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January 31, 2017

15 Effortlessly Transitional Wear Now AND Later Finds

In Clothes & Conversation this week, “How To Add Fresh Spring Style To Your Current Season Wardrobe & Keep Wearing It Later” , we offered some key tips on 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.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-breaking-waves-twirl-knit-dress-regular-petite/4469957
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Nic+Zoe - Breaking Waves Twirl Knit Dress
1. Why is it a Find? A classically styled fit-and-flare knit dress is a perfect investment as seasons transition. Nic+Zoe uses a creamy beige accent to lighten up this black dress in a silhouette that skims the torso and flares at the hip to accentuate – and minimize – all the right spots. And since the perfectly weighted knit is lined, it doesn’t cling.
Wear it with: Now: Black tights and footwear, along with a scarf or cardigan make this dress cold weather ready.
Later: Nude or black pumps, ballet flats, and sandals all look great with this dress when you are ready to bare your legs. Metallic strappy heels will easily elevate this dress for a lovely brunch or cocktail party.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe is a favorite thanks to their lovely, modern fit that is available in XS-XL. It comes in Petite, too. We find this dress hits just above the knee on most ladies, in their typical size.
Alternatives: If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Zappos still has a full-size run…for now. For a bit of a dressier feel, Chetta B's similar style uses the same color palette with flexes of gold throughout. And we are pretty obsessed with this short-sleeve lace and tweed Ellen Tracy fit-and-flare dress, ideal for a cocktail party, dressy dinner, or wedding.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joie-cranham-denim-jacket/4517388 Joie - Cranham Denim Jacket
Joie - Cranham Denim Jacket
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Joie - Cranham Denim Jacket
Cranham Denim Jacket
Joie
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2. Why is it a Find? Denim jackets are back and Joie’s version gives it a feminine and updated shape to ensure you don’t look like you’re wearing your old one from high school.
Wear it with: Now: Treat it like a blazer, a laidback alternative that looks casually chic with dark jeans, black pants, or your favorite stylish sweats. It also gives a bit of a street-style edge to any of your favorite dresses - thanks to it’s high-hip length, it has just the right proportion.
Later: Once the weather warms, this will become your go-to jacket. It looks great with color, as well as all your pale neutrals. The lady-like shape ensures it looks just as good over a sundress as it does with boyfriend jeans and a tank top.
Fit Tip: Joie’s modern fit is made for every lady, just skimming the body in a length that hits at the high hip/lower waist on most. If you are between sizes, you can size down.
Alternatives: If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue carry it, too. This bomber jacket is another one of our favorites for the season. It has the same collarless look as the featured jacket, with a longer silhouette that is not often found in a traditional bomber style. It’s so chic and lovely for those ladies who prefer a bit of length.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/spectral-stripe-skirt Maeve - Spectral Stripe Skirt
Maeve - Spectral Stripe Skirt
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Maeve - Spectral Stripe Skirt
Spectral Stripe Skirt
Maeve
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3. Why is it a Find? Oh, what a fun skirt. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to zoom in and get a good look at the colors in this Anthropologie knit skirt. The knitted stripes are made of vibrant sherbet-like colors that are grounded with black, so it’s bold without being over-the-top. The pull-on style is lined, ensuring comfort and a smooth appearance.
Wear it with: Now: The fresh knee-length looks great with high boots, black tights and a simple black turtleneck or slim sweater.
Later: The graphic pattern takes on an instant warm weather look when you go with bare legs and lighten up your footwear. You can play up one of the colors in your top or go with a simple black or white. A tee and sneakers will make it weekend ready, and a simple cotton sweater or denim shirt with flats give it a more tailored feel.
Fit Tip: Anthropologie often carries styles in a modern fit and that is true for this skirt in your normal size. From XXS-XL go with your normal size. It comes in Petite, too, so shorter ladies won’t need to worry about alterations – which can be trickier on a knit piece.
Alternatives: Maggy London’s dress uses equally fun, bold stripes in a mix of vertical, horizontal and chevron that accentuates to perfection.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524447068339 Joie - Axton Printed Silk Top
Joie - Axton Printed Silk Top
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Joie - Axton Printed Silk Top
Axton Printed Silk Top
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4. Why is it a Find? Joie is one of the best resources for fluid, beautiful blouses and this floral print is transitional perfection. Grounding the vibrant colors on black silk gives the floral pattern a really updated feel and an easy way to wear it any season.
Wear it with: Now: It is sophisticated enough to hold up to black trousers or dark jeans and a blazer for the office, but can also be softened up under a cozy open cardigan and your favorite jeans. For an edgier night out look, go with coated black jeans and add a scarf.
Later: As you can see in the picture shown, this blouse really pops against white bottoms, whether you choose slim trousers or wide leg jeans. The dark floral ground is very stylish for the warm weather seasons ahead, so don’t be afraid to play it up all Summer long.
Fit Tip: Joie’s modern fit is made for every lady, just skimming the body in a length that hits at the high hip on most. If you are between sizes, you can usually size down. The flowy silhouette is pintucked at the top so it’s not overwhelming and is really flattering when left untucked.
Alternatives: Since florals for Spring are as big as ever, and the darker ground color is chic and fresh all season long, Joie’s moto jacket and bracelet-length sleeve silk blouse are great alternatives.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-pixelated-slim-ponte-pants/4470311 Nic+Zoe - Pixelated Slim Ponte Pants
Nic+Zoe - Pixelated Slim Ponte Pants
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Nic+Zoe - Pixelated Slim Ponte Pants
Pixelated Slim Ponte Pants
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5. Why is it a Find? The graphic square and dot pattern of these seriously flattering Nic+Zoe pants are the right way to do patterned pants. The print is small enough to almost read as a solid, so you can even wear patterned tops with it – click through the ‘shop it’ button to see an alternative view of just that.
Wear it with: Now: A pretty black sweater or tunic works just as well as a pop of wintery color, like deep red or a pretty blue. Any cold weather shoes can be worn with these, from flats to heels, booties to knee high boots
Later: A pretty bold floral blouse is a fun way to play with mixing patterns, while a simple white top or pretty pink blouse will easily convert these pants to warm weather favorites. And they look great with open shoes, ballet flats, and even cute sneakers.
Fit Tip: The ponte fabric is not only seasonless, but has lots of stretch and give for comfort. It’s not too thin though, so it’s smoothing, which plays perfectly with the wider waistband – a favorite trick of ours to keep any tummy bulges in check. And in Nic+Zoe’s flattering modern fit, in sizes 2-16, these work on most every lady.
Alternatives: These NYDJ glen plaid slim pants have a cropped length and tailored style that is perfect for the office – with booties or flats. Alternatively, on days you wish you can wear sweats but can't, these Nic+Zoe ponte pants come in heathered fabrics and a more polished silhouette - true perfection.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/poppy-bell-blouse Floreat - Poppy Bell Blouse
Floreat - Poppy Bell Blouse
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Floreat - Poppy Bell Blouse
Poppy Bell Blouse
Floreat
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6. Why is it a Find? Sleeve and shoulder details are the big updates for ladies tops, and this Anthropologie blouse shows off both trends in a seriously wearable way. Not too exaggerated, the balloon sleeve is a downright sophisticated balance to the clean, off-the shoulder neckline, while the fluid body gives it a really lady-like and flattering finish.
Wear it with: Now: With skinny jeans, high boots, and a great strapless bra, you’ve got an easy look that works for a weekend day or night out. And ladies, if you prefer to be a little more covered up (or wear a traditional bra), here’s a little tip. Off-the-shoulder tops look amazing layered over long-sleeve or sleeveless button down shirts (these are perfect for layering), high necked tank tops and sleeveless turtlenecks.
Later: Keep the layered look going or play up your bare shoulders by pairing this blouse with a vibrant statement necklace (long or short) and sexy sandals. Skinny jeans (or even leggings if you are petite) complete the look.
