Although Mother Nature seems determined to remind us that we live in Chicago, a place where it can and does snow in April, it is officially springtime in the city.
You may still want to keep your boots and scarves handy, but you should also be contemplating your spring wardrobe and choosing a couple of this season’s hottest trends to try.
Here we present 8 of our favorites along with a couple of gorgeous, hand-picked pieces from Oak Street shops to give you a little inspiration.
Many of the top designers’ spring collections feature fashions that put the shoulder in the spotlight. Embrace this trend with X-neckline dresses and sexy tops with shoulder cutouts.
> Diana Dress from Tory Burch
> Givenchy Flutter-Sleeve Camisole from Barneys
There’s just something about pleats that feels very feminine and classic, so we’re happy to see this style getting fair play this spring.
> Marc Jacobs Tieneck Pleated Peasant Blouse and Accordion Pleated Skirt from Barneys
> Loya Pleated Top from Maje
The holidays tend to be high on the shine and sparkle factor, so we’re delighted to see spring fashion get an infusion of glittery glamour.
> Paco Rabanne Lace Up Chain-Mail Tank Dress from Barneys
> Cotton Lamé Shorts from Lanvin
Cast a Net
You’ve got to love a look that both covers and reveals at the same time, walking a fine line between modesty and sex appeal. And this season’s net and mash fabric trend does just that.
> Reve Dress with Mesh Yoke from Maje
> Rag & BoneTaryn Mesh Knit Tank from Intermix
Lingerie style is not just for the bedroom this spring. But before you start worrying that the trend may prove too revealing and risqué, rest assured that many designers offer styles thathave all the luxury and seduction of lingerie without baring all.
> Charles Youssef Organza Wrap Dress from Barneys
> Darcia Short Slip from Agent Provocateur
Orange is the New Black
Enjoy the season with a bright, cheery color trend inspired by the blossoming of spring. For the more daring, pick bold shades of bright orange or go more subtle with muted, pastel hues.
> Dion LeeCut Out One Knit Dress from Intermix
> Cedar Street Maise Handbag from Kate Spade
Spring 2016’s runways saw a lot of Latin spice, so feel free to embrace your inner Flamenco dancer with pieces that abound in lace and ruffles.
> Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Ruffle-Trimmed Lace Dress from Barneys
> Embroidered Wraparound Skirt from Giorgio Armani
To Dye For
With 90s and 70s style coming back in a serious way, it’s no surprise that old school tie dye textiles are experiencing a comeback in high fashion. We’re just glad they’re getting a modern, high-end upgrade.
> Valentino Compact Knit A-Line Dress from Barneys
> Cloud-Dye Tee from Madewell