You can keep admiring that sheer pastel blouse in your closet, waiting for that perfectly sunny and mild day to wear it, or you can take it out now and hope for the best. While neither option brings us out of winter any faster, there are ways around the latter to look stylish and keep you from freezing over until May. We rounded up our favourite runway trends this season and how you can wear them right now, leading into spring.
Winter fashion: Haute art
Spring 2014 runway inspiration: This spring, it’s all about the whimsical interplay of art and fashion—think graffiti and street art inspiration at Céline, Prada and Chanel’s Spring 2014 collections.
The look: If winter white is your canvas, add a splash of colour with a cozy knit scarf or printed bag. Or try a pair of red heels with a geometric black and white ensemble.
Where to wear it: An art gallery—it’s as colourful and warm inside as it is cold and dreary outdoors, and that’s including an exhibit of Picasso’s stark Blue Period.
Winter fashion: Downtown cool
Spring 2014 runway inspiration: The impossibly cool and laidback street style looks snapped outside of the tents during Fashion Month, and Isabel Marant’s ultra sleek bold-meets-girl-next-door juxtaposition of leather and lace in her Spring 2014 collection.
The look: A structured blazer paired over a lace blouse and slouchy cutoff pants, and a chunky heeled ankle bootie.
Where to wear it: Weekend afternoon dates or work-from-home sessions at a local coffee house. Add an oversized wool cape for traipsing around town and attempting to hail down a cab in a snowstorm. Godspeed.
Winter fashion: High shine
Spring 2014 runway inspiration: Mega-wattage shredded skirts at Proenza Schouler and metallic dresses seen in Lanvin’s spring collection.
The look: A light-reflecting pleated skirt with a (sequined) chunky sweater and wedge heels. Or for a night out, pair with a black sheer blouse.
Where to wear it: Who says you can’t sparkle after New Year’s Eve? (Not us.) Resolve to shine brightly into spring—be it on date night or weathering yet another ice storm, hopefully while nestled warmly indoors.
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Winter fashion: Classy lady
Spring 2014 runway inspiration: Sheer lace pencil skirts in lemon and mint green hues at Burberry Prorsum and delicate floral-printed mini-dresses at Nanette Lepore.
The look: A sheer lace blouse with a pencil skirt for the perfect office look (and film noir-style silhouette). Add a classic black pump and swap your tote bag for a clutch to take this out in high style.
Where to wear it: Sunday morning brunch or high tea with the girls—a delicate, feminine look for like-minded (and dressed) company.
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Winter fashion: Chic sportswear
Spring 2014 runway inspiration: Quite literally, mesh T-shirts and basketball shorts at Gucci and varsity-style sweaters and slouched leather pants at Rag & Bone.
The look: This isn’t a yoga pants-wearing free for all—think a more sophisticated sportswear ensemble: varsity jackets, slouchy track pants, and yes, even overalls. The motto of champions this season? If Gucci can do refined sporty chic, then so can you.
Where to wear it: To a sports game—because even if a date night spent sitting courtside isn’t your thing, at least you can look the part—well.
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