This is all from our friend Lydia Santangelo and our partners at the Improper Bostonian!




Big leafy patterns and exotic floral prints take you on a tropical journey without leaving town—as seen in The Improper Bostonian’s Spring Fashion Issue, shot on location at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa.  Don't mistake it for the rainforest—it is a convenient getaway in southern Florida where you’ll be transported to a paradise of palm frons, banyan trees and cockatoos. 


Packed with punchy colors–such as orange, lime and fuchsia—and Latin American influences, this trend is the perfect antidote to the late winter blues.


Don’t worry about overdoing a tropical punch. The key is to wear it sparinglyIf you choose a dress or jacket in a paradise print, keep other components clean—a little goes a long way.



Layering Accessories


You can start small and ease your way into the tropical trend by layering accessories–where more is more! Stack on woven, hemp and beaded bracelets on your wrists or layer necklaces.  Opt for rings on every finger, or try a tiered statement earring.  


Experiment and play with bold prints and natural fibers such as straw and canvas visors. You can also tousle your hair into a turban or headscarf – spring’s solution to a bad hair day!





Globe Trotting


Tribal patterns and graphic prints keep you on a journey around the globe.  Designers took inspiration from the pages of National Geographic and created collections with a multicultural focus—featuring earthy tones with pops of bold colors, embroidery and cut-out transparencies. 


You can start big or small with this trend.  Personalize your look and march to the beat of your own drum! 


The Improper Bostonian’s cover features a coveted piece from Valentino’s spring collection and Dolce & Gabbana accessories. 






Crop Tops


The crop top—perfect for the bold and buff, yogis and those who have devoted the winter months to their work out!


Keep it modern and modest.  Style a crop top with just a hint of skin and pair it with a high waisted, fuller skirt or wide leg trouser—easy and on trend. 


For those of us who aren’t quite ready to be belly bearing, there is a solution that not only flatters most figures but even helps hides some sins!


Solution = Crop Box Cut Jackets


This boxy, cropped silhouette comes in a plethora of prints and textures and pairs easily with a fitted sheath dress, tailored trouser, pencil skirt, or even your favorite jeans.


Since the jacket has a fuller shape and swing, the key to wearing this trend well is to keep the other components of your outfit form fitting and linear.


Try a collarless shape for the seasons’ most sought after cut. 




In step with the conversational shoe craze, a gold Dries Van Noten pleated skirt is styled with a pastel, ice cream cone-themed Charlotte Olympia pump.  


Pastels and Metallics 


As seen in The Improper Bostonian’s feature, “Sugar Coated,” glossy metallics and glistening pastels are the perfect pairings for spring!


What’s refreshing about these two tried & true trends are their fusion, basically wearing them both together—a softer way to wear sparkle this season. 


To get the look, speak to your sweet side by choosing pretty pastels such as mint green, lavender and blush. Try metallic pleats and marabou feathers for a quirky & out-the-box take on the trend. 


Ladies have choices—the best thing about this trend is that it’s just like ice cream—you can pick your favorite flavor in the shade and style that flatters you best. 


To view the “Birds of Paradise” feature in its entirety and where-to-buy details, please visit:


To view the “Sugar Coated” feature in its entirety and where-to-buy details, please visit: