Outfit of the Day: The Flirty Femme

Mix feminine lace with classic neutrals for an effortlessly stylish outfit. This easy daytime look features a versatile mini dress, nude flats, and minimalist accessories. Change it up for a night out by pairing this flirty frock with strappy heels and a colorful clutch.

spring outfits | Eugenia Kim Billie Straw Fedora; Jen’s Pirate Booty Etoile Mini Dress; Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet; BAGGU Basic Tote; Loeffler Randall Vivi Ballet Flats; Marc by Marc Jacobs Tiny Bolt Bracelet | white lace dressShop the Look: Eugenia Kim Billie Straw Fedora; Jen’s Pirate Booty Etoile Mini Dress; Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet; BAGGU Basic Tote; Loeffler Randall Vivi Ballet Flats; Marc by Marc Jacobs Tiny Bolt Bracelet

Spring 2015’s Most Wearable Runway Trends

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends

Spring is officially here, which means there are new trends, lighter layers, and a range of fresh fabrics, colors, and prints to experiment with. Not sure how to transition your wardrobe into the next season? Today we’re sharing some of spring 2015’s most wearable runway trends. 

Gingham

Ditch your usual winter plaid for the more refined look of gingham. Whether you prefer a delicate shoe or entirely printed dress, this checkered print will bring preppy flare to any outfit.

Spring 2015 fashion trends | gingham fashion trend | Tory Burch Print Poplin Shirtdress; Diane von Furstenberg Vera Sandal; Hue Gingham Print Leggings; Marc by Marc Jacobs Blurred Gingham Blouse

Shop the Look: Tory Burch Print Poplin Shirtdress; Diane von Furstenberg Vera Sandal; Hue Gingham Print Leggings; Marc by Marc Jacobs Blurred Gingham Blouse

Hippie Chic

Flower power meets festival fashion this season with an abundance of flowing fabrics, busy prints, and beaded details. Channel the modern hippie look by mixing these laidback silhouettes with sophisticated accents.

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends | Topshop Daisy Jacquard Dress; Parker Eliza Tank; Nanette Lepore Cali Dreamin Silk Dress; Glamorous Print Drawstring Shorts

Shop the Look: Topshop Daisy Jacquard Dress; Parker Eliza Tank; Nanette Lepore Cali Dreamin Silk Dress; Glamorous Print Drawstring Shorts

Spring Suede

Leather has become a year-round staple in the fashion world, however this spring designers have softened up the luxe look. Work sultry suede into your daily style with a cool jacket or go modern for a night out with a fringed purse and frock. 

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends | Suede Fashion | Sam Edelman Faux Suede Moto Jacket; Topshop Suede Front Shift Dress; Topshop Suede Tassel Clutch; Nordstrom Collection Suede Jean Jacket

Shop the Look: Sam Edelman Faux Suede Moto Jacket; Topshop Suede Front Shift Dress; Topshop Suede Tassel Clutch; Nordstrom Collection Suede Jean Jacket

Spring 2015 Runway: Most Anticipated Trends

The Spring 2015 runways have been filled with so many different prints, silhouettes, and designs it is hard to keep track. However, there are some trends that have been especially popular across the runways. Today we are sharing three of our favorite (and most wearable) trends for spring.

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends: Gingham

NYFW Spring 2015 Runway Trends | gingham

Diane von Furstenberg

NYFW Spring 2015 Runway Trends | Gingham

Altuzzara

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Diane von Furstenberg did not disappoint with her mix of floral prints, bright colors, and classic patterns, including gingham. She highlighted the popular trend on everything from clothing to accessories; teaming two different takes on the pattern above. The splash of yellow adds the perfect touch of spring while the black and white base keeps it classic. Altuzarra also used the gingham pattern in just about every way possible, putting a sophisticated spin on his spring line. This look mixes two gingham pieces with its black and white skirt and powder blue top. He completes the look with a modern sheer knit.

