Hello Spring — how to dress now

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Spring Fashion '16If the first signs of fair weather have you wanting to stock the closet with gorgeous, feminine pieces: romantic florals, fine stripes, breezy cottons, wispy silks, gauzy linens, whimsical whites, delicate pastels, vibrant prints, waterfall ruffles, shoulder-baring options, floor-sweeping hems, and more. Breathe deep and exhale—your spring wardrobe awaits.

Boudoir Dressing

Take after dusk loungewear and lingerie into dreamy, daywear confections with barely-there slip dresses and robes, silky camisoles and chemises and languid pajama tops and bottoms. It isn’t necessary to translate the trend accurately. Wear gauzy linen or silk wide-leg pants with a tailored blazer or a beautiful slip dress paired with a tee by day and heels by night.

Flamenco Infusion

Sultry, Spanish influences inject a dash of drama and passion into spring’s new mood. Take fashion prompts from our latin sisters to elevate a modern rendition of Spain’s rich sartorial heritage: romantic florals, sheer layers, bare shoulders, scarlet hues, ornate lace, waterfall ruffles, tiered flounces and beaded embellishments.

An Off-the-Shoulder Moment

This season shift the focus of dressing to your shoulders. Off-the-shoulder tops, shoulder cutouts, or asymmetrical necklines were at the center of attention in almost every designer collection. Shed the heavy layers of winter and thaw your spring dressing with garments that frame the shoulders.

Fractured Fabrications

Ditch all the sartorial advice about pressed and wrinkle-free clothing. Let your fabric choices do the heavy lifting: crushed cottons, crinkled gauze, crumpled linens, frayed hems, and unraveled knits for a slightly undone effect to warm-weather dressing.

Outside the Lines

Stripes go everywhere during spring ’16. These come in many forms: horizontal or vertical, narrow or wide, and subtle or bold. Transition into the season with a healthy boost of stripes infused with sunshine-drenched hues.

Shirting the Issue

The classic button-down is a wardrobe staple. It gets reconstructed with standout details: slashed midriffs, bow or tie-embellished hems, ruffled plackets, exaggerated shirt tails, ballooned or belled sleeves, exposed and cut-out shoulders. Add one to the wardrobe mix that is just a little out of the ordinary.

Pleats Please

Light-weight breezy silks and diaphanous chiffon give soft plisse pleats and crinkled panels fluidity and movement. Stunning for elegant twilight affairs but equally appealing during the daylight hours, swishy pleated dresses and skirts can go seamlessly from desk to dinner without compromising style.

Wardrobe & style consultant, Roxy L. Rowton ([email protected]), spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She makes it her work to help women with practical, effortless solutions in wardrobe construction and selection. She has two plus decades in the fashion, apparel, and beauty industries, as well as a member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Her wardrobe/style consulting business Everyday Refinement is based in Prince William County.

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