Although it was fifty degrees over the weekend and snow flurrying today, we really are in the home stretch of winter. Just hang in there, pretty birds, relief is on the way. While we wait for the last frost of the season to cease, let us refresh ourselves on the clothing that is just waiting to make itself quite comfortable in our closets come spring. Since each fashion week presents collections a solid six months in advance of when we can actually get our greedy little hands on it, it’s easy to forget what we need to start scoping for and what to relegate to the back of our wardrobes for the time being. The fashion elite may be a bit clairvoyant perhaps predicting the dreadfully long winter we’ve endured as the spring collections did not shy away from color, bold patterns, and plenty of shiny embellishment. Though black and white were ever present, it’s time to drop the dull all black uniform and have a little bit of fun.
While florals are really nothing new for spring, this season’s are a bit bolder and less feminine incorporating the trend of black and white as well as darker tones as opposed to the predictable pastel colorways. Speaking of which, Easter egg colors abound and are best done head to toe, but if that has you feeling apprehensive of emulating Great Aunt Ida, the presence of a pastel leather jacket or clutch will do the trick.
Along with bold graphics that will have even the biggest globetrotters giddy, art aficionados rejoice. Patterns for spring give a nod to pop art using brights that make them downright framable. Wearable art, if you will.
Embellishment was big and came in the form of fringe, 3D embellishments and gilded golds, bronze, and silver. An alternative to shine in the form of straightforward metallics is presented in the option of iridescence.
And to those who attempted a croptop intervention on me… bad news: the croptop (which will live on through Fall 2014) is stronger than ever for spring. Might I suggest enrolling in a Pilates class, like last week? Though tops are shrinking bottoms get a bit of volume in the form of wide leg trousers and full skirts seen prevalently in the midi length.
Most notably to me was that all of the various trends seem to work together quite seamlessly and in some cases there’s quite a bit of overlap. Full metallic skirts, crop tops with sheer panels, and boldy printed wide leg trousers make hitting a few trends at once a spring breeze.
The only item more clutch to one’s closet than the perfect fall boots is the perfect fall coat. Growing up in Florida, I was unfamiliar with inclement winter weather. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening during my first northeastern snow storm. This was when I took a crash course in dressing for the elements. Never again would I be chilled to the bone without the appropriate outerwear. Someone wise once told me that if you have a nice coat, nice bag, and nice shoes during the winter, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re wearing sweats underneath– no one will even see them. I’m not encouraging that, but I certainly wouldn’t shame you for running to Starbucks in your jammies so long as you cover them accordingly. While you should have one go to coat to cover all occasions, you’re going to need a couple more to fill in the wardrobe gaps. Below are some essential styles that will keep you warm and looking cool.
Judging by the Spring 2013 runways, it would appear that there is a certain accessory attempting, yet again, to make a comeback. Designers Rachel Zoe, Lacoste, DKNY, and Jeremy Scott all sent the hip hugging fanny pack down the catwalk. This isn’t the first time designers have adorned their ensembles with the hip satchel though. It seems like for the last three years, fanny packs have been trying their darndest to regain social relevance. I hate to quote Mean Girls (slash, love it), but in the words of Regina George, “Stop trying to make fetch happen.”
But alas, it would seem some celebrities drank the Kool-Aid and designers are practicing what they preach… and who could forget the Carrie Bradshaw Gucci fanny pack moment? In theory, I get the fanny pack. We need both hands to carry our lattes, walk our dogs, hail a taxi, and simultaneously text and Instagram. Who wouldn’t want a little hip pouch a la kangaroos to hold all of our essentials? But really? I don’t even care if you gave it the chic new name of hip purse or waist wallet, the last place that needs more attention is my hip region… and these hips don’t lie. So, ladies, I must ask, are we doing this come spring?
Summer may very well be on its way out, but that hasn’t stopped a few stylish celebrities from shielding themselves from the last bits of sun with their favorite headwear. Whether they’re trying to be inconspicuous (yeah, right) or hide a bad hair day (dirty hairy), they all look quite chic from morning til midnight in everything from fedoras to a standard straw hat.
I love the crisp contrast of black and white especially when it comes to a flirty frock. It’s not basic black. It’s not stark white. It’s a happy combination of both and looks good on everyone. The look can also be accessorized in a multitude of ways. Punch it up with bright accessories, or go glam with shiny metallics. It seems I am not alone in my love of all things opposite as designers have designed an array of black and white from stripes, to swirls, to dots, to simple trims. Black and white is a perfect way to transition from breezy spring to balmy summer.