Market Watch: Madewell and J.Crew Accessories

 Madewell Spring 2012

There's something about braving a wall of rain to go look at clothes and accessories that makes you wonder about life. And as you ponder your current existential crisis, you realize, despite your now-frizzed out hair and soaked-through vintage burgundy booties, your life is still pretty damn awesome, so quit complaining. So went my thought process while trying to hail a cab this morning. But all in all, today was chock full of fantastic items, and my feet have nearly dried out.

My first stop of the day was at Madewell, where I got to see the Spring 2012 collection as well as J.Crew's spring accessories (they're sister companies). I have to say Madewell just does it right. Each season their clothes get cuter, chicer, and just so wearable. No wonder they're always on everyone's must-buy list.

 Madewell Spring 2012

Spring is no exception. I loved the polka dotted pencil skirt and the bright colors and striped blouses. So easy going and perfect for the season. The colorblocking was on trend—lime with a pastel lilac-magenta; shades of green paired together. On the accessories front—flat lovers will have so much to pick from next season! It was a veritable ballet flat bonanza in nearly every color! One of each, please.

Over in the J.Crew room (wouldn't it be dreamy to have rooms for each brand in your house? Oh, well…), I went a little crazy for the bags. There are some great options coming to stores! And more flats than you can count. Expect everything to start landing in stores come January.

Photos: Offerings from Madewell's Spring 2012 collection