Something’s in the air this spring, and I’m not just talking about pollen. It seems like we’re finally shaking off the last of our COVID sweatsuits and making plans again. From bridal showers to country clubs to vacations, we’re taking the time to get dressed up and go out again. It feels good to put on a pretty dress with fun shoes! Our wardrobes could use a bit of a step up with reliable, versatile pieces like shirt dresses, heeled sandals, chic accessories, and statement jewelry.
I love a good shirtdress. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my closet. You can keep it crisp and modern, like in this strong-sleeved white CO midi dress. Or maybe you want something a little more retro, with a beautiful belt and flared skirt? This Polo Ralph Lauren tiered linen dress, this black Equipment cotton shirtdress, or this blue-and-white striped Ralph Lauren dress are all feminine and fabulous. For an edgier take on the shirtdress, Everlane’s Oxford shirtdress is as cool as it gets.
The Bottega Veneta quilted leather mule or Gucci’s black version are high-end versions of the season’s hottest shoe trend: quilted or braided leather. You can still get the look for less. Marc Fisher LTD’s pretty lavender pair has braided leather bands and Vince Camuto’s version has a comfy block heel.
A blazer can pull together an outfit, but sometimes it just keeps you warm during a spring chill. Everlane’s 80s Blazer is oversized and roomy. Theory’s menswear-inspired Boy Blazer comes in navy or white, both in a spring-y linen. Veronica Beard’s Pyle jacket is made from a woven fabric that turns a neutral fabric into something special.
Time for a new purse! Put away the fanny packs and get something fancy and fun. I love this Williams-Sonoma wicker & leather crossbody bag. The bucket bag shape of this Jenni Kayne raffia purse, the prim and proper but still chic shape of this COS bag, or this brown leather bag with bamboo top handles.
Every outfit can be improved with a piece of jewelry. Lately for me, it’s all about a chunky gold chain. Maybe that’s a necklace with a pretty pendant like the Julie Vos Honeybee necklace or this Julie Vos link necklace. Bring on the arm party with a thick, rope-y gold bracelet.
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