If you've ever stressed over co-worker gossip or worried about a homework assignment, you've probably received this classic piece of advice: "Don't sweat the small stuff." Encouraging you to focus on the bigger picture and ignore the particulars, this age-old tip is certainly helpful-except when it comes to this season's detail-oriented microtrends! From collars to buckles, designers have addressed a range of often-neglected sartorial accents recently. Even pockets are enjoying the spotlight, if the latest wardrobe choices of tastemakers like Jessica Alba and Taylor Tomasi Hill are any indication. Of course, not any pockets will do; the key is that they must come in a contrasting color! Read on for a myriad of ways to wear this high-impact look and let us know which ensemble is your favorite.
One way to execute this trend is by choosing a blouse or jacket with contrasting pockets, as demonstrated by Proenza Schouler's S/S 12 collection and Jessica Alba. At PS, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez created an enviable look consisting of a Beige Stripe Raffia Polo ($925, 212-965-9964) and Black A-Line Eel Skin Skirt ($2650, 212-965-9964). We especially adore how leather pockets toughen up the preppiness of the collared shirt and A-line skirt, creating a well-balanced look. Alba also revealed her fondness for contrast pockets when she attended a party for the launch of The Honest Company, her new eco-friendly line of baby products, in New York last month. For the event, the actress/entrepreneur opted for a sophisticated ensemble in Jenni Kayne's Colorblock Blazer ($695) and Carrot Pants ($425). The bold black pockets turn her timeless blazer-and-pants combo into a thoroughly modern look, and the relaxed fit of her fluid separates exudes an easygoing vibe. While Alba chose neutral pocket details, we also adore the strong, contrasting hues on a stylish civilian shot by our favorite photographer, Vanessa Jackman. The striking purple and orange pairing offers a fresh way to jump on the colorblock trend, and we applaud her for pulling off this vivid outfit with aplomb! <br
Alternatively, you may want to test out contrasting pockets via pants. For example, at Kenzo, we were immediately drawn to the Black and Blue Stretch Cotton Denim Pants ($425, 212-965-9964, available in March). Electric blue pockets and side stripes effectively punched up these noir trousers, resulting in one truly covetable and stylish pair! Marc by Marc Jacobs also interpreted our highlighted accent in an intriguing way, featuring oversized, olive green pockets on slouchy pants. These trousers would make a fantastic addition to your nine-to-five wardrobe, as they are simultaneously professional and on-trend! Unsurprisingly, Tomasi Hill provided yet another chic approach to today's microtrend in Comme des Garcons pants that give an inside-out illusion, a clever detail indeed. We also can't help but adore her geometric Christopher Kane sweater and statement vintage necklace by Carole Tanenbaum, which add up to one expertly styled outfit; we expect nothing less from this perennial trendsetter!
Love contrasting pockets as much as we do? We have a hunch you'll be delighted with our hand-selected picks! If Alba's outerwear choice tickled your fancy, you'll surely enjoy Chinti and Parker's Contrast Pocket Cashmere Cardigan ($460), Love21's Colorblock Open Blazer ($25), and Lucca Couture's Baseball Cardigan ($64). Searching for a pocketed blouse a la Proenza Schouler and today's street style look? In that case, we wholeheartedly recommend fresh wardrobe additions like West Coast Wardrobe's Compare and Contrast Blouse ($45), Chloe K's Contrast Trim Nautical Top ($36), and Guess' Color Blocked Dress Shirt ($79). If you're in the market for an ultra feminine way to wear this detail, we've got you covered there too! Simply pick up Nanette Lepore's Miss Sunshine Contrast Dress ($398) or A/Wear's Block Pocket Shift Dress ($47), two frocks perfect for any spring outing. Finally, if you're dying for a pair of pants that feature our spotlighted accent, we think Rick Owens' Contrast Pocket Trouser ($835) fits the bill perfectly. Whichever pieces you choose, one thing's for sure: Your bold new pockets will definitely turn heads!-Erin Fitzpatrick
Photo of Jessica Alba, courtesy of Getty; Photo of Taylor Tomasi Hill, courtesy of Stockholm Streetstyle; street style photo, courtesy of Vanessa Jackman.