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February 9, 2016

25 Wear Now AND Later Finds

In Clothes & Conversation this week, “ How To Transition Seasons With Ease: Spring Finds You Can Start Wearing Now (& Keep Wearing Later)” we talked about how to do just that - ease in to the warmer season ahead with pieces that you can wear in the cold weather, too. So now that you’re here, let’s dive into our favorite Finds.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
https://www.shopbop.com/knit-striped-sweater-petit-bateau/vp/v=1/1531553019.htm
https://www.shopbop.com/knit-striped-sweater-petit-bateau/vp/v=1/1531553019.htm
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Petit Bateau - Knit Striped Sweater
Knit Striped Sweater
Petit Bateau
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1. Why is it a Find? Stripes and nautical inspiration are wonderfully prevalent in the season ahead, and this Petit Bateau sweater combines them perfectly. In a beautiful 100% cotton, it has a more substantial weight than a lot of the striped tees out there, and the amazing shoulder buttons give it so much more style.
Wear it with: Now: We love how it’s shown in the picture, with dark flare jeans and boots. It also looks cute with a simple black or denim pencil skirt for work, or a relaxed pair of broken-in jeans for the weekend Later: While the same rules apply come Spring, you’ve got a lot more options. From white or cream jeans to simple shorts in a pop of color, this sweater will take you all the way through the end of Summer – it’s perfect for an evening stroll on the beach.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern and easy, so size down if you want a trimmer fit. It will hit at the low hip and can worn out or partially tucked in.
Alternatives: There are so many stripes to choose from this season, and we’ll be showing you some more further down on the list with different feels. In this same vein, Gap has a sweater and J.Crew offers a sweatshirt that also have that weightier feel and easy, modern fit – but in other color combinations, like red stripes and black stripes, too.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/4130089935110.jsp#/ Maeve - Cinched Surplice Dress
Maeve - Cinched Surplice Dress
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Maeve - Cinched Surplice Dress
Cinched Surplice Dress
Maeve
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2. Why is it a Find? This versatile knit dress just went on sale, and the price is amazing, so we don’t expect it be around for long. Black and white is an easy color combination that transitions the seasons with ease. And the marled knit of this beautifully fitting dress, which combines the two, gives it a very modern look that will carry you into Spring.
Wear it with: Now: The depth of the knit is wonderfully accented with tights and boots. You can even add a black cardigan, but for added warmth the faux wrap neckline looks great with a colorful scarf. Later: Simple flats or a substantial wedge will balance the clean lines of this dress. And for a little flare, a layered necklace looks great.
Fit Tip: The wide waistband is flattering on its own – add the faux tie and you’ve got the perfect camouflager for any little imperfections you’d like to conceal in that area. The sleeve length hits at just the right spot on the arm, so it’s not as short as a cap sleeve, but not too long, which can look overwhelming. The modern fit is available XXS-XL, and Petite, too, so the length and proportion will work on every lady. The material is stretchy, so it hugs, but it’s not cut small, so you can go with your normal size.
https://www.shopbop.com/dvf-emelia-blouse-diane-von/vp/v=1/1555412876.htm Diane von Furstenberg - Emelia Blouse
Diane von Furstenberg - Emelia Blouse
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Diane von Furstenberg - Emelia Blouse
Emelia Blouse
Diane von Furstenberg
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3. Why is it a Find? Color palettes for the upcoming season range from bold and fun to soft and sophisticated. Here, you can see which way Diane von Furstenberg is leaning. And the vivid pink’s rich hue can hold up to wintery accents as easy as it can light and airy options. The body is lined, with an elastic covered hem, which we love, making it so easy to wear. No tucking or bunching or fuss. And the neckline can be tied close or left open, as shown. The sheer sleeves are a blessing to those of us who prefer not to show our arms, no matter how hot it gets.
