Fashion’s recent portrait of a lady illustrates perfectly what a true modest woman of our time might appear to be. Demure yet light hearted; covered but fashionable. Possessing a seemingly dated style that is undeniably new. From the top buttoned blouses, to the A-line skirts that hit flatteringly below the knee, Spring runways have sprung a new take on fashion’s adherence to the past.
Read on for our favorite pieces of the season inspired by designer style.
1. Jcrew Scallop Short-sleeve Button up Shirt – $148.00
2. Equipment Ava Bright White Henley Button Shirt – $208.00
3. Kate Spade Silk Francoise Top - $378.00
4. Asos Short Sleeve Blouse with Peter Pan Collar - $62.67
A proper blouse is an integral part of every wardrobe. There is a constant drive amongst new and established designers to find a way to reinvent the classic shirt, and this season it’s the vintage look that’s getting all the press. Whether it be white, black, or any hue or pattern in between, the fully buttoned up look, which can be achieved by closing actual buttons, by the smooth shape of a collar, as well as the nonexistent “clerical” collar, is the perfect start to a modest, graceful, and timeless look for Spring.
STYLE TIP: If the lady like repose of this style is not your natural inclination, opt for a denim shirt or a stark white blouse and add a statement necklace that rests underneath the (ironed!) collar. Large stones or heavy materials will add edge to the initial priss of being buttoned up!
The knee length A-line skirt of Spring is a strong reference to the past in its shape and cut, balanced with modern patterns, fabrics, and styling in the way of bold flowers, lace detailing, or strategic pleats. There is nothing more chic than a proper lady like skirt paired with a simple solid shell (tucked in of course) and a sleek slingback heel. For work, for lunch, or for church, this look makes a statement about your ability to infuse a burgeoning trend with your personal style ethics.
STYLE TIP: Heels are the only true flattering way to go with an A-line skirt, especially if its below the knee. A peep toe adds a bit of cheeky fun, and reminds us that Spring is here!
The new everyday pant is a cross between a silk pajama, a sporty track style, and a luxurious wide leg. Preferably with an eye popping pattern, this trend is much easier to pull of than it looks. You can dress it down with a cashmere sweatshirt if its still a bit cool outside, or make this look formal with a wedge heel and a smart blazer, or slip on a pair to meet a friend for coffee with some flats and a classic t-shirt. There is no reason not to indulge in the chic comfort of this season’s version of the skinny pant.
STYLE TIP: If you’re a bit too short to carry off a long, wide leg style, choose a cropped option. With a sleek flats or a chunky heel, you’ll look sophisticated and feel great knowing that you’ve made the right style choice for your body.
1. DVF Best-selling Blooming Printed Maja Two Dress – $445.00
2. Marc By Marc Jacobs Stripe Jersey Dress - $228.00
3. Jcrew Metallic Jacquard Chiffon Dress – $249.00
4. DVF Maja Two Dress in Dot Trail – $445.00
Springs dresses are pasteled, patterned, and most importantly, covered. Forget about sheer fabrics, low cut necklines and high hemlines. These pieces provide all of the luxury that comes with wearing a special dress, and none of the worry about showing too much. Calling to mind a vintage silhouette but with all the modernity and style innovation to truly make dressing modestly feel fresh.
STYLE TIP: Avoid cluttering this look with lots of accessories. A classic pair of hoop earrings in gold or silver will keep the look from becoming too vintage and too serious.