Spring Fashion: NYC vs. LA

People think that New Yorkers have attitudes, but what’s really going on when we side-eye tourists or get snippy with people singing “Happy” on the train is that we place a lot of value on chill. Got tickets to see Hedwig? That’s awesome, but be chill. Yes ma’am, that is that building from that movie, now chill out and keep walking. You saw a Gyllenhaal in A Voce? Stop staring, have some chill. Considering that on the inside we’re high-strung, caffeine addicted workaholics, maintaining a chilled-out exterior matters to us image-conscious New Yorkers.

So how does that chill translate to spring fashion? We keep our trends-per-outfit ratio low, so everyone knows that we saw the stills from the Nicole Miller show but have more sense than to go head-to-toe in Beetlejuice print or moody florals. The outfits below all incorporate some of my favorite runway trends for this spring, but in moderation because this is New York and -say it with me- we’re chill.

The first outfit is my “what I wish I were wearing” set and includes a pair of Dolce and Gabbana skinny pants that have a dark deciduous print that toes the line between floral and jungle. The second outfit is “what I’m actually wearing” and includes a collared denim dress and a Cambridge Satchel in that off-robin blue that’s been going strong since 2012. The third is “what some cool kid is probably wearing” and involves a colored metallic Balmain skirt and lilac Joomi Lim studs. Maximum two “on trend” pieces or colors per outfit; maximum chill.

-Alexis

Los Angeles doesn’t ease into spring like New York does. Without the luxury of definitive seasons, it just goes from chilly to HOT in one week. No joke. This year that weather switch coincided nicely with what I refer to as “The Coachellaover” – the week after Coachella – so that all the easy, breezy, hippy styles debuted in the heat of the desert were suddenly out in full force here. Gone are the sweaters and boots we were sporting just last week and good riddance (until it gets “cold” again which for us is anything under 65 degrees.) Suddenly florals, crop tops, fringe and braided headbands are everywhere. There is no escape. Any you know what? I LOVE it.

My first outfit is my ideal festival look. It’s easy but fun with a colorful fringe kimono, Rag & Bone denim shorts, and a crochet top. All were staples at Coachella as it is hot as Hades during the day before the temperature drops drastically at night. Just because you’re cold doesn’t mean you can’t look cute, amiright? Fedoras are HUGE this year and so are T-strap sandals – I have a thing for JCrew accessories because they are always on point and good quality.

May and June seem to be the months where everyone decided we shall have 400 brunches, baby showers, graduations, day weddings, and bridal luncheons in an eight week span. In other words – time to dress it up a bit without breaking the bank. Time to pull a Kate Middleton and cycle some faves, pairing different accessories with some fun prints. I’m IN LOVE with this Floral Sateen Gap dress that is colorful enough to stand on its own but really pops with SJP’s “Lady” pumps and Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini 5 Zip in “Minty”.

If I ever find myself in need of fashion inspiration, I love to browse Topshop. I think they truly have the right balance of trend and classic – those Brits are pretty good at that. My last outfit is sexy and sophisticated with a striped crop top and a bright midi skirt. Both are from Topshop but this can be created with a pencil skirt as well. I like the midi because it is a classic look that is getting some well deserved attention this season. This is also a great way to wear quite a few trends at once without trying too hard. I am currently drooling over those gladiator Via Spiga shoes and would probably just finish this look off with a long necklace and a cuff. Where can this be worn? ANYWHERE – work, date night, girls night out – who cares? With style this deep, you’ll be fabulous, dahling.

-Ashley

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