Wear it with: Now: This pink is really a knock-out, bold but with a blue undertone that looks great on most every skin tone. Dark jeans, a black skirt, grey or navy trousers all look beautiful and get an instant lift for a night out. Later: The pop of color just doesn’t get prettier against white or beige bottoms. And pale grey or light denim are easy, too. If you have a patterned skirt or shorts with a bit of pink in them – even if it’s not the exact same pink – you’ll love them together.
Fit Tip: DVF can be trimmer in her fitted silhouettes, like her wrap dresses, but this flowy top is easy and relaxed.
Alternatives: Instead of color, DVF has some updated prints in neutral tones in a similar fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-high-waist-flare-leg-sailor-pants-regular-petite/4175143 Vince Camuto - High Waist Flare Leg Sailor Pants
Vince Camuto - High Waist Flare Leg Sailor Pants
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Vince Camuto - High Waist Flare Leg Sailor Pants
High Waist Flare Leg Sailor Pants
Vince Camuto
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4. Why is it a Find? Nautical inspiration is evident in all the stripes and sailor button details that are coming out. And we love a good pair of sailor pants – the higher rises and flared legs create such long lines, even on petite ladies. And contrary to what you might initially assume, the vertical button details are actually quite slimming. The best part about these Vince Camuto’s though, is that they are black – not navy, denim, or white like so many sailor pants.
Wear it with: Now: The beauty of the black color is that you can wear them with your black shoes – a heel or wedge will show off the flare, and a pointy toe really helps elongate your leg. On top, keep it simple – a black or white turtleneck or button down will let the pants take center stage. Later: The same rules apply, but you can go with a simple tee or tank, or lightweight gauzy, button down. Adding a bold stripe will also play into the nautical vibe, which is so fun in the warmer weather.
Fit Tip: Vince Camuto’s fit is modern and goes up to size 14, with a higher rise that sits just around the belly button.
Alternatives: There is not a shortage of sailor styles to choose from for Spring, but Trina Turk has a navy version that can also be worn now with ease.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Elizabeth-and-James-Aisling-High-Waist-Pencil-Skirt-Indigo-Elizabeth-and-James/prod185950036_cat14610736__/p.prod Elizabeth & James - Aisling High-Waist Pencil Skirt
Elizabeth & James - Aisling High-Waist Pencil Skirt
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Elizabeth & James - Aisling High-Waist Pencil Skirt
Aisling High-Waist Pencil Skirt
Elizabeth & James
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5. Why is it a Find? Denim, in forms far beyond jeans, becomes even more prevalent than it already was this season. Elizabeth & James clearly created this pencil skirt with desk to dinner in mind.
Wear it with: Now: The denim is dark, which is not only flattering, it looks so polished with simple pieces like a fitted black top, a crisp button down, or a slouchy cashmere sweater in a soft neutral or pop of color. Pair it with high boots, booties, or pumps and tights. Later: A sleeveless silk shell under a blazer or lightweight cardigan that can be removed once the work day is done, will make this a wonderful option when after work drinks are in your plans - just change out your nude work pumps for a pop of color or metallic in a pair of strappy heels.
Fit Tip: This is meant to be fitted and sexy, sitting just at the waist. It does have some stretch to it, which makes it quite comfortable and true to size.
Alternatives: Club Monaco’s take is made out of a very retro-cool brighter blue shade of denim that looks fabulous with white sneakers and a tee, and medium brown wedges or booties.
https://www.shopbop.com/jobeth-blouse-paige-denim/vp/v=1/1521472024.htm Paige Denim - Jobeth Blouse
Paige Denim - Jobeth Blouse
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Jobeth Blouse
Paige Denim
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6. Why is it a Find? Prints, like this geometric tribal print are a fresh way to introduce color for the season to come. The gauzy fabric of this Paige shirt is that authentic Indian cotton that just gets better with age.
