While it might be a bit premature to put away our snow boots, spring styles have already arrived in stores, and along with them the promise of warmer temperatures. As we wait for sweater weather to be officially behind us, we’re ready to start embracing new spring apparel, and to help us through the wardrobe transition we turned to Birmingham-based style coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth for advice on which pieces to invest in to stay on-trend and when to wear them. Here are her recommendations:
- Boot cut or wide-leg jeans. Wear now: with a textural knit top, stacked-heel booties, and a long pendant necklace (extra points if you go 70s glam with a felt medium-brim hat). Wear later: with a well draped tee or tank, platform wedges, and a gauzy thin scarf. Polish off the look by half-tucking the top and pairing with a skinny belt.
- A floral-print top. Wear now: Select a floral pattern with a darker color palette, which makes it more transitional [editor’s note: we recommend the Marni top, available from Capitol in Charlotte]. Pair it with traditional winter fabrics like leather, suede, or cashmere to give the look a rich, textural appearance. Wear later: To freshen up your darker-hued floral print item, try sporting it with a pair of white jeans and neutral shoes. If white jeans aren’t for you, try pairing your floral top with a darker neutral pant or skirt (navy, charcoal, or taupe would work well), but don’t forget to add a pop of white with a third piece to ensure a spring-ready feel.
- A paper-thin leather piece: Wear now: While leather is always a great idea, select a more versatile item this season, like a paper-thin leather blazer or moto jacket. Keep your look current by pairing it with a sheath dress, opaque tights, and ankle booties or a statement t-shirt, dark-wash jeans, and stylish sneakers. Wear later: Optimize this piece by using it to transition your white and neutral tones into warmer weather. Keep the look effortless and on-trend with muted metallic accessories.