The banana in all its tropical glory made a bold runway debut at Prada; for Spring, we're seeing lots of tropical references, from palm prints to lattice shoes. It's a fun, lighthearted way — think of Carmen Miranda's gorgeous excess — to infuse color and texture into your Spring wardrobe, and it will carry you happily through the Summer months. If you don't want to invest in Prada's bananas, try these mini banana earrings ($5) for a small tropical punch. Or take a more subtle approach to tropical dressing with these Proenza Schouler lace-up shoes ($895).
Ladies, make those pedicure appointments. We've handpicked 20 pairs of heels — from the sexy, strappy kind to the chunky, platform type — all ready to shop and wear. Need an outfit to go with them? Check out our Spring Need Now series, where we highlight the best in dresses, skirts, jackets, and jewels so you can look gorgeous in warmer weather.
We gave you the latest and greatest in the world of Spring maxi skirts; now it's time to focus on the kind of skirt that really shows some leg. Whether your style is classic, downtown cool, romantic, or sporty, we've found a skirt for you. Click our picks for the best short skirts of Spring.
If Vogue magazine covers tell us anything, it's that white — particularly in the form of eyelet, crochet, and lace — is going to be big again for Spring. We can look to Dolce and Gabbana's fresh Spring 2011 collection (at left and center) for giving us white dresses galore, and Alberta Ferretti (right) for reminding us of how romantic it can be. That said, we've always loved the fresh, innocent look of eyelet and cotton lace, partly because it's something you can only wear in warm weather. Here are our editor picks for pure white delight.
Booties aren't just for Winter; these sleek silhouettes do just as well in the warmer months thanks to lighter fabrics, colors, and in some cases, cool cutout details. We scoured the web and found the top 10 pairs you should own this Spring, ranging from cream-colored booties from Rebecca Minkoff to a svelte leopard print pair from amazing Alaïa. You know you want more — check out the slideshow to see all the bootie action and why we love them!
The blazer, and this season, the vest, are the secret closet weapons. You have a nice enough outfit on, but maybe it needs a little pizzazz. You need one more layer to pull it all together, sharpen it up, and that can be solved with one of our 20 best blazers and vests. Click through our slideshow, and complete your outfit.
When Audrey Tautou brought the spark and sophisticated Parisian style of Coco Chanel to brazen life in the flick Coco Before Chanel, we got hooked on the iconic designer in her earlier years. How to adopt Coco's youthful vitality and style? It's about a smart jacket, a string of pearls, the ubiquitous striped top, and lots of menswear elements: wide trousers, vests, a hat. To make it modern, add casual elements to these more tailored, classic pieces. For example, mix a boucle jacket with a t-shirt, skinny jeans, and brogues. Or try wide-leg trousers with a slouchy silk shirt and tons of bracelets. We've gathered the best elements for a chic, ladylike wardrobe that is just a little smart 'n' sassy. Coco, we hope you would approve.
Put away the big boots and give those stilettos a rest. We're having a flat moment — an ultra-chic flat moment at that. What's better with our cropped skinnies and little dresses than a pair of irresistible flats? Maybe the season's new flatform silhouette? Here, we've found 20 amazing pairs you'll want to add to your closet right. this. minute.
Jane Birkin could take the simplest piece of clothing and make it the chicest thing in the world, which just goes to show you, it's all about how you wear it. After all, a good basic never goes out of style. Perhaps that's why there are still waiting lists for Hermés Birkin bags, almost thirty years after Jane first inspired the design. For our spring shopping list, we're channeling Jane's iconic, easy breezy sex appeal, and going for the perfect basic: flared jeans, white tee, and the perfect minidress. Click our editors' picks for clean and sexy basics.