I’m ready for this polar vortex to be over. I’m craving white sand, a fresh tan, and a piña colada (which you can feel free to deliver to me at any point – yes, you). But for now, I’ll settle for these drool-worthy items (links above) and an extensive spring break playlist.
In the winter, I tend to stick to more muted colors and classic patterns. And while I love a cozy flannel as much as the next gal, my winter wardrobe is starting to feel a little drab. Spring brings to mind airy silhouettes, flowy skirts, bold prints, and dainty accents. Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic or simply looking forward to enjoying the outdoors again, warmer weather calls for easy, transitional pieces that you can throw on over a swimsuit during the day and dress up at night.
Read below for more on my current cravings and warm weather wishes:
1. Abstract Pattern Open Back Dress, Society of Chic, $88 – This pastel sundress combines the popular “fit n’ flare” silhouette with a fresh take on spring florals. The abstract pattern reminds me of a Georgia O’Keeffe flower painting with its lush, vibrant colors and sculptural dimensionality. The open back and thin straps are a godsend in the heat and allow you to show off your tan.
2. Sable Slides in Rosegold, Joie, $135 – I’ve had my eyes on these sandals since this time last year and I love the subtle snakeskin embossing on the rosegold strap. The lack of any additional hardware on these simple leather slides makes them super functional and easy to pair with a variety of outfits.
3. Greenwich Street Leather Tote in Natural/Dayglow, Iiibeca, $79 – The neon piping adds a subtle pop of color to an otherwise traditional structured tote. This bag would be great to have while running errands, going to class, or packing for a day trip.
4. Gally Cook One Piece, Beach Riot, $195 – I am obsessed with the Martinique Banana Leaf Print, which has been lauded as one of the most iconic wallpaper prints in the world. Created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel in L.A., the tropical print has since exploded in fashion and interior design, making its way into the recent collections of brands like Topshop, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Charlotte Olympia, and more.
5. Mabel Retro Bralet in Ballet/Jam, Eberjey, $49 – Layers and layers of scalloped lace in soft pink make this bralet perfect for lounging around on lazy days or slipping on under a sundress. Eberjey is my go-to for pretty but wearable intimates and loungewear.
6. Malay Romper in Night, 6 Shore Road, $115 – Rompers are by far one of my favorite warm weather trends because there are very few pieces versatile enough to work on a range of body types. For shorter girls like me, rompers are a looser fit without being too shapeless or baggy (the key is to look for a cinched waist), and the higher hemline elongates your legs. I love the slinky black cami on the Malay Romper paired with the scalloped white lace shorts, which make it more seasonally appropriate.
7. Gautier Ombre Maxi Dress in Black, Young Fabulous & Broke, $99 – Maybe I just have a penchant for extreme hemlines, but the maxi trend has been going strong for several seasons and is one that I also love. The gathered waist on this YFB maxi dress makes the fabric waterfall in a way that’s both relaxed and stylish, and the ombre fade ups the ante on a classic black. I picture wearing this piece with tousled, beachy waves and big statement rings.
8. Gold Bar Minimalist Bracelet, PetiteCo via Etsy, $12.95 – While I’m a fan of the oversized/boyfriend trend in clothing and jewelry, spring calls for more understated and practical accessories. Music festivals, road trips, amusement parks, and beach days require jewelry that isn’t too bulky or heavy. The ultra-thin gold chain and dainty turquoise accent on this bracelet add a sweet, feminine touch.
9. Trome Bootie in Blush Suede Medium, The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden, $130 – Whenever I see perforated details on shoes or clothes, I always think of Keira Knightley’s stunning green silk dress in Atonement, which I had the opportunity to see in person at the VMFA’s Hollywood Costumes Exhibit in January. The film’s director supposedly wanted the fabric to cling to and move on Knightley’s frame to give the illusion of nakedness, and the subtle perforated pattern along her neckline was supposed to further the viewer’s interpretation of the dress as an extension of her feminine body. These lace-up Steve Madden booties show off unexpected peeps of your legs, but the nude suede keeps them versatile and classy.
10. Contrast Push-Up Bandeau in Wild Flame/Peach, Victoria’s Secret, $48.50 – Though colorblocking is normally used with contrasting colors, I like that the colors on this swimsuit bandeau belong to the same color family. Bright coral looks good on almost every skin tone, and the peach trim adds a nice contrast.
Thanks for reading!