After last week’s deluge, temperatures in San Francisco (and even Lake Tahoe) have soared, seemingly announcing the imminent arrival of spring. And as the temperate sunshine of Northern Californian spring approaches, it’s time to stow away our winter sweaters and boots and begin the transition to a lighter, easier wardrobe more befitting the season. We can’t wait to unpack some of our tried-and-true favorites (the ones that still fit over our burgeoning belly, that is) as well as make some new acquisitions. Here’s a peek at what P&V simply can’t live without come springtime:
A Classic Trenchcoat. What better place to start with a spring wardrobe than the iconic trench. Structured, neutral and imminently versatile, there are few things that *can’t* be worn with a trench. Whether paired with ankle length dark denim jeans and flats, worn atop a day-to-evening dress or, heck, even tossed over your pajamas for a quick coffee-and-paper run, a proper trench can lend polish to any outfit, truly. P&V’s picks? J.Crew’s “Icon” trench and Theory’s “Adyna” trench, both of which come rather close to approximating our beloved APC trench coat (pictured above), which is (sadly) sold out just about everywhere we’ve looked.
Something, *Anything* Nautical. We swoon for navy-and-white stripes pretty much year-round, but they are especially appropriate as a winter-to-spring transition piece. We’ve worn the bejesus out of the Saint James “Meridien II” tee (pictured above) we purchased at J. Crew last year (and are sure to purchase another this season in a larger size to accommodate our, ahem, girth). We are also completely digging the traditional fisherman design of this men’s “Mariner” sweater from Brooks Brothers — so classic, so effortless that you just want to toss it into your overnight bag and use it as the perfect antidote to a chilly spring evening.
A Neon-Colored Accessory. While blindingly-bright colors are not historically our favorite, during the spring they just feel *right* and we fall in love with them despite ourselves. Neon brights pair perfectly with the aforementioned nautical striped pieces, and impart a perfect punch of fun into our otherwise preppy wardrobe. P&V’s pick? This cross-body Kate Spade “Essex Scout Small” handbag which could not be any cuter, fashioned in highlighter yellow leather and structured enough to balance the wild color. We can already picture wearing it across pretty much every item in our closet (once we actually have a waist again, that is).
The Perfect Pair of White Jeans. Fact: We are more than a little liberal with our observance of the Memorial Day-Labor Day white clothing rule (using our California residency as an excuse for such transgressions). This is especially true when it comes to our favorite white jeans, which we wear with abandon pretty much as soon as the calendar hits April. They pair beautifully with a range of tops, from starched button-downs and easy trapeze-style numbers, and add the perfect amount of crisp contrast to any color combination. P&V’s favorite pair is an ancient but amazingly well-cut pair from (gasp) Juicy Couture (don’t even bother looking for them: they no longer exist, and yes, we’re heartbroken). After hunting for a suitable replacement, we’re quite impressed with this well-cut “Honey Boot Cut” pair from Joes’s Jeans (pictured above) as well as these seemingly-perfect “Broome Street” jeans from Kate Spade.
Metallic Ballet Flats. It has taken us a long time to come around on this issue, but metallics truly can function as neutrals, especially when fashioned in a classic style like the ballerina flat. It would be a little disingenuous for us to only call these a “spring” must-have when, truth be told, we wear them year-round and easily blow through several pairs of gold and silver metallic flats annually. P&V’s favorites? It’s a close tie between French Sole and London Sole (both featuring the low vamp and prim bow we prefer), with an honorable mention for Tory Burch (while it irks us that her pretty little flats have become ubiquitous, we can’t argue with their unparalleled durability and stellar performance in inclement weather).
So, is there anything P&V missed that you simply can’t live without come spring? Drop us a line — we’d love to hear from you!
Photos courtesy of Net-A-Porter, J. Crew, Kate Spade, ShopBop and London Sole.