#FashionFriday: Spring Jackets to Step Up Your Weekend Look Plus a Weekend Mix Filled with New Music

Photo by Margaret Murphy

Photo by Margaret Murphy

Spring may not officially be here yet, but there’s a discernible feeling of relief throughout DC now that temperatures are inching back up. Patios are open again, down coats are tucked away in the closet (hopefully for good), and icy sidewalks are finally melting; everything is just splendid. Flowers may not be blossoming yet but the entire city’s mood has flourished!

The drastic temperature changes that happen in spring are a blessing and a curse. The mid-day spikes are a delightful taste of the sun-drenched summer days ahead but the morning chill requires way more than just the cute lightweight sweater you’ve been waiting all winter to wear. No matter how thick-skinned you are, morning temperatures in the 30s require a jacket.

Now that my unflattering, puffy winter jacket is back in storage — yes that’s right, I’m taking a stand, I REFUSE to take that thing back out — I’m so excited to start rotating my selection of lighter jackets, accumulated with extreme care over the past couple of years. They’re a fun way to dramatically change-up your street style. You could be wearing just black skinny jeans and a grey sweater — but topped with a variety of jackets, you can make that one outfit look like several fresh looks.

These are the key spring outerwear pieces every woman needs in her closet:

The Trench

As you can see from my photo, I love an edgy spin on a trench! If the clean silhouette of a classic Burberry trench is more to your liking, go for that, you can’t go wrong with a staple. I fell in love with the leather sleeves on my Rag & Bone number. A trench is timeless and elegant; you can wear it to the office, out to brunch, for a weekend jaunt, and pretty much any other event you can think of.

Burberry Brit - Hooded Packaway Trench Coat $750

Burberry Brit – Hooded Packaway Trench Coat $750

Vince Camuto - Draped Wrap Long Trench Coat $190

Vince Camuto – Draped Wrap Long Trench Coat $190

Mackage - Leather Trim Asymmetrical Zip Long Trench Coat $390

Mackage – Leather Trim Asymmetrical Zip Long Trench Coat $390

The Leather Jacket

A leather jacket goes with anything and will instantly give you an edgy look. The best part about a leather jacket is that it actually looks best when worn in, so toss it on before hitting up a concert this spring and try not to spend too much time worrying about it getting ruined. My All Saints jacket has been through hell — and now it looks fabulous as a result.

All Saints - Cargo Biker Jacket $540

All Saints – Cargo Biker Jacket $540

Top Shop - Premium Belted Leather Biker Jacket $370

Top Shop – Premium Belted Leather Biker Jacket $370

Rebecca Taylor - Washed Leather Jacket $895

Rebecca Taylor – Washed Leather Jacket $895

The Parka

These are perfect for days where the weather seems more than a little unpredictable. They’re easy to weather proof (a lot of them even come that way) and usually much easier to clean than other materials. Plus there’s an effortless sense of cool to these jackets — like you could just as easily be heading out for a hike as you could to the nearest bar.

ASOS - Summer Ultimate Parka $98

ASOS – Summer Ultimate Parka $98

Zara - Hooded Parka with Leather Sleeves $99.90

Zara – Hooded Parka with Leather Sleeves $99.90

Laver - 365 Parka $556

Laver – 365 Parka $556

The Cropped Jacket

Perfect for layering over chunky sweaters on colder days or thin long-sleeved shirts when the sun is shining bright, this silhouette gives you plenty of cool options for experimentation. Opt for an interesting texture or pattern if you feel particularly bold!

Nasty Gal - Moto Zip Crop Jacket $88

Nasty Gal – Moto Zip Crop Jacket $88

Rag & Bone  - Black Marshall Cropped Trench $695

Rag & Bone – Black Marshall Cropped Trench $695

ASOS - New Look Cropped Jacket $30

ASOS – New Look Cropped Jacket $30


Since I didn’t post a Turn Up Tuesday playlist this week, here’s a weekend mini mix to get you through till next week. Tunes, tunes, tunes! New tracks from three of my favorites —  Fehrplay, Gorgon City, and Oliver Heldens — plus lots more seriously groovy stuff.

I promise you’ll be dancing with those headphones in. xo



#FashionFriday: Haute Couture 2015 Runway Looks to Inspire Your Spring Wardrobe

Every time I check the Weather Channel app on my phone, it tells me that I may as well cry because it’s way too cold to leave the mattress palace. Not in those exact words, but even numbers are open to interpretation. I know that I’m a fair-feathered Floridian, but this winter has felt particularly brutal (and I even escaped to Miami for three weeks!). It seems like we have such a long way to go before our coats are put back in their rightful place — the storage box under the bed.

