By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market
Spring seems to have sprung early this year. And once you head back to class after spring break, it’s for sure time to swap out the chunky sweaters for something light and fresh.
Here are some picks to take your wardrobe into the warmer months in trend-setting style.
Florals are always synonymous with spring, and this season’s prints are bright and bold. Get the look with Lush’s Print Skater Skirt ($38 at Nordstrom) in deep purple with white flowers. Or go for layers with American Apparel’s Floral Print Nylon Leggings ($42), which will help you transition from winter to spring.
Black and white
Black and white is always on-trend, and is especially so this season. The ASTR Crochet Trim Tank with Tassels ($52 at Nordstrom) is a versatile piece you can wear now with layers and into summer on its own. The crocheted flowers at the hip add a fun, tactile finish.
The polka-dot Alice & UO Annabelle High-Rise Shorts ($69 at Urban Outfitters), by designer Alice Ritter, have a cool high waist that pairs perfectly with crop tops.
As the weather warms, swap your moto jacket for the Unionbay Confetti Biker Vest (on sale for $17 at unionbay.com), a soft, sleeveless version from the Seattle-based company that goes as well with jeans as it does skirts.
You don’t have to wait until Memorial Day to wear white. Give it some edge with the retro Topshop Moto Lace Up Shirtdress ($75 at Nordstrom), which pairs great with the sneakers and sport sandals that are still big this year.
For guys, the American Apparel Printed Polyester Microfiber Zip Hoody ($88) has a bold black-and-white eye print by KESH that stands out in a crowd. He can keep it local in a Choke Shirt Company Moon Monster T-shirt ($26 at chokeshirtco.com), which features a cool graphic illustration printed in Seattle on a U.S.-made ultra-soft T-shirt.
Go with the flow
For boys and girls, a relaxed, boho look is edging out skinnies this year. For her, H&M’s Loose Fit Pants ($25), which come in a variety of colors and prints, and Forever 21’s Striped Abstract Print Shorts ($11), in breezy crepe, offer flattering, flowing silhouettes.
For him, joggers are here to stay. Standard Cloth’s Pilsen Avignon Jogger Pant ($64 at Urban Outfitters), in dark-washed blue with five pockets, are the comfy version of your favorite jeans.
The sun comes out in more ways than one this year, as yellow brightens the fashion landscape. Jessica Simpson’s Claudia Peasant Blouse (on sale for $45–$47 at Macy’s), in cornsilk, and the short H&M Textured Jacket ($50), in soft lemon, make great transition pieces from winter into spring.
Checks and stripes
Cheeky checked gingham is in full force for spring, and fresh shapes elevate the pattern from its picnic-tablecloth past. The Forever 21 Belted Gingham Shirtdress ($20) is cute and preppy, while the Boxy Gingham Plaid Shirt ($16) is cropped with a borrowed-from-the-boys look.
Guys can go for check with the crisp 7 Diamonds Bring It Back shirt ($110 at zappos.com), or rock bold stripes with the Unionbay Peyton Jersey Henley (on sale for $13 at unionbay.com), with colorblock details and three-quarter sleeves.