Tip # 1: Keep round sunglasses in the mix.
Though we're definitely focused on cat-eye frames this season, that doesn't mean you have to put your other sunnies into cold storage! Au contraire, dear readers, your favorite circular shades are still a stylish option¬--just look at Amber Le Bon for proof. Spotted at a Harvey Nichols press review last month in London, the model softened her MOD outfit with a delicate pair of round sunglasses. If you like her look, we suggest picking up a similar style to add a dash of hippie-chic to your tougher wardrobe essentials. Try ASOS's Metal Round Sunglasses ($20), Calvin Klein Classics' Limited Edition Round Sunglasses ($405), or, for a slightly more substantial iteration, Karen Walker's Number Six Sunglasses ($170) in Crazy Tort!
Tip # 2: Pair wood platforms with tights.
One of our favorite it-Brits¬--the one and only Alexa Chung¬--inspired us anew last month with the outfit she wore to the Louis Vuitton F/W show in Paris. While the fashion frontrunner definitely looked darling in her Louis Vuitton Tweed Military Pockets Coat ($3380, 866.Vuitton), it was actually her footwear that demanded our attention. We love the way she made wood platforms (in her case, a pair of Marni shoes from F/W 08) work in cooler climes by styling them with black opaque tights. The transitional combo lets you wear the season's of-the-moment shoes in a practical way¬--always a good thing. If you haven't found a favorite platform yet, we've got some suggestions for you, like Stuart Weitzman's Apron Gladiator Clog Sandals ($375), Diane Von Furstenberg's Opal Crisscross Wedge Sandals ($295), or Joie's Sharona Sandals ($325), all darling choices.
Tip #3: Add a boudoir jacket to jeans and a t-shirt.
One thing we know for certain: Kate Moss starts a clothing revolution nearly every single time she steps out of her house. Her most recent wardrobe coup came via the ensemble she wore to celebrate the launch of Stella McCartney's collection for the Gap in London. Moss transformed her simple jeans and t-shirt by adding a fringed floral maxi shawl; a deft move that not only elevates her staples, but also nods to the season's boudoir trend. Fortunately, there are lots of bed jackets in stores right now, so you'll have plenty to pick from. Nicole Richie's amazing Winter Kate line has a number of darling options, like the Opy Jacket ($225) or the Eden Paisley Kimono Jacket ($225), and we also like Kite and Butterfly's Hand Beaded Spring Jacket ($330), as it has that Moss-like fringe. Whatever one you pick, just know that it's sure to bring some panache to your best basics!
Tip # 4: Try feminine pieces in olive green tones.
Designers created loads of military-inspired pieces for spring (hello field jackets!), but that doesn't mean you have to interpret this trend uber-literally. In fact, you can take a tip from the gorgeous Clemence Poesy and opt for feminine pieces in the season's hottest utilitarian tone¬--olive green. The actress modeled this wardrobe suggestion wonderfully when she attended the Chloe F/W 10 show in Paris wearing a stunning Crepe Satin Dress ($2295) by the French fashion house, an inspired selection if we do say so ourselves! To approximate Poesy's soft-sergeant style, definitely check out Alexander Wang's spring collection, especially the Silky Shorts with Apron Skirt Overlay ($395) and the Jersey Dress with Slinky Combo ($395), both in Army. Additionally, we found a mini and a maxi option for you: the swingy, short Twenty8Twelve Chameli Drape Skirt ($255) and Topshop Boutique's Cashmere Dress ($80), which offers you a long, lean iteration of the trend.
Tip #5: Style your hair in a very high topknot.
One killer beauty trend we noticed at the spring shows was a tremendously high topknot (check out the Charlotte Ronson and Marc Jacobs shows for reference), so we were delighted to see this style has finally made it off the runway! Model Jessica Hart was snapped at the New York Auto show late last month wearing modern classics¬--specifically a crisp white boyfriend shirt, leather jacket, and Lace Up Leggings ($99) from her own line, Neon Hart¬--accented with a northern knot. The au courant coif really punctuates her whole ensemble and makes it a very of-the-moment look. Plus, it's the perfect way to wear your hair come summer! To help assemble said 'do, you might want to invest in some products; Bumble and bumble makes amazing ones, like their Bb Gel ($24), which is good for medium hold, and the super strong Gellac ($24). Also, don't skimp on the smoothing serum, as it will give your topknot that runway gleam √† la Hart. Josie Maran's Argan Oil Hair Serum ($30) will do the trick, or you can just rely on an old favorite, John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Hair Serum ($9)!
Tip #6: Use mid-blue hues to move into spring.
Our final tip comes from one of our favorite fashionable faces¬--the knockout Anja Rubik¬--who was photographed at the Chloe show in Paris wearing a perfect transitional outfit. The always well-dressed model wore Chloe's Chambray Dress with Leather Belt ($1495, 704.366.0388) and Chevron Tweed Wool Coat ($2755, available for special order at Chloe boutiques) with a pair of Falke stockings and Givenchy boots; the results were both on-trend and tremendous. To emulate Rubik's outfit, don't miss Patterson J. Kincaid's Fern Button-Front Denim Dress ($138), Theory's Pelican Ada Belted Denim Tunic Dress ($315), or BDG's Chambray Dress ($58)¬--three easy pieces that lend themselves to in-between-season dressing!
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