I’m sick of my winter clothes. Even the Sandro sweater I obsessed over for days after purchasing! There’s something about a winter wardrobe that eventually gets frustrating, no matter how many fabulous sweaters, ponchos, and jackets you own. In my opinion, it’s the tedious act of piling on layers ad nauseam just so that you can leave the house without acquiring frostbite. I needed something to remind me that spring is almost within reach, which is why I spent most of my free time this week lusting over the Spring 2015 Couture shows.

Some collections were enchanting; a wonderful reminder that designers still take the art of couture very seriously. Others were less technically impressive, but still eye-catching and surprisingly wearable. There were plenty of extravagant looks that will likely never leave the runway, but also some noteworthy trends that I can’t wait to try this year as the temperatures rise — along with my morale!

Not Your Ordinary Jacket

Effeminate takes on men’s tailoring have been a runway staple for a while now, but some of the jackets presented this week were out-of-this-world stunning. Several cuts and styles were on display at Jean Paul Gaultier’s show, but this uniquely crafted jacket-dress was my absolute favorite. It’s such an interesting take on a staple, plus the generous v-neck cut and single sheer sleeve add just a hint of sensuality. Also, as a girl who loathes heels, I love that it was styled with flats, this kind of piece would translate well from day to night.


Schiaparelli also explored the versatility of the jacket with a cool modern interpretation of the classic jacket and skirt combo. In the aftermath of creative director Marco Zanini’s departure from the brand after just one year, I expected a mediocre collection at best. For the most part it was very underwhelming, I especially disliked the pop-art Arabian nights look, but I’m obsessed with this high-collared burgundy jacket. I’m not usually one for bright contrasts, but I think the fringe skirt is a charming way to give a serious jacket a more youthful appearance. And, of course, once again, I love the flats!


Big, Bold Prints

These are not your grandmother’s prints — unless she happens to be on the cutting edge of fashion. Valentino’s show boasted large pastoral-looking patterns splashed across long, flowing dresses, giving the looks a very earthy feel. The high-end farmhouse look was present throughout many of the looks, but this caped dress was a stand-out. I love the contrast of the heavy cape with the airy gown. Let’s all agree to throw a burgundy cape on everything this season. On a related note, this up-do would be a great idea for just about any wedding you’re planning to attend in the spring. It feels so fresh and youthful, without being overly casual.


Since taking over as Dior’s creative director, Raf Simons hasn’t missed a step. This couture collection is no exception. The prints were eclectic without crossing over into the dreaded territory of kitsch. It was a gorgeous assortment of moving art pieces, and that’s what couture is all about. This strapless midi-length skirt was electrifying. It’s such a playful take on a traditional cut, and the combination of blue hues contrasting each other gave it just the right amount of visual interest. But I will say, without shame, that I loathe these boots with every fiber in my being. Patent? Red? tight? Mon dieu, non.



Bare It

If you love flaunting what you got, rejoice — cutouts and crop tops aren’t going anywhere any time soon. I love me a crop top, I think they’re sexy and fun, plus when you pair them with a perfectly-tailored pair of high-waist pants it elevates the look completely. For Chanel’s show, Karl Lagerfeld took the crop top to new levels of sophistication by re-imagining the classic tweed jacket in a cheeky short version. Paired with a skirt sitting low on the waist, this could be a very cool day look. Not necessarily work appropriate, but you can always throw a tank top on and then shove it in your purse before heading to happy hour. Though I’m once again very stumped at these patent leather socks. Yes, to me that looks like a very expensive sock. That hat though, that hat is everything.



Atelier Versace usually doesn’t appeal to me as a brand in general, but I’m loving the hyper-sexy dresses that came down the couture runway. This dress in particular. Oh. My. Stars. What I would give to own this dress. The cutouts are so perfectly placed and the intricacy of the design is gorgeous. Granted, Amber Valletta is a statuesque beauty who would make a potato sack look like couture, but I just love the minimalist femme fatale aesthetic of this gown. Plus, it’s equally stunning from the back.


None of these trends have re-invented the wheel, but they’re still stunning new interpretations of that which has been done before. I can’t wait for Topshop, NastyGal, and Revolve to stock up on some similar pieces so that I can fill my wardrobe appropriately.

I usually like to do a full Friday mini mix, but I didn’t find enough tracks that I really loved for this week (especially since Turn Up Tuesday was so fruitful!). Thankfully, Zeds Dead and Oliver Heldens’ new collaboration was released on Spinnin’ Records! It’s an awesome track, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from two such talented acts. Hope you guys and gals like it as much as I do xx