Step into Spring Chic

We’ve made it! The long winter may have been unmerciful and cold as ice, but in luxurious Long Island style, we managed to (too often, literally) plow through with grace and dignity intact. Well done!

Of course, survival is all well and good. But in the world of fashion, we are much more excited about the prospect of celebration. Spring’s oh-so-welcome arrival provides us with so much inspiration to elevate the everyday, and seize new opportunities for beauty, style, and grace.

A glamorous picnic? A Sunday stroll? A lunch with a colleague savored on a bench outside? A dinner al fresco at one of Long Island’s dining destinations?

Spring is no season for stress, but let’s be honest: transitions can be tough! With winter’s wools, all packed up, what do you reach for? Spring is a season for subtle femininity—but please, no panic, there are no bows or ruffles endorsed here. Feminine dressing for spring is all about looks that are polished, never prissy. This season, for easy elegance, I’m reaching for V-neck cardigans, silk blouses, full skirts and metallic ankle-strap heels. This kind of spring chic is simple and replicable.

That V-neck cardigan sweater? Let’s roll up the sleeves (either folding with care or rolling with easy nonchalance). Wrists retain their inherent delicate femininity through feast and famine, and throughout the ages and stages of our lives. Show them off, ladies!

A ruffled sleeveless blouse with a high collar is fantastic for framing the face. Like a scarf, it ironically draws the eye away from the neck and upward. On days when a girl feels more comfortable tying her Pucci on the handle of her handbag or in her hair than around her neck, this is the piece to love!

And ah, full skirts! While it is, of course, sometimes fun to showcase the wiggle in one’s walk in a pencil skirt– a full, flared style is infinitely easier to run errands, run after a child, or run to the train station. A pair of ankle-strap, metallic chunky heels are what transform a full skirt from “sweet” to “sweetly sexy”, and metallic colors are wear-with-all “neutrals” in my book.

Each spring and summer, I find myself picking up a number of fun straw bags. For one thing, they are fantastically inexpensive, and readily available just about everywhere you look. High quality is always nice, but it’s really not necessary to invest in this piece! A straw bag is supposed to be “cheap and chic,” light-hearted and fun. Carry it to the market, the park or that lovely lunch. And most importantly, enjoy! Spring is here, so let’s step out and let the sun kiss our cheeks hello. We deserve it.

natalia sliwowski

Long Island-based fashion stylist, writer and blogger, NATALIA has offers timely advice on modern, sophisticated fashion and the art of beautiful living. Have a style question? Email