Who doesn’t love a year-end fashion countdown? Here’s my list of top items, and how you can transition them easily into spring or all year long!
1. Greylin Leather Skirt (Ivy Hill)
Leather was so big for fall and was seen all over the spring runways, as well. So, yes, contrary to popular belief, leather can be worn practically year-round. Pair this feminine (and flattering) pleated skirt with a basic white t-shirt, strappy sandals and fun jewelry for spring and you’ve got a look that is modern—and classic.
2. Mother Floral Jeans (Esther)
Florals are always a huge print for spring and printed denim is not going anywhere anytime soon. Carry these jeans forward with a chambray shirt for spring and a lightweight silk tank and flat sandals for summer.
3. Alice & Olivia Blouse (Vie)
I’ve talked about the power of the blouse all season. Its versatility is un-matched and this watery print is perfect for warmer months. Orange also is a big color for spring. I’m wearing this with white shorts and a cut-out wedge (one of spring’s hottest shoes).
4. Chain Necklace (Albarre)
While chain necklaces are having their moment right now, this style by Albarre is a piece that will never go out of style. Designed to lay beautifully on the clavicle and using both white and yellow gold make this necklace one that you will reach for time and time again.
5. Sanctuary Cargo shirt (MACS Designs)
The military trend is one that is almost not a trend - we see it come and go so often. As it was so strong for fall, I can’t see it diminishing quickly. I love this take on the ‘cargo shirt’ - the black piping gives it a tailored look that would look great with a black pencil skirt and some black pointy heels for the office as a great transitional look.
6. Saint Laurent Leopard loafers (Nordstrom)
My love for animal prints really knows no limits, so this was probably the easiest pick of the bunch. I love the slightly-more coverage of a loafer, especially for spring when the temps are still cool. And the black and white leopard print is a refreshing take on the usual black and brown design. This shoe will be in your closet for a very long time (which might justify the price point!).
7. Mark & James Dress (Vie)
I just love this dress by Mark and James of Badgley Mishka. Despite its snug appearance, the stretchy fabric actually makes it super-comfortable to wear. I also love the color of the dress with the pink hues in the embellishment details, making it perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner or a spring charity event.
8. Rungolee Necklace (rungolee.com)
What a gem we have in local designer, Anjali Kamra, and her globally chic line, Rungolee. While known primarily for her Indian printed blouses, her jewelry is equally stylish and unique. This necklace transforms any outfit from drab to fab and, like so many of the pieces in the Rungolee line, looks great casually or formally.
9. Lela Rose Flared Dress (Neiman Marcus)
A floral damask dress is about as timeless as they come (I always think of Grace Kelly in Rear Window). This Lela Rose dress is a gorgeous shape and the fabric is fabulously rich. Wear it with gold strappy sandals to a spring wedding, with a cropped cardigan and pearls for a luncheon, or a smart tailored blazer and one of our favorite statement necklaces for an after-work event.
10. Alice & Olivia Maxi Skirt (Vie)
This image is one of my favorites that we’ve ever shot, and this Alice & Olivia skirt is a favorite, as well. The flowy shape and beautiful floral print is a style that can work any time of year. I love the unexpected look of it with a chunky sweater but it’s a no-brainer paired with a simple tank, long layered necklaces and gladiator sandals for spring and summer months.
11. Balenciaga Bag (Neiman Marcus)
Balenciaga has been making modern iconic bags for more than a decade now. Known for the use of lush leather with a rocker edge, its latest bag, the Le Dix, is a departure from the Classic style. Lady-like and structured, the Le Dix was one of the most covetable bags for fall and will be something you will keep in your family for generations.