Welcome 2014! I can not believe it is already January. YAY!! Spring and Summer are just around the corner. I know it is still deep into the winter season but in the fashion world everybody is already obsessing over the upcoming season. This Spring Pastels are HUGE as well as tea length skirts. I don’t know about you but I LOVE pastels especially in the spring and a tea length skirt is both elegant and oh so very romantic.
A rainbow of soft springtime shades reigned throughout the collections. The best thing about the pastel trend? You can pick your most-flattering color and wear it with whatever silhouette flatters (and excites) you. From a minty-green board-shorts suit to a sexy-CEO lilac dress to sporty baby blue bombers, the sky’s the limit on how pastel-happy you want to get.
Shown: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor
Boxy, Cropped (Non-Moto) Jackets
Yes, your fall wardrobe-staple moto jacket will still serve you well in the spring, but think about adding one of these non-moto jackets to your layering arsenal. The boxy, cropped silhouette can come in a plethora of prints and textures to pair easily with a fit-and-flare or body-con dress, tailored trousers, office-ready skirts, and (of course) your go-to jeans. A girl can never have too many jackets.
Shown: BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Minkoff, Thakoon
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Contrast-Collar Button-Downs
The crisp, menswear-inspired dress shirt enjoys a makeover with inventively cool, contrasting color and/or textured collars and cuffs. This elevated wardrobe essential is perfect for sneakily kicking up your work outfit (just make sure to button up all the way!).
Shown: Alexander Wang, Costello Tagliapietra, Altuzarra
Easy to wear and ultra-chic, billowy wide-leg trousers made a huge showing on the spring runways. I know what you’re thinking…and, no, this trend isn’t just for six-foot-tall supermodels, I swear. Just look for a pair that’s leaner on the flare and higher-waisted to elongate your frame.
Shown: BCBG Max Azria, Trina Turk, Rosie Assoulin
Cool Bomber Jackets
The sporty layering pieces get edgier for spring with adventurously colorful prints, luxe textures and fabrics, and sporty-cool detailing—like mesh weaving and perforations. Like its cousin the moto jacket, the bomber is ultra versatile to temper the girliness of a dress or complement the athletic chicness of dressy shorts.
- Shown: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Milly, Tracy Reese
While the midiskirt may be the ultimate transition piece, the tea-length—between midi and maxi (yes, it’s starting to get thatspecific)—is it for spring. The ladylike hemline can be just as modern as a mini; pair it with a cropped top to offset the length (and make you look taller!). Of course, you could also get the look with a breezy tea-length dress, but keep it modern and sexy by baring some arm (and maybe a little shoulder).
Shown: Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler
Along with the not-going-anywhere crop top, spring knits make for next season’s staple separate. Whether it’s boldly printed or inventively cut, the seasonal sweater is an easy-chic piece to pair with tailored pants, flirty skirts, and blousy shorts—or to just throw on over a light dress.
Shown: Trina Turk, Altuzarra, Mara Hoffman
The athletic stripe smartens up with tuxedo detailing on these sporty-meets-sophisticated tailored trousers. It’s really all in the styling. To keep the look modern but refined, opt for a streamlined silhouette in unexpected white (black is sotraditional) and pair the pants with a casual non-button-down top. Or take inspiration from Costello Tagliapietra’s “reverse tuxedo,” with striping that runs along the inseam instead.
Shown: J.Crew, Costello Tagliapietra, BLK DN
The Shift Blouse
Almost like a dressy version of a T-shirt, the shift blouse is easy (but so much more sophisticated!). The near-elbow-length sleeve and boxy silhouette keep the look flattering and versatile. Have some fun with extra details, like exciting prints, luxurious textures, and varying necklines.
Shown: Cynthia Rowley, Clover Canyon, Calvin Klein
Another strong spring layering piece: the long, streamlined coat, minus the collar or lapel. You could always go safe with a neutral or solid color, but take a risk with fun prints or embellished denim. The piece works with dressy trousers or a pencil skirt for the office, or spring leather pants or a body-con dress for a date-night outfit idea.
Shown: J.Crew, Rachel Zoe, Clover Canyon
There you have it! Doesn’t this just make you want to put away your huge winter jackets and show some skin. I am counting down the days until spring arrives. Enjoy your Tuesday night.