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Boutique of the Week: By George

ORANGE writer Julia Duke picked By George stylist Cat Caplener’s brain to find out what she thinks will be on trend this spring.

By Julia Duke

Good news! You don’t have to put your favorite leather jacket away this spring. We still have some chilly nights ahead of us, so hold on to that leather and try some new ways to mix it in with your lighter fabrics and shorter hemlines.

By George stylist Cat Caplener poses in her spring favorites.

By George stylist Cat Caplener poses in her spring favorites.

Trends can be tricky, but sometimes all you need a little push in the right direction. We chatted with stylist Cap Caplener from By George, a boutique located on 1400 South Congress, for tips on transitioning from winter to spring. Here are a few of her suggestions:

1. Light-weight, light-colored leather

Although a black leather jacket may be the solution to stay warm on chilly nights out, that’s not always the case in Texas. Caplener insists that people keep light-colored leathers and leather detailed trim in mind this spring when dressing for warmer weather. She suggested picking out leathers in nude, tan, bubble-gum pink and even white. These lighter shades allow you to incorporate the leather trend into spring wear, without sweating to death from black’s heat-absorbing quality.

Phillip Lim black leather trim top at By George — $660

Phillip Lim black leather trim top at By George — $660

2. Black and White

Black is back, but don’t forget about white. For Caplener, these two color classics are the perfect pairing for spring. If black on black is a little too biker chic for your liking, Caplener suggests trying a dark navy.

Isabel Marant basket weave vest at By George — $1,235

Isabel Marant basket weave vest at By George — $1,235

3. Marble Print

Prints are always something to look out for. Geodes, marble and woodprints took over the runways this season. This swirly print in particular makes a statement. The pattern miraculously blends hues of different shades, giving any outfit a modern twist. Phillip Lim, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang incorporated this print into their lookbooks, but if you’re searching for this unique print while on a budget,  Zara offers a variety of marble tops, sweaters and accessories.

Philip Lim marble print top at By George — $425

Philip Lim marble print top at By George — $425

4. Primary Pigments

Think crayon box. After all, Celine did theme their spring bag collection with Crayola in mind.  Caplener points out that color blocking is still in and the best way to do it is with accessories, such as the pictured Celine bag below.

Celine primary color block luggage at By George — $3,300

Celine primary color block luggage at By George — $3,300

5. Tribal Elements  

Caplener says that every wardrobe needs ethnic embellishments, such as feathers, puka shells, beading or weaving. “I never thought I would like puka shells after sixth grade Abercrombie, but hey, I guess they’re back,” she says. If you’re feeling daring, Caplener suggests adding these adornments to your closet and spicing up your outfits by pairing cultural prints.

Dries Van Noten shell-detailed top at By George — $1,330

Dries Van Noten shell-detailed top at By George — $1,330

By George is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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