Self confession … I am PUMPED about several of the Spring/Summer 2017 runway trends this year. Why? They’re fresh and new! Believe me, I love a good nautical stripe, but after the long cold winter we had in New York, I need some life in my wardrobe, some vibrancy, joy and fun!
So here’s the challenge. If you watched any of the runway shows, or even do a quick Google search for this season’s hottest trends, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find many runway models donning looks that are appropriate for corporate America’s wardrobe requirements. No matter. There are some simple adaptations of this season’s hottest trends that you can still incorporate into your work wear, with pieces that will last for years ahead.
Trend #1 - Pump It Up
Well, block pump it up. A block heel is the perfect combination of comfort and chic. Commuters, women who stand for large portions of the work day, or anyone who is looking to rock a tall heel, but still be able to gracefully walk, should source several block heeled pumps this spring. I’ve been wearing the Beatrix Pointed Pump from Lonia on repeat as we transition from winter to spring. The elegant gray suede material is ideal for mixing and matching with almost any piece in your wardrobe. Don’t be fooled though just because this shoe has a neutral color. The 4” heel and pointed toe finish combine classic styling with a more modern height. Stand tall and kill it at your next big meeting in these beauties!
Trend #2 - Throwing Shade
Long sunny days are upon us, so it’s important to protect your eyes, and equally as important to look fabulous while doing it. I just picked up these oversized sunglasses from Tobi. They’re Jackie O all the way, and I can’t wait to wear them all summer long (while secretly pretending I’m half as styling, elegant and amazing as she was).
Trend #3 - Head To Toe Florals
Floral pieces are nothing new to the spring/summer runway, but designers took this trend and amplified it this year by creating bold floral suits, pants and blouses for a head-to-toe look. However, this isn’t super office-friendly (I can hear my colleagues teasing me now), but floral is most certainly office appropriate for the warmer weather. I personally adore this Leaf Print Pleated Dress from Long Tall Sally that incorporates the floral trend with another one of this season’s clothing must-haves … pleats! The beautiful print on this below-the-knee dress, the flowy pleats, the satin cinch at the waist … I promise, you will get compliments on this dress.
Trend #4 - Simple, Sweat-Friendly Jewelry
If you live/work in city environment, I’m going to venture a guess that you make adjustments to what pieces of jewelry you wear when the temps are sky high. I used to try and rock my chunky watches, statement necklaces, and dangling earrings year-round, but as any city slicker will tell you, it just gets too damn hot for this. This year I am on the hunt for simple, elegant, lightweight jewelry that I can wear and still feel stylish in. This gold, pull down bracelet from Tobi is on-trend for the season, and I love the minimalist styling.
Trend #5 - Summer Brights
The color pink is ‘the it color’ to be wearing this season. And while a lighter, feminine hue might look lovely for springtime, turn up the heat (and turn some heads) this summer. Go bold or go home. I love this Beatrice Skirt from Of Mercer. This adaptation of the classic pencil skirt has an asymmetrical detail and ponte fabric, so you’ll feel as good as you look.
Shoes - Beatrix Pointed Pump thanks to Lonia
Sunnies - I Know Black & Gold Oversized Sunglasses thanks to Tobi
Dress - Leaf Print Pleated Dress thanks to Long Tall Sally
Bracelet - Gold It Down Gold Pull Bracelet thanks to Tobi
Skirt - Beatrice Skirt thanks to Of Mercer
Photography - Thanks to my amazing husband and wonderful bestie for helping, as always!
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