Wear it with: Now: Lightweight enough for the warmer weather, the rich red tone can be worn now with jeans and a cardigan thrown over it – navy, brown, camel, and olive are fresh alternatives to grey or black. Later: The soft white ground color looks great with white jeans or shorts (the whites don’t need to match exactly), and of course, your favorite broken-in pairs, too. A pair of wide leg linen pants and flat sandals will create an airy beachy look. It is semi-sheer, so add a nude cami if you prefer (but a nude bra works, too).
Fit Tip: Paige is a contemporary brand, known for their amazing-fitting jeans, and the same is true here. The split neckline and shirttail hem accent the easier shape that can be worn out or tucked in. And the sleeves look cute rolled up, too.
Alternatives: This comes in a beautiful blue, and is available in a blue and red abstract print if you want to combine the two.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446770847 Joie - Tulia Lace Top
Joie - Tulia Lace Top
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Joie - Tulia Lace Top
Tulia Lace Top
Joie
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7. Why is it a Find? Lace continues to be big into the next season and the heavier stitch of this Joie top gives it such versatility. In a geometric pattern vs the typical floral of most lace, it’s less dainty and still very feminine. Romantic without being fussy. And we love how the body is lined, so you don’t need a cami, yet the arms are sheer to show off the beautiful stitch work.
Wear it with: Now: This top can be dressed up or down. As shown, it looks edgy with broken-in boyfriend jeans and booties. Add a patterned scarf to complete the look. Later: An all white look, with slim white trousers or flare jeans looks so chic, complete with light metallic sandals.
Fit Tip: Joie’s modern fit and wonderful quality always make it a winning brand. The length hits at the high hip to balance the loose fit of the body – same goes for the ¾ length of the open lace sleeves. If you are between sizes, you can size down.
Alternatives: Free People’s cotton peasant top has long sleeves and an adorable smocked waist for a more contemporary fit.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=82482096 Club Monaco - Adriel Fringe Cardigan
Club Monaco - Adriel Fringe Cardigan
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Club Monaco - Adriel Fringe Cardigan
Adriel Fringe Cardigan
Club Monaco
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8. Why is it a Find? Fringe is still front and center for Spring, and instead of the really casual way it’s often shown, Club Monaco puts their tailored spin on it. The result is this tweedy cardigan, giving fringe an upscale spin that is great for the office.
Wear it with: Now: The round collar is stylish over a turtleneck and dark wash flare or skinny jeans – camel or navy wool trousers take it up a notch. It hits at the high hip, so it’s also a beautiful proportion over a sheath dress. Later: Switch out the dark accents for white, though navy cotton high-waist trousers or a pencil skirt look amazing, too. And let’s not forget some color – anything from pastels to bold pops work with the mix of neutrals in this cotton sweater.
Fit Tip: Club Monaco has a contemporary fit, and this open jacket has a straight cut that loosely skims the body.
Alternatives: Add a little more structure, and the tiniest bit of shine with this lined bouclé tweed jacket that has a touch of metallic thread throughout – great for an outfit piece now, and as a Spring jacket later.
http://www.anntaylor.com/striped-fringe-tweed-jacket/391456 Ann Taylor - Striped Fringe Tweed Jacket
Ann Taylor - Striped Fringe Tweed Jacket
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Ann Taylor - Striped Fringe Tweed Jacket
Striped Fringe Tweed Jacket
Ann Taylor
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9. Why is it a Find? Ann Taylor has another beautiful interpretation of fringe and tweed that is office-right and a great option for a dressier brunch or wedding or baby shower, too. Unlike Club Monaco’s version (#8), this version has a bit more structure with a buttoned placket and full lining.
Wear it with: Now: The heathered and tweedy texture uses a deep navy that makes it easy to pair with a white tee and dark jeans or a simple shell and navy trousers. Later: Play up the chambray look of the navy heathering by wearing a chambray skirt or sheath dress with it – and, of course, you’ll never go wrong with white or natural pieces to let the colors in the jacket really pop.
