Graphic Shirtdress: Now and Later


I've always found February and March to be difficult months to shop. The stores are full of spring apparel and it's still freezing outside. (If you live in a part of the world that experiences four actual seasons.) My remedy for this is layering. To satisfy my need for shopping, I find something that layers well for cooler months but still works once the temperatures climb. In this case a colorful yet graphic shirtdress would be perfect with leggings and a comfy sweater now while being equally at home with sandals and a straw bag come summer. 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Photos by Tommy Parker of Ginger Built Design.

With spring almost here, I'm gearing up for the season with three of my favorite things. This gorgeous Landscape Clutch from Lee Coren is big enough to carry an iPad (when unfolded) and small enough to tuck under your arm for a night out. The designer blends nature-inspired imagery with city chic style in designs that are "built to last but never boring." This clutch will not only take me through spring, but far beyond. (I found it at Stripe in Santa Cruz.)

Likewise, I'm loving this Lee Coren scarf that I received as a Christmas gift. It will transition seamlessly to spring as it's made out of a lightweight cotton gauze. Pile it up with other blues in your outfit for a bold and monochromatic look. Discovered at Stripe and Legion.

And finally, these are my new go-to spring shoes: Maguba clogs in a mustard color. I have several pairs with higher heels, but these are the mid-size heel, which is especially comfortable but versatile enough to dress up or down, and the color looks particularly vibrant with navy, indigo, black, or stripes. I found this pair on the Maguba website

Spring Forward: A Look for This Season

Boots, Coclico, Ringo (Smudge Color), $423, Jade / Pink Clutch, Lee Coren, $70, Jade / Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, Corey, $250, Cameron Marks / Sweater, Loma, $390, Cameron Marks / Triple Leiter Necklace, Erin Considine, $300, Cameron Marks / Cuff, $57, Click Click Bang / Rose Gold Earrings, $88, Blank Verse Jewelry. The photos and story seen here first appeared in Santa Cruz Waves magazine.

Fashion springs forward this season, but keep in mind the temperatures that slide up and down. Shed bulky sweaters in favor of a timeless poncho and keep those booties on, just in case there's a surprise downfall of rain. If you're not a fan of pastels, which are ever-popular at this time of year, take the seasonal color palette and make it your own. Use pink in your accessories and make your grounding color a strong burgundy. 

Crew: Photographer, Nick Chao / Stylist, Creative Director, Christa Martin / Model, Heather Chase / Makeup, Jillian Wilkey for Salon on the Square / Hair, Sheryle Pettet for Salon on the Square.

In Full Bloom: Spring Fashion

Clogs, Maguba / Clutch, Tracey Tanner, Carmen, Cobalt Distressed, $225, Cameron Marks / Top, Lauren Moffatt, $295, Cameron Marks / Jacket, Lauren Moffatt, $390, Cameron Marks / Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, Corey, $250, Cameron Marks / Cuff, $57, Click Click Bang. These photos and story were originally printed in Santa Cruz Waves magazine.

Early spring brings peekaboo stints from the sun, calling for a slight change of wardrobe. Shed heavy coats and scarves and step into this season’s styles. If you have an aversion to pastels, take the seasonal color palette and make it your own. Ditch robin’s egg blue and choose navy instead. Add clogs to accommodate the change in weather, grab a light jacket (just in case) and add a flouncy top—perfect for a bright spring day.

Crew: Photographer, Nick Chao / Stylist, Creative Director, Christa Martin / Model, Heather Chase / Makeup, Jillian Wilkey for Salon on the Square / Hair, Sheryle Pettet for Salon on the Square.