After a blustery winter (that lasted entirely too long on East Coast), I can’t help but get excited about spring fashion. There are plenty of trends to get excited about — from colored leather to short suits — that are far from the norm. Sure, you’ll definitely spy lots of pastel frocks and towering stilettos on the racks, but the fashion this spring seems to be far less “girly” than usual — and I love it!
While some trends are best kept on the catwalk (I’m still on the fence about exaggerated ruffles), there are many that can translate well to the everyday woman’s closet.
Here are four that are totally wearable and worth a try this season:
1. Black and White: I don’t think this classic combo ever really went out of style, but it’s really refreshing to see the season’s color palette take a break from extreme brights. (Truth be told, I’ve had the black-and-white trend in heavy rotation since photos/live streams of the spring shows hit the Web last September). You’ll instantly up the sophistication factor on any outfit when you rock this high-contrast color pairing. Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Celine sent black-and-white designs down the runway in luxe leathers, silks and eyelet and checkered prints.
Where to Shop: 1. Eila Wedge, $120, aldoshoes.com | 2. Combination Striped Top, $49.90, zara.com | 3. Ethnic Fabric Print Skirt, $59.99, mango.com | 4. Natasha Couture Striped Cuff, $32, nordstrom.com
2. Flats and Low Heels: Ladies, you can give your feet a rest this season thanks to the influx of designers who opted for more sensible footwear (it’s about time!). Yes, sensible can be fashionable. And if you need some reassurance, check out some of my favorite haute spring looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chloe and Isabel Marant, where models sported footwear that can go the distance. Avoid the matronly look by playingwith color, prints and texture.
Where to Shop: 1. Ivanka Trump ‘Indico’ Pumps, $99.90, nordstrom.com | 2. Bass ‘Terri’ in Silver/Natural, $99, piperlime.com | 3. Travyss Sandals, $69, rachelroy.com | 4. Kiliana Flats, $49.99, ninewest.com
3. Stripes: Channel the nautical vibe with stripes this season. I think they add a subtle touch of masculinity to your look without being overbearing. If you’re searching for ways to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe, check out the spring looks from Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior; stripes were a major part of their spring collections. You can try pairing a striped blazer with slim fit pants or a skirt — or even rock a dress in the print.
Where to Shop: 1. Navy Cross-Over Stripe Dress, $59, dorothyperkins.com | 2. Factory Stripe Knit Blazer, $64.50, jcrewfactory.com | 3. Large Jet Set Striped Zip Pouch by MICHAEL Michael Kors, $98, neimanmarcus.com | 4. Juicy Couture Regal Placed Stripe Pleated Skirt, $50, stylebop.com
4. Lace: In general, I’ve never really been a fan of lace. There’s just always been something too girly, too frilly, too “Debbie Debutante” about it for me. That all changed, though, when I spied Proenza Schouler’s spring collection. It’s every bit of tough girl chic — lots of leather, bright colors and boxy silhouettes, then they totally switched it up with a couple of super feminine dresses that mix bold prints with lace cut-outs (along the neckline, arms and waist). Also, I loved the designs at Jason Wu, which mixed ladylike silhouettes, such as sheath dresses and full skirts, with leather and lace.
Where to Shop: 1. Lace and Jewel Skull Scarf, $36, topshop.com | 2. Prabal Gurung for Target Lace Front Blouse, $17.48, target.com | 3. Kate Landry Lace Frame Clutch, $49, dillards.com | 4. ASOS POPULATE Lace Pointed High Heels, $46.55, asos.com
Keep it stylish,
READER’S TAKE: Which spring trends are you excited about wearing this season? Talk about it in the comments below!