Spring ’10 Trends

Ok, I know it’s an icebox outside, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from planning (and shopping!)  for spring now. So, let’s take a look at the season’s key trends to keep in mind as you begin building your warm-weather wardrobe.

Pick a trend or two that really speaks before you start spending. Having a focus as you begin shopping will help you avoid unnecessary or random purchases and ultimately save you time and money in the end.

And now, on to the trends!!

The All Stars

From left: S/S '10 Alexander Wang (first two images), Hermes, Bottega Veneta

You can sport this look no matter how athletically inclined you may (or may not) be. From Wang’s football field style to the posh tennis attire seen at Hermes, sportswear has taken on a whole new meaning. Major players here are the new sweatpants (fitted, cropped, and meant to be dressed up), ribbed knee-high socks, cross lacing, short pleated skirts, karate-influenced wrap tops, and cut-off tees.

Neutral Ground

From left: S/S '10 Lanvin, Alberta Ferretti, Donna Karan, Luella

Spring’s neutral color palate draws from the cosmetic tones – think barely there blush, pale nude lip gloss.  But if head-to-toe neutrals feel too blah, add a pop of color like a hot pink or bright berry – just think of warm colors you would find in your make up. You can also apply this color trend to your footwear . Nude shoes make bare legs look longer.

Utilitarian

From left: S/S '10 Balmain, Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs

Military-inspired wear has popped up on the fringe of fashion for the last few seasons, but this Spring it’s gone rogue on us. Army jackets paring back to flirty dresses? Gorgeous palazzo pants with cargo pockets? There’s no controlling this utilitarian trend, so have fun with it! Take a masculine piece like the Army jacket or skinny cargo pants and pair it with a light, airy, feminine piece. Just don’t match trend on trend or you’ll end up looking like more like a sergeant than a trendsetter.

Spring Denim

From left: S/S '10 Chloe, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, Stella McCartney

Denim is always cool, always wearable. We know that. But this spring, denim is veering away from that dark, distressed look of seasons past. Where you once saw rips and deconstruction, expect to see patches and bleach spots. But the bigger news is denim-on-denim. I know, I know. It sounds so wrong, but it is so right! Just mix washes, pair a super light chambray top with a darker skinny jean or vice-a-versa. And break it up with a brown leather belt. Not feeling head-to-toe denim? That’s ok, too. Pair it back to light blues,  instead, to get that same effect.

Lingerie Looks

From left: S/S Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Dior

Let’s just get what I think should be obvious out of the way. This look IS NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK.  Oh, and no, it doesn’t mean that white bra straps peeping out from you tank is suddenly stylish either. That’s just wearing the wrong bra with the wrong top.

This trend is a great evening option. Try a sexy corset top worn under a masculine blazer. Or pair it with a long cardigan and cropped, pleated trousers.  For the braver girl, opt for a slightly sheer top with a lacy bra underneath. The most important thing about this look is wearing the right bra to expose. No basic cotton supportive bras allowed. Think flirty, feminine and lacy.

All images from style.com

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