Fit Tip: As is the case with most Anthropologie pieces, it has a modern fit that is made for every lady, with a loose body and shirttail hem that hits at the high thigh/lower hip on most. In sizes 00-16, and Petites, we suggest ordering your normal size.
Alternatives: This style is selling fast, and comes in a rich pink and simple white through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Cooper & Ella’s top has off-the-shoulder detail with the added stylish functionality of shoulder straps. The straps are linked in the back, which is not only a pretty detail, but a highly functional one, ensuring the straps don’t slip off your shoulders. It comes in a rich navy and blushy pink. Anthropologie also has a relaxed, knit version in tons of great colors.
http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=587838002 Banana Republic - Dillon-Fit Ikat Print Shirt
Banana Republic - Dillon-Fit Ikat Print Shirt
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Banana Republic - Dillon-Fit Ikat Print Shirt
Dillon-Fit Ikat Print Shirt
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7. Why is it a Find? The watercolor pattern on this Banana Republic button down is such a wonderfully soft way to bring in some color, and it’s so easy to incorporate in to any work or play look.
Wear it with: Now: Paired with a dark (navy, charcoal, rich brown, camel, or black) pencil skirt or trousers, this blouse will lighten up your winter staples for the office. And sure, our button downs always get seen at work, but this one looks just as good with any pair of jeans so bust it out for your weekend looks, too.
Later: The same rules apply, but pair it with white, pale grey, an tan versions for a sophisticated way to bring in a little color to a neutral look.
Fit Tip: Banana Republic has a modern fit that runs true to size in XS-XL. This shirt is made of a fluid, drapey fabric so it’s not fitted and won’t pull in the chest area.
Alternatives: It also comes in gray through the ‘shop it’ button that is also offered in a shirtdress style.
https://www.shopbop.com/blazer-getting-back-square-one/vp/v=1/1579084242.htm GETTING BACK TO SQUARE ONE - Blazer
GETTING BACK TO SQUARE ONE  - Blazer
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GETTING BACK TO SQUARE ONE
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8. Why is it a Find? This simple black blazer is an absolute must. Seriously, ladies. Sometimes a blazer can be really structured and “all business”, or it’s a heavy wool that you can only wear in the Winter. This one is made of a seasonless ponte fabric that has a great weight to it, and a bit of stretch, making it not only comfortable but also entirely versatile.
Wear it with: Now: This is so sharp with plaid trousers or any of your favorite work staples. Play up the wrist-length sleeves by leaving the cuffs open on your button down or wearing a long sleeve sweater underneath and let the sweater’s ribbed cuffs show.
Later: Well, this wardrobe staple goes with anything. This black-and-white Splendid pencil skirt is just one example lightening it up for Spring. And on casual days, it’s so stylish with ripped jeans and a tee.
Fit Tip: This single button closure lays smoothly, no matter your bust size. And the high hip length, along with bracelet-length sleeves, creates a polished and streamlined look. GETTING BACK TO SQUARE ONE is a contemporary brand, known for their amazing ponte and knit pieces. It will be tailored and slim in your normal size, XS-L.
Alternatives: Eliza J has an equally versatile blazer in a bit of an easier, modern fit with a casually stylish ruched sleeve. James Perse has an amazing contemporary fitting blazer in a terry sweatshirt material for a truly effortless and polished feel.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-eano-sheath-dress/4484070 Theory - Eano Sheath Dress
Theory - Eano Sheath Dress
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Eano Sheath Dress
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9. Why is it a Find? Theory interprets tweed in this navy/white sheath. It’s based in cotton, and has just the right amount of stretch, so the fabric skims the body, yet has a textured finish to it that conceals and helps keep things looking smooth.
Wear it with: Now: Layer this amazing SKINNYSHIRT underneath. It has all the great details of a crisp buttondown, with a slim stretch panel across the bodice so it lays completely smooth. Alternatively – or in addition - add a slim cardigan in navy or a pop of color.
