May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: Margaret Howell keeps it simple again this season, but smartly turns away from Fall’s dowdy direction in favor of a crisp, nautical-inspired look. Basics like relaxed-fit cotton shirt dresses, slouchy trouser suits and boatneck tunics were the very building blocks of a minimalist wardrobe, each ensemble infused with a demurely sweet charm. Jaunty sailor caps and t-strap sandals created a childlike mood, as did denim apron dresses and grade-school overalls with rolled cuffs. Slim tapered trousers were flattering, but Howell’s cropped wide-leg pants had a difficult proportion that could have been edited from her neatly executed presentation.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Round / Oversized / Relaxed / Boxy
Color: White / Navy / Pastel blue / Cream / Black / Charcoal
Key Items: Oversized shirtdresses / Boatneck knit tops / Trouser suits / Boxy cotton tops / Walking shorts / Smock tops / Jumpsuits
Materials: Smooth cotton / Denim / Silk blend knits
Print + Pattern: Stripes
Details + Trim: Boat necks / Contrast piping / Rolled cuffs / Patch pockets / Small collars
Accessories + Footwear: Flat t-strap sandals / Sailor hats
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