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends: Defined Waists

NYFW Spring 2015 Trends | Waist Defining Details

Rebecca Taylor

NYFW Spring 2015 Fashion Trends | 3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

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Detailed waistlines will be huge this spring as many designers layered extra fabrics and accent pieces to create slimming looks. Rebecca Taylor utilized soft belts and tied fabrics on dresses, jackets, skirts and more. This look uses a neutral belt to balance out a full, textured skirt and delicate lace top. 3.1 Phillip Lim incorporated a similar waist tie into jumpsuits, dresses and jackets, creating bold statements on even the simplest of pieces. This look mixes deep colors and a slouchy fit for an effortless modern outfit.

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends: Soft Suede

NYFW Spring 2015 Fashion Trends | Suede

Jason Wu

NYFW Spring 2015 Fashion Trends | Suede

Altuzarra

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Jason Wu brought excitement to minimalist looks with deep jewel tones, muted prints, and a range of textures. This look brings unexpected structure to a suede dress with its detailed neckline and flared silhouette. Altuzarra balanced dynamic shapes and lines with neutral palettes and suede fabrics. Here, he mixes understated brown suede with asymmetrical stripes for a striking contrast.

Block Heel Sandals of Every Height

While we love the look of a great stiletto, there is another style that packs just as much punch without the risk of discomfort. The block heel started as a ladylike alternative to the classic pump, and has since become popular with a variety of shoe styles, including sandals. Due to the block heel’s sturdy stature, you no longer have to ditch your heels on those extra long days of meetings, errands, or class. So please give a warm welcome to one of our favorite Spring/Summer staples and don’t forget to get a pair for yourself!

Block Heel Sandals of Every Height:

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  1. Stuart Weitzman Hardware City Sandals (1.5 inch heels): Polished links add a modern touch to these leather sandals. Wear them with boyfriend jeans and summer knits.
  2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Calder Open Toe (2 inch heel): A wide-band ankle strap brings excitement to these simple black sandals. Keep it casual in cropped denim or take them for a night out in a mini skirt and blouse.
  3. Steven by Steve Madden Open Toe T-Strap Sandals (3.5 inch heel): A chunky heel and a sleek t-strap give these sandals retro appeal. Complete the look with a knee-length skirt and fitted jacket.
  4. Tory Burch Doris High Heel Sandals (4 inch heel): A bold perforated panel lends a graphic element to these leather sandals. Make them pop against a white sundress and neutral accessories.
  5. COACH Lexey Silver Mirror Metallic Sandal (4.25 inch heel): Mirror metallic leather acts as a neutral, making these an excellent everyday option. Team them with anything from crisp white jeans to your favorite sundress. 

Spring 2014: Must-Have Jewelry

Lighter clothing and fewer layers means more room for accessories! From statement studs to lengthy pendants, ring stacks to bib necklaces, we’re sharing some of spring’s best jewelry trends to help you spice up your daily style.

Spring 2014 Jewelry: Earrings

TopShelf Clothes | Spring 2014 Jewelry

  1. Alexis Bittar Crystal Pave Baguette Hand Stenciled Dangle Earrings: Deep blues and bright yellows make these earrings an eye-catching and versatile option. Go for an unexpected casual look by teaming them with a classic white tee and boyfriend jeans.
  2. Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings: Statement studs are a summertime-must. This pair is offered in a rainbow of colors ranging from translucent blues to opaque black.
  3. Erickson Beamon Weeping Angel Gold-plated Swarovski Crystal Earrings: If statement studs aren’t your thing, why not try oversized earrings? This Erickson Beamon pair mixes bright white and shades of grey for an eye-catching earring that will work with any palette.

Spring 2014 Jewelry: Necklaces

TopShelf Clothes | Spring 2014 Jewelry

  1. Adia Kibur Kink Necklace: When in doubt, go for the gold. This bold chain necklace from Adia Kibur sits at the collar, making it perfect for any high neck top.
  2. BaubleBar Peacock Cluster Frontal Necklace: Classic white combines with icy blue for a cool pop of color. Team yours with a sweetheart neckline blouse, skinny jeans, and heels.
  3. Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace: A lengthy necklace with a clear pendant can take you anywhere from the office to a night out. Make it vacation staple, teaming it with a maxi during the day and a little black dress at night.

