July 28, 2014

Entrenched in Spring


Here in Southwest Florida, the joys of spring also include April showers. And as I mentioned in a previous blog, when it rains here, it really rains! Overcast skies and rainy days need cheering up with a blast of color—why add to the gray with dark-colored outerwear?

A classic choice is the trench coat or jacket. This time around there are some great color options including cobalt blue (one of this season’s favorite trends) and citrus bright Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s Color of the Year!



A lightweight spring jacket is a useful addition to any wardrobe, whether to protect against the elements or simply as a stylish option when another layer is required. If you prefer a jacket that’s less coat-like, go for one that does double duty and can be worn indoors—handy in deflecting an icy blast of air conditioning! Look for parker styles in soft (rather than crisp) fabrics and neutral hues, with metal hardware details to retain a utilitarian look. Always casually chic teamed with jeans or pants, try pairing a parker with a dress for a fresh, modern take.

Another jacket option is a blazer: Boyfriend styles in seersucker or linen are equally at home dressed up with a silk blouse, or down with a tee and shorts. Navy and white striped blazers are a strong spring look but to avoid looking too clichéd, steer clear of too many nautical accessories or jewelry resembling anchors.

Tangerine trench, Anthropologie; Cobalt trench, Gap; Khaki parker, Ralph Lauren Blue Label;  Seersucker boyfriend blazer, J.Crew; Striped blazer, Gap.

Fashion expert Cheryl Lampard is the founder of Style Matters International, www.stylemattersinternational.com