I decided there was no better time than the present to finally start looking for Spring clothes. There’s loads of colors and very bright ones out there now and loads of new styles coming out of the New York and Paris fashion weeks. I’ve unfortunately not got many formal events to attend on a regular basis and as such I tend to watch the attendees of the shows and what they walk in wearing in trying to determine what exactly is “on trend” for the upcoming season.
As some of you may remember, a few months ago I decided to work with a professional stylist in order to clean up my wardrobe and image. I was all over the map and buying cheap, unflattering and generally scattered clothes. I tried on, discussed and then threw out pretty much everything I owned. Think “What not to Wear” without Stacy and Clinton.
With a visit to my stylist coming up this week, I’m looking to pick up a couple of things- a pair of plain black work high heel shoes (I wasn’t kidding when I threw out everything I owned; I have no black heels) and then one or two high quality pieces that I can work into my existing wardrobe. This is where I run into trouble – and run to my stylist. I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out basics and what I should look for but when it comes to spending a good chunk of money on something, I instantly become unsure of myself again.
I’m also trying to learn to “hone my personal style” and as such I like to go into the meetings with her armed with inspirations I’ve seen and like so that she can work that into her tailored suggestions for me. This is where I enjoy looking not at the runway shows themselves but at the wildly stylish people entering them for finding pieces that are “du moment” and yet wearable in everyday life.
One of my favorite looks so far was worn by Nicole Richie as she attended a show in Paris, specifically her Esteban Cortazar Cape-back duchess satin and cady jacket. While I am definitely not a huge Nicole Richie fan, I have to admit that some of her more recent looks are amazing. I first saw the photo on one of my favorite fashion commentary sites, Day Old News, and immediately fell in love with the cape/jacket blend. I’m not 100% sure that I’d ever be able to pull this off (“No! Baby! Don’t touch mommy’s $1400 cape!“) but I love it. I love the $1435 price tag much less, but that’s mostly the old me not wanting to spend money investing in a quality piece.
And then seeing as I apparently am really into black and white, I fell in love with Jessica Chastain’s outfit she wore to the Chanel show. Working with my stylist has confirmed for me that the pencil skirt is the best silhouette for my body, and I love that designers are coming out with new ways to spice up the otherwise basic skirt. I noticed that leather seems to be popping up on the runways, and I think that a leather skirt is a great way to add some texture to my wardrobe without the risk of becoming a biker. At $2,785, this Alexander McQueen black leather pencil skirt is a bank breaking skirt to introduce to your closet- but given the pencil skirt’s proven longevity, it will be worn forever.
OK- enough of the black and white, the main trend I see for Spring is color. There are bright bags, pants and everything in between at retailers from Old Navy up to Hermès. I loved the picture of the Courtin Clarins sisters showing off their colored bags at the Tod’s show. If you, like me, have built a pretty basic wardrobe of black, white, gray and navy then you’ll find adding a touch of color both petrifying and exhilarating. The problem is that I’ll be spending loads of time looking at, and probably venturing into the water, at the Gap. It’s a much more reasonable price tag for pants that will just look like brightly colored regret next year. But I do want to add more color to my everyday life, which is why I think adding the color in a safe way for me would be a wallet. Would add a splash of color when I open my purse and if you’re as classic and basic a dresser as me, it’s not scary in the least – plus with the color in a wallet, you can use it for Spring seasons to come. I love the color of the Tod’s blue wallet and it’s a reasonable foray into color for my (new) wallet at $395.
There are many (cheaper) ways to introduce these trends into your wardrobe as well and I’ve highlighted a few of those options above. I’m not quite sure my wardrobe bank account can handle such splurges, but it definitely brings a whole lot of ideas with me to meet with my stylist who can show me some things that might be closer to a workable budget.
What are your favorite Spring trends?