Spring 2014 Jewelry: Statement Rings

TopShelf Clothes | Spring 2014 Jewelry

  1. Ariella Collection Stackable Rings: Ring stacks have been a hit with nearly every retailer this season, as they provide a little extra flare for your jewelry routine. Group them on one finger for a single bold stack or scatter them across both hands for a boho vibe.
  2. EF Collection Pave Diamond Zigzag Stack Ring: Whether worn alone or paired with your other favorite rings, this diamond zigzag design offers a splurge-worthy statement.
  3. Karen London Gypsy Ring: Master the geometric trend with this triangle ring from Karen London. The crackled color and over-sized shape will add instant flare to any look.

Top 5 Skirt Trends to Try this Spring

If you’re looking to show a little leg this season but shorts aren’t really your thing, then this season’s skirt trends are definitely worth checking out. From leg-baring minis to ankle gracing maxis, there are a number of lengths and silhouettes to flatter any height or body shape. Shop our stylists’ picks for the best full, pencil, tea length, mini and maxi skirts of the season.

Spring Skirts 2014:

TopShelf Clothes | Spring Skirts 2014

Shop:

  1. Full Juliet Dunn Floral Bubble Skirt: Voluminous pleats bring playful structure to this printed skirt. Keep it casual with a denim jacket and your favorite flats.
  2. Pencil Classiques Entier Carmen Tweed Skirt: A classic pencil skirt is given a modern update with stretchy black panels and textured tweed. Take it to the office with strappy sandals and a long sleeve blouse.
  3. Tea Length JOA Pleated Skirt: Scattered shapes create an interest abstract print on this tea length skirt. Balance this full fit with a fitted jacket and delicate high-heeled sandals.
  4. Mini re:named Hawaiian Miniskirt: Channel summer in this Hawaiian print mini. Team it with a solid top and bright bag.
  5. Maxi BCBGMAXAZRIA Asymmetrical Hi-Lo Skirt: This asymmetrical maxi skirt is wrapped around in a hi-lo silhouette that shows off just enough leg. Team it with sky-high heels and a tucked-in blouse.

Trend Report: 5 Stylish Sneakers to Buy this Spring

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Sneakers

They are comfortable, they are chic and they are the perfect addition to that off-duty weekend look. Enter: spring 2014’s best sneakers. While we love a great pair of heels, they’re not always practical for a long day of running around. Lucky for us, top designers are proving there is no need to sacrifice style for comfort. Check out our stylists’ picks for the best spring 2014 sneaker trends.

5 Stylish Sneakers to Shop Now:

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Sneakers

SHOP:

  1. Slip-Ons Sam Edelman Becker Slip On: Sam Edelman gives casual slip-ons a playful touch with this leopard print haircalf design. Dress them up with a skirt and cropped jacket.
  2. Performance Nike Revolution 2: Brighten up at the gym with a cool pair of Nikes. This top-rated running shoe features enhanced cushioning, breathable fabric, and structural support. 
  3. High Tops Rachel Zoe Barret High Top Sneakers: A snake-embossed leather tongue brings an exotic touch to these high stop sneakers. Team yours with cigarette jeans and comfy knits.
  4. Athletic Inspired Marc by Marc Jacobs Patent Leather Neoprene Sneakers: These casual sneakers feature a mix of gray suede and yellow neoprene. Master off-duty chic in cropped white jeans and a fitted jacket.
  5. The Classic Keds Polka Dot Sneaker: This iconic style gets a springy update with eye-catching polka dots. Wear them with anything from casual dresses to your favorite denim.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

TopShelf Clothes | How to Spring Clean Your Closet

Warm weather seems to come out of nowhere, and while it’s a pleasant change, it also leaves you scrounging your bedroom for last season’s clothing. Today we are sharing easy tips for spring cleaning your closet from wardrobe stylist, author, and fashion-goddess, Monica Barnett.  

What is Spring Cleaning?

Spring cleaning is truly about getting yourself prepared for the rest of the year. I like to think of it like taxes, which were due April 15th – it’s the time to evaluate what happened last year, and plan to course-correct across the next 8 ½ months.

