With the onset of spring, and the trees and flowers in bloom, it can be easy to follow suit and exclusively don your pastel clothing. Perhaps it is because I am, as a fellow lover of black clothing, Lady Gaga, once described herself, “a perpetual mourner”, I’m partial to an edgier alternative to the traditional spring color template.
Second year, Jenny Tan perfectly mixes the soft colors and patterns of her clothing with her black leather accessories. This flowing, mid-length Anthropologie skirt is perfect for the warm weather with the subtle patterns. The top, from Gap, perfectly pops against the summer-white of the skirt. For those partial to typical spring colors (think those with “baby” as a prefix) the shirt serves as a classical reminder of the season.
In sharp contrast to the loose lines and light colors of the clothing are the black boots and purse. These super stylish Donald J Pliner boots are the perfect height for this skirt and have the right amount of detail to be noticed without overpowering the rest of the outfit. Paired with the quilted Kate Spade bag, the physical distance between the two black accessories give the right amount of rock and roll without being overbearing or intimidating.
Finally, the jewelry Jenny decided to wear is at once understated and very necessary. Because both the skirt and top are loose fitting, the belt is necessary to accentuate the waist and prevent a potato sack effect. The necklace, ring, and watch, all combine to create an elegant statement, while the red Kate Spade bracelet adds a complimentary dash of color.
This time of year presents a unique opportunity to mix layers, textures, and patterns, while it is warm enough not to be buried under a heavy parka and not too hot to worry about staining clothes. Don’t be afraid to move beyond traditional “spring colors”, after all just because the ice has disappeared doesn’t mean your sassiness has to!