5 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe for Spring: Larry Robertson

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Larry Robertson is the manager of Short North store Brigade.

Wearing white feels fresh every spring and summer after a long winter of wearing gray and black. This season make sure to wear layers of white that combine different textures including leather, gauzy cotton and sheer silks. Try playing with different shades of white for a cool, subtle take on wearing classic summer white. There's no better way to stand out in a sea of LBD's than the perfect all-white ensemble.

This look is from Rag and Bone and is available at Brigade.

This look covers two major trends AT THE SAME TIME! Let everyone see you shine by adding a metallic element to your look. Instead of previous seasons' gold sequin, try something more fluid in silver, gunmetal or bronze. Fringe is showing up on the runway on everything from skirts to handbags to heels. Fringe is no longer just bohemian. This season's fringe is futuristic!

Ladies, channel your inner Silver Surfer and be on the lookout for the chain mail top from Benjamin Jay available at Brigade this spring.

The motorcycle jacket is a classic staple. I'd be highly surprised if you don't already own a black motorcycle jacket. This spring the white motorcycle jacket is a must-have. Find it in leather or cotton or a fresh combination of both. You are now a badass chic.

This jacket is from Helmut Lang and is carried at Brigade.

The finishing touch to any outfit is the perfect piece of jewelry. Whether your look calls for that statement necklace, three or four bracelets or tiny, adorable stacked rings, make sure to find them locally. Columbus has a surprising number of jewelry designers who work in everything from copper to repurposed vintage to gold and precious stones. Next time someone asks you where you got your necklace, wouldn't it be cool to say it was made in Columbus?

This necklace by Urban Strand Jewelry is designed and made locally and is available at Brigade. Photo by James Drakeford.

Every spring there is undoubtedly a new take on "Tribal." This is a timeless, colorful trend that works perfectly with the warm weather. This spring, find a scarf, purse or piece of jewelry that was actually created by the craftsmen or women of the local that inspired the look. Whether it's a necklace from Turkey, a woven shoe from Bolivia or hand dyed bag from Ghana, make sure it was created responsibly using fair trade methods.

Check out the line Della at Brigade this spring. Della empowers women in Ghana by creating sustainable jobs... P.S. white on white, I'm sneaky.

I intend to combine all these trends to dress like a shaman this spring. Feel free to join me, ladies.