Later: If you still like the look of a collar once the weather warms, layer a sleeveless version of the SKINNYSHIRT underneath. Or just wear the dress on its own with simple pumps or flats. A bold, short necklace works beautifully with the neckline.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit, and this dress is meant to be skim the body without being overly formfitting to keep it work appropriate.
Alternatives: It also comes in a black/white tweed combination on Theory’s site, where they also offer free shipping. And if you prefer a longer silhouette, this Theory dress has a beautifully subtle wrap detail around the waist that is seriously slimming.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/4534243?pathAlias=gibson-twist-front-cozy-fleece-pullover-regular-petite Gibson - Twist Front Cozy Fleece Pullover
Gibson - Twist Front Cozy Fleece Pullover
10. Why is it a Find? Athletic wear is still very much “a thing” going in to Spring and Summer. Gibson adds style and feminine details to this sweater/sweatshirt hybrid, giving it a more grown-up feel that you can comfortably wear to brunch or hanging out on the couch.
Wear it with: Now: Jeans and sweats are easy go-to’s with this pullover. Since it’s longer in the back and around the hips, leggings work for most ladies, too. In a more casual work environment, it will give your favorite pencil skirt a really updated look with white sneakers or heels.
Later: All the same outfit choices still apply, but now you can add shorts to the mix. It is even cute over a slim-fitting t-shirt dress or ribbed skirt in the evening.
Fit Tip: In sizes XS-XL, it’s an easy and modern fit in your normal size..
Alternatives: It also comes in an equally laidback heathered navy and charcoal/black through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/7-for-all-mankind-bair-ankle-skinny-jeans-bair-tranquil-blue/4478405 7 For All Mankind - b(air) Ankle Skinny Jeans
7 For All Mankind - b(air) Ankle Skinny Jeans
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7 For All Mankind - b(air) Ankle Skinny Jeans
b(air) Ankle Skinny Jeans
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11. Why is it a Find? The dark wash and amazing soft, stretchy fabric of these 7 For All Mankind skinnies get a modern update with a raw and released hem – the perfect way to bring your jean game into the new season. You already know dark washes and skinny silhouettes are super slimming jean attributes, so you can feel comfortably confident adding the new hem detail and slightly higher rise to the equation.
Wear it with: Now: You can see how great this style looks with ankle boots here (shown in a lighter shade), while the weather is still colder.
Later: This wash has just enough distressing, and all the current accents, to make them springtime ready with your favorite tees, tanks, and cotton sweaters. And the B(air) fabric is so comfortable, they won’t feel too heavy on warmer days. Flats, sneakers, and sandals will all show off the fresh hem.
Fit Tip: 7 For All Mankind has a contemporary fit that isn’t too skinny, available in sizes 24-32. And these are made with the brand’s B(Air) denim, which is their new denim fabric that is soft and so seriously comfortable. It has a substantial enough weight to maintain a jeans (not leggings) look, but really does feel, well…light as air.
Alternatives: If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, 7 For All Mankind’s website carries it, too – also with free shipping. This same style also comes in a lighter wash that really shows off the released hem, with perfectly broken-in sanding and whiskering.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-desert-sands-cable-pullover/4532229 Free People - Desert Sands Cable Pullover
Free People - Desert Sands Cable Pullover
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Free People - Desert Sands Cable Pullover
Desert Sands Cable Pullover
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12. Why is it a Find? This soft blush color has been an “it” color of Winter, and every shade of pink is popular for Spring, one of the many reasons to make this Free People sweater one of our favorite wear now & later Finds. Some others? The laidback open neckline, relaxed shape through the body, and general “cool” vibe.
Wear it with: Now: The cotton blend is heavy enough to start wearing now, and can even be layered over a v-neck long sleeve tee. (It will look like this when worn together).
Later: Over a tank top with jeans, drawstring pants, cargos, or shorts, this sweater gives off that beachy vibe just right for a casual day.
Fit Tip: Free People is a contemporary brand, with a generally loose and easy fit. This sweater plays to that profile perfectly, with a relaxed shape body, and lower waist length so it doesn’t look too oversized. The neckline can be worn off one shoulder, both or neither – click through the ‘shop it’ to check out all the alternate images in the 3 colors to see what we mean.
