How To Zest Up Your Wardrobe Part 2: Let’s Go Shopping!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Last week we talked about a fashion problem particular to chic-minded fashionistas – the all black/ grey/ neutral wardrobe. While its functional and easy to mix and match, it does lack a certain something.

This missing element is particularly noticeable given the variety of color and spicy pattern shown on the spring runways. So, I challenged myself to find a way to zest up an otherwise neutral wardrobe with three stand-out trends for spring: monochromatic color, eastern prints, and unconventional floral. So, let’s go shopping…

Monochromatic Color

This trend is particularly hard to work into a neutral wardrobe because it necessarily means eschewing neutrals in favor of a distinctive monochromatic look. So, I tried to find pieces that not only could be worn together for an on-trend look, but also be broken apart and worn with other wardrobe staples for more versatility.

I took my online shopping to a site known for rich colors and monochromatic treatments – J.Crew. By pairing their No. 2 Pencil skirt with their swoop top, both in cobalt, you get a colorful look that is perfect for spring. But, each piece alone will also pair well with dark grey, chocolate brown, or white.

J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Cobalt

→ Buy the J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Cobalt, $118.00, at

Eastern Prints

To incorporate spring’s eastern prints into a neutral wardrobe, I looked for a top that could pair with a skirt or trouser, or even be worn with a suit. By looking for a single piece that could be worn with a number of different neutral basics, I hoped to potentially add a little zest to several key points in a wardrobe.

I found what I was looking for in this asymmetrical hem top. An eastern-inspired birds of paradise print is woven through a modern plaid, which creates the same fresh take on the classic look that was so key on the runway.

Dream Daily Paradise Plaid Top

→ Buy the Dream Daily Paradise Plaid Top, $78.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

Unconventional Floral

For unconventional florals I was inspired by the florals-minus-the-flowers done so well by Rodarte. I found the same look in this Akris stretch silk pullover. It’s a bit of an investment, but the unique motif is a definitely a stand-out.

Akris Reed-Print Stretch Silk Knit Pullover

→ Buy the Akris Reed-Print Stretch Silk Knit Pullover, $995.00, at

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