Pretty soon fashion month will be coming to an end, but the season of spring is already nipping at our heels. And while some of us are still feeling the effects of the polar vortex, we’re not quite ready for full-blown spring style.
Sure, the weather is starting to warm up – for instance, we didn’t even have to wear a scarf outside today, but it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to take a stroll through Central Park in a technicolor Monique Lhuillier crop top. Regardless, now’s the time to transition your wardrobe and fortunately, there are a few spring trends that are cold-weather friendly.
According to the Fashion Week runways, the season will be as sporty chic as ever. There’s no need for a heavy trench coat when you can opt for a bomber jacket that is just as versatile. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese and Balmain showed us their take on the athletic staple, presenting playful versions. Pick a bold color and print, and you’ll be warm and trendy at the same time.
Fashion has hopped in the time machine once again to give us the next it-shoe of the season: the mule. Nostalgia much?
While we’re still a little wary about how we’d trek across the city in a shoe that doesn’t offer much support to stay strapped on, we can certainly appreciate how modern the chunky heel has become. Take Altuzarra, Opening Ceremony and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Worn the right way, a mule can make an outfit look sleek and sophisticated. Pick a comfy pair you’ll feel secure in and wear them with tights or even socks to incorporate another trend that’s been seen all over the Fall/Winter 2014 runways recently.
Take your hemline to new lengths this spring. Maxis and midis, move over – it’s all about the tea-length skirt this season. The tea-length skirt is fresh, feminine, and stops a few inches before the ankles, so you won’t freeze your legs off outside. For extra warmth, all you need are footless tights or leggings, which can be hidden underneath.
Delpozo pulled off the high-waisted skirt paired with a pretty pastel top, while Christian Siriano used the shape in a ladylike lace dress. Our favorite rendition, though, came from Proenza Schouler. A leather top and a pleated skirt with a metallic touch made for the perfect blend of hard and soft.
There was a bit of a fringe frenzy during Fashion Week. What was once limited to trims has now taken the center stage of style. 3.1 Phillip Lim featured a patchwork sweater full of fringe, and while now’s not the time for us to be clad in fringed hot shorts, Herve Leger showed us how it’s done with a two-piece look. Proenza Schouler had the right idea of fringe with benefits: a full-length coat that’ll ward off the frost. We need one of those. Stat.
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