Like many of you, I can’t wait for winter to be over and for the temperature to rise a bit. However, before the season changes, it’s important to plan ahead and be on the lookout for the most trendsetting items that will keep you looking amazing this spring. Fortunately, designers showcase spring trends very far in advance, and I’ve created an outline of the top trends and a guide to including them in your warmer-weather wardrobe.
J. Crew Spring ’11
One of the hottest colors for this season (aside from Pantone’s official 2011 color of the year—honeysuckle) is, surprisingly, one that many find difficult to pull off. Fortunately, designers Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Cynthia Rowley provide many options for wearing orange. Intimidated by the thought of a monochromatic orange look? Consider purchasing one orange item such as a clutch, bangle or belt to add some color to an otherwise neutral-toned outfit. Also remember that the shade of orange you select should complement your skin tone. Jenna Lyons and the design team at J. Crew showcased many shades of this fun, punchy color including beeswax—a tangerine shade, and coral rose, which is a shade resembling an orange fruit.
Tibi Spring ’11
Tibi could be considered this season’s ambassador for the re-emergence of the ’60s mod look. With thigh-grazing hemlines and décolletage-covering necklines, Tibi’s models are the epitome of clean, classic ’60s chic. In addition to presenting sheath dresses and skirts with fuller bottoms, Tibi is also showing a streamlined skinny pant, which can be worn with tunic tops. This sleek alternative to basic blue jeans is usually cuffed mid-calf or below the calf muscle, and variations of this new bottom can be purchased at Urban Outfitters in the Saint Louis Galleria.
The Return of the ’70s
Marc Jacobs Spring ’11
Even more prominent than the ’60s trend is the return of basically every trend from the 1970s. Many designers seem to agree that this spring leaves no room for tight skinny jeans—although I’ll still be wearing mine this season. From psychedelic prints by Emilio Pucci and Diane Von Furstenburg to the over-the-top floppy hats shown on the runways of Tracy Reese and Marc Jacobs, the ’70s have returned in a big way. Accessories dominating this trend include turbans, featured by Duro Olowu and Jason Wu in black-and-white graphic prints and regatta, respectively; pendant necklaces by Tracy Reese; big hoop earrings from Tory Burch and retro sunglasses from Marc Jacobs.
Clothing-wise, substitute your skinnies for tailored wide-leg pants, and pair them with a tucked-in casual neutral tank, retro sunglasses and a pendant necklace à la ADAM. Also, swap out your stiff button-down shirts for those made with lighter fabrics and that include a low bow neckline. Another outfit idea is to pair oversized thin hoop earrings with a turban and a long bohemian dress. Fringe, brown leather in all shades, bold colors, graphic pin stripes and touches of suede can help you further incorporate the ’70s trend into your spring wardrobe. The key to pulling off this dominant trend is to avoid overload.
Victoria Beckham Spring ’11, all photos from style.com
If your style is more 1990s Calvin Klein than 1970s bohemian butterfly, then the minimalist trend is your new best friend. New York Fashion Week newbie Victoria Beckham debuted with blush tones, simple sheaths and sleek handbags, which all take notes from the minimalist look. The key details to consider when incorporating this trend are simple and sleek cuts and fabrics like those used by Celine.
Other things that will incite the minimalist chic aesthetic include a looser fit in clothing, monochromatism, slight androgyny and very few accessories. Though white and black are the top colors for this trend, Ports 1961 designers have also used tan and an array of textures and fabrics in black or white to achieve this look. This trend works best for those with long, lean, angular figures.