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J Brand jeans, J Crew t-shirt, Elizabeth & James blouse, Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad Zander Platforms , Burberry belt, Paper Crown shorts, Chloe blazer, Vanessa Bruno dress

Here are my eight spring style staples for this spring…

  1. Crisp white or camel blazer. Neutral hued blazers were all over the spring runways. I particularly loved the versions presented by Stella McCartney. In fact, I loved this trend so much that I included a rich camel blazer in my S/S 2011 Paper Crown collection!
  2. Oxfords. The oxford is making a big comeback this season. Opt for oxfords in lighter, more diaphanous materials for an updated take on 70s chic.
  3. Leather Shorts. Leather shorts (and even skirts) are a big trend for both spring and fall 2011. This closet must-have was spotted everywhere from the 3.1 Phillip Lim runways to Alexander Wang, Chanel, Hermes, Chloe and many more. If Karl and Alex are on board with a trend, it’s sure to stay around for a while… Since I am a huge fan of leather shorts, I included a highwaisted version in my Paper Crown collection (I included them in the collage above).
  4. Perfectly Relaxed White Tee. Everyone needs a well-loved white tee. I recommend checking out the perfectly draped shirts from Oliver Theyskens for Theory and The Row.
  5. Colorful Accessories. To contrast spring’s subdued palate, designers rolled out some incredibly fun punchy accessories. For example, the lime green skinny belts at Burberry or the colorful bracelets from Proenza Schouler. Add a splash of the unexpected to your ensembles by incorporating a bright accessory into your wardrobe.
  6. Bellbottoms and Highwaisted Pants. There is a definitely 70s-vibe rip tide in the fashion community right now. Softer and more relaxed silhouettes have been overtaking the fashion scene–especially bellbottoms and highwaisted pants. Luckily, bellbottoms are very flattering for most body-types. I suggest checking out bells from Elizabeth & James and J Brand.
  7. Sheer Layers. Sheer is in! As exemplified at Chloe, Thankoon and Ralph Lauren, try layering on a long sheer skirt or draped sheer blouse under a lightweight knit cardigan. Sheer pieces have a lot of durability closet wise and this trend tends to pop up every few seasons or so. I especially love sheer floral pieces for spring.
  8. Chunky Heels & Flatforms. The platform is back in a big way. Especially the “flatform,” which was seen everywhere from Vena Cava and Prada to Derek Lam. I love this trend since chunkier platform heels are really comfortable. Plus, they are easy to pair with casual outfits. This closet staple will last you through the summer and beyond.

 

What are your spring staples?

XO Lauren

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