The Santorini Condo
Spring: A time for showers, flowers, bunnies and cleaning. Oh yeah, and fashion too. Hopefully by now you've done that "out with old" part of the spring routine and are keeping your eyes open for pieces to bring some "in with the new." Whether you're looking for something to help combat melancholy when the showers kick in or are gearing up for the sunny months ahead, we've got you covered with these fashion finds.
The Santorini Condo
So your two-bedroom "starter condo" in the suburbs doesn't exactly resemble a cliff-side home on Santorini. Shame. But that doesn't mean that you can't dress like you're on a Grecian getaway. A wide-leg white or navy pant instantly channels the nautical look. Add an exotic print scarf to the ensemble and you're ready for the yacht.
These stylish skimmers are the perfect solution to your weekend shoe crisis. You want to look somewhat cute when you run your errands (who knows who may be standing behind you in the Petco line?), but you don't want to wear anything that might remind you of work. They're also a fabulous companion for jeans or shorts and you can even pull a Mischa à la Keds ads and wear them with a casual dress.
Nothing says "Happy Spring" like your black umbrella, right? Wrong. So maybe it is dark outside, but you don't have to reflect the meteorological forecast in your spring fashion choices. Ordinary 'brellas just got a little more extraordinary this season with polka dots, stripes and bold prints. Just make sure you don't try to be too matchy-matchy with identical wellies.
Adding a yellow dress, flat or even a yellow bag to your wardrobe is a must for spring. This pale number is a muted version, but your yellow doesn't have to be mellow. Both bold Crayola yellow and softened hues will surely brighten up your look.
Springtime is synonymous with florals. Easter lilies, May flowers, cherry blossoms--all inspiration for this flirty, organic trend. This year, however, florals are blossoming and becoming, well, more than just your typical garden party print. Opt for a blouse with rose embellishments or take a cue from this Diane Von Furstenberg number and choose a dress with funky, more unexpected spring colors.
Nothing rings in spring like a crisp white dress with eyelet details. It's perfect for a dinner on the terrace, Sunday brunch or even for a more casual cover-up at the beach. It also can be colorful, so don't shy away from a tropical hue. But do wear a slip if your dress is completely eyelet, unless it's a cover-up of course.
In the next couple months hems will start getting a little shorter and bikinis will make a debut, but don't ditch jackets just yet; April is linked with showers for a reason. These cropped versions are ideal for April-through-June climate control with slight coverage--but nothing that'll make you toasty. Their shapes can be boxy or demure and buttons or embellishments (like the rosette on this Marc by Marc Jacobs crop) really liven it up.
Get into the techno age by trying a geometric print dress with ethereal elements of spring. The graphic shapes in this Twinkle by Wenlan piece make it edgy and the granulation adds a digital detail. But don't break into the robot just yet. The softer colors and flowy shape keep it from being too Matrix. Sorry Keanu. This one's not for you.