New Castle News

All About You ...

March 13, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: Some hot looks — from the runway to your closet

NEW CASTLE — In last week’s post I laid out six trends that are going to be huge for spring.

This week, I want to show you how you can take them from the runway into your every day life.

Let's face it, runways are meant to put on a show, not necessarily to be realistic for your life. A sheer jumpsuit isn't exactly right for the boardroom. So, to the right I've put together both day and night outfits for each trend, showing you great ways to incorporate the trends into your life.

•First is the black and white trend, which is probably the easiest to incorporate. For the office, try a black and white dress layered with a white blazer. White blazers and jackets feel refreshing and light after such a dark winter. Ladylike accessories with a hint of edge are the perfect finishing touches. For night, think outside the box a bit and try a bold black and white blazer paired with black and white polka dots. Boyfriend jeans are still hot for spring and bringing in shoes with clear details feels very current.

•Next is the sheer trend. Yes, you can wear sheer to the office — in very subtle ways — if your office is a bit more laid back. Try a blouse with sheer detailing at the shoulders or sleeves. Pair this with ankle length pants and bold, feminine accessories. For a night out, sheer can go a lot further — depending on your comfort level. But always keep in mind the taste factor. A sheer top with ladylike details (like in the top to the right) paired with denim keeps the outfit from revealing too much.

•Pattern mixing is one of those trends that can be a little hard to master. For the office, think simple. A striped peplum top mixed with a subtle pattern on the bottom (like the houndstooth trousers shown) is an easy way to try this trend. You can also layer a floral scarf on top for an extra mix. When you're going out for the night, try something a little bolder. A striped top and floral bottoms is one of the easiest mix of patterns. The key to this trend is keeping the patterns in similar color families.

•Ruffles for spring sounds simple, and it is. For the office, try an emerald dress (the color of the year!) with a simple ruffle down the side. A tweed jacket is very chic, especially when paired with nude accessories to allow the emerald to really shine. This nighttime look is one of my favorites — a simple tank that is elevated with the bottom ruffle detail, leather pants, and sky high booties. A statement necklace and studded clutch are perfect compliments.

•The power suit trend is pretty easy to interpret for the office. But why not take a page straight from the runway and master an all white suit. This mix of shades of white is so chic and the detailing on the top gives it extra interest. At night, a beautiful bold blue is a great way to try this trend. Pair it with pretty extras, like a bow top, bow adorned shoes and a pretty bracelet to give the suit a feminine touch.

•Finally, the far east trend can be worked into the office with a pretty dress. This Asian inspired dress looks great with a structured blazer and pretty spring colored shoes. At night, try the new take on the kimono — and pair with faux leather shorts. Bold booties and clutch are great statement pieces, especially when allowed to stand out with simple gold hoops and a timeless watch.

So what do you think? Which of these trends will you be trying?

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
All About You ...
  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Think globally, cook locally

    Another set of bookshelves might be necessary at my house very soon. It’s been a bountiful week. Edie Majesky of New Castle, who I have known most of my life, is aware of how much I love collecting old cookbooks.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ramsey.jpg Dave Says: Problems with no credit score?

    “Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brothers.jpg Lori Brothers: Play with names — not with your food

    Do you remember being told, “don’t play with your food” when you were a child?  Or maybe you’ve said this to your own children or grandchildren. I’ve heard stories about kids slipping food under the table to the dog or stuffing Brussels sprouts into their pockets to get out of the pain of eating them.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • stright.jpg Sarah Stright-Hartley: A T-shirt dress can be a three for all

    I love finding pieces that can be worn for just about every portion of my life.  From daytime, to work, and then on a date with my husband, I like pieces that can go the distance.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ivy_bday.jpg Kali Davies-Anderson: Happy birthday, Miss Ivy!

    This week I would like to take time out of my usual ramblings to wish my second born daughter, Ivy, a very, very happy first birthday!

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Olszak.jpg Heartbleed raises the stakes on Internet security

    My column last week dealt with Internet and related scams, along with steps people can take to protect themselves. Today’s column could be termed Part 2 of that topic, albeit from a different angle.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Lugene Hudson: Celebrate Easter like Helen Martin

    What’s cookin? That’s one of our favorite questions at Culinary Conversation. We love when readers share some of their favorites. This week, Helen Martin of New Castle stepped up to the plate to answer that question regarding Easter dinners.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ramsey.jpg Dave Ramsey: You can’t borrow way out of debt

    “Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
     

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brothers.jpg Lori Brothers: Wellness a growing trend among those over 50

    The power of choice that the explosion of Internet information has generated is moving us as a culture in a direction to examine who we are and what we really value.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • stright.jpg Sarah Stright-Hartley: Some perfect fits for heading back to work

    I'm heading back to work soon and I've really been thinking about my work wardrobe — especially because I'm hoping most of it still fits my post-baby body.

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

House Ads
Poll

What is your favorite Easter treat?

Jelly beans
Chocolate ... bunnies, crosses, anything that’s chocolate!
Marshmallow peeps
Decorated eggs
Other
     View Results