Vail fashion column: Spring fresh style for your wardrobe
Haute Alpine Couture
Some say springtime is the prettiest season of the year, and alpine couturists agree that spring is undeniably a season full of fresh style concepts that will make you blush.
Sporty fashions have always been a staple in the Vail Valley, but this year designers are stepping it up with a sleeker, more luxurious style that is dual purpose. When you think of a comfy sweatshirt, your mind immediately goes to the over-sized sorority hoodie and eating raw cookie dough to nurse a broken heart. Ditch the woe-is-me attitude and look super-cute while snuggly in the Ellmore Long Sleeve ($59.95, Burton) in Indigo Stone. This ladies’ layer is in a uber-soft French terry knit, sports convenient kangaroo pockets and a longer mid-thigh fit to keep your tush toasty-warm.
One of Pantone’s favorite colors for spring fashions is aquamarine. As this dreamy, tropical hue led spring’s fashion runways, you will see the eye-popping color cascading down the winter white slopes. The Obermeyer Sunlite Fleece Jacket ($99.50, Pepi Sports) in ocean is constructed with ultrastretch fleece and packed with active features that make going from an early morning skin up Vail Mountain to a day of tooling around town as easy-as-pie.
If you need a little extra warmth on and off the mountain, then the Journey Fleece ($84.95, Burton) in Olive Night Heather is your layer of choice. The fleece-lined hoodie is equipped with an extra floppy collar, which moonlights as a built-in scarf in a pinch.
For sunny afternoons, the Obermeyer Dylan Vest ($159.50, Christy Sports) in knockout pink is the ideal top layer to keep you warm where you need it and cool where you don’t. The Dylan is made with waterproof shell fabric and super lofting fiber down. Slide your cold hands into the fleece-lined pockets for a quick rescue or pull the hood up for an added boost of warmth.
You really can’t go wrong when you sport the Lexxon Fleece ($59.95, Burton) in Aztek print. Whether you’re just coming off your board or meeting friends for apres at the Red Lion, the Lexxon Fleece offers just the right amount of heat to take the edge off crispy temperatures.
Forget those annoying foot warmers. Keep your piggies cozy in a pair of FITS Light SKI Socks ($23.99, American Ski Exchange), which give your feet a cocktail blend of key technical aspects and warmth. If you’re looking for something a little more official, the super-light and ultra-thin Falke Women’s Austria Race Wave Ski Sock ($55, Gorsuch) will make you feel like you are skiing the slopes of St. Anton in Austria.
A new pair of shades to brighten up your spring ensemble screams status when you flaunt them to your fashion foes. Both the Vuarnet Sunglasses Glacier ($540, Gorsuch) and Vuarnet Sunglasses VL 1406 ($345, Gorsuch) are white hot for spring. The Glacier evokes an elegant, sporty aviator frame, while the VL 1406 has a quintessentially modern aluminum feature and is lightweight and comfortable.
OFF THE SLOPES
There are certain fashion rules to live by — the right size bra can help avoid fashion faux pas, Grandma Blanche was right when she said good posture can make or break your look, and the double-C rule, comfy and chic can be said in the same sentence. If your apres plans lead you away from the hubbub and you find yourself canoodling by the fire, it is still a fashionista must that you look cute while sipping wine with your main squeeze. The super-plush PJ Salvage True Blue Jacket ($77, Frinje) is a lounge hoodie that can easily be taken off should the night heat up. For late-night Monopoly games, buy your neighbor’s properties in the comfort of the PJ Salvage Challe Chic Harem Pant ($43, Lacy’s).
Pantone’s spring color pick of tangerine is a citrusy boost of sunshine to counter your dark, winter shades. Pay homage to this vibrant hue in the Jack by BB Dakota Tank ($48, Kiwi Boutique) in electric tangerine and add even more pizazz with the Fashion Bella Beaded Bib Necklace ($28, Kiwi Boutique).
Nothing says springtime quite like big, bold, beautiful florals. Ted Baker’s garden-fresh spring dress collection is the epitome of the blooming season. There still may be a chill in the air, but the Ted Baker Eleta Dress ($375, Blitz), Ted Baker Pancha Dress ($248, Blitz), Ted Baker Youma Dress ($248, Blitz) and the Janita Dress ($295, Blitz) will warm up your next sunset cocktail party. If a full-monty floral look is a little too everything’s-coming-up-roses for your mood, opt to sprinkle a bit of spring into your wardrobe with assorted floral purse styles from Ted Baker ($175 to $295, Blitz).
After one-too-many seasons of minimalist jewelry trends, spring 2015 steps it up a notch and gives fashionistas a little more bling on the trinket circuit. If you’re going for gold, invest next month’s rent on either the Ivanka Trump Empire Dangle Earrings with Prasiolite and Diamonds ($3,500, Betteridge) in yellow gold or in a pair of Ivanka Trump Empire Elongated Earrings with Prasiolite and Diamonds ($5,400, Betteridge) in yellow gold. A little less stress on your wallet but with the same amount of gumption are the Marcia Moran Double Drop Earring ($269, Blitz) in blue agate with gold plating, the light blue Marcia Moran Necklace ($239, Blitz) and the Marcia Moran Blue Agate Ring ($179, Blitz). Still want to look on-trend but not willing to spend your entire savings account? Fashion Bella earrings and rings ($12, Kiwi Boutique) will do the trick!
Haute Alpine Couture quenches your thirst with a cocktail of cravings that turns an insider’s favorite into your monthly buzz. With an eye for uncovering the most sought-after trends, Jennifer Geisman is a self-professed product junky. Geisman fuses her expertise in PR and the beauty and fashion worlds to deliver quintessentially modern hot spots, styles and trends. Email comments about this story to firstname.lastname@example.org.