Monday, 22 March 2021
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Top Ten Picks: Spring 2021

By Dressing Well Stylist Sarah Zengo

With the promise of more day-to-day normalcy on the horizon, we thought we’d return to our own “normal” and bring back our popular seasonal “Top Ten” list.

First created over two decades ago to welcome each season, we are frequently told how much you all love (and miss!) them. As we get ready to step out with a little more style in the days ahead, we hope this list motivates you to cast a fresh eye on your own wardrobe and make some good (and happy!) choices for yourself -- Enjoy!

1. Simply Sweaters
Sweaters are great for temperature control as well as video calls, and can take you from your desk indoors to the outdoors seamlessly. A pop of color, polished prints and interesting sleeve details can level-up your style instantly. Add a neckerchief, modern necklace, or bold earring to a simple neckline for on-trend visual interest.


2. Statement Tops
A one-stop-shop to dress for a “Zoom” day, look for details such as ruffles, smocked neck styles, scrunching, sleeve interest and layered fabric. Solids work best on screen, though sophisticated prints can add style and flare.


3. Wide Leg Pants – Loosen Up!
It’s time to loosen up! Relax your look with a wider leg. High rise waists, fuller leg silhouettes, and slouch can tone down your appearance without looking sloppy. Try cropped styles and pair with everything from tall boots to sneakers and sandals. A shorter top will balance your look.


4. Add a little color (or a lot!)
Be bold with bright colors or mellow out with spring pastels in “sherbet” tones. Monochromatic looks (single color or tone) from head to toe create vertical appeal. Think pink, yellow and green hues to brighten up your look. Stock up on tops, shirts, bags, shoes and other accessories in the same shade of each color and you will get many looks with fewer pieces than you ever imagined—promise!


5. Eliminate Stress with the Versatile Dress
Choose styles that work on their own or that can be paired with jackets, sweaters and a variety of shawls, wraps and jewelry for extra versatility. Knits and other fabrics with a little “give and stretch” often provide a better fit and extra comfort. Wear with booties, flats, fashion sneakers or sandals. “House” dresses also continue to rock this season!


6. Layer Up Effectively
Layers in a variety of colors provide warmth and style. Sweaters, blouses, shells with a variety of flattering necklines, camisoles, shirts, sweaters and jackets can be combined in a myriad of ways to give you climate control and a polished appearance.


7. Love Your Legwear
When you’re not quite ready to go bare, add in spring legwear! Footless tights lighten up dresses and skirts and pair well with both pointed toe and ballet flats as well as heels and spring booties. Fun socks can bridge the gap between boot and cuff, and provide coverage, support and style.


8. Put Some Spring in your Step
This season, try comfortable clogs, mules, fashion sneakers, and flatforms. Sandals get an update with asymmetric strap and embellishments.


9. Spring Jewelry & Accessories – Natural Elements
Pay attention to buttons, zippers, stitching and other details on clothes and accessories as you assemble your outfits. Typically, it takes a minimum of three similar metals, colors or other details to pull a look together. Chunky chains, mixed metals, pearls, beads, resin and other natural elements will enhance your style without being distracting.


10. Carry All in Style
In addition to jewelry, scarves and belts, bags, totes and shoes should enhance—not distract—from your style. Choose a style and shape that works for you: crossbody, market tote, bucket bag, backpack, belt bags. Seek out elements that suit your style like fringe, raffia, wicker, edgy hardware, decorative straps and more.


Last Word: Don’t Make Outerwear an Afterthought.
Coats for rainy days and when it’s just plain cold are a necessity. Wraps and shawls also come in handy. Be sure you have an umbrella, raincoat and rain boots at the ready for when you need them. You’ll be ready for anything!

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Sarah Zengo

Sarah Zengo joined the Dressing Well team as a stylist in 2011.  Her diverse clientele includes a mix of professionals, stay-at-home parents, retirees and young people just starting their careers. An excellent sense of fashion combined with a strong work ethic and genuine interest in the people she serves, allows Sarah to transform the style of our clients rapidly and with excellent results.  Clients love Sarah and consistently book appointments with her each season, a true indicator that her advice is highly valued and very much appreciated.

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Catherine 2021-03-23 17:42

Of the many items displayed, there are less than 6 that I would wear let alone buy. None of the tops or dresses, did like two pair of earrings, a couple pair of shoes and a sweater. Everything else was either too busy or dated. Classic pieces are always my favorite with a long shelf life. I purchase mainly to suit my shape and not necessarily what is trendy. Thank you for not showing any distressed jeans which should be banned by now.

Sarah Z 2021-03-24 08:45

Thanks for your feedback — we appreciate it! This is a seasonal trend report to help people see all that is new in fashion. It is always our goal to have people take what works for them and leave the rest behind. Glad a few items resonated with you. Happy spring!

Debby Campbell 2021-03-31 17:34

I agree with you. Most of these I either wouldn't wear, don't care for or can't wear BUT what I do is look at the style rather than the color or print and then I go to Kohls. I'm also a little frugal :)

Paula Butler 2021-03-24 06:35

Thanks for the top 10. Like the idea of higher waisted jeans.

Sarah Z 2021-03-24 16:29

Hi Paula! Thanks for your comment -- me too! Yay for high-waisted jeans!

Edie 2021-03-24 12:05

Thanks for the report! I always look forward to these :-) Even though I know that not everything is for me I like looking at what is trending and not what I already have as staples. Love the Spring colors!!

Sarah Z 2021-03-24 16:30

Hi Edie, Thanks so much -- it's fun to think spring these days and the color we can add in to brighten our wardrobes. Enjoy!

Eleni 2021-03-24 20:57

Love the wide leg pant options!

Alexandra Taussig 2021-03-25 07:07

Sarah — awesome job on the top 10 list. So many great ideas and bright colors. Spring and summer are by far my favorite seasons to dress for, and I love so many of these ideas. — the sweaters, the blouses, the pants, and all the great jewelry and accessories. Thank you and welcome Spring!


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