The tricky part of the Winter-to-Spring transition is that we're still not officially in warm-weather territory. We may be shedding some layers, but we're certainly not ready to pack all of it away. Dresses still require something a little extra before heading out in the chill — and that's where we come in. Since we're dying to show off our pretty frocks, we're making styling them for the early Spring a no-brainer with 10 effortless dress and sweater combos. Some are sportier renditions, others sexier, but we promise — there's a look in here for everyone. We put all the pieces together for you — just click through to shop a few of our favorite ways to layer up our dresses right now.
There's a sweet story inside Madewell's Spring catalogue — OK, there's more than one style narrative we love in this batch of looks. The brand's latest is a collection of early Spring inspiration that speaks to the cornerstones of our wardrobe and the label's spot-on eye for styling. First, we're whisked off to Paris, where denim takes the spotlight in every easy iteration — '70s flares, the quintessential denim jacket. From there, Madewell zeroes in on two of our favorite trends with its must-have neutrals and playful prints. It's all inside the brand's first-ever Spring catalog. Read on for our key takeaways, then click through for a glimpse of all the covetable looks.
- We love that this easy tank also speaks to this season's sporty trend. It's an incredibly versatile topper that would look just as easy against '70s-style denim as it would with silky track pants.
- This sweater dress is transitional dressing made easy. Finish it off with a lightweight jacket and ballet flats or ankle boots for easy day-to-day style till the weather officially warms up.
- This silky popover will become a Spring to Summer staple. Trust us, it'll work just as well at the office as it will at the beach.
Taking a cue from the likes of Phillip Lim's Spring 2012 runway, we're looking to simplify things for the upcoming season. With clean lines and sleek finishes, there's something decidedly fresh about these minimalist finds. Gold jewels feel infinitely cooler and uncomplicated; our timepiece gets a sporty, albeit pared-down makeover; and our footwear gets a sophisticated finish — minus the fuss and flair. Minimalist accessories may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but these 15 key pieces are all style and substance for the no-frills girl. Click through to shop the minimalist accessories we're loving right now.
We had to take a break from the Fall runways to sneak a peek at Zara's pretty March arrivals. It goes without saying that the brand's a favorite for its oh-so-accessible take on the trends. Case in point: the printed blazers that we saw on the catwalks last September are resurfacing at the retailer in statement florals and eye-popping paisley (a perfect pick-me-up for your nine-to-five). Add to that a mix of playful pastel color pairings, delicately embellished collars, and a Spring-ready studded white leather jacket, and it's as if Zara tapped into our very own seasonal wish list — and delivered everything we could ask for. Read on for our key takeaways, then click through to start your shopping list.
- We love the tough-girl feel of this studded leather jacket, albeit in an accessible Spring hue. Throw this on with anything from a little printed dress to colorblocked separates for an effortless edginess.
- We're adding this fringed mini to our wish lists. An ideal antidote to the typical seasonal garb with that utterly cool Isabel Marant quality.
- A pair of floral shorts are a must have this season. We'll dress them up with heels and a slouchy knit for evenings or pare them down with a button-down and loafers for day.
More Spring '12 ad campaigns are coming in and we're loving what we're seeing. From Zuzanna Bijoch's artsy turn in Alexander McQueen to Candice Swanepoel's striking transformation for Prabal Guring, it's a harmonious Spring campaign medley. Draw sweet inspiration from Mulberry's dessert-filled boardwalk campaign, take hold of strong, feminine shapes from Proenza Schouler, or channel Hitchcockian film noir via Jil Sander's dark, sexy ads. Whether you're looking to go ultra girlie or plan to stick to bold, tailored silhouettes for Spring, there's something for everyone in the latest batch of glossy Spring 2012 campaigns. All you have to do now is click through to peep the likes of Tom Ford, Valentino, and more.
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The latest batch of glossy Spring '12 ads have us swooning for retro prints, sunny beachside dance parties, safari adventures, boxy handbags, and fluoro-enhanced heels. While our first roundup of warm weather campaigns showed off the likes of Versace, Mulberry, Proenza Schouler, and Salvatore Ferragamo, this time around we get to check out favorites like Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, and Escada. Expect to spy a few familiar faces in the mix. Rihanna in Emporio Armani Underwear, Milla Jovovich gets silly for Italian brand Marella, Monica Bellucci shimmies seaside in lacy Dolce & Gabbana confections, and Clemence Poesy poses as the new face of G-Star. Click through to catch up on all the Spring '12 campaign fashion now.
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Since the Spring '12 runways, we've been waiting to see which celebrities would wear the looks first — but it's a special treat when the designer wears her own clothes. That's exactly what Victoria Beckham did at last night's WWD's Apparel and Retail CEO Summit at NYC's Plaza Hotel wearing a strapless colorblocked dress over leather pants from her Spring '12 collection. Get this: those leather "pants" are actually leather leg warmers (clipped into her Louboutins) to emote the dress-over-pants trend we saw all over the Spring collections. Now with a glimpse of the runway to reality, we're even more convinced of its cool effect. Sure, the style requires a little risk taking, but if you're game, just read on for our styling tips then shop the pieces to try the look for yourself.
- Choose pieces that flatter your shape. You don't have to wear a body-hugging strapless and leather leggings a la Victoria to wear the trend. Opt for separates that flatter your figure.
- This look works best when you keep your dresses and pants proportional. If you've chosen a loose, billowy dress on top, look for pants that stay a little more fitted to the body so you don't lose your shape.
- This is a contemporary look that's meant to be easy; a dress with too much length or bulk is going to feel overworked and off balance with the casual vibe of the pants you pair with it.
- Embrace the trend now with this season's sweater dresses and knits over slim pants and leggings. This may be the easiest and most universally flattering way to wear the look.
As NYFW begins to wind down, we're taking a moment to take it all in. Currently on our radar, we're looking to this week's sexiest styles straight off the Spring 2012 runways. Of course, every designer does sexy just a little differently — from Hervé Léger's figure-flaunting, cutout creations to Monique Lhuillier's color-blasted sexy styles and J. Mendel's sultry evening gowns, we were treated to a range of the most flirtatious, glamorous styles. For those who crave less obvious plays on sexy, Theyskens' Theory showed how to spice up your look with sheer toppers, and Alexander Wang offered a sportier take. In short, there's some kind of sexy for everyone here. Click through to see 38 ways to get sexy for Spring 2012.
Spring 2012 collections are judged not just by the clothes, but how the designer styles the clothes. It's a prime opportunity to gather fresh styling cues on new silhouettes — like a maxi vest — or new ways to wear some of our closet staples — like dresses over pants. From how to wear sheer shirts to rocking open-weave knits and brights, the runways gave way to a range of new styling tips that we can't wait to add to our repertoire. Click to see five important styling trends for Spring — and how to wear them.
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