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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.
The Tannery has been a cornerstone of Boston retail over the last several decades, building from its Cambridge roots in footwear and technical apparel into the world of niche sneakers through Concepts and an elevated selection of merchandise with Curated by The Tannery. A pioneer of the shop-in-shop concept, its flagship on Boylston Street in the Back Bay is a strong example with a different feel categorizing each floor: Wilderness Workshop on the basement level, shoes on the first floor, and its designer inventory on the third. Buyer Brittney Rothweiler ran us through the three trends dominating that top level this spring, including vibrant shades of persimmon, sexy cutouts and sheer paneling, and summer leather.
Clockwise from top left: Alexander Wang Matte Jersey Sleeveless Drape Back Top, $300; Bec & Bridge Isis Dress, $254; Opening Ceremony Tiger Red Short, $235
"Persimmon is flattering on all skin and hair colors and is a nice break from the black and white that has been dominating for the past few seasons. It's great for dressy occasions and adds a pop of color to any casual outfit as well."
Clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Crop Top with Sheer Insets, $350; Mara Hoffman Side Cutout Dress, $350; IRO Allegra Jacket, $998
"Sheer paneling and cutouts are an instant way to add a touch of sexiness to your outfit. Not everyone feels comfortable showing off a lot of skin but these subtle flashes of skin are the way to add some spice and femininity."
Clockwise from top left: Mackage Florida Jacket, $740; rag & bone Lana Romper, $550; Helmut Lang Leather and Jersey Short, $425
"Leather is no longer a cold weather material. Using it mixed with jersey, as an accent, or in a lighter color are ways to easily translate it to the warmer months. Leather is the easiest way to elevate any outfit so we're seeing designers add it wherever and whenever they can."
· All Spring Forward 2014 posts [Racked Boston]
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