Spring Shopping List

5 essentials every Dallas girl must have in her closet for spring 2015

5 essentials every Dallas girl must have in her closet for spring 2015

With sunnier skies overhead, we are in the mood to shop for some spring wardrobe updates. But we needed some help determining where to spend our hard-earned dollars.

We asked our favorite local fashion experts what pieces every Dallas girl should have in her closet right now. Here’s what they told us.

High-waisted, culotte and flared pants
The days of super low-waisted pants may be behind us, which is a welcome relief for any woman who ever lamented her muffin top. Higher waistlines are flattering on all body types, and you can find them on everything from work slacks to everyday denim.

The silhouettes are more forgiving too. The mega flares from J Brand are a modern update on the bell bottoms of the ’70s, says Tootsies store director Nerissa von Helpenstill. TenOverSix’s Amanda Reed insists that high-waisted culotte pants are a must because you can show off your killer shoes.

Crop tops
Yes, these can be chic, and this spring they come in a range of styles, colors, prints and embellishments. Don’t worry about baring your midriff, because you’re going to pair that crop top with the aforementioned high-waisted pant, says Sussie’s owner Rory Boyd. Reed seconds that.

“Fringe is having a huge moment this spring,” says von Helpenstill, and it’s easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe, because it’s showing up on everything from skirts and jackets to handbags and shoes. One of her favorites is a black fringe bag from LA designer Hammitt. The cross body strap makes it the perfect bag for a festival or concert, she says.

Bold tropical prints
If you can’t get to the tropics, then at least you can wear them. Riffraff Dallas store manager Amy Andrae points to the tutti fruity pineapple shorts or the brunch-ready Show Me Your Mumu Kristy dress. At Sussie’s, a more neutral tropical print shows up on easy-to-wear Ecru stretch wide-leg pants. At Tootsies, find a breezy L’Agence maxi dress with palm motif.

White on white
Nothing feels more fresh than wearing head-to-toe white, says von Helpenstill, who likes the separates from rising star designer Elle Sasson. Speaking of white, Reed loves No. 6 two-strap, mid-heel white clogs, which not only are effortlessly chic but practical for running around town.

Tootsies 70s flare jean spring 2015
J Brand jeans, Nicole Miller embellished crop top, Hammitt bag and Michael Kors platform sandals at Tootsies. Photo courtesy of Tootsies
Ecru Gaynor printed pant spring 2015 at Sussie's
Ecru printed stretch pant ($198) at Sussie's. Photo courtesy of Ecru
Tootsies 70s flare jean spring 2015
Ecru Gaynor printed pant spring 2015 at Sussie's