Posts Tagged ‘Spring 2012’

Editor’s pick — Raffia

Written by Lindsy Neer. Posted in Editor's Pick

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One trend that will definitely be popular this spring/summer is raffia accessories.

Haven’t heard of raffia before? It’s a type of palm tree, native to Africa and Madagascar, whose leaves’ fibers are used to make all kinds of jewelry — from bracelets to shoes to handbags.

I found some great raffia accessories under $50. First up is a pair of strappy wedge heels from Charlotte Russe. I’m a huge shoe person, so these are right up my alley. I’ve especially gotten into wedges lately because, at least for me, they’re easier to walk in and a bit more casual than a pump.

These wedges sport a pretty cross-stitch, so it’s not just one monotone color. They’d be perfect for flowy spring dresses, and I’d wear them with rolled up pants if the weather was still chilly.

My second pick is this cream raffia bowler bag from Dorothy Perkins. Since it’s a bowler bag, it’s large enough to carry all my stuff in without being overwhelming. I love its contrasting navy trim and the fact that it’s only $39!

If that’s too big, I also found this adorable raffia wristlet from the same designer. It’s only $21, and the feminine pink ribbon bow and trim add just enough to the wristlet to keep it from being too beige and boring. I’m not a huge fan of pink, but I’d love this for a day when my outfit isn’t feeling girly enough.

My final raffia pick is also my favorite. This brown studded weave headband from Miss Selfridge is incredibly affordable at $13, and I can think of a million outfits I’d love to wear it with. Since it has elastic, I imagine it’s pretty comfortable, which is key for me when it comes to wearing headbands.

What’s your favorite raffia accessory?


Photo: (raffia crochet fedora) courtesy of Taylor Jayne Ballantyne/Hat Attack/MCT


Editor’s pick — Spring standouts

Written by Lindsy Neer. Posted in Accessories, Editor's Pick

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We’ve had a pretty weak winter so far, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had to wear our layers and pea coats. I don’t know about you, but for me that means a lot of black and white. Spring is on its way, and this year I’m vowing to mix it up with some bright, standout pieces.

The first piece I’m absolutely obsessed with is this Adia Kibur Silver & Neon Chain Link Necklace. It’s pricey at $144, but looks so fun! Granted, I doubt many of us want to shell out nearly $150 for a necklace, but I can’t find a suitable cheap alternative — if you find one, leave it in the comment section below! I also found this neon and chain bracelet, also by Adia Kibur, for a much more affordable $42!

I’m hoping chain link necklaces are going to become more popular this spring. did a feature on chain link necklaces for spring, so they have an even larger selection (although none are much cheaper).

Some of my other picks are these H&M neon jeans for only $24.95. H&M happens to be one of my favorite stores, and these pants come in pink, yellow, green, orange and blue. They also come in a snakeskin pattern, but I’ve never been a fan of snakeskin.

Following this solid-neon trend is Urban Outfitters’ Neon Open Weave Scarf. These lightweight scarves are only $24 and come in neon green and pink. Although winter months are usually scarf weather, I have some lightweight ones that I wear year round. You can never have too many scarves, right?

My next pick is also from Urban Outfitters. The BB Dakota Gail Printed Tank is a little pricey at $69, but it’s really bright, fun and the perfect way to standout this spring. I love wearing loud tank tops with my solid black maxi skirt during spring, and I think this could be a really great pick. It’s usually pretty easy to find colorful, standout tanks as the weather gets warmer, so give them a try!

My final, probably simplest way, to stand out this spring is through your sunglasses. I absolutely love my bright red Ray Bans, and the company has taken the original Wayfarer and turned it into a fun pattern with these multicolor shades. Again, they are $160, but mine have lasted me four years so far, and are worth every penny. However, sunglasses are another item that every store carries, so finding a fun, inexpensive pair should be no problem.

These are just a few of the ways I hope to standout this spring. How do you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring? Leave me a comment below and see if your suggestions make it to our next Editor’s Pick!


Photo: J Brand jeans courtesy of J Brand/MCT


Ralph Lauren Spring Collection

Written by Jackie Onderko. Posted in Retailers, Trends

Although Punxsutawney Phil says we will have six more weeks of winter, it is never too early to prepare for spring.

My favorite trend that graced the runway this season is the delicate pastels and pure whites.

Ralph Lauren mastered both of these color palettes with great ease.

Multiple pastel colors were combined in one look through the use of different textures of fabric.  Flowy, lightweight scarves and skirts with a silk top add unexpected depth to his spring collection.

For the whites, structure took over.  By focusing in on the woman’s body and her hourglass shape, a full body of pure white gives an innocent, sophisticated look.  This bold look is a foolproof way to let the world know you are ready for spring.

Bringing this look from the runway to the sidewalk is extremely simple.  Stay on the lookout for very light pastel colors such as pink, mint green, and lavender.  And it won’t be too tough to find all white, either.  Full white suits and dresses are in many work-appropriate stores such as The Limited, Talbots, and Ann Taylor.



PHOTOS: (Ward, Donna) Donna Ward/Abaca Press/MCT