Fresh styles, fabrics, and patterns for an effortlessly chic look.
Photography by Ericka McConnell, Styled by Jane Black, hair and makeup by Hether Beckrest for workgroup, using Mac Cosmetics; model: Andrea Wahlgren/Hollywood Model Management.
Valentino lace blouse, $1,650, at Nordstrom; Elie Tahari navy pants, $178, and Vince leather jacket, $995, at Neiman Marcus; Manolo Blahnik heels, $360, at Saks off Fifth; emerald Turkish ring, $95, and glass pearl earrings, $39, at Cottage Jewel. For shopping information, scroll down.
A sleek and polished look in a flash.
Tip: Add a jacket for sophistication.
Rag & Bone jumpsuit, $595, and Rag & Bone blazer, $495, at Neiman Marcus; black leather belt, $128, at Eileen Fisher; gold coin earrings, $54, and vintage Damascene bracelets, $48–$80, at Cottage Jewel; French Connection gray flats, $100, at Nordstrom. For shopping information, scroll down.
A sunny yellow dress screams spring and doesn’t require much else.
Tip: But a touch of gold is the perfect accessory.
Mcginn yellow dress, $220, at Nordstrom; retro collar necklace, $95, at Cottage Jewel; Vince Camuto earrings, $48, and mint green bracelet, $68, at Macy’s. For shopping information, scroll down.
It’s not all about the tops: Try a pair of patterned pants.
Tip: Start with a shape you love, like a cropped style.
Diane von Furstenberg pants, $345, at Neiman Marcus; orange blossom earrings, $30, at Glamorous Boutique; Dries Van Noten top, $395, black Steve Madden flats, $100, Melinda Maria bangles, $198 each, Nadri bangle, $125, and Alexis Bittar bangle, $145, at Nordstrom; gold cuff, $18, at Lesley Evers; metallic Style & Co. belt, $22, at Macy’s; Zac Posen bag, $350, at Saks off Fifth. For shopping information, scroll down.
Show off the work you put in at the gym this winter, with a pair of short shorts.
Tip: Balance out the look by showing less skin on top.
Thakoon Addition shirt, $290, at McMullen; Jason Wu tweed shorts, $795, and Alexis Bittar drop earrings, $225, at Nordstrom; Roman glass rings, $290 each, at Cottage Jewel; Armani jacket, $1,145, at Neiman Marcus. For shopping information, scroll down.
Update the girlishness of pleats, with a modern interpretation.
Tip: Fun shoes keep a sophisticated dress classy, not stuffy.
L’Agence pleated silk dress, $550, and Alexis Bittar long hoop earrings, $195, at Nordstrom; Ivanka Trump black evening sandals, $150, at Macy’s; Kawela Kai bracelets, $155–$200, at J. Colleen. For shopping information, scroll down.
Into the metallic trend but scared to commit? Try it out with a skinny belt.
Tip: Metallics are versatile, but don’t overdo it.
Stella McCartney blazer, $1,630, at Neiman Marcus; tassel bracelet, $45, and emerald Turkish ring, $95, at Cottage Jewel; white shirt, $50, at Ann Taylor Loft; gray skinny Mother jeans, $230, at McMullen; Erin Paige blue statement necklace, $58, at Specialtees; metallic Ralph by Ralph Lauren belt, $38, at Macy’s; Vince Camuto leather sandals, $129, at Nordstrom. For shopping information, scroll down.
Don’t worry about having perfectly structured hair: Add a hat to your look instead.
Tip: Add colorful earrings to jazz up your black and whites.
Lizzie Fortunato clutch, $495, at McMullen; Ralph Lauren wide-leg pants, $159, and Inc gold geometric bracelet, $27, at Macy’s; Balenciaga top, $1,545, blue Alexis Bittar earrings, $90, gold Alexis Bittar bangle bracelets, $155 and $165, black Prada shoes, $790, and two-tone fedora, $40, at Nordstrom; cuff bracelet, $34, at Lesley Evers; perforated skinny belt, $30, at Ann Taylor Loft; etched gold bracelet, $45–$65, and button ring, $48–$65, at Cottage Jewel. For shopping information, scroll down.
Lace Malene Birger skirt, $231, and Frank & Eileen denim shirt, $225, at McMullen; Michael Kors fuchsia purse, $228, Prada shoes, $650, gold Tory Burch necklace, $225, blue Alexis Bittar bracelets, $135 each, and Tory Burch cuff, $195, at Nordstrom; Roman glass ring, $290, at Cottage Jewel. On page 9: Cream blouse, $198, at Eileen Fisher; floral Valentino skirt, $1,650, purple-gray BCBGeneration hat, $48, Alexis Bittar diamond earrings, $195, and Tory Burch cuff, $195, at Nordstrom; Neiman Marcus Cusp glitter stone ring, $130, at Neiman Marcus. For shopping information, scroll down.
Ann Taylor Loft: 2433 Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, (925) 467-1470; 1251 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-9923; loft.com.
Cottage Jewel: 100 W. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 837-2664, cottagejewel.com.
Eileen Fisher: 1171 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 946-9503, eileenfisher.com.
Glamorous Boutique: 1048 Brown Ave., Lafayette, (925) 285-6096.
J. Colleen: 261 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 258-0300, jcolleen.com.
Lesley Evers: 5501 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 595-7600; 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 482-5652, lesleyevers.com.
Macy’s: 341 Sun Valley Mall, Concord, (925) 689-3333; 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 463-3333; 1301 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 279-3333, macys.com.
McMullen: 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, (510) 658-6906, shopmcmullen.com.
Neiman Marcus: 1000 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 279-3000, neimanmarcus.com.
Nordstrom: 1600 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 463-5050; 1200 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 930-7959, nordstrom.com.
Saks off Fifth: 3310 Paragon Outlets Dr., Livermore, (925) 243-9358, saksoff5th.com.
Specialtees: 977 Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 283-5114, specialteesboutique.com.