Spring. Of all the seasons, it may not be the most consistent weather wise, but it is likely the most highly anticipated. The shedding of layers, summer around the corner, I find it more of a time for resolutions and re-birth than New Year’s ever was. Fashion wise this year there are some fantastic trends that are sure to inspire you to try something new. You’ve cleaned your closet, now let’s fill it up!
1. Lace. This isn’t your Grandmother’s doily, this is lace on steroids, and worn with denim or a bold mini. Lace with an edge can be a fantastic way to add texture and interest to an ordinary tee silhouette. This should never be precious.
2. Minimalism. This trend has been around for a while, and is showing no signs of waning. All it means is clean lines, no lapels, typically in Black and White, and straight lines. I love this perforated leather dress from the Master of Minimal, Calvin Klein.
3. Cropped Pants. Now this is one of those “proceed with caution” trends that really isn’t a trend. If worn too short, too wide, or with the wrong shoe, a cropped pant can be your legs’ worst friend, shortening and widening it conjuring Mom Crop images. The Spring Crops are worn with a pointed or brightly colored flat or a kitten heel, and are never too wide. Think stovepipe, not chimney.
4. Tribal. Popular last summer, this trend continues as well in the form of raffia trimmed accessories, chunky jewelry, and most often tribal prints. Drawstring pants in a silky material mixed with a braided shoe below from Anthropologie are a relaxed and fun.
5. Pastel. Pastels in Spring? No way! Ok, so this is ALWAYS a Spring Trend, but I love this years’ interpretation of sweet pale colors in edgier silhouettes like this origami pleated dress from ASOS.
6. Metallic. I love metallics in all forms, from iridescent leathers to sequins. What’s new this season is mirror metallics. I love a touch of them in shoes, bags, wallets, making any outfit sparkle.
7. Mesh. There’s a saying that if you’ve worn a trend the first time it came around, you’re too old to wear it in its return. Those of you who participated in the ripped mesh of the 1980s may, in fact, enjoy some mesh this go round, but I recommend it in modern, clean, fully on your shoulder type way. Think tech fabrics, inspired from athletics, not fishnet.
8. Tea Length. Hemlines rise and fall and the bottom line about them is that there is always a hemline in season that will work for you. Spring 2014 has an abundance of a rarely touted length that is both easy to wear and flattering. A just-below-the-knee to just-above the ankle tea length full skirt can be work with a D’orsay pump or ballet flat.
9. Art Prints. From Gucci to Chanel, this season has seen painterly prints that are so beautiful, one would almost want to frame them rather than wear them. Look for clothes with a brush stroke of color bold, graphic prints.
10. Crop tops. Also re-visited from the 80s are crop tops. These are not the loose, torn crops of yore. Todays are more tailored, slightly boxy or fitted and worn with high-waisted skirts. They are meant to show the tiniest sliver of skin, a few inches ABOVE the navel. If even that sliver is too much for you, you can mimic the silhouette by layering a cropped top over a sheath dress, or layering with a fitted camisole.