5 Shortcuts to a New Spring Look

Let’s not kid ourselves: When it comes to fashion, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

So this spring be strategic and invest in pieces that get the most airtime: cooler-than-thou sneakers, a lightweight jacket and rain-repellent gear. These items offer the quickest, simplest route to a brand-new look this season. And who isn’t a little sick of those well-worn winter parkas and boots?

Saved for a Rainy Day

Stutterheim had its start in 2010 with its Stockholm raincoat for men: a deceptively simple design that struck a chord with the men’s wear crowd (including Kanye West). Since then, the company has expanded its offerings and introduced a women’s line. And this season, it’s amping up its fashion cred even further with high-gloss and semitransparent styles. Better yet, the directional styles do just as well in the rain as the more utilitarian ones.

Rethink Pink

Baby pink has made an unlikely transition of late, becoming the color of choice for millennial feminists who revel in wearing (and then subverting) gender codes on their sleeves. At a time when women’s rights issues dominate dinner table conversation, it’s little wonder the color has emerged as an outerwear trend of the season. It feels particularly fresh in a slightly tomboyish shape like this one.

Oddly Cool Sneakers

The latest in sneaker bragging rights: kicks from the second outing (or “drop 2,” as it’s called) from the Adidas Originals by Alexander Wang collection. The designer continued to mix things up at the sportswear brand, putting a subversive and deconstructivist twist on athletic staples. With built-in socks and an elastic lacing system, these running shoes have a jolie laide thing going for them that feels just right.

Checks, Please

We have Demna Gvasalia to thank for this one. Ever since the designer sent a number of structured coats in men’s wear plaid down the Balenciaga runway, the fashion set has been seized with a sudden craze for the look. Just look to the fall 2017 runways for proof. Coming in a range of fabrications, from classic wool and flannel to breezy linen, they’re the perfect lightweight toppers to bring your beat-up Levi’s and sneakers up to speed.

Handy Hoodies

When it’s time to part ways with your hat and scarf, a hoodie is a versatile choice for unpredictable weather. Besides keeping your head toasty on blustery spring mornings, it imparts a streetwise edge to pretty much any ensemble. Layer under one of these coats for a truly on-trend look.