Fit Tip: The fit on this jacket is typical Ann Taylor – relaxed and modern, in sizes 0-18, and Petite too, so the proportion looks great on most every lady. It should hit at the high hip to properly balance the straight styling, and make it easy to wear with skirts and dresses.
Alternatives: Banana Republic’s take on a pattern jacket for the season ahead has a longer, single button silhouette that looks so polished with black trousers or all white.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/TEESANDMORE/tanks/PRD~E6866/E6866.jsp Madewell - Twist Tunic Tank Top
Madewell - Twist Tunic Tank Top
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Twist Tunic Tank Top
Madewell
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10. Why is it a Find? Simple as can be, Madewell was really thinking about a lady’s figure when they designed this sleeveless top. It is a must-have shape that is just ridiculously flattering because the knot detail hits the exact right spot of your lower belly to be so concealing, and gently smooths over the hip/behind area in it’s super soft fabric that is a bit more upscale than a typical tee.
Wear it with: Now: While it’s still cold, or if you prefer to cover your arms, anything will work over this top. We especially like something a bit shorter to show off the knot detail, like the next sweater (#11). It’s even long enough to wear with leggings if you’re petite. Later: This must-have shape easily stands on its own, with skinny jeans or flares, show off the clean lines and complete the look with a sexy sandals or wedges for a casual date night look.
Fit Tip: Madewell’s fit is similar to J.Crew – they are sister companies – so it’s modern and not overly trim, just right for most ladies, so go with your normal size. It’s made in sizes XXS-XL.
Alternatives: We’re sending you to Madewell’s own site, where you’ll see the amazing sale price – and they even have a grey version flecked with sophisticated shades of camel and black. (Check out the awesome reviews.) But note that it is Final Sale. So, if you want the flexibility to return, Shopbop also offers it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-4-way-convertible-three-quarter-sleeve-cardigan-regular-petite/4182758 Nic + Zoe - 4-Way Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan
Nic + Zoe - 4-Way Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan
11. Why is it a Find? Fresh, bright colors say Spring, especially this year, and Nic + Zoe’s fresh take on orange is a pretty way to get started. The best part is how many different ways you can wear it - you’ll never tire of this sweater. Wrapped, knotted, open, click thru the “shop it” button to get ideas.
Wear it with: Now: The shorter length and countless (well, 4) ways to tie it, really open the door for versatility. For now, the color is really pretty with a white button down and dark trousers for a polished take. For a casual look, it’s easy over a long sleeve tee and jeans Later: With a pop of floral pattern and a simple white tank, you can really play up some seasonal fun. Of course, white or light washed jeans or shorts in any silhouette look great, too. Navy offers a crisp contrast that really pops, so keep it mind for tops or bottoms to go with this citrus color.
Fit Tip: In XS-XL and Petite, too, this staple of Nic + Zoe’s line is meant to work on everyone – and we find that it does. The fit is easy, and runs typical to the line’s sizing.
Alternatives: It comes in a beautiful deep pink through the ‘shop it’ button, too. This best selling staple comes in shades of blues and greens or timeless black and brown, too, so there’s one (or more) for every lady.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-FERSON-B_Matte-Viscoe-TOP/prod186300083/p.prod Theory - Ferson B Matte Short-Sleeve Top
Theory - Ferson B Matte Short-Sleeve Top
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Theory - Ferson B Matte Short-Sleeve Top
Ferson B Matte Short-Sleeve Top
Theory
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12. Why is it a Find? With stripes being such an important pattern, Theory’s office ready version is one of our favorites of the season. Instead of the typical horizontal, nautically-inspired, stripes that have a more casual feel, this black and khaki stripe is knit in a vertical pattern. We’ll take that slimming version every day of the week. The knitted fabric has a more substantial feel than a tee, but not as heavy as a sweater making it a great transitional piece.
Wear it with: Now: Start off wearing this top with black trousers (or dark denim) and a coordinating black blazer. The pattern is a nice pop to break up the dark colors Later: Wide leg ivory pants look stunning with this top, as does a pencil skirt in a pale neutral or black. In the warmer weather, it’s not always easy to find short sleeve pieces that look professional – this is it.
