We're unlikely to ever surrender to the phrase, New year, new you. We're far more interested in meaningful growth over total reinvention. In that spirit, hold on to those pieces you've put such care into adding to your wardrobe and build from that foundation. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater, shall we? Perhaps, this season is when you invest in warm-weather leather by way of a great suit. Maybe summer will be that much cooler with open-weave crochet separates. Neons are back and are much more approachable. And for those with a glimmer in their eye, get your hands on anything shiny, from crystal shoes to tennis necklaces. And then pack them all up in one of your new mega bags. How tidy. Below, see the and shop the looks, mined directly from the Spring 2020 runways and shot on stunning model and artist Sharon Alexie, on location at the stylish Palm Heights Hotel in Grand Cayman.
— LE WHITE DRESS —
If no woman ever had a toddler or NYC streets to contend with, her whole wardrobe might just be filled with dreamy white dresses of lace, and linen, and everything nice. Every once in a while, we can live like we dream, can we not?
— IN NEON LIGHTS —
Neutrals have been running the sartorial show, and though they show no signs of bowing, bold hues, namely neons, are entering the scene with a pop. As it stands, we love mixing the two—highlighter-like pieces against subdued khakis. But by all means, if the bright pink gown presents itself, get prepped to make an entrance.
— MEGA BAGS —
Bottega Veneta bag, bottegaveneta.com.
After so many seasons of the incredible shrinking bag—including styles so small they doubled as necklaces—designers are giving girls on the go a respite. For those who like to keep their athleisure, silicon water bottles, and laptops on their person, you're in luck. The message is clear: The bigger the bag, the chicer—and the more you can carry.
— GET —
We've seen skinny jeans replaced by boyfriend jeans, replaced by '90s skater jeans. And while all those styles are still wearable, the denim to don now is once again the almighty boot cut. This classic style has made a resurgence in a dark wash with a high waist—which means it has major staying power and is well worth the investment.
— LEATHERS —
Great real and faux-leather pieces—from blazers to trousers to maxi skirts—are now year-round staples. Consider them a buttery one-step guide to looking super rich.
— SWEATER —
This is one of those pieces that just screams, "Instant update" Or perhaps you prefer, "Closet refresher"? However you convey it, a sweater vest layered over a button-down, or under a blazer, and paired with jeans, or even with your new Bermuda shorts, is nothing short of smart. And we love a smart look.
— THE NEW SUIT —
The pulled-together appeal of suiting isn't waning, but the need for a fresh approach is taking hold. Think outside the box in regard to your go-to tailoring for a new look at workwear and beyond. Are you game for a three-piece? A shorts suit? Put your Savile Row savvy to the test.
— AND WE —
Go ahead and wear that metallic silver dress with those crystal-embellished heels and those Swarovski earrings and, yes, that diamond choker too. If you're not willing to let yourself shine, who will?
— HEY, SHORTY —
From hot pants to Bermudas, we're in for some serious leg. The trick is in leaning into neutral colors like black and tan, and keeping the overall ensemble simple: a clean double-breasted jacket over longer shorts or a white blouse tucked into a short that's as cropped as you'll go.
— ON THE SPOT —
Who doesn't love the inherent femininity and whimsy of a good polka dot? The look now is a bit more streamlined though. You'll find the quirky pattern on sheer maxi dresses, simple tanks, and sleek silk bias-cut skirts that call the '90s to mind. The secret is maintaining your cool while adding a little wink.
— CROCHET —
With an emphasis on sustainability has come a bit of a renaissance in old-world techniques. There's something so appealing about handwoven pieces, like artfully crocheted tops, dresses, and skirts, and there's nothing more luxurious than beautiful craftsmanship.
As necessary to the closet as the hanger it dangles on, the trench coat is an undeniable wardrobe staple. Designers are expanding on that idea with innovative approaches to the timeless topper—from using interesting fabrics to having it double as a skirt to hemming new lengths. Simply put, it might be time for a new trench.
Photography by Carla Guler | Executive Editorial Director: Joyann King | Fashion Editor: Kerry Pieri | Hair & Makeup: Holly Gowers for Chanel Beauty at The Wall Group | Model: Sharon Alexie at IMG | Feature Design: Ingrid Frahm | Special Thanks to Palm Heights Hotel
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