How do you move beyond your winter wardrobe with black turtlenecks and snow boots into a fresh fashion statement for spring? The answer is simple: Color! I spent an hour with Isha Casagrande, wardrobe consultant and personal shopper for The Summit, and emerged with the know-how to put together my spring wardrobe.
Turns out it's all about color this spring. Isha confirms that color blocking is fashionable this year and works well for people who are daring, and those –like me– who need some help.
Isha has a two-piece rule: "If two pieces are the same color and/or texture it can pull any look together," says Casagrande.
Take a striped blazer. Add a colorful belt, some khaki pants and colorful shoes, and you've got an outfit. The same goes with a green sweater and some bright add-ons.
I especially liked the nautical look of the blue and white striped blazer. We tried it with yellow, then red and other solid colors. Casagrande says blazers are more casual this spring and can be worn with jeans, or with khakis for a more professional look.
The cardigan is making a comeback as well. We found several in interesting patterns, which were subtle, not overwhelming.
Casagrande says neon is new this year, but can be a little scary for some. "Wearing something like a yellow necklace from Ann Taylor is a great way to enjoy the trend while looking age appropriate and fashionable," says Casagrande.
She recommends buying basic, classic pieces that can carry over from season to season. That way you can change-up your look with accessories. Belts are definitely the hottest accessory for the season according to Casagrande.
The key is to feel comfortable, but at the same time, fashionable. I don't know about you, but I definitely needed a little coaching to come up with a look that I can wear boldly into the warmer weather.
If you want advice on what to add to your wardrobe this spring, Casagrande is presenting a "Spring Fling" fashion event at the Summit on Friday, March 23rd. You can call 853-7800 for details.