Fit Tip: The shorter length hits at the high hip, so you can wear it untucked. It hits at just the right spot on most ladies to conceal any belly bumps. This top is cut to skim the body, so it’s not sloppy and not tight, either. The knit fabric provides a little give, so it’s super comfortable all day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-engineered-stripe-long-sleeve-crewneck-tee/4240390 Vince - Engineered Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee
Vince - Engineered Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee
13. Why is it a Find? Another take on a stripe, this Vince tee strategically changes up the stripe pattern– the lightest piece across the chest and darkest across the rest of the torso - for maximum flattery.
Wear it with: Now: Jeans or black pants – even leggings if you are petite, this is a great weekend go-to that also adds a little pizzazz under any of your favorite easy black cardigans or blazers. Later: As the weather warms up, this tee is so cute with denim shorts or your favorite boyfriend trousers and black sandals – perfect for a relaxing drink at a beachside bar or a run to the movies.
Fit Tip: Vince’s typically relaxed fit and shirttail hem makes it a wonderful fit for every body type. In XXS-XL, if you are between sizes you can size down and it still won’t be too fitted. The substantial knit works with the cut for a beautiful drape.
https://www.shopbop.com/layla-crop-flare-denim-trouser/vp/v=1/1580837203.htm AG Jeans - The Layla Cropped Jeans
AG Jeans - The Layla Cropped Jeans
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AG Jeans - The Layla Cropped Jeans
The Layla Cropped Jeans
AG Jeans
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14. Why is it a Find? The black wash of these AG jeans work with the trouser details making them an easy cropped flare to start incorporating into your wardrobe now. The wider hem gives them a little more polish than typical jeans. And the welt back pockets, and front slant pockets are seriously slimming, keeping the lines clean and creating a nice balance to the shorter length so they’re still quite elongating.
Wear it with: Now: We know crops can be tricky when it’s still cold out, but just add a pair of booties that come to the hem of the jeans, like these on the colder days. On most ladies, these hit just a couple inches above the ankle, give or take, so you don’t need boots with too high of a shaft. Later: A pair of menswear-inspired oxfords in patent or with a modern white sole play up the trouser styling, which is great for an easy office look with a button down. And when it’s truly warm, simple sandals, lace-up flats (like #24) and cute sneakers all look great with these jeans.
Fit Tip: AG Jeans is a contemporary brand, but this style isn’t too fitted, and it’s seriously comfortable in your normal size. The rise sits at the waist, which is a nice balance to elongate your legs, since they’re cropped.
Alternatives: Rag & Bone’s version is a true black wash in lightweight denim that has wonderful stretch in a trimmer, truly contemporary fit – these are beautifully sleek.
https://www.shopbop.com/cecilia-dress-free-people/vp/v=1/1597069400.htm Free People - Cecilia Dress
Free People - Cecilia Dress
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Free People - Cecilia Dress
Cecilia Dress
Free People
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15. Why is it a Find? Everything denim continues to be all the rage, and that’s fine by us. This is such an easy dress from Free People, with lots of subtle style. The denim isn’t stiff or heavy, so it moves easily and the belt simply makes it. Unlike some fabric belts that we often suggest swapping out for a leather one, this one has a stitched design that gives it great structure across the back and sides. And the ends are soft, making it easy to make a pretty bow or knot. It really defines the waist of this easy-fitting dress. The small buttons along the placket have a tarnished, vintage finish that works perfectly with the denim wash.
Wear it with: Now: Add boots (lace-up or pull-on, high or ankle length) and a long sleeve turtleneck underneath. Later: A bold necklace or a cami/tank in a pop of color underneath with your favorite sandals or white sneakers will make for a perfect casual day look.
