Fashion, ESQ

Professional Fashion Must-haves For Spring

At last, spring has sprung!  The days are getting longer, and the weather is finally getting warmer!  If you are anything like me, you get inspired during springtime to clean out your closet and update your wardrobe to reflect the lighter, brighter season.  Here are some professional “must-haves” to incorporate into your work wardrobe this spring:

A white blazer:  A sharp, white blazer is a great investment for spring.  Throw it over your usual black or navy shift dress, and your look is rebooted.  Check out Zara, Ann Taylor Loft, and Nordstrom Rack for affordable options.  Or, if you are looking for a longer-term investment, check out Theory, REISS or Brooks Brothers. 

A light dress or suit:  Why stop at a blazer?  A white, pale pink, light blue or other pastel-colored dress or suit is striking and will mix and match with your current wardrobe and your new, white blazer.

A floral kimono: Kimonos were all the rage last season and can be thrown over a basic shift dress or blouse + cropped pant combo for a beautifully comfortable, seasonal outfit.

Cropped pants: I love a cropped pant, and spring is the perfect time to add a pair or two to your wardrobe.  A well-fitted cropped pant will be cut just an inch or two above your ankle.  Have an old pair of pants you don’t seem to wear as much anymore?  Take them into your tailor and crop them to the perfect length.

Colorful flats or pumps: Spring is a great time to experiment with color.  And, accessories are an easy way to do so.  Designers are showcasing lots of pinks, blues, yellows and oranges.  Check out J.Crew for some fun options.   

Silk scarves: Swap out your heavy wool scarves for lighter silk or soft linen options.  A floral scarf is an easy way to take a dark outfit and transform your look for warmer weather.

A brighter bag:  Updating your everyday tote or briefcase to match the season is an easy way to refresh your look.  There are several light-colored and patterned leathers, linens and woven bags on the market that evoke spring and summer vibes.

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Kate Conway is a trial lawyer with the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith where she represents injured people and their families in cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, automobile and trucking collisions. She also serves as an Officer of the WBAI Board of Directors.