Just wear what you like. But with so many options, how do you know what to like in the first place? We’ll help you decide what to wear this spring. Do you like color? Dig the ’70s? Thoughts on messenger bags? Sharpen those pencils.
Lighter-weight denim flows like any shirting fabric, so don’t be afraid to treat it that way. (Do be afraid of the Canadian tuxedo—that’s still not OK.)
Indigo can be a refreshing alternative to spring’s never-ending procession of navy.
Weaving atypical washes into your wardrobe might change your mind.
If you want to retain the messenger aesthetic, but not look like you ride a bike through downtown gridlock, find a model with handles and shoulder straps.
A petite duffel can double as a weekender and an everyday carryall.
Swap out your boring briefcase for one in a bright color or textured material, like raffia.
In 2015 major manufacturers from H&M to Kering, the conglomerate behind luxury brands such as Brioni and Bottega Veneta, responded to charges that their businesses were taking a toll on the environment. They streamlined supply chains and marketed “conscious” collections. But when it comes to sustainability, there’s real passion among smaller brands—and there are new companies worth knowing as much for what they make as how they make it.
Shirting-inspired dresses and trousers from New Zealand’s Kowtow come from fair-trade organic cotton. Amour Vert’s soft tees and blouses use sustainable synthetics like Tencel and recycled polyester—Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. And Melissa Joy Manning crafts her jewelry from recycled sterling silver, even designing some pieces around gemstones from a Michigan ore refinery.
Minimalist detailing says “the future” without verging into sci-fi territory.
Don’t go full retro—keep your lapels well under a mile wide, and opt for pants in slimmer cuts than you’d have worn back in the bell-bottom days.
Fifties fashion doesn’t have to be as boring as a TV dinner. Balance conservative silhouettes with eye-catching prints.
Rainbow sandals dominated spring runways. Many were too crazy for officewear, but if you want to experiment, try these technicolor flats or go rogue with a closed toe.
Stacked contrast soles add a bit of unexpected pop to loafers.
Dressy doesn’t have to be straight-laced—it can also mean buckles or exotic eel skin.
Shoulder-grazing earrings bring attention to your face and elongate your neck.
Stack your bangles high. Skip silver, and look for chunky bracelets in brass, wood, and horn instead.
Speed up your morning routine: A statement-making choker is all you need to pull together an outfit.
Dare to bare your shoulders—it’s an elegant way to show some skin.
With so much volume concentrated around the paper-bag waist, you’ll want to keep your top and shoes unadorned.
The short-sleeved button-front shirt is no longer only for the office IT guy. Designers are reinterpreting it with slightly shorter, tighter arms—in colors beyond blue and white.
Green is the new navy. That said, it can be tricky to wear—avoid looking like a leprechaun by hewing to bluer and browner shades.
Take baby steps: As temperatures rise, swap out charcoal gray for light shades—think the color of the sky after it rains.
Pair a flowing poet blouse with a structured pencil skirt. The tie neck lets you decide how much skin you want to show.