Spring and Summer collections are making their mark, although there’s lots of Wintery merchandise too. It’s all good depending on whether you want to refresh for a long and cold Winter, or get cracking with Spring and Summer.
Here are items that have been winners on clients and forum members recently.
- Banana Republic High-Rise Straight White Ankle Jean: Straight legs are more fashionable than skinnies. These are fairly substantial, and not too see-through, although the pocket linings grin through a little. Might need a back waist alteration on a curvier body type. Might need to size up. Not overly high in the rise. On sale.
- Naturalizer Selah: Extremely comfy and sleek sneaks to wear to the office with a dressier support act for a Sporty Luxe vibe. Of course, great with casual wear too. Comes in black and wide widths.
- Banana Republic High-Rise Straight Ankle Jean: Straight legs are more fashionable than skinnies, and so are higher rises. These work well on a curvier body type and aren’t too high. The distressing is even and quite flattering. On sale.
- Madewell Double Hoop Earrings: Refined hoop earrings that look a little different. Great price.
- Madewell The Brady Lowcut Bootie: These versatile well-made shooties are a repeat style that look sharp in a smart casual way. They work quite well for a narrower heel. Best on regular volume feet. Very comfortable, and come in black and brown.
- Treasure&Bond Treasure & Bond Crewneck Sweater | Nordstrom: Super cute, crisp, simple and very comfy Spring pullover that comes in yellow, green and navy too. Runs a size big.
- Street Level Street Level Bowtie Faux Leather Clutch | Nordstrom: A sculptural clutch that looks even better in person. Has a strap. Great price.
- Street Level Street Level Straw Crossbody Bag | Nordstrom: Adorably Chic Straw Bag Fabness.
- Banana Republic Vegan Leather Jacket: A FAUX leather moto-lite jacket that looks better in person. Sharp and nice quality. Works well on a larger bust and shorter neck. Quite structured, and light enough to wear indoors. Minimal hardware is good for business casual. Comes in black.
- Everlane The Soft Cotton Crew: These short welted pullovers are fabulous to wear over skirts, culottes and high-rise pants. They look best UNTUCKED, and unfortunately, they’ve been styled tucked in the stock photo. Comes in an assortment of colours. Nice quality.
- SOREL Phoenix Lace Up Boots: If ever there was a chunky combat boot that I would wear – this is it. Comfortable, crisp and weatherproof. Works for an assortment of foot shapes because of the flexibility of the lacing. Nice quality.
- SOMETHING NAVY Something Navy Patch Pocket Coat (Nordstrom Exclusive) | Nordstrom: A very lightweight, unlined and cosy mustard topper that works on a variety of body types. Streamlined yet fluid.
- City Chic City Chic Mesh Romance Tunic (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: Playfully structured, fashionable and interesting. Read the rave reviews.
- Topshop Topshop Slouchy Denim Boilersuit | Nordstrom: Very trendy, fun and fab on a narrower boyish figure. Looks amazing with white boots. Might need to size up.
- Topshop Topshop Tie Dye Bias Midi Skirt | Nordstrom: A crisp and fab bias-cut skirt that is a remarkable fit. Drapes like a dream and feels like a luxe piece. Curvy gals try it too. It’s doing a marvelous job of gliding over curves in a flattering way. VERY long, but easy to hem.
- Boden Elodie Wrap Top: Versatile, flattering, and works well on a curvy body type. Great layer under jackets. Comes in four patterns and goes up to a size 18.
- Karen Millen Abstract Pleated Midi Skirt: Sunray pleated skirts in interesting patterns that lie quite flat are rare and this one fits the bill. Pleated on the bias in a swirly diagonal stripe is extra interesting and with busloads of drape. I want this skirt.
- Karen Kane Karen Kane Asymmetrical Turtleneck Sweater | Nordstrom: Cosy, comfy, and a little architectural. Like the structured drape, and that it can be worn out. VERY casual. Comes in pink and read the raves reviews.
- Standards & Practices Standards & Practices High/Low Denim Shirtdress (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: Denim Dress Fabness. Works on a curvier and straighter body type. Love the high-low hemline. Can be worn over black leggings, cropped flares, or cropped straights.
- UNIVERSAL STANDARD Universal Standard for J.Crew Chevron Long Puffer Coat (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: An extremely flattering puffer coat for those without a defined waist. Excellent on apple-shaped body types. That said, I’ve seen it work on a defined waist because of those magical chevron diagonal lines.
- UNIVERSAL STANDARD UNIVERSAL STANDARD Long Sleeve V-Rex Tee (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: A fabulous simple V-neck tee is not to be underestimated. This one ticks off the boxes although it only comes in two colours. Structured, yet forgiving. V-neck not too low.
- Foxcroft Foxcroft Michaela Solid Tie Front Shirt (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: A fun belted shirt that only belts in front so that it’s less fussy. The tie lies flat. Good structure and works on a slew of body types. Best on those with a defined waist.
- Karen Kane Karen Kane ‘Maggie’ Three Quarter Sleeve Trapeze Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: I like this dress best as a tunic. Comes in plus sizes. Fab over a pair of patterned or bright cropped straights. VERY comfy, and flattering on most body types because of the heft in the fabric and great drape. Controlled easy volume.
- Maggy London Maggy London Laurel Faux Wrap Maxi Dress | Nordstrom: A good dress for Team Tall & Broad Shoulders. Flattering and forgiving of midsection lumpage and bumpage. Good on a shorter neck. Works well on a curvier body type. Beautifully structured, yet forgiving.
- Maggy London Maggy London Print Scuba Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: Fab dress on an inverted triangle or rectangular body type with a shorter neck and larger bust. Works on a gently curvy body type too. Fabric has substance and stretch. Great for the office. V-neck is not too low. Can be worn with a cami.
- White House Black Market Tweed Sweater Moto Jacket: Best tweed moto of the season. GORGEOUS stretch tweed fabric, and flattering fit. Rich navy. Must size down.
- White House Black Market Draped-Front Floral Top: This top looks better in person. The asymmetrical pleating is architectural and clever. It’s the kind of top that works well under a jacket, but looks fab when you take off the topper because it has interest, coverage, and a good fit. Streamlining, yet forgiving of midsection bumps. Easy to pack and launder. Comes in black.
- Chelsea28 Chelsea28 Plaid Blazer | Nordstrom: The blazer has GREAT back and front panel and topstitch detailing that doesn’t come through in the photo. Lined, quite well made, and works on a straighter and curvier body type.
- Equipment Equipment Essential Silk Blouse | Nordstrom: STUNNING classic silk blouse with a punchy graphic floral pattern. Easy to pattern mix. Gorgeous quality.
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