Thanks to the runways from Diane von Furstenberg to Milly, Mara Hoffman, and Rag & Bone, one of Spring's most prominent color stories is a fresh take on colorblocking. The trend has persisted yet another season, and we couldn't be happier that adding bold splashes of color is as easy as slipping into just one piece. Of course, it's hard to choose just one when choosing from this lineup of party dresses, sporty-chic trousers, and sleek pencil skirts. Whatever the occasion, we're making it easy to get on trend — just keep clicking to shop our 16 favorite colorblocked pieces for Spring.
Out of all the accoutrements to choose from, we always turn to the quintessential statement necklace to instantly uplift any look. Rife with bold colors and embellishments, the season's latest offer up irresistible high-low options from the likes of Isabel Marant, Zara, Pomellato 67, and BaubleBar. These pieces aren't just for your fancier looks; while we love styling statement necklaces with a chic little white dress or an ethereal Spring gown, these stunners would look just as good with a plain white tee and jeans. We found 11 sensational options — some even priced under $10 — for you to shop now.
Think of this fresh crop of dresses the same way you might a vase of fresh-cut flowers in your apartment — they're one of the easiest ways to capitalize on Spring. Thanks to the floral dresses from Rebecca Minkoff to Erdem and Suno, floral prints got both the usual ladylike treatment and a sportier finish on the Spring '13 runways, which means that this selection of floral dresses caters to pretty much every occasion and every kind of girl (even if you're not typically the flower-wearing type). In brilliant colors, abstract floral patterns, and even surfer-inspired iterations, we pretty much guarantee you'll find a look fit for your Spring party circuit, wedding season, and beyond. Click through for our favorite floral dresses to show off all season.
Camel is one of those colors that just refuses to go out of style and we totally appreciate its stubborn nature. No matter what time of day or what season you wear it, it still manages to look relevant, not to mention supersophisticated. That's why we think it's a good idea to invest in a few camel items that will add instant posh and polish to all your outfits. One of our favorite finds is 3.1 Phillip Lim's camel-colored satchel — we envision it breathing major life into your work wardrobe. Another easier way to get in on the look is to throw on a camel scarf or cinch your dresses and pants with a skinny camel belt. Or, if you want something more in your face, there's always chic camel coats, tops, pants, and shoes. Step inside to discover our favorite camel-colored pieces right now, then shop the one(s) that speak to your unique aesthetic.
For Spring '13, ruffles are getting a major makeover. That is, they're veering from sweet territory and into sophisticated waters. And we couldn't be happier with this change because, let's face it, cutesy ruffles don't flatter anyone except our little sisters. But thanks to fashion houses like Chloé, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga, we're swooning for ruffles, one tier at a time. With this new love affair, we set off to find the most luxurious ruffled pieces, including these sexy ruffled Nicholas Kirkwood pumps. What's more, we also tracked down the most amazing ruffled tee, skirts, sweaters, jackets, and bags. Step inside to get your ruffle on with 14 of our favorite pieces.
Let's be real — it's frigid outside, so the last thing you want to do is throw on anything colorful or neon. But this season, we promised ourselves we'd fight the urge to wear all black during Winter. While it's cold outside, mix in these bright pieces with neutrals and dark hues, and come Spring and Summer, embrace the vivid hues to their fullest potential. Inside you'll find everything from a gorgeous colorblocked bag to an amazing cobalt maxi dress to a fabulous green blazer. But that's not all; step inside to discover even more major eye-catching color candy.
Whether or not it's true, let's assume that you really do lose body heat faster through your head than the rest of your body. If it's the case, then you need an amazing hat to keep your head warm and chic all Winter. We already covered the beanie, now it's time to tackle some other fabulous hats: cloche, fedora, floppy, baseball cap, and fur. We realize that hats can sound cooler in theory than in practice, but we really encourage you to embrace it this season. Because whichever style you may choose to make your signature, it will add major edge to all of your cold-weather looks. To see our Winter hat guide — including why we love each style, a coordinating street-style snap for inspiration, and our favorite picks — head right on in.
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Just like our favorite t-shirts, cardigans are a proverbial closet staple for us — they're the ultimate layering piece. You can throw them on over everything from a tank to a tee to a button-down, and then fit them in easily under a blazer or coat when the weather is chilly. What's more, you can throw it on over your shoulders for a preppy feel or tie it around your waist when you're feeling sporty (or looking to channel a little '90s nostalgia). With the new year here, we think it's prime time to give your closet a complete cardigan refresh. That means adding styles that are simultaneously comfy and statement-making. We love details like shoulder cutouts, peplum, piping, cool prints, asymmetrical cuts, and more — you do too? Then shop 40 of our editors' picks below to get started.
Stripes, namely the black-and-white ones, are shaping up to be one of 2013's hottest trends. And we've got Marc Jacobs's and Moschino's Spring '13 runways to thank for this burgeoning two-tone takeover. Chances are, you already have a few black-and-white-striped pieces in your closet, but we're looking to an updated, supersleek aesthetic — with a nod to mod — to take it up a notch. To get in on one of 2013's boldest trends, step inside to shop our picks now.
If you're on the hunt for a new handbag, why not (metaphorically) travel back in time for a bit of mod arm-candy flair? We suggest this "throwback" option because we're pretty sure the retro-chic look is already gaining major momentum this year. Need proof? Just check out these bags straight from these Spring '13 runways: Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Marc Jacobs, to name a few. In order to curate a well-rounded list of '60s- and '70s-inspired bags, we paid extra attention to key details, like structured shapes, geo prints, top handles, and pretty hues that will complement almost anything in your closet. Behold the nine bags we instantly fell in love with, right this way.