Consider Zara's TRF April edition a look at Spring's pastels, florals, and '90s-inspired denim through a cooler lens. Essentially, if you've deemed any of the season's big trends too sweet or maybe just not wearable, this lineup could quickly change your mind with its easy, albeit eye-catching, ways to outfit everything from softer color palettes to printed sandals. White boyfriend jeans are topped with a sporty zip-up that's washed in a global, graphic pattern; flower-print separates feel more sporty than girlie, thanks to a sweatshirt-style top; and acid-washed denim gets a moto-inspired makeover. In short, Zara does what it does best (yet again), turning out the most wearable versions of even the trickiest trends and styling it all just right. Needless to say, the lineup invokes an immediate "we have to have it" reaction to just about every piece. Click through and you'll see just what we mean.
Your Spring wardrobe revamp doesn't always have to be a dramatic one, and we're looking to this street-style subject for proof of a more subdued kind of seasonal overhaul. Between the eye-catching distressed jeans, the abundance of classic white layers, and the polished shoe choice, this is the kind of outfit that makes it impossibly easy to strike a balance between casual and chic. To achieve a similar effect, keep your worn-in, distressed jeans handy, then pair them with a white t-shirt (the more relaxed, the better) and an oversize white jacket. A white blazer or longer car-coat style will work just as well. As for the accessories, stick to the sophisticated basics, like black slingback pumps, a gold watch, and a neutral-toned bag. Now, shop the essentials below.
Shop, clockwise from top left: J.Crew Perfect-Fit Boatneck Button Tee ($27, originally $33), Reiss Finlee Gathered Back Coat ($425), Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Marci Mirror Watch ($200), Mango Touch Zipped Bowling Bag ($90), Zara Chain Court Shoe ($50), Topshop Moto Vintage Lacey Rip Jeans ($84)
- Minnie Mouse debuted a gown Alber Elbaz designed for her during a runway show at Disneyland Paris this weekend. [Telegraph]
- Shoppers at Vera Wang's Shanghai boutique should be prepared to spend money even if they don't purchase a dress. Customers at the store will be charged a ¥3,000 fee (approximately $482) to try the designer's work on. [Vogue UK]
- Kering, the company formerly known as PPR, has acquired France Croco, a luxury tannery which specializes in crocodile skins. [WWD]
- Nick Wooster's plan for helping JCPenney become America's favorite department store is simple. "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this," he said during WWD's Menswear Retail Summit, "but [we need to] make cute sh*t." [Racked]
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Zara's April lookbook is rife with the kind of pieces that perfectly capture Spring's breezier sensibility. That's not to say there aren't more polished styling counterparts — because there are — but if we're to forecast the month ahead according to Zara, it's looking like a laid-back affair. The floral prints, which are reminiscent of scenes stolen right off of a vintage china plate, take shape on cap-sleeved shifts, shorts sets, relaxed blouses, and pencil skirts. The quintessential blazer comes oversized with bold buttons, in a soft pastel blue tuxedo iteration, and cut in a longer double-breasted silhouette. And where there's silky texture, there's a flowing red jumpsuit, a sportier colorblocked maxi dress, and palazzo trousers to indulge in. Zara's latest is certainly something to be inspired by, and lucky for us, it's also within our wallet's reach. See the complete lookbook here.
Along with longer days in the sun, iced coffees, and fresh flowers, our favorite part of Spring is a closet refresh. Shelving our Winter wares means there's more closet space for this season's essentials — and with our 2013 Spring trends top of mind, we're reevaluating our basics with a fresh set of eyes. That means pencil skirts for the office (and beyond!) are covered in florals; t-shirts are printed, too; and no woman's wardrobe is complete without a great pair of sneakers and a perfect Spring sandal. Consider this your essentials checklist — just start clicking to shop all of our editors' picks.
Because we firmly believe that looking good shouldn't be a full-time job (we all have real jobs after all), we're bringing you an easy outfit formula that relies on just three key pieces. With nods to Spring's biggest trends — brights, metallics, ankle-strap footwear, and a great cropped jacket — this perfect outfit is all about putting a fresh spin on your tired jacket-and-jeans combos. Reach for a cropped jacket to layer over your t-shirt — the sharp proportion offers a sophisticated alternative to the staple anorak, and it's just as well-suited to the office as any of your favorite blazers. As for the final touches, a pair of skinny pants with a cropped silhouette leaves ample room for showing off another one of this season's biggest trends: the ankle-strap heel. Look for pairs in a neutral shade for the leg-lengthening effect, black for a great play on a classic, or further the outfit interest with a fresh metallic finish. In any iteration, these pieces add up (fast!) to something sleeker and cooler than your average work or weekend looks. Just shop our editors' picks below to test drive one of our favorite outfit formulas.
Shop looks from left: Zara striped jacket ($129), Paige Jimmy Jimmy skinny jean ($189), Alexander Wang Liya pump ($495); Topshop quilted ovoid crop jacket ($136), Rag & Bone distressed midrise skinny capri jean ($195), ASOS Sonic pointed heels ($54); Vince cropped jacket ($345), Isabel Marant Lucas printed cropped skinny jeans ($300), Zara patent sandals with ankle strap ($100)
The tricky transitional climate means we're ready to box our heavy boots and lug-soled heels till next Fall — but it's not exactly sandal weather yet. So we're looking to a style-conscious footwear hybrid: the open-toe or cutout bootie (or the fashion equivalent of having your cake and eating it, too). The clever silhouette feels lighter and fresher than our Winter ankle boots, but doesn't make the jump from zipped and laced-up boot to open sandals and bare feet. It's a perfect nod to Spring that's easy to incorporate into your transitional looks, like skinny jeans and anoraks — and it's a lot easier to wear than you think. To make our case, we've curated nine of our favorite pairs at all price points. Some are more fashion-forward, and some are just right for testing the waters — click on to find your perfect pair.
- Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have been remade as British royals to promote The Sunday Times' Style Magazine's annual best-dressed list. [BuzzFeed]
- Condé Nast has confirmed that Kate Phelan, who left her role as Fashion Director of Vogue UK to be the creative director of Topshop, will return to the publication. There is no word yet on what her position will be at the magazine. [Telegraph]
- Public relations executive Lynn Tesoro has reached a settlement in her $1 million lawsuit against three French attendees of Zac Posen's Spring 2013 show, one of whom slapped Tesoro when she attempted to reseat them. [WWD]
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It's time to kick off your (uber-high) heels, because low heels (3 inches and below) are breaking ground. Seen at runways like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Peter Som, this demure heel height isn't just more walkable; it's also right on trend. Watch our video to check out four pairs that will put a little Spring in your step right now.
We're all about Summer fun, but sometimes that's difficult to do in heels. That's where the borrowed-from-the-boys oxford comes in. The lower-heel profile makes them comfortable, but don't fret, they don't lose an ounce of cool. Whether the silhouette is classic (think brogue detailing and a patent finish) or culls fashion-forward accents like metallic shine, exotic texture, leather cutouts, or colorblocking, there's certainly a more dynamic way to interpret (read: wear) the flat oxford look. Luckily, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and even Zara have all crafted their own versions to appeal to a handful of style personalities. As for execution? Remember that these shoes work for day and night — and as long as you show a little ankle (at the very least), you're good to go. Click on for 19 of our favorite Summer oxford picks now.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian