Key pieces for a wardrobe up­grade

They may not beat shares and prop­erty, but th­ese 10 sea­son-defin­ing pieces are guar­an­teed to score you in­ter­est for years to come. By Florence Song

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The draped midi dress

It’s been a while since the dress has had as big a story as it did this sea­son, but this Spring, many run­ways shared an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for breezy, swingy, full-skirted ver­sions as seen at Louis Vuit­ton, Cé­line, J.W An­der­son and Jil San­der. Soft fab­rics and slouchy sil­hou­ettes of this par­tic­u­lar kind of dress are most at peace when pared back with sleek, metal jew­ellery and a non-fussy, block­heeled boot. Stand-out de­tails such as the tiered fringe and shawl neck­line of this sand­coloured Loewe piece will also take a run-ofthe-mill midi from ‘meh’ to ma­jor sea­son player.

The tarot card clutch

Whether it’s the po­lit­i­cally charged slo­gan tees, fenc­ing-in­spired sep­a­rates or whim­si­cal tulle gowns sprin­kled with flow­ers, leaves and tiny in­sects, there’s just so much to covet in Maria Grazia Chi­uri’s de­but col­lec­tion for Dior. But if you buy only one bag this sea­son, make it this tarot card clutch in­spired by Chris­tian Dior’s fas­ci­na­tion with card read­ing and the zo­diac. This one is made out of sup­ple white lamb­skin and em­broi­dered with se­quins, beads, tubes and crys­tals to re­sem­ble the ‘Sun’ tarot card. We’re not psy­chic, but we’re see­ing it in your fu­ture.

The em­bel­lished slides

The ap­peal here is all about the un­likely pair­ing of em­bel­lish­ment and hum­ble pool slide. And the best news? There are ver­sions ev­ery­where, whether it’s Miu Miu’s candy-coloured, flo­ral ap­pliquéd rub­ber slip-ons, Lan­vin’s crys­tal and dia­mante-em­bel­lished flats or this pow­der-pink pair from Dolce & Gab­bana. The raf­fia and crys­tal ‘brooch’ set on a rich jacquard fab­ric give them a lux­u­ri­ous twist, mov­ing them away from the usual ‘ugly-chic’ as­so­ci­a­tions to high-fash­ion up­date. ELLE tip: swap out your plain white week­end sneak­ers for a pair of th­ese and bask in the com­pli­ments.

The sporty top

Cropped or over­sized, mul­ti­hued or monochro­matic, sporty graphic sep­a­rates have emerged as a clear vic­tor on cat­walks this Spring/ Sum­mer ’17. Whether it’s a colour­blocked mesh slip at Boss or mo­tocross-in­spired sweater at Ver­sace, you’ll be hard-pressed to top them in terms of sheer graphic ap­peal. The new sea­son way to wear them is by pair­ing with sleek wardrobe up­dates. Case in point: this cropped, rugby striped top which can be worn for even­ing by lay­er­ing un­der­neath a fem­i­nine, flowy apron-dress as shown on the Fendi cat­walk, or even worn to the of­fice when paired over a clas­sic shirt. If look­ing sporty in 2017 means more time go­ing out and less time at the gym, we’re all for it.

The silk shorts

Lazy yet lav­ish bed­room-in­spired dress­ing isn’t go­ing any­where any­time soon. This sea­son Prada el­e­vated loosely cut pants and sleep shirt­ing via feath­ers, bead­ing and Chi­nese col­lars, while Dolce & Gab­bana gave us printed py­jama sets in silken fab­rics more deca­dent than our wildest dreams. As fash­ion’s ob­ses­sion with py­jama dress­ing rages on, a new key piece has sprung up: silk shorts. For ul­ti­mate wear­a­bil­ity, look to this piped Burberry pair in light­weight, lus­trous silk twill, pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the unique cas­tle print taken from hand-painted art­work in the Burberry archives. Try them with a match­ing silk but­ton-up for re­laxed week­end dress­ing, or swap out for a tai­lored shirt, trench coat and pumps for the nine-to-five.

The iPhone case

This sea­son’s stand­out propo­si­tion? Bar none, Louis Vuit­ton’s iPhone 7 eye-trunk case that is tak­ing the style world and so­cial me­dia by storm. Birthed from the ge­nius of Ni­co­las Gh­esquière, mono­grammed coated can­vas is clev­erly engi­neered into a mini replica of the Pe­tite Malle bag, com­plete with metal locks and brack­ets rem­i­nis­cent of the trunks which first launched in Fall Win­ter ’14. The end re­sult? A cov­etable phone case that will eas­ily eclipse all It bags as the fash­ion ac­ces­sory of the sea­son. Whether you care to ad­mit it or not, a woman can do with­out a purse, but she can’t be with­out her phone.

The hand adorn­ments

For­get arm candy; the spot­light be­longs to your hands, start­ing in a big way with Gucci’s larg­erthan-life, multi-fin­ger rings and palm bracelets. Dainty just won’t cut it any­more. When it comes to jew­ellery, go big and go bold. So if you like it, don’t just put a ring it. Put all the rings on it; pile them on, matched or mis­matched, in­ter­locked across fin­gers and worn even across your palm in a glo­ri­ous, envy-inducing, con­ver­sa­tion-start­ing spread of molten, be­jew­elled, dec­o­rated fun. If there’s a time to bring out your most ex­tra self, this is it.

The two-piece retro swim­mers

The retro two-piece sets pro­posed by de­sign­ers from Michael Kors to Mi­uc­cia Prada made one thing clear: swim­mers this cute are too good to keep for just hot sum­mer days. For those of you who have been work­ing hard on your crunches, you’ll find that this trend is the per­fect ve­hi­cle for flaunt­ing your physique. Do like the Michael Kors woman and wear the trend on its own for a look that’s equiv­a­lent to all of the fire emo­jis. For those less com­mit­ted to the cause, sub one of th­ese printed bras in for a top and wear with a high-waisted skirt à la Tory Burch or take a cue from Prada and layer it over shirts, T-shirts and dresses to mod­ernise a retro clas­sic for 2017.

The printed trench

While tra­di­tional dou­ble-breasted trench coats in clas­sic shades of beige and stone will al­ways be a wardrobe sta­ple, a bold Spring coat in all-over state­ment print will add in­ter­est to any ensem­ble, min­i­mal ef­fort re­quired. The wa­ter­proof PU ma­te­rial of this trench also means it could dou­ble up as a chic rain jacket – handy when it comes to our un­pre­dictable weather. What are you wait­ing for? Check yes for this sea­son’s take on the spring top­per.

The flat­form

Kiss the an­kle-break­ers good­bye, be­cause spring’s hottest shoe is just as easy on the arches as it is fash­ion for­ward. Case in point: Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo’s wo­ven flat­form san­dals which are right in step with the ath­leisure fix­a­tion that in­fil­trated run­ways from Ver­sace to Tommy Hil­figer is this flat-meets-plat­form hy­brid love child: an el­e­vated sandal that adds inches (and con­fi­dence) to your form with­out the agony of bal­anc­ing on ver­tig­i­nous stiletto heels. We also love this par­tic­u­lar pair for its avant-garde, ar­chi­tec­tural as­pect in­spired by the Ja­panese art-form of origami. Pair with a midi dress for an achingly cool streetwear aes­thetic or wear with an un­ex­pected suit to take your style game to new heights.

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