It’s a phrase we hear all the time but rarely do any of us truly participate in true “spring cleaning”. Why do they call it spring cleaning anyway?! Well it’s rooted in the aspects of Iranian and Jewish cultures.

“The vernal equinox (which falls on March 21), marks the beginning of Spring. In Iranian culture, this date also coincides with the New Year — known as ‘Now Rouz’–and a subsequent two-week celebration marked with traditions that date back to before Islamic rule. Now Rouz is the perfect time to plant new vegetation and burn away the old. In preparation for the celebration, Iranians also view it as the perfect time for a deep, vigorous household cleaning, known as “shaking the house”.

The Jewish origins of spring cleaning also hit close to home. Their reflection on renewal comes just before Passover, when they clean their homes to sweep away any leavened bread in preparation for the holiday. Passover marks the journey of slaves from Egypt, and because these slaves were only given unleavened bread, known as “matzah” in Hebrew, it is a show of gratefulness and respect to rid homes of leavened bread before the holiday.” Read more here.

The Benefits of Spring Cleaning Your Closet:

So now that you know it’s legit, let’s talk purge and renew! As an avid “spring cleaner” not to mention a wardrobe stylist, I understand the benefits of spring cleaning:

  • More space – get rid of bad or non-value added clothes to make room for the fun stuff that you love
  • Better clothes – those same clothes that have stains, tears, or are pilling up get the boot, which means what’s left are all your fabulous purchases to focus on
  • Less money spent – when your closet is less cluttered, you have better focus, which means when you shop, you actually spend on what you truly need versus what you think might work
  • Quicker shopping – it’s the focus you get from knowing what’s in your closet that allows you to get into a store, find what you need, and roll out!
  • Less stress – how many times have you said, “I have nothing to wear” as you look at a closet full of clothes? Spring cleaning leaves you with the best and the brightest so you can work with everything that’s in your closet
  • More versatile closet – when you’ve gotten rid of the junk and you know what you need and what works, your closet becomes a place that works for you and not against you

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your closet for three reasons:

  1. It gives you something to focus on so you don’t think about the cold or the rain!
  2. If done properly, it involves most aspects of your wardrobe from your summer pieces (with heavier pieces layered on top) to your fall items (the lighter stuff).
  3. From a shopping viewpoint, it presents the opportunity to bring “fresh” and “new” elements into your wardrobe that will lighten up your look
11 Simple Rules for a Stress-Free Cleaning Session:
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Yep – you get all of that from being more diligent about what’s in your closet and getting in the habit of spring cleaning. I created a four-part series on building the ideal wardrobe and it’s worth checking out but if you’re focused purely on the tradition of spring cleaning, here’s how-to knock it out in one weekend:
  1. Separate spring/summer from fall/winter (Rome wasn’t built or conquered in one day) – we’re focusing on getting ready for spring/summer
  2. Throw out any item that doesn’t fit (i.e., it’s more than two sizes two small) – the average woman will not drop two full dress sizes across the next two months
  3. Put your whites in a pile. If they have a stain, rip, snag, or hole, discard them
  4. Draw a line in the sand – and choose two bright colors to focus on for spring/summer because these colors will become the focus of your newest purchases
  5. Toss any shoes that have an exposed sole, are from your college days, and cannot be worn with jeans as well as a summer dress
  6. Any shirt with a dingy/yellowing underarm goes out
  7. If you’ve used a shaver on your sweater more than two times in the last two wears then let’s put it in the “donate” pile
  8. What does your headwear section look like? If you love baseball caps, make sure you have a plain cotton one and a fedora – the rest at your discretion
  9. Take any handbags or totes in black and put them away – spring/summer is about color so find your metallic or brightly hued bag and put it into the rotation
  10. Section off your suits by cotton/blend, lightweight wool, heavier wool, and other. Put all of your “other” and heavier wool suits away (storage bags with cedar blocks) and focus on what’s left
  11. Review what’s left and write down a gameplan of items to add to the mix

If you follow these simple 11 rules, you’ll be well on your way to a breathable, workable and versatile spring/summer closet that also allows you to throw in a few fun, trendy pieces to build on what you already have.

