otherwise simple outfit and can really help transition your closet into the cooler months. Wear it over a sleek, minimalist dress and styled with flat oxfords now, while the weather’s still warm, then pair it with form-fitting fall staples—like a turtleneck, slim pants and boots—when the autumn air gets brisk.”
3. A textured coat
“It’s all about texture, texture, texture this season, and what better way to embrace the trend than with this stunning fringed coat [from Rebecca Taylor]? It will add a little bohemian luxury to your favorite denim-and-T-shirt looks on the weekend, but also works with more feminine pieces, like a little black dress. The coat is one of those low-fuss, high-impact essentials that’s on every editor’s shopping list…including mine!”
We’re used to sporting black leather jackets, handbags and shoes, but how about skirts, shorts and dresses? Check out our tips on how to work more leather into your wardrobe, from basic-as-can-be to ultra daring.
Keep it simple. Black leather clothes make a bold statement without a lot of fuss. Pair a leather dress with minimal jewelry, and leather shorts or a skirt with a relaxed T-shirt.
Layer with care. Adding a black leather vest is a great way to toughen up feminine summer outfits, like a floral dress. And leather leggings provide the ideal palette for oversized tees and slouchy button-ups.
Complement with color. Think of black leather as a blank slate on which to play with bright colors and prints. Try adding neon accents for an ultra-modern look.