New York Fashion Week is coming to a close, and while we’ve still got the end of the month to see runways in London, Milan, and Paris, New York City is where the trends take shape for modern brands. One major theme for the mid-range set was a not complicated, more relaxed approach to getting dressed. Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard are best known for layers, especially with their edgy tailored jackets and removable dickeys, which create the illusion of wearing a cable-knit turtleneck or Perfecto jacket underneath.


But Spring gave a new focus that goes way beyond blazers. Miami was the Beards’ starting spot, and models with wet, slicked-back hair were standing  in front of huge palm fronds wearing crisp white separates, soft suits, and breezy dresses. “It’s supposed to feel like they just jumped out of the pool and threw these clothes on,” Swanson Beard explained. That went  to a looser, less straight approach to tailoring: Even the edgiest pin-striped jacket was done in a soft piqué, and clingy silk dresses were without shape, save for a drawstring waist or a row of ruched buttons on the side.


And at the end, real-life wearability is a big thing when you’re stocked in department stores, and while a few looks felt a bit not practical, like a red off-the-shoulder dress, others appeared more womanly than what some of the designers’ co workers are doing. And for girls looking toremodel their dickey collection, there was a brand-new style to try here: “lapel dickeys,” which were slimmer and gave just a little extra view