Everyone's wardrobe gets stuck in a rut - especially during the change of seasons. So this morning, I chatted with Kelly Werthmann and Dave Aguilera from CBS Denver about investing in key items that can make any woman’s spring wardrobe more functional and stylish.
First Up: The trench coat. This timeless classic is the coat of the season. It was seen all over the Spring 2017 runways – including Stella McCartney and Valentino - in every neutral hue from a light putty to cocoa brown. This one by Velvet (available at Blush) in cotton poplin comes with classic details like epaulettes on the cuff and flap pockets. But it’s been updated with oversized proportions and a maxi length, which makes it easy to layer. Plus, it’s super lightweight, which means you can easily pack it if you’re traveling this spring.
If you’re always cold like me, weather in the 60s and 70s can still feel chilly. That’s why it’s great to have a small stash of lightweight knits in rotation for spring (and you’ll need them anyway once the indoor AC gets set to blasting by June). But skip basic and go for statement sweaters with interesting prints and patterns or even texture, as well as lightweight fabrics you can layer. Some examples include Minnie Rose’s cotton duster with self-fringe and bell sleeves (available at Rebel), Raquel Allegra’s elbow-length sleeve cardigan with embellished metallic sleeve (available at Max), and 360 Sweaters lightweight nylon crewneck (available at Perch).
If bags on the spring runways weren’t tiny, colored jewel boxes, then they were oversized totes (the suitcase-sized patent bags on the Balenciaga catwalk come to mind). This Italian woven market bag by Officine 904 has a soft shape and cognac hue, making it the perfect summer carryall to stash your essentials (available at oetlcollection.com).
Finally, in shoes we’ve been seeing more of the block heel over the last few seasons, and there’s a good reason why: They’re substantial and balance out girly silhouettes (like this season’s ruffles and frills). That they’re easier to walk in than a stiletto pump just makes them that much better. The versions I had on air by Coclico (available at Strut) and M4D3 Shoes (available at Scarpaletto) work well for spring because the cut outs expose some of the foot, but less than what a sandal would (after all, it is still March!).