It seems like every winter we find ourselves looking ahead to Spring fashion to get us through the long, cold winter. Sure we love to layer, but it seems that the longer we spend bundled up the more impatient we get for those first warm days. We put together our Pre Spring 2016 lookbook with that same optimistic anticipation.
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We’re revisiting the minimalism of the 1990’s and playing with the rules that have dictated fashion for the past few years. Volume, texture, and form are what we have our eye on this season, with long lines that fit close to the body and statements made with shape, not color. The new rules are no rules, but we figured it couldn’t hurt to get some tips. We asked our styling team to give us some pointers on how to wear this Spring’s casual reductionism.
There is something ineffably cool about a plain white tee. For our Pre-Spring look book, our stylists harnessed the power of the classic garment to add a playful nonchalance to all manner of silky, strappy and sexy garments. Think of the crisp white cotton as a canvas, allowing you to showcase an elegant, geometric neckline. It’s a bit of a fashion-magic trick, allowing you to wear those slinky little things that you keep in the back of the closet for those nights you really want to impress. Keep in mind that simple is best in this case, your top layer should be a luxurious fabric in a shade of black to contrast against your plain white tee.
Traditional wisdom dictates that the voluminous shapes of this season need to be balanced by a high heel – we disagree. The elongated toe of the Babouche slide is both an elegant finish to an outfit and a comfortable swap for the standard heel. It’s a small wonder we haven’t been wearing the Babouche for years – the simple slide has been around since biblical times. Our stylists recommend wearing your Babouches in lieu of sandals or slip-on sneakers, so pretty much always.
Basics go back to the body this Spring. Ribbed Knits and Babydoll Tee’s are made to fit close, a departure from the loose and breezy tops we’ve been seeing for so long. Our styling team recommends tops that hit right at the waist or just slightly above the belly button, giving just a peak of midriff. A shorter hem means a higher neckline, a crew or stand collar helps make this seasons tops a bit more demure and a great pairing to couple with voluminous bottoms.
We’re looking towards jewelry that is less about sparkle, more about sculpture. These are pieces that can stand up to the bold geometry and volume of Spring’s pieces. Minimal doesn’t mean boring – this season’s best jewelry pieces expertly balance simple and sculptural, think baubles by Brancusi. Less is more at the neck – a simple choker adds a geometric touch that accentuates a long neck without making things too busy. Rings and earrings are organic forms of hammered metals – keep in mind that these are a pick one and done scenario. A sculptural ring, bold earrings, or the bold line of a choker can stand alone as a finishing accent for an outfit.
Denim goes soft this Spring – light washes and frayed hems are a fresh take on the heavy duty fabric. Our stylists are all about pairing pale blue washes with crisp whites. And while an unfinished hem might not scream ‘minimal refinement’, the frayed edges are a nod to one of the Kings of reconstructive minimalism, Martin Margiela, who introduced the technique in the early 90’s as part of his philosophy of la mode destroy. We personally think it adds a little personality to an otherwise simple outfit.