(FEMININE + MINIMAL)
A GUIDE TO SPRING STYLE à la ACG
Hi there reader! It's been a while since we posted in the blog, so we decided to start out with something super fun. Spring style! And not just ACG spring style, but delicious finds from other makers as well!
Let's begin by talking politics. Slow Fashion is a growing movement, committed to sustainable business practices that are good for our economies and communities. Sounds great right!? But in all honesty it can be hard to: A. Do the research (aka, take the precious TIME) to find awesome and affordable companies also committed to sustainable design, B. Resist the impulse to give in to the very effective, well-designed ads by fast-fashion companies, and C. Pay more for stuff!
So here at ACG, we're helping you out.
We've compiled a spring shopping guide full of delicious design and all under the umbrella of Slow Fashion. You are truly getting what you pay for here- quality, great design, and investment in small-scale, independent business. These are our favorite pieces wear for spring/summer 2017, either as a capsule collection or sprinkled in with the rest of your wardrobe. But check out what else these companies have to offer, you won't be disappointed!
Our theme this season is FEMINAL (feminine + minimal.) We are moving away from the boxy minimalism of the last few years and returning to the super fun notion of sex appeal! With one foot in the practical box and the other in the feelin-real-good box, we are so pumped to get out in the sun and enjoy ourselves.
Shop away, and feel ZERO guilt.
We love this take on the denim dress. First, and most important, POCKETS. Yes. Enough said. The raw edge denim is somehow both trendy and timeless, and the flattering neckline leaves you confident and ready for a good day. With Winsome Goods you always get perfect construction and cutting-edge design. Get yours here.
This versatile piece by Minneapolis designer Tessa Louise totally conjures our FEMINAL dream. Three things immediately won us over with this date-night piece- A. POCKETS (again, because we loove them) B. It's Reversible! Deep V in the back or in the front, depending on how much you feel like showing off that day. C. Classy design. Tessa Louise is known for their pitch-perfect design, flattering to all body types, while staying rooted in practicality. This dress will be easy to wear. Check it out!
3. ACG - The workday blouse
Our Workday blouse does that favorite day-to-night transition so well. It's a blouse/t-shirt hybrid that feels feminine and soft yet contemporary. The washed silk crepe is luxurious AND washable, and there are ACG signature raw edges at the hem and center seam detail. Also available in BLACK! Check it out here.
Elizabeth Suzann makes the kind of timeless pieces you will own literally forever. While they stay true to their minimal aesthetic, their designs are flattering and again, timeless. Investment pieces in the best way. At the top of our list is the Tilda Pant - A loung-y silk pant that, like our other favorites, cross the dressy/casual line perfectly. They have several colors available, but we love this peachy neutral. Reminiscent of khakis, but so much better, this color makes us want to drink champagne at a sidewalk cafe. See what you think here.
5. LILY STAN at SEMBLANCE BOUTIQUE - THE LILY SLIP
This is the perfect summer slip top. From one of our favorite boutiques, Semblance, this will carry you into warmer weather in the flirtiest way. Designer Lily Stan is a favorite among die-hard minimalists, us included. Like our other picks this spring, this piece perfectly balances minimalism with femininity, and keeps it's eye on comfort. Take a look here.
It's hard to find good shorts right now. For some reason, our go-to brands for quality fashion aren't serving up this summer staple. So we designed a pair to meet our needs. The Boss Shorts are the short version of our Boss Pants - a legging/trouser hybrid designed to look professional and feel as comfortable as possible. The shorts feature the same hybrid fabric combo; cotton-lycra inseam and waistband, raw silk hip and pocket. The raw silk has a frayed hem, harking back to frayed denim, but the legging interior region keeps you cool and comfy. High waisted and ultra comfortable, these will be your best shorts ever. (Pictured with the High Tea Blouse) Get yours here.
The Meander Tote is our latest favorite from Minneapolis accessory designer Strey Designs. Their leather choices are on point, and their commitment to practicality and user-friendly design make their stylish bags even more covetable. Meander has an inside pocket, key clip, and is large enough for a day trip to the beach. We tote-ally love this bag! Check it out here!
8. CALL FOR SUGGESTIONS - SANDALS
We literally could not find a single pair of ethically made, well-designed sandals to share with you. So please, enlighten us! Share your favorite summer sandals, especially ones made by hand or in the US, with ethical labor and sourcing. We look forward to hearing your suggestions! Happy spring!