10 Spring Fashion Must-Haves to Round Out Your Seasonal Wardrobe
Is it finally time to shed our puffer jackets, oversized sweaters, and beanies and pull out our brightly-colored tops and breezy dresses? We're ready! We've spring cleaned our closet, donated, swapped, or sold the items we no longer wear or want, and have identified the holes in our wardrobe to make room for a few new pieces.
Here at Martha we believe in investing in key clothing essentials that will never go out of style: cashmere sweaters, the perfect pair of jeans, the all important pair of rain boots, and the fits-like-a-glove dress that never fails you whether you're headed on a date or to your friend's wedding. But each season we also love upgrading our core wardrobe with fun new items. Come spring, we're eager to add a floral dress that you can throw on for work or an alfresco party with friends. Then there's the well-loved but sadly beaten down sandal from last season that needs replacing. We're giving you permission to go ahead and nab an upgrade. While you're at it, it may also be time to replace that woven bag you've been toting from farmer's markets to the beach, too.
To help get our warm weather looks sorted, we turned to Shopbop's fashion director, Caroline Maguire. The style expert travels the world attending fashion shows from Copenhagen to Paris and Milan in search of new designers and must-haves for the style-savvy shoppers who peruse the e-commerce giant each day. And when she's not on the quest for the best new sartorial finds, she's taking her kids (Ella and Ryan) to swimming classes, craft fairs, and museums around New York City, all while looking incredibly fun and stylish.
Here, she tells us about the 10 key looks to invest in that'll carryover through spring, summer, and well beyond.
Florals Are Going Strong
Florals for spring is are a no brainer. But this season Maguire says go for "an easy, breathable floral maxi to pair with a chunky flatform sandal."
Rebecca Taylor La Vie "Adelle" Scarf Print Dress, $375, rebeccataylor.com.
The Beach Is Calling
Neutrals for the Win
Feminine Polka Dots Are Back
Call it the Mrs. Maisel effect. Expect to see the classic, feminine print adding an elegant touch to dresses, blouses, scarves, and more this season.
Faithfull the Brand "Gizele" Polka-Dot Crepe Midi Dress, $180, net-a-porter.com
Trade Pastels for Fluorescents
Neon is one of the season's big trends, but not all of us can (or want to!) pull of a day-glo look. Maguire's suggestion: "Opt for an accessory if the trend is too bold."
Jennifer Behr "Lorelei" Headband, $298, shopbop.com
Working women, we're giving you permission to take a break from the tapered ankle pants. Have fun with bold paper-bag waist trousers, instead. The billowy style is chic for the office or post-work hangouts.
H&M Wide-leg Corduroy Pants, $59.99, hm.com
The New Silhouette
While the woven bag trend we love so much is transitioning to clear PVC options, there is another handbag style on the rise: an ultra-feminine and structured box bag. It'll dress up any outfit.
Loeffler Randall, "Bella" Box Bag, $375, loefflerrandall.com
Barely There Shoes
"Minimal string sandals—including gladiators!—are creeping back in as well as uber-comfortable Teva-style sport sandals," says Maguire.
By Far Tanya Sandals, $370, shopbop.com
Slip Dress Season
For spring weddings, Maguire loves the idea of a minimal slip dress. "It works for any dress code, it's breathable for the warmer months, and you can dress it up with a great pair of statement earrings and a strappy heel," she says.
Fleur du Mal Cowl Neck Slip Dress, $485, shopbop.com