spring fashion essentials

One year ago, the arrival of spring (among other things) was hardly a cause for celebration—or going out, anywhere. This time around, things feel different. The worst is not over yet but the steady pace of vaccinations coupled with the recent bout of sublime weather, especially for East Coasters, has everyone in a veritably ebullient mood. Still not convinced? Just take a look at the springtime fashion offerings, the best of which we’ve curated below—there is nary a sweatpant in sight. Even if it’s just for a walk in the park, the season’s message is clear: it’s time to start dressing up again.

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A Romantic Blouse

Arancini Puff Sleeve Top

Reformation
nordstrom.com

$148.00

For the perfect “picnicking in the English countryside” look, even if it’s just for a languorous afternoon in Prospect Park.  

A Skirt You Can Pair With Anything

Abelia Crinkled Organic Cotton-Gauze Midi Skirt

Savannah Morrow The Label
net-a-porter.com

$269.00

The brand’s signature crinkled organic cotton-gauze is sustainably grown without GMOS, fertilizers, pesticides, or insecticides. Plus, it’s virtually wrinkle-proof. 

A Playful Purse

Tommy Beaded Bag

Staud
staud.clothing

$250.00

A season-appropriate necessity that ticks all the boxes. Pastel hue? Check. Gingham? Check. 

A Bold Colored Dress

Phoebe Midi Dress

Tove
saksfifthavenue.com

$995.00

There is no better way to make an entrée into the world again than with a hot pink dress. 

Pastel Pumps

Brushed Leather Slingback Pumps

The idea of wearing 4-inch heels again may be a daunting prospect—these are a nice compromise.

Printed Shorts

Printed Cotton Shorts

Stella Jean
saksfifthavenue.com

$225.00

A spring 2021 fashion rule of thumb? The more color the better.

An Eyelet Top

Eyelet Cotton Blouse

Polo Ralph Lauren
ralphlauren.com

$198.00

This delicate, embroidered eyelet top will instantly elevate the tried and true jeans & t-shirt combo.

A Cheerful Handbag

Sesia Bag M

Loro Piana
loropiana.com

$3,925.00

This exquisitely crafted handbag in butter-soft leather is a timeless classic you’ll wear for years to come. 

A Pretty Hat

Floral-Print Linen Bucket Hat and Pouch Set

Erdem
net-a-porter.com

$300.00

What’s a proper spring wardrobe without florals—on everything?  

A Knit Polo

Floral Crochet Polo

Wear this with linen pants or white jeans, or throw it over a simple slip dress for those chilly spring evenings. 

A Sandal For Walking

Salva Raffia Buckle Suede Flat Sandals

Veronica Beard
saksfifthavenue.com

$275.00

Raffia, a spring staple, provides an elegant detail to these sandals, which you can match to your preferred straw bag. 

A Statement Jean

Marcel Upcycled Patchwork Straight-Leg Jeans

B Sides
matchesfashion.com

$377.00

These are hardly just run-of-the-mill patchwork jeans. They’re accented with upcycled patches that the label’s designers source from cowboys in Colorado. 

A Classic Black Bag

Rendez-Vous Calfskin Leather Handbag

Louis Vuitton
louisvuitton.com

$3,800.00

Louis Vuitton’s storied trunk-making legacy inspired the details of this versatile bag, which can be worn three ways (by hand, on the shoulder, or as a crossbody with the chain strap) and is right for any season. 

A Boxy Shirt

Tie Detailed Floral Print Cotton Poplin Top

Jason Wu
net-a-porter.com

$395.00

Inspired by Tulum, which Jason Wu considers his “home away from home,” this tropical-chic shirt will make up for that missed Spring Break getaway—or inspire you to book one ASAP. 

A Floral Dress

Lune Dress

Ulla Johnson
24s.com

$425.00

Tiers, ruffles, floral prints, and delicate straps—what’s not to love?

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