Simply put:

  1. Inventory
  2. Assess
  3. Trash
  4. Giveaway
  5. Inventory
  6. Organize
  7. Match

Go. Clean. Purge. Raze. Get ready!

Stylist Picks: Spring Rompers

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Rompers

From flats to heels, sidewalks to red carpets, Hollywood A-listers are constantly being spotted in a stylish spring staple: rompers. Why? Rompers offer easy styling with their versatile one-piece silhouette, plus they are a lightweight and comfortable option for the hotter months. Not sure if you can pull off the romper trend? With celebs of all ages and styles giving them a go, we suggest you try them out, too. Shop our stylists’ favorites of the season.

Top 5 Picks for Spring Rompers:

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Rompers

Shop:

  1. Dolce Vita Natalii Romper: This tribal print requires few accessories, making it an easy and chic beach option. Team it with a wide brimmed hat and sandals.
  2. BCBGMAXAZRIA Short Sleeve Romper: This cream romper features a sleek fit and feminine, lace details that are perfect for a night on the town. Wear yours with sky-high pumps and a contrasting clutch.
  3. Joie Carenza Lace Trim Romper: You can’t go wrong with classic navy. Dress this romper up or down with a simple swap of accessories.
  4. Eight Sixty Victoria Romper: Delicate straps and a flirty floral print make this romper perfect for brunch with your ladies or a day of errands. Dress it up with a lightweight sweater and heeled sandals.
  5. findersKEEPERS Take a Bow Playsuit: Can you say white hot? This romper is designed with a layered peplum for a modern take on the classic silhouette. Go monochrome in nude pumps and a matching clutch.

Stylish Shorts for All Trends

After a very long winter, we are more than ready to lighten up our layers and show some skin. From bright basics to bold prints, we sharing the best shorts of the season.

Stylish Shorts: Print Party

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Shorts

  1. Alice + Olivia Cady Cuff Shorts: Add a wild touch to your personal style with these Alice + Olivia animal print shorts. Team them with a fitted blazer and neutral tote.
  2. MINKPINK Temple Shorts: Standout tribal prints practically scream summer. Take this pair for a night on the town with strappy heels and silk tank. 
  3. Haute Hippie Floral Print Silk Shorts: Front pleats and a banded waist add soft volume to these floral shorts. Wear yours with crisp white knits and nude shoes for the perfect springy look.
Stylish Shorts: The Classics
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TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Shorts
  1. AG Adriano Goldschmied The Bonnie Short: You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of denim jeans. This flattering pair hits mid-thigh for a universally flattering fit.
  2. 7 For All Mankind Roll Up Short: Lighten up with bright white shorts this spring. Team this pair with anything from printed blouses to cozy knits.
  3. Diane von Furstenberg Naples Stretch Woven Shorts: Navy is one neutral that every woman should have in her closet. This pleated, A-line design provides an elegant fit that can be easily dressed up or down. 

Stylish Shorts: Sleek Stripes

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Shorts

  1. Joie Merci ShortsWoven texture adds a chic texture to these Joie shorts. Team them with a solid blouse and flats.
  2. Lanston Striped Shorts: A comfy French terry material will make these a go-to pick for casual spring days. Style them up with a refined button down blouse and flats.
  3. Diane von Furstenberg Tiffany Striped Silk Shorts: DVF offers a tailored take on classic running shorts with these luxe silk shorts. Keep it cool in lightweight knits and flats.
Stylish Shorts: Bold Basics
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TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Shorts
 
  1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Pleated Zip Short: Bright shorts are an easy way to add some color to your daily look. This blue pair features delicate waist and pocket details for a touch of sophistication.
  2. Petit Bateau Fiesta Shorts: A cherry mint wash lends a playful feel to these high waisted shorts. Keep it casual with sandals and your favorite tee.
  3. Clover Canyon Short Solid Shorts: Crisp pleats and a flirty pink hue make these shorts the perfect night-out shorts. Pair them with a  printed top and nude heel.