The endless winter weather has us dreaming of color. Spring may seem like a far-away concept, but, before we know it, the never-ending boots-and-puffer-coats season will give way to warmer days. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, has even predicted an early spring. Although this critter is only correct about 40 percent of the time, we will take this as looking on the bright side.
Infusing color into your winter wardrobe can lift your style and your mood, elevate seasonal neutrals, and can give a traditional print or floral a modern edge. Look for winter and early spring pieces that can be worn now, and into the warmer months ahead. The stores are blooming with florals this season, from moody and dark to bright and bold. Our old friend, neon, has reappeared, adding nostalgic sass.
On Saturday, I attended The Spring Mood Brunch hosted by Neiman Marcus Bellevue with a group of stylists and fashion creatives. The Neiman Marcus team is taking a fresh perspective on the new season, working in terms of mood, rather than trend—style over “rules.” Moods change like the weather, so have fun creating a wardrobe that suits you whatever your daily inclination or inspiration.
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A feminine air finds its way back into wardrobes with details that deliver. Layers of ruffles, sweeping pleats, ribbon bows and floral prints paired with a full range of chromatic values make a strong showing. White is a major player too, from statement shirts with feminine silhouettes to embroidered dresses, like Finely Jenna Tiered-Ruffle Long Blouse. Floaty fabrics and details like scarves tied on shoes at Prada, and on handbags. Strong but sweet makes a point.
Nothing lightens a mood like a pop of color. Whether you add a colored bag or shoe to your look, or go bolder with a statement piece, you are looking at life on the bright side. Don’t shy away from a bit of neon; it adds a chic dimension to any look. We loved the bright colored blazers worn with everything from denim shorts to playful dresses. The rag and bone Lexington Blazer in brilliant sapphire is flawless, and the Balenciaga Triangle Pouch Crossbody is the perfect pink.
In the mood for something sleek? Go for low-key neutrals, which are often seen in fall fashion, but reimagined in spring looks. Camel, cream, taupe and black lend sophistication to tailored blazers and modern prints on suiting. The functional look and feel of a jumpsuit gets a chic update with this Amia Satin Twill one from Cinq á Sept. The jogger style pants and a wide waist band are perfect under a jacket for day-to-night style. For an added edge when you are out and about, we love the Mr&Mrs Italy’s Camo Print Long Parka Coat.
Get ready to take on the week with modern, layered pieces made for maneuvering the urban jungle. Stella McCartney’s Logo Print Pants with side stripe and matching blouse kill it, whether dressing for work or play. Wear the Stuart Weitzman Mira White Kitten Heel Leather Mules, which will go with literally anything in your closet, or rock the Christian Louboutin runners for a bite of street style. Add a statement bag in a spring yellow, like the fabulous fun of this Marc Jacobs The Box 29 Shopper Shoulder Bag.
There’s wanderlust, and then there is truly artful travel. Choose a big, printed bag for both form and function, one where you can tuck all the essentials for a great trip, and include these Chloe’s Camille Perforated Stud Slides, which are a stand out. A Brunello Cucinelli striped silk organza maxi full skirt topped off by a Brunello Cucinelli straw fedora and a Stella McCartney winged fringe sweatshirt visually embodies the contemporary free spirit. The textures, rich color and tone of woven straw and free-flowing fabrics conjure the relaxed feel of going where the wind takes you.
The jewelry on display at Neiman Marcus was rainbow bright in lightweight drops and chandeliers, delicate silver and carefree summer vibes. Brilliant color, elevated athleisure and print-on-print styling were just some of the inspirations awaiting your spring closet. Let your own personal style dictate how you put together your own spring thing.
Feature image courtesy of Neiman Marcus.