Spring Dress Trends: Pro/Con

There are certain patterns and fabrics that surface every spring. As usual, we’re seeing the typical lace, gingham, and nautical stripes but each with a 2017 twist. And get those shoulders ready, because they are front and center this year. I have seen the below trends all over every single store this season!

Spagetti Strap Triangle Top Lace Overlay

Pro: Even though it’s a standard lace overlay, it seems really fresh, and it’s a little sexier than the typical lace sheath (above from Anthro)

Con: Are there any? I guess it’s a little skimpy on top, so that might limit you if you’re looking for a more modest look

Verdict: I’m not sure if it will work for my body type but I love it a lot

Black and White Thin Stripe

Pro: Classic that is versatile, ageless, and timeless. It will be a workhorse (above from Banana)

Con: Definitely nothing new or interesting

Verdict: I’m thinking about it, there are some really cute off the shoulder versions out there…

One Shoulder Ruffle

Pro: Cute, feminine cut that is different than what you have in your closet right now (above from JCrew)

Con: Definitely a distinctive look that might look dated in a couple years, you might need parties with different friend groups to get the most out a dress like this

Verdict: A solid maybe if I find an occasion

Oversized Gingham

Pro: New take on a classic spring pattern (above from Ann Taylor)

Con: A very specific preppy look that probably only works at a daytime event

Verdict: Not really my style

Chunky Eyelet Lace

Pro: A fun variation on lace that can be dressed up or down (above from JCrew)

Con: I think eyelet is very season specific, it can really only do spring and some summer, it won’t be your biggest workhorse

Verdict: I’m willing

Off the Shoulder

Pro: Everywhere this year, so you can find the version of this trend that works for you whether it’s a shift, sheath, maxi, or jumpsuit (above from Loft)

Con: You have to have a reliable and comfortable strapless bra

Verdict: I’m all in

Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Pro: Jumpsuits are everything, and how comfortable does this look (above from Anthro)

Con: It’s not a great all-day look because every trip to the restroom is a lengthy event

Verdict: I especially want the one above

What dress trends are you trying this year?

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Spring Blouse Trends: Pro/Con

When I’m considering trying a new trend, I run a pro/con list (in my head) to make a decision. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but blouses are crazy right now. Statement blouses are IN. Here are my thoughts on some of the big blouse trends right now.

Off the Shoulder

Pro: Classic silhouette but also an instant statement piece (above from JCrew)

Con: Need specific undergarments

Pro: Highlights your clavicle which is a great feature for most women

Con: Neckline tends to move around during the day or when you add a jacket and you need to adjust it

Verdict: I’m trying it, but not spending a lot of $$. The nice thing is that it’s so popular right now, it’s easy to find a fabric, color, pattern that will work for you.

Cold Shoulder

Pro: Shows some skin without requiring a special bra or being overly exposed (above from Anthro)

Con: Not really work appropriate (in my opinion) unless you have a more causal dress code

Pro: Shows off the shoulder which is flattering, but still covers the other parts of the arm

Con: You might get the side eye from your less fashion forward friends and family, and it could be a totally dated look in a year or two

Verdict: Meh. Maybe if I had more dressy weekend occasions and I wanted to mix it up.

Waist Tie

 

Pro: A retro reference with a contemporary spin (above from Banana)

Con: Adds volume and attention to the waist line

Pro: Your look finished without tucking in your shirt

Con: A lot of the ties of the front tie shirts out there look kind of dinky and lame, especially on the cheaper versions

Verdict: I wear side tie workout tops but I’m not dying to try this version.

Twist Front

Pro: A lot of these are done in a really soft jersey or flowey fabric, aka very comfortable (above from Nordstrom)

Con: Draws your eye to the hips

Pro: Very forgiving if you’re headed out to a big brunch but stylish at the same time

Con: Because the drop waist look, not great if you’re trying to accentuate a small waist

Verdict: I’m not opposed to it, because it seems comfortable and perfect with jeans, but it’s not on my immediate shopping list.

Crazy Sleeves

Pro: Easy way to make jeans and a blouse into a real statement (above from Anthro)

Con: Definitely throws off proportions and makes your arms look huge

Pro: You won’t need fancy jewelry, hair, or shoes, because no one will notice anything else

Con: You need to watch your sleeves when you reach across the dinner table because they’ll end up in the side dishes or the candle

Verdict: Too much for me. I tried a couple on, they make my arms look huge.

Looks like all you’ll need this spring and summer is a couple pairs of simple skinny jeans or shorts to pair with some fun blouses. Volume seems to be the name of the game right now so if you’re going big on top, go slim on the bottom and vice versa. I’ll take a look at bottoms and dresses soon.

What blouse trends are you trying right now?

Fall Shopping: Blazers!

I definitely wear blazers more frequently in the Fall and Winter, so I usually get a couple new options every Fall. I try to look for options that are either neutral and very versatile or statement pieces that turn a plain dress into an outfit. So I basically look for all kinds. It terms of structure, I think one button, zip front, or open styles look best on me, but the styles this season are bringing some new options to the table. The first hyperlink is usually the blazer in the picture and the other hyperlinks in each paragraph are more options.

Double Breasted Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

Talk about a throw back. Whenever I see a man in a double breasted suit, I assume it’s at least 20 years old. I did recently see Isaac Mizrahi saying that the double breasted jacket was actually quite slimming for women though. Whether or not that’s true, I think it’s an interesting variation on the classic silhouette this season.

Belted Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

This look is basically a shrunken coat. I think it’s best for slimmer figure with a long torso. While defining a waist is usually flattering, for my body type, I think it would just add too much extra stuff and attention where I don’t want it. At the end of the day I think it’s really body type dependent.

Popped or Notched Collar Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

I think this is a really sleek, cool option. It’s professional for the office, but still very modern. I think this a great option to get in a neutral color or no-pattern pattern (if you will). It will be a workhorse for years, and it’s great to pair with jeans if you need to look polished and preppy on the weekend.

Collarless Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

At first I wasn’t considering this a real trend this season, because I think this look is relatively consistent, but I’m seeing it everywhere right now. It’s happening in two distinct ways: tweed and single breasted button up. It will look great with a collared shirt, a crew neck, or a turtleneck, but I’ve found it can conflict a little with deeper scoop or v-neck neckline.

Drape Front Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

This look is somewhere between the drapey cardigan and the moto jacket. I love that it adds some texture and interest to a basic outfit, and the open drapey fit is very forgiving if you fluctuate a bit. This is basically a shrunken version of the drapey coat trend that is so hot this year. Since the structure is unique, if you get a neutral colored tweed, it will be a statement piece without being a crazy statement.

Velvet Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

Velvet– so hot right now! If you get the right color, this would be great for work and classy weekend affairs like if you need to be festive/dressy for a dinner on the town or a classy holiday get together. Velvet is a seasonal fabric, but it is super seasonal right now. You need a velvet dress, velvet slacks, and of course, a velvet blazer– stat!

More Fall options coming soon!