Spring Loaded: A New Season of Fashion

Posted on March 07, 2017, 10:44 am
6 mins


The first official day of Spring 2017 is March 20, which means that we have approximately three weeks left of the winter blues. We hope.

The weather for the weeks to come is TBD, but spring is on its way in fashion, and there is a lot to look forward to. Beyond the lovely (if somewhat predictable) florals of springtime dressing come new twists on classics, and unexpected pairings that make for a fresh take. If you read my Spring 2017 trend report, you’ll recognize some of them in my three looks for the month.


Spring Loaded


🎶 The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen 🎶

While the bell sleeve made a comeback in sweaters and other fall pieces, this season the sleeve has a definite “go big or go home” attitude. The Caroline Constas Jacqueline Blouse fabulously combines two trends: gingham and the exaggerated sleeve. It has the dramatic bishop sleeves that add volume to this high neck piece and shows off the baby blue trend.

On a recent trip to LA I discovered the amazing fit of Parker Smith Denim, and I can’t get enough of them. The demin’s Kam Skinny has mid-rise waist that is just high enough to be a perfect pairing with the fitted blouse. The jeans themselves fit like a very comfortable and very flattering glove.

VANGUARD Seattle Editor Sarah Caples Noble and I have been freaking out in unison about our love for the white boot trend. This funky take on spring’s white shoes make every outfit absolutely pop. The white IRO Ladila Booties have that details like the perfect chunky block heel and white distressed leather that make them the coolest thing around. Add some plum pops of color with this Little Liffner’ 70s-inspired suede saddle bag and a MAC lipstick in “Power Driven.” The hoop earring is back, too, as an oversized accessory.


Spring Loaded #2


花見/Cherry Blossom Viewing

March brings peak time to see the beautiful cherry blossoms around Seattle. Their evanescent beauty should inspire a youthful and effortless-looking outfit. (And, naturally, a cool watch to keep the time.)

Midi skirts and ruffle details come together in gorgeous Rebecca Taylor’s Floral Wrap Skirt. The bolder print on the Mary Katrantzou Iven T-shirt are a chic complement to the smaller print on the skirt, making it more-mix-than-match looking. If there is one shoe that is prominent this season, it has to be the mule. Whether a flat slip on or with a wedge, the mule is where it’s at for spring. The 3.1 Phillip Lim mule has a lot to love: studs, cube block heels and a crisscross floral pattern. Toss on crisp white sunnies and a white J.Crew denim jacket to add some calm to all the patterns.

It is all in the details with the great collaboration between Fossil and Opening Ceremony. The Two Hand Black Leather Watch is a great piece of modern jewelry that stands on its own. Finally, the brand MCM printed pieces are really hot right now, but I was amused by the cheekily named “Mitte Rombie” Crossbody. Perhaps even handbags can lend political opinions.


Spring Loaded #3


Spring Fever

This third look is for the woman who can dress creatively for work and be ready to hit the town afterwards. Once again the 70s prevail with these Sandro wide leg trousers in an amazing floral pattern. For daytime, layer a fitted long sleeved Off-White Stretch Knit Top underneath the MSGM one shoulder blouse in one of spring’s hottest color trend: yellow. You can remove the contrast layer once you are headed out for the evening to create a sexier, shoulder baring look for night.

Again for day, wear a black boot that has an edge, like these Alexander Wang Gabi Booties. At night you can get your disco on with Marc Jacob’s Metallic Snake Platform Sandals, or wear them in the day if you like. Daytime metallics are a strong trend for the warmer months ahead.

Handbag designer-cum-kick box instructor and model Kate S. Mensah does it all. This local designer makes the most desirable bags, like this Laura bag, all beautiful style and originality combined. Stash the Loeffler Randall Metallic Clutch inside your bigger bag and you will be ready to head from the desk to the cocktail bar.

What is the big takeaway on spring fashion? Fresh perspectives on the 70s and 80s; mixing pattern and aesthetics; slides; bright whites and softer hues paired with berry shades; and details like ruffles, embroidery, florals and studs to add an edge. Oversized accessories, bags and jewelry go alongside the exaggerated sleeves and pant legs that make pieces stand out. Whether the weather cooperates or not, come March 20, there is a lot to look forward to in the warmer months ahead. Happy Spring!

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.