Archive for March, 2007

Time to select and show off this year’s styles for spring

Monday, March 26th, 2007

THE WEATHER LATELY has been a bit of a tease. Between daylight-saving time coming so early, and one of the driest winters on record almost behind us, it has been very tempting to start wearing all of those new spring purchases sitting in your closets. If you have been good and waited for the flowers to bloom before buying anything new, then here’s what you might be seeing in some of the stores and out on the street.

Nautical remixed is a look that depends on the basics of red, white, khaki and blue, stripes and gold buttons. The way they are showing nautical this year is mixing vertical stripes with horizontal ones. They’re pairing stripes with prints and some plaids thrown in for good measure. Add to this some wide-leg, high-waisted pants and you are starting to get the picture.

Soft and romantic is another look that continues to show up this season. This look includes ruffles and bows, lace and crochet. The fabrics for this look are both feminine and floaty. Keep other pieces low-key so that the romance can show through.

Modified men’s wear is a favorite this season. Again, a pair of wide leg trousers gets this look started. Vests are perfect for this trend. Keep the colors pretty neutral and do a tighter top over a looser bottom. A crisp white shirt is the perfect compliment to this style. Move over men, women are stealing your look!

The Grecian-inspired look is coming on strong. This trend requires very drapey jersey fabrics that flow and fall easily. It is a very dramatic look that can really add some glamour. Metallic accessories and flat sandals are perfect compliments to this look.

Metallic is the finish du jour. Accessories, shoes, handbags and of course dresses can be seen in metallics all over the place. Be careful to do just a touch of this trend, as all over is too much. A pair of metallic flats have a way of dressing up even the most casual outfit.

Cropped is the cut of the season for jackets and tops. Layered over a longer top or tunic, gives you a long and lean line. These shorter jackets also look good over dresses.

The LWD or little white dress is making an appearance this season. This dress can bee seen in eyelet, chiffon or even jersey fabrics. The dress in general has made a huge splash this season.

Dresses are EVERYWHERE! Dresses over jeans and leggings or on their own can be seen at the beach and in the board room. Dress silhouettes are A line, empire, wrap and trapeze styles in both solid and floral prints. One of these is bound to flatter every figure type.

Trench coats are everywhere you look, in the magazines and in the village. The trench coat has gone from fashion staple to fashion statement. The trench can be spotted in many different colors and fabrics to give some pizzazz to this wardrobe must-have. If you’re going to invest, go for a khaki trench in a classic double-breasted style. If you already own a trench coat, but want to update it, considered having it shortened right to the knee.

Headbands are the accessory of the season. This look is fresh and fun. You can pair several skinny headbands for a splash of color, or go with one wide headband. You can also use skinny scarves to make your own. This is a great look to camouflage your not perfectly coifed hair! A high-waisted belt is another accessory that defines spring 2007. It cinches in the waist and looks great with a blouson top and skinny pants.

Shoes this season are reason to celebrate. The wedge heel is making a statement. A wedge shoe is a great way to add some height, without having to visit your chiropractor. Wedges are easier on the back than a traditional heel and they are really comfortable! They look as good under jeans as they do with a frilly dress. Ballet flats are also showing up in every conceivable material. Suede, velvet, canvas, patent and leather are just some of the choices for this shoe. They look great with pants, skirts and of course, a dress.

It will be a fun season with lots of fashion options. No matter which trend speaks to you, there’s a lot to work with this spring. Pick a few that suit you best, and make them your own!