It’s time to shrug off that wool coat and lighten up your wardrobe. Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Ai InSite asked a few of our favorite fashion experts for their take on the newest trends in spring fashion.
Forget the predictable floral prints. Spring is warming up this year with flame patterns making a bold appearance on the runways.
“I love the flame detailing on the clothing and accessories for this season,” says Ashley Burks, fashion consultant at The Fashion Connoisseur.
Go bold with a statement shoe, like Prada’s flame sandals, which are more sculpture than shoe, with 50s hot rod style detailing. If you’re not quite ready to go all the way with this trend, pick up a subtler version of a flame pattern on a flirty skirt or dress.
When you hear about spring pastels, do you get flashbacks of Easter-egg colored frilly dresses from childhood?
Bold pastels may sound a little oxymoronic, but it can (and should!) be done. Not just for bridesmaids anymore, pastels are showing up on bold and ultra-feminine pieces.
Mary Jo Miller, the academic director of the Fashion department at The Art Institute of Atlanta, shares her tips for pulling off this trend.
“In order to avoid looking like a cupcake, mix pastels with neutrals and avoid ruffles and lace collars.”
We saw color-blocking emerge in the fall, and it’s not going anywhere for spring. Brighten up your spring wardrobe with bold, solid color pieces in a variety of hues. The brighter, the better, for this trend. We love the multitude of possible combinations (think an orange top, magenta cardigan, and blue skirt) and the fact that you can use existing wardrobe pieces to tie together the look.
Burks gives a quick style tip for those who are trying the trend: “Stick to three colors max to avoid looking like you are in kindergarten.”
It’s time to learn how to iron pleats, because they will definitely be making an appearance in your closet this spring.
“The inspiration comes from the 1920s, but has one thing in common — it’s all about movement. And the lengths are shown anywhere from floor-length formal to mid-thigh school girl,” Miller says.
In terms of fabrics, the options are unlimited. We’ve seen pleats on everything from pastel linen to tough leather.
It’s all about peplum this spring. The hottest designers are stepping back in time to bring us these deliciously 80s looks.
“This season’s peplum skirts, dresses, and tops, defined by a short flared ruffle that sits at the natural waist will make any woman feel young again,” Burks says.
Our favorite designers like Badgley Mischka and Jason Wu have perfected the look with fun and extravagant layers and ruffles.
Athletes, it’s your time to shine.
“Designs from Alexander Wang to Monique Lhuillier are showing sexy dresses with racing stripes along with drawstring pants, hoodies, and sweatband cuffs,” Miller says.
The trick is to match sporty pieces with more sophisticated clothing so that you look fashion forward, not frumpy.
SUPER BOLD PRINTS
Not for the fashionably meek, shockingly bold patterns will make your wardrobe relevant. We’re talking about over-sized florals, bold geometric shapes, even wild animal-inspired prints (not your typical leopard print, but parrots and monkeys). Look for inspiration from Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, and Altuzarra.
When you’re not donning the new bold pastels, we suggest going straight to the other end of the spectrum with bright, even fluorescent, colors. In particular, we’re seeing a lot of citrus hues: orange, tangerine, and even lemon-lime.
The Pantone Institute, which shares its color trend predictions for spring, was spot on with Tangerine Tango as the go-to shade this season. Figuring out how to wear brights is easy: wear all one color from head to toe.
Spring isn’t just for light and flowing fabrics. Bring a little edginess to your look with metallic accents. Think beyond gold and silver and look for a liquid emerald green dress or bronze stacked heel loafers.
Bold tribal prints in earth tones and geometric patterns are everywhere. Michael Kors brings a utilitarian and animal print influence to his spring line. Other trend makers like Proenza Schouler and Donna Karan are showing off clean lines and feminine silhouettes to bring this look to 2012.
THE ROARING 20s
If one decade is making the biggest influence on fashion this spring, it’s clearly the 20s. Marc Jacob’s flapper-like dresses are getting a current-day makeover with bold colors and patterns. Glam up like Daisy Buchanan, with luxurious silk, feathers, and art deco beading.
Written by freelance talent for Ai InSite
Contributing writer for EDMC.