Fit Tip: As is the case with many Free People contemporary styles, the cut is relaxed and easy to play up the boho feel. You should go with your normal size. On some ladies, we have found the armholes can be a little big, but you can easily wear a tank or cami underneath. The length works on all heights since it can hit anywhere from knee to ankle and look good. The slits aren’t too high, and they add a lot of style to prevent the dress from looking boxy.
Alternatives: If you prefer a sleeve, Madewell’s denim midi shirtdress has the same relaxed style and easy fit in XXS-XL.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446919068 Vince - Cashmere Off-The-Shoulder Top
Vince - Cashmere Off-The-Shoulder Top
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Vince - Cashmere Off-The-Shoulder Top
Cashmere Off-The-Shoulder Top
Vince
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16. Why is it a Find? Does it get more cozy and romantic feeling than this yummy cashmere sweater? Get in on the off-the-shoulder trend now with this Vince treasure. Regardless of whether off-the-shoulder is “of the moment” or not, the romance of this simply elegant sweater will never go out of style, we promise. The luxe fabric is beautifully soft and lightweight, creating just the right drape and flexibility to play with the rolled collar – and you won’t get too hot.
Wear it with: Now: Dark jeans and high boots create a casual, feminine look for a drinks, shopping or dinner. To dress it up, this sweater looks truly elegant with camel or charcoal wool trousers and heels. Later: White skinny or flare jeans and strappy or nude sandals will create a beautiful date night look on a cooler Spring/Summer evening. Alternatively, wear it with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, rolled up with heels, for an edgier night out look.
Fit Tip: This is cut in Vince’s typically easy fit, in XXS-XL. If you’ve never worn Vince’s easier shaped styles like this one, you can size down without losing the drapey look and flowy body. And you don’t need to wear it exactly as shown. You can play with the collar, wearing it asymmetrically with one shoulder on & one off, or as a cowl neck. You can tuck a portion of the open hem in to the front of your jeans for a little more shape, too.
Alternatives: This sweater comes in an equally soft grey through the ‘shop it’ button, too. And Ella Moss has a pointelle sweater knit version in black or ivory, in a trimmer fit and shorter silhouette that we love, as well.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-V-Neck-Sleeveless-Cashmere-Sweater/prod186590059_cat41160752__/p.prod Vince - V-Neck Sleeveless Cashmere Sweater
Vince - V-Neck Sleeveless Cashmere Sweater
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Vince - V-Neck Sleeveless Cashmere Sweater
17. Why is it a Find? Another transitional sweater from Vince, this soft and lightweight cashmere vest has a deep v-neckline and loose body that ends in a high/low slit hem that represents the easy shapes of the season to come. It can take on a professional or relaxed feel, making it a staple you can reach for now and in many seasons to come.
Wear it with: Now: Layer it over a simple white button down (like #20 in this list) with a pair of skinny black pants or dark jeans for a look that can be worn for both the office and dinner. Later: Add a tank top underneath for work or none at all for an evening out. The soft color looks elegant with white or ivory and grounds pastels and bolder colors too. The longer length looks great with skinny bottoms, but if you’re tall, it also looks so chic with flared pants, too.
Fit Tip: This is cut in Vince’s typically easy fit, in XXS-XL. If you’ve never worn Vince’s relaxed cut styles like this one, you can size down without losing the easy look.
Alternatives: It comes in an equally neutral pale camel through the ‘shop it’ button that is just as versatile as the grey. Go with whatever works best with your wardrobe and skintone.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/novelty/PRDOVR~E6891/E6891.jsp J.Crew - Cropped Pant in Wool Flannel
J.Crew - Cropped Pant in Wool Flannel
18. Why is it a Find? Wide legged, cropped pants are a fresh update for Spring, and J.Crew interpreted the look in a wool flannel so you can get on board right away. Everything from the luxe fabric to the pleat detail and higher rise are pure sophistication – these pants hold up to any of the designer pants in similar styles that are out there.
