Styling with Stephanie... 5 Spring 2018 Trends to Try

A new season = a new round of fun trends to try. I selected 5 very easy, very wearable trends to put to the test. Some of them you may already have in your closet, so I will also give some styling tips to help pull your looks together. 

STATEMENT SLEEVES

The statement sleeve could mean a tie, bell, trumpet, slit or ruffles - often more than one of these. The rest of the silhouette should be simple (although I do like a bold floral print on the statement sleeve blouses). Pair the blouse with straight or skinny denim to keep the emphasis on your embellished arms. In fact, I encourage you to stack some beaded bracelets - like our Goldfine 8-strand crystal ones. On your feet, I love these "of the moment" kitten heel metallic sandals from Rebecca Minkoff.

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CHAMBRAY

Light-wash, paper-thin chambray loves warm days & cool nights. Like a perfectly worn T or pair of denim, these spring chambrays are like getting a hug from an old-friend. The old stand-by, but in a fresh new way. Wear this chambray jacket or chambray shirt over a floral dress (long or short). For the button-down, consider tying in a knot to show off your waist. And yes, it's perfectly acceptable to wear a Canadian tuxedo (that's with jeans, to those unfamiliar with the term). If you are going that route, don't match your denim wash & please tuck your shirt. Add a cute silk scarf around your neck or as a belt and an on-the-go backpack from Rebecca Minkoff.

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LACE-UP

Stevie Nicks rocker-style lace-up with the comfort of sweatshirts and leggings. This is a simple trend to try because lace-ups have been showing up on everything from leather to sweatpants. Whatever your dress code, incorporate some lace-up element. These leggings paired with a cotton-jersey draped moto jacket or oversized sweatshirt is a simple grocery store to casual dinner look. I would wear amazing 90s platform mules to elevate the style factor. 

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RUFFLES

We have been seeing ruffles pop up here & there on specialty pieces, but now it's easy to give this trend a try - from the daintiest ruffle on the cuff of a sleeve to voluminous layers on dresses. Be wary of the ruffles overwhelming your frame. If you are petite, pick a thin or transparent fabric or keep it on the minimal side and for others, throw on layers or ruffles or ruffles in a sturdier cotton poplin. All fun in moderation. Keep the jewelry to one special piece like these gorgeous tiered druzy earrings from Helen Wang. An embossed floral crossbody, especially a chain strap keeps the feminine look modern. Keep your shoes minimal, like a kitten heel or strappy sandal.

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TRENCH COATS

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Topping off the "Top 5 Spring Trends to Try" is the trench. A spring staple gets a makeover with luxe fabrics and light pastel colors. This trench is actually a dusty rose colored Cupro fabric. It is the new go-to to put over flirty dresses and denim outfits. In this "on-the-go /traveling/cool-girl" look I styled a sweater tank, leather leggings, oversized floral tote (with matching clutch), rose colored sunnies, and a Corkcicle tumbler to hold her Starbucks. For a dressier look, it doesn't get any better than the Line winter white wool trench coat worn by Meghan Markle when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry! Hurry in if you want to get a glimpse of this extra special piece as we only have one left! 

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