Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” Below, check out the best spring finds we’re loving right now, from the perfect jean jacket to the cutest dress loved by the blogger behind Fashionlaine!
John Soper, Editorial Assistant: I’m going to be honest; I have never owned a denim jacket in my entire life. While all of the “cool kids” at my school got to wear them, my mother believed in the practicality of color blocked windbreakers and corduroy coats (I have the pictures to prove it). Feeling the need to please my inner child, I found this 1969 Heritage piece from Gap and promptly decided to give the trend a try.
When I received my jacket at the office, I instantly tried it on. The fit is amazing and the wash is optimal for wearing the denim-on-denim trend without looking like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 AMAs. I first wore mine with a white button-down, rolled slim cargos and some Sperry boat shoes for a weekend walk along the High Line. It’s great for those casual outings but can also be dressed up for the office with a blouse, skirt and statement necklace (although I probably wouldn’t wear that myself).
Courtesy Elaine Daneshrad
Elaine Daneshrad, Fashionlaine blogger: Now that we’re finally back in spring mode, my closet has instantly been converted into a floral state of mind. In winter months, I always seem to struggle to find the perfect outfits to complement our perpetually fabulous (mostly sunny) L.A. weather.
Time and time again, it seems as if it’s the Australian brands that prove to me that they’re the ones that are in sync with the ways of spring. Recently coming across this amazing online Aussie brand called SHOWPO, I was able to find that perfect floral dress I’ve been envisioning for months. The details of this dress with its sweetheart bodice top combined with the layer of tulle at the bottom (alongside a floral headband of course) have made for the perfect little spring number of my dreams.
Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: I think one of my co-workers (whose identity I’ll protect) is concerned that I might turn into Kim Kardashian with the whole matching separates thing. And I can see why she would think that. This Express outfit is neutral, involves a crop top and features some see-through fabric. But if you’re curious about the trend (as I was), here’s what I love about it.
The high-waist skirt and midriff-baring topper show off just the right amount of skin. (No belly-button!) Plus, it hits at the most flattering part of the waist, below the bra line. (Mindy Kaling explains more on that here.) And I’m a sucker for crochet in the summer. Did I convince you? Click for more deets on the top and skirt.
Courtesy Cole Haan
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I eyed these Cole Haan Cassidy booties all winter but opted not to buy them for reasons I can’t recall (probably something like I already own four pairs of shoes that look just like them). And I probably would’ve continued to live my life without them, if it wasn’t for my boyfriend who asked me to go with him to buy new shoes at the store.
I got bored while he was trying on loafers (because what’s more boring than loafers?) so I wandered over to the women’s section and saw that the booties were on sale. I fell deeply in love with the navy blue color, but apparently they’re harder to find than a Birkin bag, so I settled for black. And while I’m loving them (they’re amazingly comfortable), I can’t stop thinking about the blue ones (my Google history is filled with “Cole Haan Cassidy bootie blue” searches). I’m about to take to Twitter to post the modern day version of a Classified ad: Style Director Desperately Seeking Her “Sole” Mate.
What are you buying lately? Tell us in the comments. Plus, check out what else our editors have been loving over the past month…
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