Wear it with: Now: A button down or tailored sweater lend to the work-ready look, and can be worn with a blazer, too. We love them with pumps or a tailored mens oxford in the office. Later: This soft flannel will transition into early Spring by pairing it with a soft pastel button down in a light fabric, a sleeveless cotton or silk sweater, or a silky blouse with a pop of color. Flats or heels will still look fabulous.
Fit Tip: They look like button/fly pants, but they are actually pull-ons with a covered elastic along the back. You can wear a belt or conceal the back with your top to keep that comfy secret to yourself. They have an easy, loose fit in the leg with a trimmer higher waist, in J.Crew’s typically modern fit that’s available in sizes 000-16, and Petite, too. Go with your normal size.
Alternatives: These cropped pants come in black and navy through the ‘shop it’ button, too. J.Crew also offers a straighter option for a more everyday look in tons of colors. And if you’re looking for a more relaxed fit and look, Eileen Fisher’s cotton twill version is for you.
http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=92524&vid=1&pid=174731002 Banana Republic - Ryan-Fit Chambray Lightweight Wool Slim-Straight Pant
Banana Republic - Ryan-Fit Chambray Lightweight Wool Slim-Straight Pant
19. Why is it a Find? Banana Republic plays into a few current looks, by combining a cropped length with the look of chambray denim. These pants are made of a lightweight wool that you can wear throughout the Spring, and with the right accents, you can happily start wearing them now.
Wear it with: Now: Banana Republic’s stylish double breasted blazer and a turtleneck is great for the cold weather. And since the cropped length is meant to just skim the ankle, you can wear heeled booties if you want to save your ankles for the warmer weather Later: While the blazer will still work, a simple sleeveless blouse becomes a great layering piece. Treat the chambray blue like denim, and pair it with any color from a pastel to a neutral. A soft floral blouse and nude pumps is so Spring right.
Fit Tip: Banana Republic’s fit is modern and not too trim. The best part is the numerous lengths they offer, from Petite to Long, tailoring will probably not be necessary for any lady to get that just-at-the-ankle length. The mid-rise sits just below the belly button for a universally flattering fit, and the wool has a touch of stretch for a comfortable day at the office.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shirtsandtops/casualshirts/PRD~E7343/E7343.jsp J.Crew - Boy Shirt in Cotton-Tencel® Oxford
J.Crew - Boy Shirt in Cotton-Tencel® Oxford
20. Why is it a Find? Oh, J.Crew you are always a great resource for those timeless staples, and this button down update is a favorite. They’ve taken their easy-fitting boy shirt and made it out of a seriously soft fabric. It’s an equal mix of cotton and tencel – trust us, it doesn’t get much softer. The borrowed-from-the-boys fit helps create the perfect drape. And today, it's 25% off with code: SHOPNOW.
Wear it with: Now: Of course, it looks great with a simple pencil skirt, any trousers or a skirt. But we love it equally with your favorite broken-in jeans with a portion of the shirttail hanging out for a laid-back look. Later: All the same rules apply, and the timeless white will be an easy go-to, even with shorts.
Fit Tip: J.Crew’s typically modern fit is available in sizes 000-16, Petite and Regular. Go with your normal J.Crew size.
Alternatives: This is available in a soft blue through the ‘shop it’ button and pink or blue stripe here. This is a style you can stock up on.
https://www.shopbop.com/blazer-james-jeans/vp/v=1/1531908858.htm James Jeans - The V Blazer
James Jeans - The V Blazer
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21. Why is it a Find? James Jeans’ soft blazer is made of a drapey crepe fabric that transforms with the seasons. The open placket and interesting shorter peplum hem in the back (click through the ‘shop it’ button) make it appropriate for work AND a night out.
Wear it with: Now: This is so pretty over a silk blouse with a simple pair of straight leg pants or jeans in any shape you love. Later: The solid medium tone is beautiful with a patterned blouse or a simple white tank tucked into coordinating trousers.
Fit Tip: James Jeans offers a contemporary fit, and this jacket is meant to just skim the body in your normal size.
