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3 key pieces to make your spring wardrobe sing

April 4, 2016

NECK SCARVES

Recently spotted: Hedi Slimane started showing scarves on the spring 2015 Saint Laurent runway. Models wore thin scarves tied around their necks in an effortless, rock ‘n’ roll manner. Now, they’re being worn as thicker bandannas and thin, silky versions tied in bows, often paired with chokers and reinforcing the neck and shoulder areas as the focal point of the body that’s in fashion at the moment. Lanvin, Gucci and Rodarte included a lot of neck scarves in their spring 2016 runway collections.

Staying power: "This is a very easy way to add texture and personalized effect to an outfit," says Penny Lovell, Los Angeles-based fashion stylist to Anne Hathaway and Taylor Schilling. The neck scarf still has the ’70s vibe that dominates in fashion now but can be subtle, depending on the style chosen.

How to best wear them: "It’s more of an attitude than a trend," says Chutney Hunter, head buyer of designer ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags at Pacific Palisades boutique Elyse Walker. "There are no rules: Layer or tie them on with T-shirts, day dresses or with your favorite slip gown."

WHITE SNEAKERS

Recently spotted: Designer Phoebe Philo and her fashion pack have a penchant for wearing crisp white Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. Along with Adidas, brands including Asics, Puma, Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Vans and Nike have increased their white sneaker offerings.

Staying power: The fresh look of the Stan Smith has evolved into the footwear item for appearing like an in-the-know style-setter while remaining comfortable. It won’t be surprising if this sneaker trend stays around longer than, say, the 5-inch platform stilettos, popular several years ago. "We are now at a point where literally any outfit can be modernized by a simple white sneaker," said Red Godfrey, vice president of the fashion office for Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom. "It is a classic, and after its fashion fandom moves on, you’ve still got a great pair of sneakers for weekend walks and workouts."

How to best wear them: "Mixing sportswear with more classic pieces is very now," Lovell says. That means sneakers are being paired with athleisure looks, as well as jeans, skirts and long dresses.

BOMBER JACKETS

Recently spotted: On the runways at Gucci and Phillip Lim, and on off-duty models swapping out their bulky black leather moto jackets for borrowed-from-the-boys outerwear. Now, silky, more feminine versions like those from Gucci are being worn as the updated take on toughness.

Staying power: "The bomber jacket is the sneaker of the apparel world," Godfrey says. "Throw it on over anything, and look instantly and effortlessly cool. It’s comfy, youthful, practical, easy to dress down or dress up or borrow from the boyfriend."

How to best wear them: Use a bomber to add a pop of color, a bold print or a military look with a slight twist, Hunter says.

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