Archive for March, 2006

Put some spring in your step!

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Despite the cold temperatures and recent rain, step into any store and you’d swear May flowers are already in bloom. Spring is in full swing, at least from a retail perspective. Remember, spring fashions were shown on the runways last fall. Retailers are chomping at the bit to push us forward despite the weather.

It’s an exciting season, and one loaded with possibilities. White is THE color of the season. Shirtdresses, tees, tunics, you name it, and it’s out there in white. Nude is also an important color this season. Paired with black, it’s elegant and understated. If you love all things blue, this is the year for you. Varied shades of blue are in; think navy, royal, sky and turquoise. If you can recall the color of your mid 70’s kitchen appliances, you’ll either rejoice or recoil when you see avocado, burnt orange or chocolate on the racks. Metallics continue to be a good investment, even if it’s just a piece or two. You’ll see some softer pastels, and brights like magenta, cranberry and acid yellow. Desert khaki and brown will continue to be a great substitute for black.

If I had to choose the most important piece this season, hands down, it’s the DRESS. You will see them all over in prints, florals, geometrics, polka dots and don’t forget vintage. It is the single most prevalent trend this season. Dresses are versatile and vibrant, practical and pretty. Paired with flats and a denim jacket they’re appropriate for day, with platforms and a cropped jacket or cardigan they’re ready to go out at night.

For most of us, flattering shorts are hard to find. They’re either too short, too high waisted or way too low. Meet the “city” short. It’s longer than a Bermuda, and shorter than a pedal pusher. City shorts can be worn with heels for a sophisticated work- appropriate outfit, and with a flat trainer and a t-shirt for the weekend. It’s a good substitute for capris and khakis.

The trench is making a big statement this season. They come in all lengths and colors, and, worn belted, they make an impression. A trench over city shorts or a fun skirt makes a definite splash.

Did someone mention skirts? No big surprise- they continue to be a staple this season. The A-line, dropped pleat and dirndl are all over the fashion magazines. They’re embellished and emblazoned with everything from embroidery to sequins. The good news for those of us with “real” figures is that the styles are flattering, fun and they FIT!

Sailor- inspired separates continue to impress. Pea coats, navy stripes and sailor pants are continuing their run as a dependable yet stylish look. A boyish vest is also a quick update to a pair of jeans or skirt.

Rounding out the fashion forecast are wedge and platform heels, flat and Grecian style sandals and handbags that are large and slouchy or softly structured. The “it” accessory is definitely the belt. It’s no longer worn low around the hips, but higher on the waist.

And lastly, ruby red lips are taking center stage in makeup. The rest of the face stays understated, letting the mouth do all the talking. With all of these fun trends on the horizon, my step has more spring in it already!