Ten Easy Pieces:
Styles for a Smooth Transition to Spring
Photographed by Matthew Sprout
Spring is the season of beginning, yet the transition is gradual, brought about by a series of imperceptible changes that add up to one fresh start. Apply a similar approach to the process of building a wardrobe. Reinvent rather than replace with ten pieces that create endless options for the warmer months without losing their relevance come fall.
02 — Stripes soften up in the hands of designer Jonathan Anderson. His wrap shirt, in a lightweight, textured knit, balances a discreet patch pocket with a side tie that adds definition at the waist.
Start with fluid separates that pair up as effortlessly as they stand alone. J.W. Anderson’s long-sleeved wrap top and ankle-length skirt share a bold, graphic pattern hushed by a tonal approach. Made in Italy of a textured crepe that feels cool against the skin, these pieces embrace spring with relaxed silhouettes and raw edges.
Breathe new life into familiar pieces with jeans that look and feel like old favorites. Crafted of pure cotton for maximum longevity, Crippen’s straight-leg style has all the hallmarks of a classic, including a medium wash that promises to get more interesting with time. Add polish to the patina with a strappy, pointed heel that visually lengthens the leg.
Build upon timeless denim with unexpected upgrades. Crisp cotton gains a feminine edge in Raphaëlla Riboud’s lace-paneled take on the white shirt, which can be layered over a tank or beneath a sweater. On brisk days, a wool crepe tunic from Lemaire stays refined thanks to broad ribbing at the hem and a defined deep v-neck.
Rather than accumulate more “basics” this season, seek out versatile pieces that are distinguished by exquisite materials and unexpected details: a white shirt backed by a panel of lace, a tunic sweater that skims the body in soft wool, a bodysuit with sleeves that extend a touch beyond typical.
A white shirt with a sensual side. Jeans that look and feel like old favorites. A subtle approach to stripes in textured separates. These are the elements that transform a spring wardrobe from typical to timeless.
Among the most fluid foundations for spring is a slipdress. Protagonist designer Kate Wendelborn infuses the delicate yet simple silhouette with purpose by opting for crepe jersey with a hint of stretch and adding a lining for opacity. That attention to detail is also apparent in the smooth lines of the label’s seasonless bodysuit, made striking by extended sleeves.
Complete a carefully selected set of spring-ready pieces with a style that reimagines a casual classic. At once feminine and modern in rib-knit black silk, Proenza Schouler’s sleeveless polo is a sleek match for jeans, and takes on a new elegance when worn atop a slipdress or with a skirt.
Styling Vanessa Traina
Hair Rita Marmor at Streeters
Makeup Maki H. at The Wall Group
Model Alana Zimmer at Women Management