Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
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.Made on Polyvore; Click through to shop
With a concentrated focus on both customer service and personal styling, there isn't a trend you can't master with the Crush Boutique girls waiting on the other side of your fitting room curtain. When Laura Macris and Rebecca Penner-Hall opened their Beacon Hill store in 2007, they set out to offer Bostonians timeless and trendy pieces at varying price points, eventually expanding its reach with a Newbury Street space.
Giving you a taste of what warmer weather has in store, manager and assistant buyer Brianne Dyke has curated three spring trends around the shop. While she is looking forward to fit-and-flare silhouettes and printed pants, Brianne is also excited for neutrals, graphic prints, and athletic-inspired outfits.—Madeleine Coleman
"I love all of these arty graphic prints that are incorporating a lot of color. But also, a number of them come back to black and white which I think is really cool and has a really great deco vibe."
- Olive & Oak Desert Sand Cable Knit Sweater, $72; YA Los Angeles Cream Dress, $48; Urban Expressions Neutral Weave Clutch, $52; Robyn Rhodes Rose Gold Druzy Necklace, $104
- Jack by BB Dakota White Cape Printed Jacket, $72; BCBGeneration Lavender Dress, $104; House of Harlow 1960 Gold Locket Necklace, $79
- SW3 Bespoke Gold Queensway Jacket, $350; Ella Moss Mimosa Sleeveless Top, $128; J Brand Cypress Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean, $185
"Neutrals, I think, are pieces that become wardrobe basics. They're shades that you're not constricted to the ways you're going to wear them or to a season; they're timeless."
- Sugarlips Yellow Textured Fit-and-Flare Dress, $68; Street Level Multicolor Tribal Clutch, $54
- French Connection Grey Multi Sweater, $138; French Connection Black Perforated Skirt, $138; House of Harlow 1960 Black Starburst Necklace, $58
- French Connection Black Perforated Shorts, $128; BB Dakota Acid and White Top, $64
"The athletic trend is something I think is really cool, especially in Boston, because we kind of swing towards a slightly preppy regard. It's kind of neat to see it punched up a notch and given almost a 70s prep vibe. We are also seeing that perforated texture in things like cocktail dresses, breezy day dresses, going-out tops with piping on the sides, and then also we are seeing it soften the leather that we saw for the fall and holiday seaons. That perforated cut gives them a spring effect, not to say you couldn't wear them right now with black tights and boots. It's just nice to know that they will be breezier when we do get into spring."
· All Spring Forward posts [Racked Boston]
· Crush Boutique [Official Site]