The 2017 Spring Fashion Trends You Need to Know About
Ruffles can be a little polarizing in the world of fashion (tomboy types and non-girly girls tend to stay far away). But in sophisticated pastels, this feminine detail reads demure and romantic, not overly sweet or saccharine. The easiest way to incorporate them into your spring wardrobe is on an versatile piece you can wear with nearly anything. Exhibit A: This featherweight sweater loaded with so much charm it needs only boyfriend jeans and ballet flats—voila! Instant outfit. (Not into the destroyed denim look? You’re in luck—this top also pairs perfectly with more workday-ready pieces, like a pencil skirt).
To buy: Marled by Reunited Clothing Ruffled Crewneck, $79; lastcall.com.
Denim immediately brings to mind thoughts of laid-back weekend time and casual dressing down. But this season, the famously rugged material is being reimagined in dressed-up, ladylike silhouettes that you can wear anywhere—from an evening out to work (yes, you read that right). Case in point: these sleek, pointy toe flats. Throw these into regular rotation with your basic black pair, and wear them for days when you’re feeling more fashion-forward, or to give a ho-hum ensemble a little extra boost. (Bonus: the almond toe shape has a flattering, slenderizing effect on ankles!).
To buy: Aldo Rachaell Flats, $55; aldoshoes.com.
Mini Crossbody Bags
The “It” bag of the season? A shoulder-saving pint-size purse that will prevent you from overpacking or lugging around extra stuff all day. What these petite accessories lack in size, they more than make up for in flair (note the eye-catching three dimensional floral details this one boasts). And don’t worry, they’re engineered to be roomy enough for all of your daily essentials, like your phone, keys, and wallet. When you’re looking for a quick way to dress up your basics (and not-so-basics, for that matter) this embellished bag will bring all the punch you need.
To buy: Rosaline Bag, $70; urbanexpressions.net.
On-trend and so easy to wear, these jackets come in iterations that span the gap all the way from athleisure (with nods like letterman details to their sporting past) to evening wear (in fancy fabrics like silk or with metallic accents). Not sure how to wear this style? Just think of it as the new blazer—toss one on over nearly any outfit for an instant update. Top off a weekend look with sporty stripes that feel pulled-together, thanks to a feminine fit; or pair it with a midi skirt for a look that mixes feminine and tomboy styling with aplomb.
The backless shoe silhouette may be de rigueur, but the design options run the gamut, offering plenty of opportunity to strut your personal style. Our pick—a chic twisted style that looks chic peeking out from raw hemmed denim in colder months, but will look equally sweet beneath a skirt or dress once warm weather arrives. The sturdy, chunky heel and manageable height make this pair a comfortable option that you’ll reach for over and over again. To keep them looking fresh and white, give the upper a quick wipe down with a damp cloth after each wear.
To buy: Byron Open Toe Mules, $89; ninewest.com.