Warm up your winter wardrobe with spring's best colors, patterns and shine.
By now, most of us are itching to breathe some new life into our wardrobes after a long gray (or beige, or black) winter.
Make the most of your spring clothing budget by dipping your toes into the hottest — and most wearable in real life — trends from the spring/summer runways. Here are three top themes to check out.
Florals, polka dots, stripes and checks all made a major showing on spring runways. But perhaps the defining print trend of the season is mixing and matching: Think florals paired with checks, or stripes paired with polka dots.
Tory Burch Katrina T-shirt ($118 at toryburch.com). This luxe long-sleeve tee is a triple threat, masterfully mixing three of spring’s hottest prints: florals, polka dots and stripes (on the back).
H&M Blazer ($50 at hm.com). The understated check print and light-blue hue on this double-breasted blazer gives it incredible versatility for mixing and matching with other prints starting now and wearing into spring.
BP Print Crop Flare Pants ($55 at Nordstrom). A punchy floral print paired with a high waist and flared crop hem makes these lightweight pants perfect for days you’re feeling extra bold. Pair them with a cool printed blazer (like the one above) for ultimate impact.
Bl-nk Balbina Wide Legs ($148 at anthropologie.com). These bohemian-luxe palazzo pants are as comfortable as they are gorgeous, with a flowy wide leg, pull-on styling and open slit at the hem. And the colorful painterly stripes are absolutely swoon-worthy.
Old Navy Lightweight Printed Scarf ($17). If you want to experiment with some new prints but aren’t sure where to start, this budget-friendly scarf is a great find. It’s available in 13 perfectly on-trend spring prints, including florals, checks and stripes, so you can pick up a few to work into your current wardrobe.
If you go gaga for bright, saturated hues and head-to-toe monochromatic looks, this is your season to let loose.
KacyYom Bo-Ah Tote ($1,100 at kacyyom.com). If there’s room in your closet for one more handbag, opt for this stunner by local designer Kacy Yom. The gorgeous marigold satchel is the kind that carves out a special place in your heart. It’s wonderfully luxurious without being over-the-top, finely made without being fussy, roomy enough for essentials but small enough to lighten your load, and easily goes from the office to after-hours with a removable shoulder strap.
Ted Baker London Embroidered Cap Sleeve Skater Dress ($295 at Nordstrom). This sunny frock is stunning and wearable whether your style is refined or rocker. Doll it up with heels for a pal’s wedding or pair it with flat sandals and a low-key sweater for Sunday brunch.
Ann Taylor Marisela Suede Bow Loafer Slide ($128 at anntaylor.com). These pretty-in-pink slides pair feminine detailing with a structured loafer style for just the right amount of grown-up whimsy.
J.Crew Sam Sunglasses ($118). These glossy red frames add instant cool to anything you’re wearing. The fiery color, thick acetate frames and 100 percent UV protection ensure they’ll be your go-to shades all season.
Sequins for spring? You betcha. Metallics, silk, satin and gloss should all have a place in your rotation, as well, according to the runways.
Diane Von Furstenburg Soiree Sequin Crossbody Clutch ($248 at nordstrom.com). Feeling adventurous? Try rocking this eye-catching crossbody bag with your daytime look by tossing it on with jeans, a tee and some loafers.
Gap Hooded High Gloss Rain Jacket ($98 at gap.com). In luscious candy apple red, this super-shiny rain coat will keep you dry and cheer you up on even the dreariest of days.
H&M Silk Shirt ($99 at hm.com). This lustrous mulberry-silk top — from H&M’s Premium Quality line — is one of those items you’ll want to wear nonstop. And thankfully, it’s a blouse that works for the office, a night out or with jeans and Birkenstocks.
Calvin Klein Metallic Jacquard Pants ($99 at macys.com). Pair these metallic mid-rise crops with a cool printed blazer or chunky cropped sweater in a bright hue to keep them fun and unfussy.
Baleen Halfsies Earrings ($56 at Baleen). There’s much to love about the half matte, half shiny design of these sweet gold earrings from Ballard-based Baleen. With understated pop and a little swing, thanks to the mid-circle hinges, they’ll become an everyday favorite.