Whether you call it cruise, resort, or that kind-of season in between fall and spring, one thing is for certain: The pre-spring ‘14 collections have our style senses tingling. This kid season may be small but it’s proved to be quite mighty — with a few especially strong fashion forces to be reckoned with. Ahead, the best-of-the-best looks inspiring us right now — even if we can’t get our hands on ‘em ’til after the New Year. Trust: It’s. Worth. The. Wait.
Clover Canyon — An A-line skirt that starts at your hips might swallow you, but just choose a super-high platform to lengthen your lower third.
Photo: Courtesy of Clover Canyon.
Wes Gordon — When you’re doing white on white, go nuts with the silhouette, like in this boxy-top-and-mega-bellbottoms ensemble from Wes Gordon.
Photo: Courtesy of Wes Gordon.
Chloé — Chloé shows off two new daring silhouettes in this collection: a near-empire-waisted skirt and ankle-length “shorts.” We love them paired with those billowing tops and simple, streamlined shoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Chloé.
Thakoon — Sometimes, an outfit only needs two pieces to look stylish (of course, it doesn’t hurt that those two pieces are as awesome as these).
Photo: Courtesy of Thakoon.
Band of Outsiders — Wearing matching prints in contrasting colors are a fun way to create the illusion of a colorblocked dress.
Photo: Courtesy of Band of Outsiders.
Alexander Lewis — Cropped cardigans…they’re ba-ack! Wear them the modern way with pretty Bermuda shorts.
Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Lewis.
Adam Lippes — Pajama dressing is still going strong, but this season’s version is a lot more slim.
Photo: Courtesy of Adam Lippes.
Balenciaga — Matching your hat to your shoes and your shirt to your skirt and your earrings to your bag? You got it!
Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga.
Altuzarra — Think your jumpsuit’s a tad too glitzy on its own? Tone it down with an embellished blazer.
Photo: Courtesy of Altuzarra.
Thakoon Addition — This might be the beginning of a whole new trend, but we’re loving this “shirt poncho” from Thakoon Addition.
Photo: Courtesy of Thakoon Addition.
Alexander Wang — Go for the cheerleader silhouette but with modern textures like marled wool and buttery-soft leather.
Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang.
Acne — A black moto jacket is a classic, sure. But isn’t pink so much more fun?
Photo: Courtesy of Acne.
Sportmax — Here’s the dress-over-pants thing again! The key to making one version of this work is to make sure your dress is above the knee and the trousers break right at the foot.
Photo: Courtesy of Sportmax.
See by Chloé — We love pinafores. They’re this season’s version of the jumper. Pair it with a patterned button-up for maximum nerdiness.
Photo: See by Chloé.
Stella McCartney — Want the cool girl’s guide to an effortless party look? A patterned bomber on top of a patterned flippy dress. Bam!
Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney.
Suno — Toe-less socks under your peep-toe pumps might not seem like a good idea, but this Suno look is so awesome, we might have to borrow your scissors…
Photo: Courtesy of Suno.
Rochas — That’s one, two, three…four?…layers we see. Pile on pieces with the same print and make the last layer different for a splendidly odd look.
Photo: Courtesy of Rochas.
Proenza Schouler — A below-the-knee pencil skirt can work, but you’ve got to wear it with conviction. Worn under a fashion-forward sweatshirt and ankle-strap heels, it’s a polished ensemble that’s comfy, too.
Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler.
Prabal Gurung — Don’t need a belt on your dress? Put one on anyway. Consider it a bracelet for your waist!
Photo: Courtesy of Prabal Gurung.
Opening Ceremony — Dress up a pair of running shoes with pretty, embellished socks.
Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony.
10 Crosby Derek Lam — There’s something about this composition book print that’s making us think…is this the new leopard print?
Photo: Courtesy of 10 Crosby Derek Lam.
3.1 Phillip Lim — Metallic lavender isn’t just for your nails. A coat of the color on your pants looks just as fun.
Photo: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Carven — Sport sandals and work-appropriate pencil skirts might not be an obvious mix (except for a special subset of NYC commuters…), but Carven shows that they key to making the mix work is to match the colors and to keep everything else muted.
Photo: Courtesy of Carven.
Elizabeth and James — Dries van Noten did sheer plaids most recently, and we think this version by Elizabeth and James looks super-cute, too. Also…is it time to bring back those black stretch headbands?
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth and James.
The Row — This ensemble is a bit Sister Maria before she left the convent, but we think that on the right girl, this would work. The trick is to finding this set in a really strong color and sheen. You’ll look Tilda Swinton-esque in the best of ways.
Photo: Courtesy of The Row.
Marc Jacobs — See those shoes? Asian grandparents around the world are all going “I told you so!”
Photo: Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Tibi — A casual midi-length full skirt? Why not? Just wear it with super-casual sandals and a fun zip-up (matchy-matchiness, optional).
Photo: Courtesy of Tibi.
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