By Megan Bartley / Special to Sunday Market
This spring, poppy florals, preppy stripes and bold colors are taking center stage in fashion for men and women.
With those trends in mind, here is a little sunny-day inspiration for your wardrobe — as well as a few accessories and items for the home, because we just couldn’t resist.
On the go
The warm-weather months bring a slew of activities, such as trips to the farmers market and weekend getaways. The Baggu Dipped Tote Bag (on sale for $30 at West Elm), featuring stripes and a stylish metallic-dipped bottom, is perfect for both activities.
Take your floral prints on the road with the Kate Spade Saturday Small Weekender Bag in Freestyle ($150 at katespade.com). The cheery print will brighten your mood and the generous size is perfect for a few days away.
Add some colorful accessories to provide pick-me-up on the go. The Merona Crossbody Handbag With Turnlock ($27 at Target) comes in bold pink and can go anywhere. The Ban.do Color Theory iPhone 6 case ($38 at anthropologie.com), features bold color strokes, and the Postalco Jotter ($12 at Glasswing, Capitol Hill) adds a pop of yellow whenever you stop to jot down a note-to-self.
Prehaps nothing will get you into a spring mood like a sunny sundress. Try Gap’s Fit & Flare Sundress ($59.50), with a colorblock top and fun full skirt. Pair it — or anything — with local artist Rachel Ravitch’s Knots Necklace ($140 at Glasswing) in blue lambskin for a signature look.
The Old Navy Pixie Pant in Blue Grid ($35) and H&M Flared Skirt ($49.50) are eye-catching and work well with a variety of tops. And Loft’s Geo Mix Eyelet Tee ($54.50) goes from work to play with ease.
Trekking along a trail? Urban hiking? You’ll have both covered in New Balance Classics ($80 at zappos.com), which come in bright spring colors and provide cushy support.
It’s always smart to pack a lightweight scarf for when you need a little extra warmth. The Old Navy Floral Gauze Scarf ($17) is a twist on traditional floral, with dark flowers on a coral background.
You might get — dare we say? — excited for swimsuit season after investing in a bright, bold suit, such the Seafolly Floral Boyleg Maillot ($158 at Anthropologie), featuring a flattering retro cut.
Spring and summer dressing should be easy and effortless — while still making a statement. Two tops that do just that are the Kate Spade Saturday Initial Crewneck Sweatshirt ($95 at saturday.com), featuring your favorite letter in black-and-white stripes, and the H&M Woven Top ($15) in colorful blue and green.
The casual Kate Spade Saturday Side Zip Dress in Crosswalk Stripe ($120 at saturday.com), worn with sneakers or slides, is perfect for weekends at the park. While the Eliza J Stripe Crepe Fit & Flare Dress ($168 at Nordstrom) moves easily into wedding season.
Add some dark florals to your wardrobe with the Chelsea28 High Waist Floral Pencil Skirt ($68 at Nordstrom). Or opt for an on-trend floral bejeweled sweatshirt, such as the Chelsea28 Embellished Top ($98 at Nordstrom).
For men, the J.Crew Slim Vintage Oxford Shirt in Colorblock ($88) adds stylish stripes in a big way.
Get a pop of color with Sperry Topsider’s Authentic Original Seaglass Boat Shoe ($88 at Nordstrom) or J.Crew’s Penfield Rochester Two-Tone Rain Jacket ($155) — both updated prepster classics.
Liven up your living space with bold accents that make you smile. The West Elm Anders Chair in Kate Spade Saturday Floral Print (on sale for $400) adds instant drama. Or go for literal flowers with Dream Like Tree’s Crepe Flower Bouquets (from $15 at etsy.com/shop/dreamliketrees), made by local artisan Mariya Moore.
Or go for bold color with local photographer Brittany Wright’s Citrus Gradients Print ($30–$120 at wrightkitchen.com), which makes a huge, happy statement.