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March 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Refresh for spring with stripes, florals and lots of color


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 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 Color Theory iPhone 6 case ($38 at, 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.

Summer essentials

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, 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.

Statement pieces

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, 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, 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).

Go ladylike with the Gap Printed Slit-Neck Peplum Top ($50), in a cotton/linen blend, or the SJP Sister Pointy Toe Pump ($355 at Nordstrom) in a blue- or pink-based floral.


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.

At home

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, made by local artisan Mariya Moore.

Add chic stripes in small doses with Ikea’s Vargyllen Cushion Cover ($5) and Ana Striped Candles ($24 for two at

Or go for bold color with local photographer Brittany Wright’s Citrus Gradients Print ($30–$120 at, which makes a huge, happy statement.

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