Alvin Clayton, proprietor of Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle, in bright blue glen plaid suit and color popping tie from Nordstrom. LeeAnn Gilman, designer, in red floral/animal print from Angela’s. Karina Gomez Verni, model, in black long floral stretch dress cut on the bias from Great Stuff. Dr. Kevin Schack, orthodontist in Purchase, in dazzling blue suit with checked shirt and mini boutonniere. Susan Murray of Rye in neon pink dress from Angela’s. Gwen Clayton, proprietor of Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle, in red floral high neck tiered dress from Nordstrom. Kicki Storm in black floral jumpsuit from Great Stuff. Choker by yukodeco.com.
Susan Murray in a floral linen belted dress from Angela’s; Karina Gomez Verni in a highlighter green chiffon jumpsuit from Angela’s with earrings from yukodeco.com; LeAnn Gilman in a neon pink tiered dress from Nordstrom; and Gwen Clayton in a pleated dress from Great Stuff and necklace from yudodeco.com.
Susan Murray and Stephanie Linehan wearing fashions from Great Stuff. Sneakers available at Shoes ‘N’ More.
Alvin Clayton and Dr. Kevin Schack sporting fashions provided by Nordstrom. Stephanie Linehan in a stunning rose two-piece from Angela’s.
Kicki in fashions from Angela’s. Earrings from yukodeco.com.
Dr. Schack and Alvin in Men’s fashions provided by Nordstrom
Bright Days Ahead
BY KICKI STORM
The awakening of spring gives us a breath of fresh air and a chance to reexamine our wardrobes. Blooming flowers, longer days, and more sunshine give us a spring in our step and that translates into what we want to wear. Out with the dark colors and heavier fabrics; in with the florals and brighter colors. Happy prints and lightweight fabrics abound. Experiment with neon colors in pink or highlighter green. A pop of color for women and men is a must.
Take your own look to new heights with some of these suggestions. A day or evening out on the town in cheerful florals for women, and sharp–fitted bright suits for men paired with a jazzy pocket square or tiny boutonniere are must–haves in the wardrobe.
For a more casual vibe, men can pair a sport coat with trim–fitted light khakis, untucked shirt or pullover, and cool casual white sneakers — save the running shoes for sports. This strikes the balance between relaxed and refined. Men should also have one crazy, cool piece, whether it is off–duty sweats with a bold splatter pattern or a bright colored hoodie.
Since fashion silhouettes are whatever women want to make them, decide what works for you. Add a buzzworthy piece. Jumpsuits, hot pants, or shorts with a blazer are playful and popular pieces. Showcase your style with long or short, prints or solids, and neon or pastel colors. Tiered dresses and cuts on the bias are flattering and popular options. Get inspired by the fresh off the runway favorites.
Here are some of the trends I see:
Women’s “It” List
Long romantic dresses for day and evening
Romantic details like ruffles, puff sleeves, and flowy fabrics
Neon and pastel colors
Fashion sneakers with metallic details
White fitted jeans
Hints of gold in clothing and jewelry
Statement earrings to complement solids
Men’s “It” List
Dye–processed shirts and jackets
Tailored blazer or travel–ready bomber jacket
Casual pants cuffed above the ankle
Worn–in and patched–up jeans for a rebellious swagger
Cool white sneaker for casual wear
<Photography by Kicki Storm. Men’s and select women’s fashions provided by Nordstrom at the Westchester and styled by Maureen Flaherty. Women’s fashions also provided by Angela’s and Great Stuff. Costume jewelry by yukodeco.com.>