Let’s be real: we got lucky with a mild winter this year and soon the daylight and scenery will match the temperatures. Think longer days and more opportunities for fresh air, fresh flowers and of course, fresh fashion. As you prepare to do some spring cleaning, be sure to make room in your closet for these five pieces.
Off the Shoulder
Move over, crop top. There’s a new way to tastefully show some skin this season, and it’ll have everyone who spent the winter indulging in all the fabulous comfort food Long Island has to offer breathing a little easier. “Spring 2016 is all about showing off your shoulders,” said Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s fashion director of ready-to-wear. Pair an off-the-shoulder top with jeans while we await consistently warm weather, or opt for a dress with pumps now and wedges later.
Stripes of All Kinds
This season, stripes are going rogue. Think vibrant colors, bold bands and irregular and contrasting shapes that can be worn head-to-toe. Tommy Hilfiger’s color scheme of red, green and yellow was inspired by nautical life and Jamaica, and J. Crew went with a pastel pallet. Jaffe loves the color blocking on this T by Alexander Wang T-shirt dress, which can be worn with a blazer and modest heels at the office and on its own when you and your colleagues head to happy hour.
“From ruffles to lace and hints of boudoir, feminine touches dominated the spring runways,” Jaffe said. It should come as no surprise then that the frock of the season is a slip dress. Toughen up this Dress the Population v-neck lace slip dress with black ankle booties, a leather jacket, textured accessories and a dark lip, or keep it soft by wearing it on its own with flesh-colored heels, loose waves and bronzy skin.
Earrings are so much more than a finishing touch. “This season is all about statement-making, shoulder-grazing styles,” Fashion Director of Accessories Erica Russo said. They draw the eye down towards your collarbone, making them the perfect companion for the off-the-shoulder top you bought five minutes ago.
New York City commuters, rejoice. Block heels are having a moment, and your odds of rolling an ankle as you’re running to make your train home just got lower. “[Block heels] are extremely wearable and chic and come in all different styles ranging from sandals to pumps,” said Russo, who recommended wearing them to balance a fluid skirt or compliment a cropped flare. A white sandal is a breath of fresh air after wearing black and brown boots all winter.