Bright, Black or White

neon Tame the shades of roadside signs and 1980s Madonna videos by pairing them with crisp white. Tibi peplum top ($350, Bloomingdale’s); Hudson jeans ($165, Bloomingdale’s); vegan “leather” clutch ($49, Violet Boutique); CC Skye bracelet ($315, Bishop Boutique); faux gem necklace ($24, Violet Boutique); and Kate Spade sunglasses ($138, The Shoe Hive).

Neons. Warm-weather leather. Enough black and white to outfit a million Coco Chanel clones. So many trends are buzzing around this spring, a stylista could suffer whiplash. To avoid visits to the fashion emergency room, we suggest a prudent treatment: Dose your closet with a single new item at a time: tropical-print shoes, a lace top, maybe jeans in “it” color mint. “Yes, a few of these ideas can be mixed, say lace shorts with a bright print,” says Julie Egermayer, owner of Adams Morgan’s Violet Boutique. “But the easiest trend? Black and white. It’s something we come around to again and again.” Sort of like spring itself.


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