The Shape of a New Season: Silhouettes of Spring

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By Roxy Rowton

Designers, literally, took their scissors to deconstruct and then to reconstruct, re-stitch and reshape spring foundation pieces into stunning silhouettes. They created a seamless intersection of simplicity and sophistication: loose layers, unrestrained silhouettes, fluid fabrics, textural touches, precision tailoring, artisanal details and masculine and feminine influences—relaxed or refined. It all depends on how you want to style or wear your warm-weather pieces. Refine your new seasonal wardrobe with foundation pieces that offer options for the capricious months of spring. Build a warm-weather wardrobe from versatile materials that provide a sartorial fusion of functionality, feminism and fashion: the fluidity and delicacy of silk, the intrinsic ease and serenity of linen, the lush luxury of alpaca, the super resiliency and durability of wool and the soft absorbency and breathability of cotton. The silhouettes of spring have you covered in fashion’s finest fabrics.

Redefine your warm-weather wardrobe with foundation separates that can be worn in a variety of ways, including:

  • the precision of a tailored bodice with dramatic bell sleeves;
  • the juxtaposition of a wide-leg trouser hemmed with exaggerated turn-over cuffs;
  • the loose fit of a tunic dress that is reshaped with a cinch of the waist;
  • the nuance of asymmetry or oversized pockets that serve utility and ease;
  • the practicality of cross-over panels that let a garment be worn front-to-back and back-to-front;
  • a slip of a dress transformed with the artful layering of a striped tee;
  • the plain, simple cut of a cocoon or kimono robe paired with a silky tank dress, a gauzy linen button-down or a voluminous cotton skirt.

The silhouettes of spring address sartorial shifts across weather conditions and events to simplify the wardrobe.

Reinterpret the spring palette with patch-work color blocks, highoctane color combinations, somber solids, pronounced prints, graphic layers and tactile textures. Spring’s palette is limited only by your tolerance to mixing rather than matching color and texture. Go beyond faithful neutrals to assemble a rich spectrum of promising possibilities. The best silhouettes of spring are just a color palette away from the closet.

Begin with pieces known by their tactility: liquid silk, lofty alpaca, frayed denim, nubby linen or velvety suede and then mix them in unexpected combinations. Take a closer examination at details of distinction: jewelry forms that function as button closures; tonal topstitching on tailored separates; canvas-trimmed adjustable straps that stand in for a belt; sharp pleats that exaggerate a wide-leg silhouette; tiny shirting ties that adorn the wrist; lace-up fronts that cinch the waistline; wrap skirts that knot nonchalantly at the side and crisp ruffle flourishes that frame the neckline.

Celebrate the anticipation of a new season with a wardrobe of adaptable pieces that can dress you for any occasion and contend with capricious climate conditions. Getting dressed just became easier.

Wardrobe and style consultant Roxy L. Rowton ( spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She has two-plus decades in the fashion, apparel, and beauty industries, and is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International. 


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