It’s very nice to see happy Spring colours hit retail, especially after a very cold and snowy Winter. There’s also a wider assortment of sizes, and some length on skirts and dresses, which is always a good thing!
Many of these items were winners on clients or forum members recently. Some I’ve tried on in person, and some I plan to order. Be sure to browse all the colour options and read the reviews.
- Patagonia Patagonia Torrentshell Waterproof City Rain Coat | Nordstrom: A very practical raincoat that my clients enjoy wearing because it's simple, streamlined, a good length, dips lower at the back for design interest, and comes in more than just black and grey. It looks more like a casual raincoat than gear despite the brand. Fits a range of body types.
- Boden Rhea Blazer: I saw an interior designer with a fuller, larger in the bust, and very curvy figure wear this blazer on an Instagram video WITHOUT the belt, and it blew me away. She combined it with a navy striped tee, emerald green culottes and white sneakers. She looked gorgeous.
- Banana Republic Stripe Ribbed T-Shirt Dress: An easy pull-on-and-go fitted Summer dress that can work on both a straighter and curvier figure. Remember that rounded bellies are uniquely woman, and showcasing a less than flat tummy is so okay. If you wear the right underwear, the fit is quite forgiving on the midsection.
- London Fog London Fog Removable Hood Rain Coat | Nordstrom: A quality raincoat in a rare shade of dusty mauve. Flattering on most body types. Classic fabness.
- Ann Taylor Textured Tweed Moto Jacket: A fab white moto for business casual that can take the place of a blazer. Great with dresses, skirts and pants. Light, refined and fitted. Crisp and chic.
- Nordstrom Nordstrom Lexa Leather Crossbody Bag | Nordstrom: Convertible crossbody and satchel fabness. Roomy yet lies flat against the body. Comes in red.
- Nordstrom Nordstrom Lexa Pebbled Leather Tote | Nordstrom: A large yet streamlined tote in rose gold is handy and casually dressy.
- Vionic Women's Cosmic Cadee Mary-Jane: A sneaker and ballet flat hybrid with a lot of arch support. Sporty yet arty., Comes in five colours.
- Veronica Beard Veronica Beard Miller Dickey Jacket | Nordstrom: The best sharp-shouldered blazer of the year for a straighter or curvier hourglass. It's sublimely tailored, and looks as good unbuttoned. Impeccable quality and heavy weight. A showstopper statement piece, and a perfect shade of tomato red.
- Halogen Halogen Pintuck Detail Shift Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: This type of loosey-goosey dress looks great worn as a tunic over leggings, cropped straight pants, or cropped jeans. My tall clients rock this over a pair of full-length bootcuts. Of course, you can wear it as a dress. Comes in three colours and goes up to XXL. Might run a size big.
- NYDJ NYDJ Barbara Stretch Bootcut Jeans (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: Beautifully streamlined, versatile, and comfortable. Dressy enough for the office. Read the rave reviews.
- Naturalizer Naturalizer Finlee Sandal (Women) | Nordstrom: A sandal with a '90s vibe if you wear it in black. Comfortable, cushioning, and works best on regular volume feet. Available in three colours.
- FitFlop FitFlop Allegro Kiltie Ballet Flat (Women) | Nordstrom: A flat with excellent arch support. Very comfortable if the elasticated back doesn't bite into your skin. Comes in black.
- Madewell Madewell Adjustable Ring Choker Necklace | Nordstrom: A very clever adjustable choker for Team Long Neck. That said, you can wear it less tightly and lower on the neck on a shorter neck.
- Timberland Timberland Bailey Park Sandal (Women) | Nordstrom: Extremely comfortable casual sandals for regular volume feet. Read the glowing reviews.
- Boden Modern Pencil Skirt: Graphic Botanical Pencil Skirt Fabness. Fits a straighter figure best because the waistband is quite wide. Lovely length. It has a matching silk blouse for a two-piece dress effect. Read the rave reviews.
- Louise Et Cie Louise et Cie Claire Genuine Calf Hair Ankle Strap Flat (Women) | Nordstrom: A fab dainty flat for black cropped pants and culottes. Works best on a lower volume foot. I didn't find the flat sufficiently soft, but am in the minority. Excellent reviews.
- SCOTCH & SODA Scotch & Soda Wrap Blouse | Nordstrom: The wrap front blouse is an excellent shape for an apple-shaped body type with a larger bust and shorter neck. The tailored cuffs on this version add refinement and structure. The citron is unique and it might run a little big. Comes in a black floral.
- Topshop Topshop Horse Coin Shirt | Nordstrom: A '70s pussy bow blouse with horses all over it. I like the uniquely short lantern sleeves and long cuffs. I'm in and ordering it because I love horses.
- 1901 1901 Reenie Loafer (Women) | Nordstrom: A Kate Spade look for a third of the price, and more comfortable too. Fun, off-centre architectural bow. Nicely made and fits a low to regular volume foot. Available in three colours.
- London Fog London Fog Water Repellent Short Trench Coat | Nordstrom: A lilac London Fog raincoat is unique, and so is the box pleat at the back of the style giving it some pizzazz. Fits a range of body types and is well made. Comes in a dark tan.
- Levi's Levi's Water Repellent Hooded Parka | Nordstrom: I have happy clients in this repeat style raincoat that is a little longer than the norm. It comes in six colours, has a relaxed modern cut, and fun fishtail hem.
- Halogen Halogen Double Breasted Check Blazer (Plus Size) | Nordstrom: A super cute window pane double-breasted blazer that's looks great worn open. Remember that a blazer in this type of silhouette does not need to close if it fits well everywhere else.
- Levi's Levi's Oversize Faux Leather Moto Jacket | Nordstrom: Fashion Forward Faux Leather Moto Fabness. Oversized but not shapeless. Wear it over just about anything the 2019 way. Don't the light versions look great over a column of colour! Fab reviews.
- Geox Geox Marlyna Loafer (Women) | Nordstrom: Geox makes comfy footwear with memory foam insoles. These look like they might fit my low volume feet so I'm giving them a whirl. Comes in black.
- Mephisto Mephisto Korie Flat (Women) | Nordstrom: This type of flat can be your answer to a slip-on sneaker. Very comfy and quite supportive. Size up to fit an orthotic. Comes in four colours.
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