ORANGE writer Julia Duke picked By George stylist Cat Caplener's brain to find out what she thinks will be on trend this spring. By Julia Duke
Good news! You don’t have to put your favorite leather jacket away this spring. We still have some chilly nights ahead of us, so hold on to that leather and try some new ways to mix it in with your lighter fabrics and shorter hemlines.
Trends can be tricky, but sometimes all you need a little push in the right direction. We chatted with stylist Cap Caplener from By George, a boutique located on 1400 South Congress, for tips on transitioning from winter to spring. Here are a few of her suggestions:
1. Light-weight, light-colored leather
Although a black leather jacket may be the solution to stay warm on chilly nights out, that’s not always the case in Texas. Caplener insists that people keep light-colored leathers and leather detailed trim in mind this spring when dressing for warmer weather. She suggested picking out leathers in nude, tan, bubble-gum pink and even white. These lighter shades allow you to incorporate the leather trend into spring wear, without sweating to death from black's heat-absorbing quality.
2. Black and White
Black is back, but don’t forget about white. For Caplener, these two color classics are the perfect pairing for spring. If black on black is a little too biker chic for your liking, Caplener suggests trying a dark navy.
3. Marble Print
Prints are always something to look out for. Geodes, marble and woodprints took over the runways this season. This swirly print in particular makes a statement. The pattern miraculously blends hues of different shades, giving any outfit a modern twist. Phillip Lim, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang incorporated this print into their lookbooks, but if you’re searching for this unique print while on a budget, Zara offers a variety of marble tops, sweaters and accessories.
4. Primary Pigments
Think crayon box. After all, Celine did theme their spring bag collection with Crayola in mind. Caplener points out that color blocking is still in and the best way to do it is with accessories, such as the pictured Celine bag below.
5. Tribal Elements
Caplener says that every wardrobe needs ethnic embellishments, such as feathers, puka shells, beading or weaving. “I never thought I would like puka shells after sixth grade Abercrombie, but hey, I guess they’re back,” she says. If you’re feeling daring, Caplener suggests adding these adornments to your closet and spicing up your outfits by pairing cultural prints.
By George is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.