Ask the Fashionologist

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I’m antsy to start wearing spring clothes (Silky trenches! Pastels and white!) as soon as the collections hit stores, but how can I when it’s still absolutely freezing out? Any tips on how to mix the new stuff in with the old?B.H., Back Bay

Why, hello, Little Miss Sunshine! We need more of you on our frozen Yankee ground. Yes, you’re allowed to embrace spring regardless of the temperature. You don’t want to be a walking flower patch, but that look is best limited to the Maypole’s vicinity, anyway. Try mixing neutrals with chunky knits and leather. J Brand is hot this season, with its “Inez” taupe cropped chinos and white denim leggings. Top either with a crisp white blouse, and add Calypso’s cashmere cocoon duster, Belstaff’s tall black boots, and Hunter welly socks. Smitten with all the new trenches out there? Yigal Azrouël’s leather-trimmed khaki trench is insane, and can be worn as outerwear or as a badass indoor coat. Alexander Wang’s suede “Ingrid” satchel and a pair of Kors by Michael Kors sand-colored, patent leather sandals over toasty powder-pink ankle socks are sure to put a spring in your step. Wishing you eternal peace, love, and vernal equinox.

I have a luncheon at the Four Seasons coming up, and I’m planning on buying an outfit for it. Can I get away with a funky dress—something more individual—or must it be a suit?
P.D., Hingham

No one at the Four Seasons will ever toss you out for being an individual. In fact, I reckon the staff would be tempted to serve you a group hug. Long gone are the days of strict dress codes in fancy-schmancy venues. Jeans are permitted, as are funky dresses, so long as they’re respectfully proper in spirit. What you need is something you feel comfortable in, and that usually means something flattering. You can’t go wrong with Diane von Furstenberg: Season after season, she rolls out wrap dresses and sheaths in a variety of form-fitting shapes, lengths, colors, and of-the-moment prints. Helmut Lang also ranks high on the lunch list, with his sexy side-pleat gray silk dress. Mod it up with long, mixed-metal chain necklaces and an oversize cocktail ring. Now be off. Go RSVP. And get ready to hit your luncheon’s best-dressed list.

The Fashionologist is Lisa Pierpont, founder of Boldfacers.com and an undeniably superlative dresser.