Special to The Washington Post.
Special to The Washington Post.
NEW YORK — Not even a snowdrop, let alone a cherry blossom was in sight when Fashion Washington trooped up to New York City to photograph its picks for spring 2015 fashion. But the FW team created a spring tableau of our wardrobe selections for the season, with a little help from the Michael's craft store, which came through with an array of faux pink blossoms.
Are you considering what to wear to the next political fundraiser, a garden wedding or just another day at the office? Take a look at our choices and spring ahead.
_ Float through a garden soiree in an Alice + Olivia cross-back handkerchief dress ($550 at Alice + Olivia stores and www.aliceandolivia.com), Jennifer Fisher Brass Rose Triple Ball Cuff ($945, jenniferfisherjewelry.com) and Rachel Zoe Reeve sandals ($365, lordandtaylor.com).
_ Go from work to weekend in a combination of neutral shades and textures: Pair a Tory Burch cable-knit crewneck sweater ($350, Tory Burch.com) with The Row's elegant cotton gabardine skirt ($1,490, Net-A-Porter.com), Dannijo sandals ($275, dannijo.com and saksfifthavenue.com), Cara Croninger cuff ($800, briholloway.com), straw fedora ($228, area Brooks Brothers stores and brooksbrothers.com), Nancy Gonzalez luxe crocodile handbag ($3,570, similar styles available at neimanmarcus.com) and Ella sunglasses ($1,895, Morgenthalfrederics.com).
_ Zero + Maria Cornejo's Bea lace coat ($1,595, zeromariacornejo.com) dresses up any occasion. Spring steeplechase races, perhaps? Take off the coat for a more casual look with Tanya Taylor's sporty striped Iris top, $495, and Bundy skirt, $475, both at intermixonline.com. Zero + Maria Cornejo's Flor Heel, $825, zeromariacornejo.com) adds a gleam and a Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Razor Backpack ($3,360, in other colors at fwrd.com) gives it all a punch of color. For mystique, slip on See mirrored sunglasses ($99, at Seeeyewear.com).
_ This Michael Kors indigo and white plaid top, $595, and skirt, $1,395 (both, Michael Kors, New York), Mark Cross rattan Grace box bag ($1,995, markcross1845.com) and Virzi & DeLuca Kiss &Tell necklace ($1,033, luisaviaroma.com) are demure enough for the office. Add the Dries sandals ($860, Barneys) and sunglasses ($99, Seeeyewear.com) for the walk to work.
_ Be prepared for a rain-or-shine play date in the park in a Brooks Brothers rain jacket ($248, Brooks Brothers stores and brooksbrothers.com), Joie houndstooth shorts, Michael Kors plaid top (see above), Jenni Kayne Welt Pocket Blazer ($595, jennikayne.com), Tory Burch Bergen Ankle Bootie ($350 ) and suede Tila March bucket bag ($695, tilamarch.com).
_ Celebrate cherry blossoms. Go to the festival (it's March 20) in this Evie jumpsuit in indigo ($1,095, zeromariacornejo.com) and take cover in a Brooks Brothers Italian PVC cape with plaid embroidery and navy grosgrain piping ($850, Brooks Brothers stores and brooksbrothers.com). For accessories, look to Dries Van Noten sandals ($860, Barneys stores) and oversize See sunglasses ($99, Seeeyewear.com).
_ Lunch at the White House, a political fundraiser? Look dressed for the occasion in Suno's Pleated Hem Jacket in Blue Nubby Stripes ($1,250, sunony.com), Elizabeth and James palm print blouse ($265, saksfifthavenue.com), Altuzarra Palazzo skirt ($890, Relish in Washington ), Nancy Gonzalez Venetian Laser Cut Crocodile Razor Clutch ($1,600, similar styles available at Saks Fifth Avenue), Zero + Maria Cornejo shoes (see above).
_ For sipping cocktails at a boutique hotel, banish the black sheath for this Alice + Olivia Lucia Tank dress ($255, aliceandolivia.com). Accessorize with Rachel Zoe shoes ($365, lordandtaylor.com) and Mark Cross Grace box bag in spotted haircalf ($3,095, markcross1845.com).
_ Channel the wardrobe preferences of fictional power broker Olivia Pope in Ralph Lauren's Whitley double-breasted lambskin jacket ($3,495, ralphlauren.com) and Tory Burch striped canvas skirt ($350, Tory Burch stores). Dazzle with jewelry, such as this fun DVF for H. Stern ring, $6,800, and H. Stern Celtic Dune Cuff, $18,300 (both from Saks Fifth Avenue). Carrying this Nancy Gonzalez crocodile tote ($3,570, similar styles available at Neiman Marcus) shows you mean business.
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Kelly is editor of MyLittleBird.com, a Washington-based women's-eye view of fashion, design and culture, and a contributor to Fashion Washington, a Washington Post lifestyle magazine. This story originally appeared in the March issue of FW.