This time last year, we entered (unbeknownst to us at the time) what would become more than 12 months spent almost entirely at home. In a matter of days, our lifestyles and, yes, our spring outfits, drastically changed-shifting from polished, office-ready ensembles to unremarkable sweatsuits to wear at our makeshift home desk setups.
This spring, however, feels different. One year later and vaccines are being administered, lockdowns are loosening, and the weather is starting to warm up. A feeling of hope and optimism for re-emergence is in the air and we’re using it as an opportunity for a sartorial reset. We’re channeling that positivity into our clothing and welcoming spring fashion with open arms. Gone are the days of heavy coats, snow boots, and cashmere tracksuits.
For a fresh start to the season, we’re looking to the most recent street style stars in Milan and Paris for spring outfit ideas. And several standout looks have inspired us to create a sort of formula-four steps to creating the perfect springy look.
Ease into the warmer weather with one part wardrobe classic, one part statement-making accessory, and then mix it all together with a relaxed trouser and a sneaker. Or, give your ankle-exposing footwear a moment to shine with a printed midi-dress and a double-breasted jacket.
There are plenty of ways to revitalize your denim, too-it’s about time you dusted off your jeans. Leather jackets cut into blazers or trenches, oversized button-ups, lace up boots, Mary Jane flats, and embroidered knits are among the things that look really great with jeans right now. (And chances are, you have a few of these items in your closet.)
It’s time to break out of the stay-home style rut once and for all. Here, 11 fresh formulas to look to (and shop) when getting dressed up again this spring. It’s a sort of fashion by the numbers and the most fun you’ll ever have doing math.