Step Into Spring: Spring Fashions for the Office

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Step outside in early March and you will experience just a hint of the coming spring in the midst of the cold and gray. But despite a persistent winter outdoors, spring fashion is already in full bloom – characterized by cheery pastels, bold geometric patterns, and light, airy suits. What better way to usher in the season than by wearing it straight to your office? Here are some spring trends and a few ideas on how to incorporate them in your wardrobe.

Colours: Bright Pastels

  • Coral is everywhere this year, brightening up clothing, accessories, makeup palettes and nail colours. Take this cheerful pink-orange colour to the office in the form of a crisp coral button-up oxford and tailored light pants. Or, go all-colour with a professional dress in coral instead of the usual black or grey, like J.Crew’s Wear-to-Work Memo Dress. Pair it with a complementary teal bracelet.
  • Teal is another fresh pastel making its way into spring fashion. Teal and coral go well together, the light green-blue of teal complementing the pinks in coral, as seen in Lise Watier’s Spring 2013 Pastel Power makeup line.

Lightened-up Suits

  • Bright pastels work well in a business-casual to business setting. However, if you’re in a suits-only setting, this does not mean you cannot embrace spring. Revise suit colours and materials to fit fairer weather; this Banana Republic suit in white or dusty pink is a fresh example.
  • Another suit choice for the fair season is a light or white blazer with dark trim. The contrast sharpens the lines of the jacket and adds personality to the outfit without being too daring.

Geometric Patterns

  • To make a bold statement in professional attire, try out another spring trend: geometric patterns and deep jewel tones. Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection embraces the mod style of the early 1960’s with dresses, pants and scarves of crisp patterns comprised of deep Kelly green and navy blue jewel tones.
  • Holt Renfrew’s Modern Geometry collection is another line demonstrating spring’s geometric patterns, with black and white contrasts making a similar eye-catching statement. For a sleeveless dress or top with striking shapes and colours, make it office-appropriate by dressing it up with a simple blazer.

Cropped Pants

  • Inspired by the coming warm weather, pants cropped at the ankle are everywhere in the spring line-ups. This style of pant can range from casual to professional – again, depending on your office culture and dress code. Crisp, clean lines are ideal for the professional setting; see the Café Capri pant by J. Crew for a sleek example.

Even if your office holds the standard of gray, black, or navy suits year-round, nothing says that you can’t step into spring with bright colours and bold patterns on evenings or weekends, or by adding even a small colourful accessory to a traditional suit. After all, winter has persisted for long enough – it’s time to ring in spring!


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