I’m a Fashion Editor & Here’s What I’m Buying This Spring
Don’t @me, but there’s something about the arrival of spring that encourages me to look at my wardrobe and go, ‘ugh.’
Last year’s billowy blouses don’t feel fresh enough and the jeans (or, let’s be honest, the sweats) I’ve been wearing since winter have started to feel lackluster. Enter: The shopsies. You know, that insatiable desire to shop and shop and shop and shop. For me, that includes a renewed focus on the fact that I need new shorts, a cool pair of sunglasses and a necklace that’s a total splurge (but that I’ll cherish forever). And with life post-Covid seemingly within reach, all the more reason to stock your closet with happy acquisitions. So, I’ve pulled together a list of 18 items that I, a fashion editor, will be buying for spring. Apologies in advance to your credit card.
2. Reformation Michaela Smocked Stretch Organic Cotton Mini Dress
A billowy, shapeless tiered dress isn’t for everyone, and Reformation finally figured out a way to make this trend look flattering for more body types. With a square neckline, an empire waist and sleeves that are voluminous but not too big, this khaki-colored number is so easy to wear. Pop on a chunky gold chain, slip on some flats or lace on some strappy sandals and you’re good to go.
3. Agolde Riley High Rise Straight Crop
On my 5’2” frame, these cropped Agoldes actually extend to my ankle and I’m not kidding when I say they’re the best fitting jeans I’ve ever owned. Not too loose but not too tight, they’re comfy to sit in, made from a light but durable (and non-stretch) material and they’re so damn flattering. This pick isn’t trendy at all, but I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of these reliable blues.
4. Staud Shoko Panelled Ribbed Maxi Dress
I already own this exact style in a white and brown colorway—I surprisingly get a ton of wear out of it. Buttoned up fully it’s a dress. Buttoned only halfway it’s a shirt that goes so well with leggings. Worn open it’s a duster that dresses up a basic pair of jeans. And in this black and cream scheme, it’ll get even more play in my closet.
5. Donni Waffle Half-Zip Pullover and The Waffle Short
Since last year’s loungewear is totally worn down after a year of WFH, it’s prime time to update your cozy necessities. This waffle-weave half-zip is the perfect weight to transition from spring to summer and will look almost dressy when accessorized with delicate gold jewelry for Zoom calls.
6. Aritzia Trieste Short
As for shorts I plan to wear outside the house, I’ll be swapping that elastic waist for something a little more tailored. I love this mid-length cut from Aritzia that can be paired with a matching blazer and a petite crop top or worn with loose, lightweight knit. As for shoes? Chunky, comfy sandals work just as well as strappy, sexy heels.
7. Inez Sofia Sandal
This might be a bit too hopeful, but I’ve been mentally preparing myself for a summer packed with events (or at least dinner invitations). Which means more excuses to pull out heels and get properly dressed up. After a year of mostly shuffling around in comfy shoes only, that’ll be tough on my feet, but Inez makes heels that are designed to make your soles feel good. This strappy number has a surprising amount of arch support for a 2.8-inch stiletto.
8. Yuzefi Mini Bom Bag
From nail polish to shoes—and of course, bags—I just can’t get enough of mossy green this season. This little chain-adorned tote might not look like much, but it’s just the right size to carry my phone, wallet, keys and a chapstick.
9. Hanes 10-Pack Pull On Closure Crew Socks
After approximately two decades of dedicating my life to no-show socks, I’ve jumped on the tube sock train. I pair them with leggings and sneakers for working out or running errands and have found that they add a little je ne sais quoi to any athleisure look. Perhaps that term should never be used with socks that cost around $1 a pop, but don’t knock this look till you’ve tried it.
10. Simone Rocha x H&M Asymmetric Cotton Dress
The latest hotly anticipated collab from H&M drops today and it’s with the brilliant Simone Rocha. The Irish designer is celebrated for her saccharine sweet touches and frilly finishes, which means there’s so much to drool over. Specifically, I’ve got my eye on this asymmetrical shift dress with ruffles, plaid and a pearl embellishment. I just hope it doesn’t sell out before I can add it to my cart.
11. Dora Larsen Jessica Underwire Bra
I’ll admit it: I’m terrible at replacing my bras. But after discovering the gorgeous lace concoctions from UK label Dora Larsen, I’ve decided it’s time to update my lingerie drawer. How sweet will this look purposely peeking out from under tank tops and button-downs?
12. Cult Gaia Virginie Shrug Knit Top
Do I remember wearing a shrug knit back in high school? Absolutely. Am I shocked that they’re back in style? Honestly, yes. I personally love the modern styling of this spring-friendly sweater but there’s an easy way to recreate this look without forgoing straps; simply rock yours with a square-neck tank. It’s a small touch that will make this simple look feel very trend-forward.
13. Unintentionally Blank HK-2 - White Croc
The basic loafer is getting a clunky revamp this spring and you can’t beat the juxtaposition of that crisp white croc material with the walkable rubber sole. I’ll be wearing these with jeans of all shades, whether they’re slim and cropped at the ankle or loose and floor-dusting.
14. Ganni The Kate Tiered Floral-Print Chiffon Midi Dress
The second temps hit above 65 in New York, my wardrobe tends to shift over entirely to dresses. I love this Ganni number because the long sleeves mean I won’t totally freeze in this number—not to mention, it’ll look so cute layered under a black leather jacket.
15. Yvonne Leon Rhodolite & 18 Karat Gold Heart Pendant
I have a pretty big birthday coming up this spring and I’m all about marking life’s milestones with jewelry. But this time, I’m on the hunt for something that feels a little trendy and totally unexpected—a 2021 version of a keepsake, if you will. Which is exactly how I’d describe this mixed chain Yvonne Leon necklace that features the sweetest rhodolite heart.
16. H&M Quilted Jacket
Every spring I tend to default to my denim jacket. And every spring I tell myself that this is the year I won’t rely on that workhorse. So, for spring 2021 I’ll be adding this pastel quilted shacket into the mix, as an attempt to stop relying on my trusty jean number. BTW, it also comes in cream and black, if those shades are more your speed.
17. DMY BY DMY Valentina Oval Sunglasses
If there’s one item I can always justify buying, it’s a new pair of sunglasses. They’re like SPF for my eyes, I seem to convince myself. Plus, I don’t own any pairs in this too-cool-for-school oval shape. So, yeah, I just bought these.
18. Machete Chunky Sunglass Chain in Alabaster
To make the aforementioned frames feel even more special, I’ll string them on this statement sunglasses chain. It’s chunky and a little pricey...but can also double as a mask chain. Which is the kind of multitasking I expect of my over-$100 accessories.
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