1. Spring's Fresh Take On Classic Plaid? We're Mad For It
The classics are classic for good reason. Season after season, our tried-and-true prints and silhouettes never leave us hanging. So, while we might mourn the trends that come and go faster than yesterday's news, we take comfort in knowing that there are certain sartorial staples we can always call upon. And, plaid is definitely one of them.
Our latest inspiration, from Saint Heron's arts and culture editor (and Refinery29 contributing writer) Marjon Carlos, is quite possibly one of our favorite laid-back looks for spring. Pair a silk, button-up blouse with cropped cigarette pants and printed booties for a mismatched style that's subtle enough for the office but also totally chic for the gallery opening you're attending after work. Just accent with a bold, red lip — Marjon is wearing MAC's Russian Red — and prepare for an onslaught of compliments.
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4. Take Notes: Suno Schools Us In Mismatched Prints
By now, you know we're huge advocates of mismatched prints. So, it's only fitting that we'd source our latest inspiration from Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Suno's mix masters and creative directors. For spring, the duo brought a distinctly safari feel to the catwalk, sending out models in artfully printed midi-skirts, khakis, and wide-brim raffia visors. But, if you're worried such a look (like the one below) will read too ostentatious, you needn't be! Just choose patterned clothes that offer a subtler color palette. By doing so, you'll create an outfit that's completely on-trend and wearable beyond the runway. Here, our bottom halves play with pastels and cobalt blue, while the graphic top keeps calm in basic black and white. To finish, accent with another fave trend: fringe! Giles & Brother's gold statement earrings are just the ticket.
Zara Printed Top, $69.90, available at Zara; Suno Printed Pleated Cotton Skirt, $395, available at Moda Operandi; Splendid Congo Flat Sandals, $68, available at Shopbop;
Giles & Brother Fan Fringe Earrings, $70, available at Giles & Brother; Forever 21 Glam Faux Croc Crossbody, $24.80, available at Forever 21.
5. Alex Wang Does Sporty Spice Just Right For Spring
We're not the only ones suffering from a case of '90s nostalgia. Far from it. And, Alexander Wang's spring '14 runway is a sartorial reminder of just how good the decade was — from designer-logo mania to menswear shirting to every last sporty silhouette — and apparently still is. We're definitely not complaining, especially when we have this totally chic Sporty Spice outfit to serve as inspiration.
Talula Trooper Jacket, $130, available at Aritzia; Topshop Black Midi Tulle Skirt, $35, available at Topshop; Hope Won Sweater, $253, similar style available at La Garçonne;
Forever 21 Signature Envelope Satchel $24.80, available at Forever 21; Prada T-Strap Sandal, $680, available at Barneys New York; Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, $28, available at Sephora; Wanderluster Freia Moon Studs, $45, available at Wanderluster.
Kenzo Kalifornia Bag, $1,185, available at Opening Ceremony;
River Island Light Pink Cropped Jacket, $50, similar style available at River Island; Topshop Charcoal Gingham Mini Kilt Skort, $68, available at Topshop; Forever 21 Electric Floral Crop Top, $19.46, available at Forever 21; Acne Studios Lark contrast-trim leather brogues $570, available at Net-A-Porter; Quay Australia Charlie Sunglasses, $39.95, available at Quay Australia.
Zara Fabric Blazer, $99.90, available at Zara; French Connection Poolside Stretch Pinafore Dress, $268, available at French Connection; Rebecca Minkoff Marlowe Clutch, $265, available at Rebecca Minkoff; Shoe Cult Jasper Sandal, $78, available at Nasty Gal; Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Ali, $22, available at Sephora;
Collette Ishiyama Diamond Studs, $100, available at Collette Ishiyama.