Alternatives: We are featuring the neutral deep grey for its seasonless appeal, and it comes in a soft, blushy pink through the ‘shop it’ button that is so pretty for the season ahead.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/AllProducts/PRD~E9382/E9382.jsp Madewell - Flora Paisley Scarf
Madewell - Flora Paisley Scarf
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22. Why is it a Find? The paisley pattern is based on traditional Indian block printing, which gives it a cool, slightly distressed look that is just gorgeous with the deep red and blue colors on the off-white ground. And it’s just that slightly vintage look that makes it so appropriate across the seasons.
Wear it with: Anything from dark denim to crisp white get an instant pop of style when you add this scarf. Now: So, layer it with your favorite navy sweaters and white button downs and jeans now. Later: And add it to your denim shorts, white linen trousers and favorite white tees and tanks once it gets warm.
Alternatives: For a more neutral way to play up the blues and denims of the season, Tory Burch offers this supersoft lightweight wool option.
https://www.shopbop.com/basic-tote-baggu/vp/v=1/1533942996.htm BAGGU - Basic Tote
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23. Why is it a Find? Soft & slouchy, this open tote is your go-to for the office, running errands or heading to a coffee shop or flea market. The soft, lightly wrinkled leather and raw edge just get better with age. And the medium brown tone is simply seasonless.
Wear it with: Now: Since the brown is such a great neutral, it’s not too light to wear with all your winter colors. Later: Besides an office look, throw this on with any dress or shorts and a tee all Summer long.
Fit Tip: The straps are long enough to easily fit over your coat..
Alternatives: We love the way this brown shows off the soft, broken-in look of the leather, and the black version is just as easy.
http://mgemi.com/w/how-we-do-it/the-brezza/02_1164_01.html/#!/color/001 M.Gemi - The Brezza
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24. Why is it a Find? You may have seen lace-up footwear starting to pop up in this past year. It’s just as important for the upcoming season, especially with all the cropped pants options that are available. M. Gemi's version can be worn with so many things. They offer free shipping and returns through the ‘shop it’ button. But better than that, they really pay attention to quality, making their shoes in Italy with an artisan approach that ensures they are stylishly unique and wonderfully well made – without a ridiculous price tag.
Wear it with: Now: The simple and soft black leather works with anything, so wear them just like you would any ballet flats. The nice thing is that, even if you aren’t wearing cropped pants, you’ll be able to show off the lacing since it wraps around the throat of the shoe Later: Cropped pants, dresses, and skirts will all show off the pretty lace-up detail.
Fit Tip: While it’s shown laced a few inches up the leg, you can also just wrap the tie around your ankles for a cleaner look that is especially nice on petite ladies. And the pointed toes help elongate your legs.
Alternatives: M.Gemi made this amazing silhouette in several suedes - from neutral black and luggage to cobalt blue and raspberry pink. Don’t shy away from suede for Spring. It picks up color beautifully and has really become a year round fabric. Steven offers a version with braided ties, too.
http://www.zappos.com/joes-jeans-hint-black-box Joe's Jeans - Hint
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25. Why is it a Find? Hallelujah, block heels are back in style. These Joe’s (yes, the makers of our favorite jeans are also making some great shoes these days) can get you in on this wearable fashion movement now. The pointed toe and covered heel dress them up, while the welted sole gives them a little sporty edge that is so modern and updated.
Wear it with: Now & Later: These look amazing with flared pants and jeans – just ensure the pants skim the ground for the point of the toe to peek out. And they look amazing with tailored skirts and dresses, ideal for work or a cocktail party.
Fit Tip: These run true to size, and while the heel is 3 ½” high, the block heel and cushioned lining make for much easier walking.
Alternatives: They’re selling out everywhere, so if your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Amazon or Nordstrom may have it. And you’ll see both sites also offer a stylish black/white print and navy, too.
 

Comments (2)

Love the fit tips! Thank you!
2/9/2016 7:40 PM
Amy W