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Mint Julep Digs Neon, Contrast Lace, and Military Inspiration

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Welcome to Spring Forward: Over the next six weeks, we'll be profiling the best new arrivals and trends at some of our favorite local boutiques.

Photo by Flagship Photo

Born in Brookline and having since expanded to Harvard Square and New York City, Mint Julep is a mecca for girly cocktail dresses, solid basics (say, premium denim or metallic totes), and layering pieces with personality. With college students and twenty-somethings as its main customer base, the boutique chain knows its racks must nimbly navigate seasonal trends—all while keeping grounded in its ladylike aesthetic. We stopped in the Harvard Square location to chat with manager Marissa Donnelly about her favorite spring pieces, focusing on pops of neon, contrast lace, and military-inspired separates.

Nanette Lepore Demure Dress, $338; Shoshanna Belle Dress, $372; Dolce Vita Barinda Dress, $108; J Brand Mid Rise Super Skinny Wildflower Pant, $178

"We see a lot of neon at the store. Julep girls like colorful things, and we encourage people to mix-and-match. Neons all look good together, but for someone more conservative, you could wear a white dress with a neon scarf. We just got a Nanette Lepore, Milly, and a lot of Shosanna dresses that are really bright. Even neon trim can pop with black and white. With pants, the J Brand Wildflower color is fun."

Dolce Vita Adira Dress, $138; Shoshanna Lace Sierra Dress, $362; Tracy Reese Clean Frock, $326

"Next we have lace with a contrast underlay. Lots of ivory with black, mesh too. Shoshanna has a beautiful navy and white dress, perfect for a wedding. It's more interesting than just lace in one color."

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Leopard Jacket, $158; Bella Dahl Cargo Crop Pant, $140; Free People Collapsing Twill Jacket, $148

"Military green and the cargo style is also coming back. People like it because it's more neutral. People that aren't as trendy can still wear it easily. The Three Dots spring collection uses linen in a utilitarian green color. And Bella Dahl cargo pants or a military-styled leopard patterned Velvet jacket (which I wore as a shirt the other day) do the trend well. It's fun to pair a lacy, girly top with them."
· All Spring Forward posts [Racked Boston]
· Relax, Parents: Mint Julep Is a Clothing Boutique, Not a Bar [Racked Boston]
· Mint Julep [Official Site]

Mint Julep

6 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 576-6468 Visit Website

Mint Julep

1302 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (617) 232-3600 Visit Website