SPRING FASH­ION FLING

FROM SHOWY STRIPES TO SEXY SHOUL­DERS, SUB­UR­BAN FASH­ION MAVENS BREAK DOWN WHAT TO BUY NOW.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY MARNI PRICHARD MANKO

From showy stripes to sexy shoul­ders, sub­ur­ban fash­ion mavens break down what to buy now.

This sea­son, it’s all about wear­a­bil­ity. That means that Main Line ladies can re­joice know­ing that many of spring’s top trends are just as ap­pro­pri­ate for lunch at Es­tia as they are on the run­way. Need an­other rea­son to cel­e­brate? Some of spring 2016’s most beloved looks are still rel­e­vant in 2017—just up­dated with a fresh twist. Read on to find out what in-the-know bou­tique own­ers are stock­ing for spring.

COLD SHOUL­DER

One of the ma­jor must-haves for the past year, shoul­der-bar­ing blouses have women of all ages show­ing skin in a whole new way. “The off-the-shoul­der top is still huge,” says Kirna Zabête (915 W. Lan­caster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-5817777; kir­naz­a­bete.com) owner Beth Buc­cini, who has brought fash­ion’s big­gest names to Bryn Mawr by way of her celebrity-ap­proved New York bou­tique. “Like Donna Karan fa­mously said, ev­ery woman looks fan­tas­tic in an off-theshoul­der top… be­cause no one has fat shoul­ders.” Sara Campbell, pres­i­dent and de­signer of Sara Campbell (1012 Lan­caster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-525-3094; sara­camp­bell­web­site.com), is also em­brac­ing the de­sign. “We’ve cap­tured the trend taste­fully with a few of our flowy tu­nic

SPRING’S TOP TRENDS ARE AS AP­PRO­PRI­ATE FOR LUNCH AT ES­TIA AS ON THE RUN­WAY.

tops.” This sub­tly sexy look is also show­ing up pool­side, just in time for spring get­aways. “Cold shoul­der and off-the-shoul­der swim­suits are all the rage this year,” says Mer­rill Levin, pres­i­dent and CEO of Shirley & Com­pany (42 Green­field Ave., Ard­more, 484-416-3146; shirleyandco.com). “This can be seen in al­most ev­ery swim­suit sil­hou­ette, like ruf­fled bikini tops and one-piece swim­suits with lace de­tail.”

SU­PER STRIPES

Stripes in ev­ery for­ma­tion are huge this sea­son, whether it be broad bands of color or skinny lines. “I love big stripes and I can­not lie,” says Conni A. Mc­don­nell, vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions for Touché Ac­ces­sories (King of Prus­sia Mall, 610-2652526; toucheac­ces­sories. com). “Spring 2017 has re­fresh­ing bold pat­terns that add a pop of color and di­men­sion. In ad­di­tion to the clas­sic black and white stripe, there’s an un­der­tone of bold color and ir­reg­u­lar spac­ing rem­i­nis­cent of rac­ing tents and Nan­tucket awnings.” And since she’s based out of New Eng­land, Campbell is over the moon about stripes. “We’re from the home of all things preppy and nau­ti­cal, so any stripe that re­minds us of our beach um­brella is an au­to­matic yes!” she says.

SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK

Old-school but­ton-down ox­fords have been rein­vented and mod­ern­ized this sea­son. “I’m lov­ing the mix of mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine shown in the up­dated ox­ford,” says Fran D’am­bro­sio, owner of Ella’s Grove (385 Lan­caster Ave., Haver­ford, 610-642-4422; el­las-grove­bou­tique.myshopify.com). For Mc­don­nell, that means an in­ter­est­ing sleeve with a bell cuff, ruf­fle de­tail, or cut-out.

Even afore­men­tioned trends like stripes--specif­i­cally banker stripes, says D’am­bro­sio--and off-theshoul­der sil­hou­ettes are mak­ing the but­ton-down cool again. “I think it’s the con­tra­dic­tions that make this look so in­ter­est­ing,” adds D’am­bro­sio.

CHOKEHOLD

And per­haps in what’s been the most ubiq­ui­tous jew­elry trend of re­cent years, chok­ers still have a chokehold on the necks of even the most staid Main Lin­ers. “Choker necklaces seem to be evolv­ing in de­sign, with lighter vari­a­tions for warmer months,” says Campbell. Mc­don­nell agrees about the up­dated it­er­a­tion of win­ter’s heav­ier choker. “Think thin cords, suede, lace, or rib­bon with a small bauble or crys­tal ac­cent. Wear one or 10 in vary­ing lengths. I’m still see­ing these on Paris streets, and lov­ing the cre­ative ways they are worn by women of ev­ery age.” At ac­ces­sories won­der­land Mar­lyn Schiff (119 Coul­ter Ave., Ard­more, 610-642-3811; marlyn­schiff.com), the epony­mous de­signer says chok­ers re­main a top seller, and pair well with of-the-mo­ment tas­sel or lar­iat necklaces.

“CHOKER NECKLACES SEEM TO BE EVOLV­ING IN DE­SIGN, WITH LIGHTER VARI­A­TIONS FOR WARMER MONTHS.” —SARA CAMPBELL

Hot off the run­ways of Proenza Schouler, stripes make a state­ment in the sub­urbs this sea­son.

One look, two ways: Caro­line Con­stas’ off-the- shoul­der striped blouse (left) and polka dot blouse are new looks at Kirna Zabête.

Take cues from jew­elry de­signer Mar­lyn Schiff and pair necklaces of vary­ing lengths with chok­ers for a fresh take on the trend.

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