MANAGING EDITOR Nancy McKeon is half Irish; I’ve got an Irish last name. Neither one of us has much good to say about St. Patrick’s Day. But we both like green. Lucky thing that shades of green—from sea foam to lime to olive (aka army green) are going strong this spring. Even though warmer weather is around the corner, the fashion world is seeing fall, and we’re pretty sure eye-catching rich greens will have legs when the seasons shift. And you know what? Lavender and other purply shades—the perfect complement to green—are also having their moment.
Below, see our choices for early-to-mid spring that will see you through to fall.
LEFT: The color—let’s call it ice-cream pistachio—on this Knitted Polo Shirt ($59.99, Mango) reminds me of a polo that I had years ago and wore endlessly. It just screams spring.
ABOVE RIGHT: Keep yourself protected from April showers in this “bay leaf”-colored, water-resistant and lightweight ReNew Anorak ($99, Everlane) with a sporty hood. Wear it loose or cinch it in (it has a hidden drawstring); it comes with a spacious hood, easy snap closures and a high-low hem. More to like? It’s made from 100% recycled materials.
BELOW RIGHT: Size matters, particularly when it comes to protecting your eyes and face from UVA and UVB rays. That’s one reason we like these Kate Spade Pella Sunglasses ($140) with their big, butterfly-shaped lenses. The other is the color of the frames that say early springtime.
ABOVE: Fashion is all about change. Handbags have been on the small side for the past few years. Not for spring 2021. Take Ganni’s XXL Hobo Bag ($265, Shopbop) in kalamata, for example. Made from recycled polyester, it measures approximately 17.5-by-13-by-7.5 inches. For those who find it hard to locate anything in their small bags, there’s a zip pocket inside this voluminous one for essentials.
LEFT: Not too fitted, not too oversized, this easy-on, easy-off cotton (with a little stretch) Judd Jumpsuit from Alex Mill ($198) makes a good transition from sweatshirts and sweatpants.
CENTER: Agolde’s recycled leather designs are made using the pieces that would usually be thrown away during production. With the same look and feel as the real deal, this pair of High-Rise Leather Pants ($300, Moda Operandi) has a ’90s-inspired silhouette with a high waist and straight legs. Wear them with everything.
RIGHT: Sweaty Betty’s Super Sculpt High-Waisted Yoga Leggings ($108) may be made for yoga, but I use them for any and all activities, including watching TV from the sofa. They shape your bum, compress your saggy bits, wick sweat off and dry quickly. They even have a handy side pocket big enough for your keys. Fern green is one of the label’s new colors for spring.
LEFT: As my mother used to say, Calle Del Mar’s Ribbed Knit Cardigan ($398, Net a Porter) is a neat-looking top. What she meant by neat is that it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles; its slim silhouette with classic point collar is elegant. The forest green color would be terrific with white or khaki pants. If you don’t like it so neat, unbutton a couple of buttons at the top and bottom. Or get it in a slightly larger size and wear over a camisole.
ABOVE RIGHT: Indulge your case of spring fever with Cariuma’s OCA Low Green Canvas Sneaker ($79). The Rio, Brazil-based brand makes sneakers with vegan insoles from organic mamona oil and cork with durable outsoles from lightweight rubber. Available in a slew of other hues and in suede as well as canvas, the vibrant green color recalls the tropical forests and foliage of Brazil.
BELOW RIGHT: Kate Spade-sibling Frances Valentine creates vintage-modern pieces inspired by the late Spade’s style and distinct aesthetic. The Jackie Naplak Leather Green Oyster ($428) updates one of the brand’s best-selling styles in glossy patent leather. It comes with a removable, adjustable crossbody strap. It’s lined in cotton twill with a zippy asterisk dot pattern and has metal feet, a protective and life-lengthening feature for a handbag.
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