First published in TG Forum 4-14-14
Spring is here. The weather is warming, the stores are stocked with spring fashions, the fashion mags have told us about all the new trends (too many to keep track of) and the runway shows are over until the fall. How do we make sense of it all or do we really even care?
Some are perennial trends, some are hangovers from last year and some are new, but do you want to risk your often limited dollars on something that may not see the daylight from your closet. If you see a trend that you like, by all means, embrace it, but military jackets or ugly boots will not be seen here. Think quality and fit, particularly if it’s a classic item that will last for many seasons and can be paired to create many different looks. I love the latest crop of printed pants which look great with heels, but the opportunity to wear that look many places is somewhat limited. If you see it though, buy it now because it’s not likely to last. This is particularly true for the more trendier items
So here are my thoughts for your consideration based on a collage of ideas from some of my favorite bloggers across all the age ranges. And I have to tell you, these are the best trends I have seen in a long time.
We all love black: It’s sexy and elegant and mysterious and chic. But it’s not the only color in the universe. Spring is bright. It’s about flowers and sunshine and ice cream and all those other storybook things. I’m not saying that lime greens and hot pinks are for you but I am a firm believer that dressing in bright colors can really improve your mood and help you sparkle.
BLACK & WHITE
Black and white is a perennial trend, featured with pops of the bright colors mentioned above. You’ll also see a lot of stand-alone bright white this season, a look which works with so many different styles (elegant, bohemian, dramatic, feminine…) and carries forward into summer beautifully.
FIND SOMETHING FUNKY
Patterns are a wonderful thing. Though solids are classic, nothing says springtime like oversized flowers or crazy geometrics. And they exist for virtually any style out there and they look good whether you are a skinny Minnie or a curvaceous babe. It’s so tiring to hear that patterns aren’t flattering, when in actuality, they can be one of the most complimentary things. Flattering is about fit and finding something that radiates your personality and makes you feel pretty and confident and special and unique. The goal is finding the clothes that make you feel the best.
Remember to keep the scale of the print in proper proportion to your size — a large print can overwhelm a smaller body, while a tiny print loses its impact on a taller or larger frame.
“Peplum was a popular trend last year and is showing staying power this year,” says style blogger Alissa Wilson. This bold style is perfect for women of all sizes because of its sleek fit that curves in all the right places. Alissa loves the idea of gold jewelry with color and thinks it’s best worn with a black blazer. Along with a cute necklace, don’t be afraid to stack bracelets for any day or night occasion.
There’s no denying it — you will be wearing a pleated skirt come spring. Next to new shirting, it is the piece to buy to update your look. Pleats usually have specific connotations of prep school uniforms or unflattering secretary skirts, but not this season. Created in chiffons, silks and beyond, these modern pleats actually move. And if you are smart, you will do your buying now, as the best ones will surely sell out.
Polka dots, particularly black and white, are always in style and Lane Bryant’s new spring line isn’t holding back. From undies to bathing suits, polka dots add a little more spice to your wardrobe no matter who is seeing them! Style blogger Marcy Guevara calls the new polka dots and lace trim underwear “fun and girlish.” My polka-dot pencil skirt paired with a brightly-colored top and layered is a fabulous and sexy look.
We’re seeing lace everywhere — blouses, skirts and dresses – and in so many vibrant colors. This trend is interesting because it takes lace from the typical white, ivory and black and moves it into a much more modern vibe. You can still wear it in full ‘ladylike’ fashion with kitten heels if that’s your preference or if the occasion calls for it, but you can also have some fun and mix it up with a leather jacket and booties, or with a tee and pumps.
Besides lace, cut-outs and mesh are being seen in everything from shoes to bags to clothes. I don’t see this as a perennial trend but if you love it and can find an accessory at a reasonable price, it could be a statement-making seasonal add-in.
This is good news for crossdressers. While shoe trends run the gamut this season…kitten heels make a return to the scene, as do lower, square-heeled pumps (nice for those who don’t like or can’t handle sky-high heels); gladiators are back as well, along with graphic and color-blocked heels and wedges. There should be something for everyone in the shoe department this season.
COLORS & PAIRINGS
Lastly, my favorite fashionista, Aleigha, talks about about the top 5 colors for spring and summer, but more than that, she shows what colors they can be paired with for maximum effect. Want a quick guess?