Alternatives: This sweater also comes in neutral ivory or black through the ‘shop it’ button. If you prefer a longer style, Joie’s lightweight cashmere sweater is also a lovely soft pink, with an asymmetrical hem that hits around the hip, available in crewneck and v-neck.
http://www.zappos.com/p/splendid-cliffside-rugby-stripe-duster-navy-natural/product/8840210/color/13346 Splendid - Cliffside Rugby Stripe Duster
Splendid - Cliffside Rugby Stripe Duster
13. Why is it a Find? The nautical stripe conjures up Spring in a chic duster that can be worn most any time. From Splendid, known for their soft and well-made knits, this open long cardigan doesn’t disappoint, delivering high marks on style and comfort.
Wear it with: Now: A white turtleneck or crisp white button down with dark jeans or navy trousers give this duster a sharp and tailored finish. Pairing it with camel or grey trousers also give it a great office feel – you can even add a slim belt to keep it closed and polished looking. Heels will add height to balance the length, but we love flats or sneakers with it, too.
Later: Play up a more relaxed vibe over an easy white or navy tee and white jeans. Pops of color are also great accents to this neutral white/navy color palette. Pinks, greens, yellows, oranges…really, anything goes.
Fit Tip: Splendid’s contemporary fit is relaxed, but not oversized to ensure the length of this cardigan doesn’t overwhelm – even if you are petite. It will hit anywhere from calf to ankle on most ladies, and the lighter fabric ensures it doesn’t look bulky or robe-like, in sizes XS-L.
Alternatives: Splendid also made a grey sleeveless cardigan that hits at the mid-thigh, giving you the same layered look with a little less drama.
https://www.jcrew.com/p/F9171?nav_type=OBIN J.Crew - Colorblock Lucite Necklace
J.Crew - Colorblock Lucite Necklace
14. Why is it a Find? J.Crew’s use of two lovely neutrals ensure you can wear this chunky short necklace with any season’s colors. The tortoise and nude blush links are not truly opaque, so it will look darker or lighter based on your top’s color.
Wear it with: Now: A chic finish to a simple black sweater, sheath dress or button down top in any of the season’s rich and dark colors.
Later: Not only does this necklace look just right with tailored pieces for the office or dresses for a night out, it plays with casual items, like a denim shirt or slouchy v-neck tee, too.
Fit Tip: It’s 18”, and has an extender that is a couple of inches long, so you have a little room to play to ensure a perfect length for every outfit. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to get a look at it on a mannequin’s neck.
Alternatives: Jewelry is not the only transitional accessory. Madewell’s mid-weight scarf is color blocked with just the right shades of denim blue, olive, ivory, and mid-pink to work with heavier pieces now and those lighter outfits later.
http://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotmetu-rose-gold/product/8079906/color/35560 Superga - 2750 COTMETU
Superga - 2750 COTMETU
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15. Why is it a Find? Blending two of the most practical footwear trends – metallic, which goes with everything; and sneakers, which are always a comfy solution – these Superga rose gold sneakers will surely bring a spring to your step…no matter the weather. And just like any metallic, treat them like a neutral, ladies. The rose gold color goes with everything.
Wear it with: Now: For a true “fashion” moment, these are seriously stylish with wideleg wool or flannel trousers and a button down – giving a tailored work look a little casual fun and edge. Of course, any of your truly laidback pieces – jeans, sweats, leggings – are no-brainers.
Later: For that work/play combination, switch out the wool trousers for a sleek pencil skirt. And on the weekends, these are just adorable with a flirty sundress, shorts, and cropped pants.
Fit Tip: These run true to size.
Alternatives: A pair of stylish, fun sneakers is a must. These sneakers come in a gunmetal silver through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Alternatively, these denim slip-ons are an equally great neutral with a stylish bow detail that really makes them special. And if you need a tailored metallic option, these rose gold Jeffrey Campbell loafers are a great update.
 

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