One of the best ways the fashion industry guarantees we make a purchase (or five) each season is by creating new trends. We often await the arrival of that “IT” item we must have to look stylish. No complaints here. I love trends. But, I also take it slow before jumping on the trend bandwagon. I try to evaluate the “look” a bit before I swipe that card – should I spend $200 on floral pants? Will I wear them beyond this summer? Do I really like them, or do I think I like them because they are literally everywhere and on every celeb?
My advice? Try it on! Think of what in your existing wardrobe works with the piece you’re considering. Give it 1-2 days before you go back and make that purchase. And remember it’s a good idea to mix the trends with those classic timeless pieces – that’s what grounds the look (unless you opt for one of the below dresses that makes a statement all on its own!). Whatever the look is, just know it’s a trend that flatters you and not a look that lands you on the Glamour Don’t List. Here are the trends I am hopping on for spring!
FLORAL – A trend I struggle with as there is a delicate balance between new and fun and… well, looking like grandma’s sofa. My advice, avoid the big rose on the vine print (unless it is really bold!). Make it fresh and young with some punch! This Porter Grey dress with the great trend colors of coral and lime green is fabulous and a bit retro at the same time – check out the back cut-out detailing! These H&M pants are so playful and bright – and at $14.95 how can you say no? Inexpensive but stylish options are another great way to try out a trend. Also love the way Cynthia Rowley (and DVF check out her site as there are some great floral dresses I adore) went the abstract route when approaching this trend. The Rowley pants are not yet available, but call their New York store to get on the list – I already did!
SHRUNKEN BLAZER – Whether going with the tipped, the bright or the denim, shrunken blazers are a sexy and flattering twist on menswear. Remember it is already shrunken, so don’t opt for too small of a size – you don’t want to look like you outgrew your coat! And yes, the Parisians are way ahead of us on this trend!
COLOR BLOCKING – This trend has been with us a little while now. Love it when it comes to handbags as it lengthens the trends expiration date – this Marc by March Jacobs messenger is very classic looking. I think DVF’s take on the trend with this dress is edgy and fun – and what a killer back design! I love the bold color contrast in this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress as well – it stays on trend but maintains a certain elegance.
ANIMAL PRINTS – Ok, so I am a little bit obsessed with this trend right now (leopard in particular). A three-quarter vintage coat similar to the one Emerson sports on her blog is top of my must-find list! This Jerome Dreyfuss Carlito leopard bag – AMAZING (available at Metier in SF)! Love Rebecca Taylor’s soft and sequined take on leopard print. So whether snakeskin, cheetah or tiger print, I’m on-board! One warning, don’t do this look in a revealing dress – it can go from chic to cheap real fast!
PASTELS – As you may know from my Phillip Lim post, pastels are simply charming for spring. Pastels are soft, pretty and innately feminine. DVF does a lovely job with the trend – this Delilah sequined top (yes, mixes in that floral look as well) is simply glowing. The Daria top (again DVF) in apricot – yes please! Love the neck-tie details! J.Crew combines pastel with lace – another top-of-season-trend – apricot mist, so aptly named. Or a Rebecca Minkoff purse to sweeten up any outfit!
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