After enduring a tough winter, snowstorms and, worst of all, all those huge coats and winter accessories that don’t really allow for much style and hairdos to be shown to the public eye, March is here to remind us that spring is on its way. The temperature is still low but the sun is making its first appearances and every woman knows the new season calls for a closet makeover.

As with every new beginning, we have to start with the basics. Would you plan a trip without having your passport renewed? Never! So how could you plan your new spring styles without some classic basics? When I say classic, I wouldn’t dare think of boring, old-fashioned, ancient items. I’m thinking of a piece of clothing that goes well with (almost) anything, and can be modified to be as classic or as trendy as you choose. In other words, I’m thinking Christopher & Banks. Because for me, when a store can dress me (aged 27; top secret) and mom (53), that equals to shopping success.

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication (Leonardo Da Vinci)  

When I think of classic pieces that every woman needs in her collection, I aim for simplicity. Yes, I also have that extravagant shirt with gold details that would blind someone in direct sunlight, but that’s a statement piece. When I look for my next closet staple, I focus on color and follow the season’s palettes of the world’s top designers. For this season, the color palettes have managed to accommodate something magical. The prettiest pastels together with bright floral colors–think greens, blues, and oranges.

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I compiled a couple of looks that focus on simplicity, the latest color trends, style, comfort, and (as always), savings! This weekend Christopher & Banks is having their incredible Friends & Family event that will save you an extra 40% on everything!  The first outfit revolves around a beautiful skirt that mixes the floral trend with the all-time-classic purple (Purple Ribbon Challis skirt). The A-line shape and decorative details allow enough room to experiment with the top–opt for a tank and cardigan combo (I love the Satin Trim Tank in white with The Perfect Cardigan ¾ Sleeve in Dahlia Orchid), or a plain top like the best-selling ¾ Satin Trim Tee in Byzantine Purples, in complementary shades.

christopher & banks 2The second outfit I’ve picked out is much more classic but very convenient for all those days when you want to look put-together but not overdressed. I based this one on a shirt I love that has gotten me through many situations–from the most formal to the most casual–the Petite Gingham Essential Shank Button Shirt with metallic buttons. A shirt that can be worn buttoned, unbuttoned with a nice tank, or underneath a sweater. Versatility wins major points from me, so this shirt is a gem. You can combine it with the Signature Comfort Denim Capri in dark stonewash and a nice pair of flats or sandals, or with the super flattering Signature Slimming Colored Jean in classic fit that can be worn with hot pumps for a beautiful dinner date outfit.

One is Never Overdressed or Underdressed in a Little Black Dress (Karl Lagerfeld)

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If your little black dress has turned grey from its countless washes, don’t worry! Christopher & Banks carries these staple pieces for as little as $26.97! To dress up your LBD, try on a pop of color with a pair of bright earrings or a statement necklace. Browse their selection to put together your own classic outfit, and don’t miss the Christopher & Banks Friends & Family event to get spring-ready on a budget!

Before I get started I’d like to make two statements:

  1. A man can be extremely stylish in the blink of an eye.
  2. Achieving excellence in one area shouldn’t stop you from achieving it elsewhere.

Yes, my statements are quite personal- and that’s why they are mine. But! If you think more closely about them, then you’ll see that they can be objectively true. And let me share two examples that will make you agree with me. First of all, most of you (men) believe that style is hard to obtain, not because you don’t have it, but because you don’t want to spend time in the malls or because you just don’t have the right guide (me, in that case) that will help you update your wardrobe with a click! And secondly, the fact that Allen Edmonds, for example, has reached excellence in shoe craftsmanship, doesn’t mean that you won’t find the hottest styles in clothing, bags, accessories and much more when shopping online at AllenEdmonds.com. You see? Both points explained with real-life cases! And so, I decided to make your life easier and ours prettier by picking up two complete outfits that will definitely make you look as handsome as possible but also unbelievably well-studied!

Under The Daylight

I’ll start with a casual or, maybe, morning outfit that I chose! So, to begin with, renew your style with a brand new pair of jeans, like the Mid Blue Cahrisma Jeans by 34 Heritage with the latest stretch technology that promises to hug your body and offer superior fit. You can combine this one with the top quality 100% cotton Coral/ Blue Graph Button Down Collar Dress Shirt which apart from its gorgeous color (trust me, it’s really cool to see men in that kind of colors), it also comes with a $65 discount! Also, it’s summer and you have to wear joyful and bright colors; leave dark ones for winter… Then, you need a belt to add an accessory to your style, and in that case you should get the Barry Burn Belt in white leather which also adds a summery sense to your style. But that’s not only for that reason I propose it. As you can see there is white in the shirt’s check but most of all, it will be perfectly matched with your shoes, because I chose just for you the gorgeous Shortstop Boat Shoe in tan leather with white sole –detail is the secret of success in fashion. That’s an amazing pair of shoes –here, there is no need for details since we all know Allen Edmonds expertise in craftsmanship- that can be worn all year round together with the super handy American Heritage Leather Document Briefcase by JW Hulme. Except for its top quality, this bag promises convenience because of its amazing design with interior compartments, pockets, key leash and more features! And that’s it! Now, you have the perfect casual outfit that will get you the best comments- try to be modest! Ha!

Under The Moonlight
So, now that you have a hot morning style, you also need to update your formal wardrobe, you know… This kind of clothes you need to get your girl out for a nice dinner, to attend that meeting in the office or your friend’s engagement party. Let’s get to the point! First off, in more formal occasion when you choose to wear a pair of jeans you absolutely need a darker shade like the Dark Blue Charisma Jeans by 34 Heritage; the perfect color for countless combinations with shirts and accessories. Match it with the Cobalt Blue Bobby Button Down Collar Dress Shirt which has the perfect fit and feeling because of the top quality cotton it’s made from. You can now get this one and save over $60! Cool as you’ll be when in it! But wait! You are not done yet! You need a top quality and as-detailed-as-possibly crafted pair of shoes like the so modern and beautiful Neumora Brown Burnished Calf Monk Straps shoe which comes with a $98 discount! Yes for real! And trust me, you’ll definitely stand out in the crowd and all these usual loafer/ boat/ oxford style choices! Finally, in order to avoid carrying your bag with you (you never know how your night will end up) you can keep your money safe in your pocket with the Cocobolo Wood Money Clip by M-Clip. A so perfectly designed accessory that you won’t be able to stop using even when carrying your wallet with you!

Now, that I’ve shared all of the above, I’m sure you totally agree with me! By just visiting one store, you just got the latest trends but also adopted Allen Edmonds quality and expertise in men’s fashions. And you are also free to use my initial statements too. Don’t you worry… They are not copyrighted! J But before I go, one more thing all men should keep in mind: A man in style is as adorable as diamonds were to Marilyn! Trust me!