Just as the September issue holds the promise of fall styling inspiration, the beginning of spring captures the first glimpse of fashion’s year ahead. We’re currently lusting over a bevy of fresh seasonal styles, and our spring wishlist is quickly turning into a list of non-debatable must-haves.
1. Airy Layers
Spring is all about renewal, so it makes sense that our closets experience a metamorphosis of sorts as we enter the months ahead. Heavy winter knits get replaced with airy, lightweight fabrics that suit our mood and the theme of spring, and the change is most certainly a welcome one. We’re crushing on sheer layers in gauzy cotton, luxurious silk and flowing chiffon. These timeless fabrics are even more versatile in neutral hues and earthy palettes. Sigh.
2. Ladylike Shoes
Sometimes, a girl just wants a shoe that’s more comfortable than a stiletto and more flattering than a flat. Right? In the past, finding the perfect heel height has admittedly been hit or miss. Sure, a kitten heel or stacked ankle bootie both work like a charm for certain outfits, but all along, we knew something was missing. Fortunately, footwear designers have taken the hint and have integrated mid-height pumps and mules back into the fashion rotation. Even better, these new styles come in a medley of color pops, dreamy pastels and pretty embellishments.
3. Bracelet Bags
Another emerging trend we think has major staying power is the clever bracelet bag, which blends two timeless accessories into one romantic piece. Keep everything you need right at your fingertips – literally – thanks to this innovative bag that has all the charm of a clutch and all the function of a wristlet. (It’s especially ideal for those of us who would lose our heads if they weren’t screwed on.) Balenciaga’s Spring-Summer 2016 runway showed how gorgeous this style is when paired with delicate slip dresses.
4. Mixed Prints
Polka dots, florals, nautical stripes, paisley… all of these patterns are necessary components of mix-and-match style. Pair them up accordingly for an inspired take on finding your own “prints charming.” When done right, these artsy combinations elevate your look to stylish new levels… and besides, how fun is it to play with prints? Our Floral Print Kimono is a great place to start.
5. Flare Jeans
For the longest time, skinny jeans reigned supreme on the fashion catwalks as well as in the real world. We love this flattering fit just as much as the next girl, but we also enjoy keeping our options open – which is why we’re particularly excited by the newest batches of denim essentials. High-waisted flares and cropped culottes are giving us serious spring anticipation. (Madewell’s Flea Market Flares are giving us a major ‘70s vibe, too.)
6. Playful Proportions
Speaking of culottes, this trendy pants length is “cropping” up everywhere to our collective delight. There’s something so Parisian chic about this ankle-baring length that not only showcases our favorite pair of ankle-strap shoes but also insists that we get creative with our styling decisions. A cropped cardigan, a tight bodice or a sheer knit blouse? A kitschy vintage vest or an embroidered belt? The possibilities are endless (and incredibly fun).
Which items are topping your fashion wishlists for spring? Keep the ideas coming in the comments section below! While you’re at it, shop our fresh apparel styles here.
Cheers to a fashionable spring wardrobe!
The Chan Luu Team
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