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Shopping the spring looks

So, it’s March, but in Minnesota that means we’re still in the below-freezing temps. This hasn’t kept me from daydreaming about spring. And, the trip to Vegas was timely because I got to see first-hand a lot of the great spring trends in the designer boutiques.

Picking up where I left off on my spring must-haves list (to recap, we already covered the leather shift dress, wedge sandals, and fun silk print dress):

  • Bold prints and stripes – lots of fun prints, and I especially still love the animal prints. Easy way to translate this into everyday from the runway is with a scarf, bag, or a blouse or shell underneath a blazer or cardigan. The blouse above is from  Ann Taylor, and the clutch at right is from Miu Miu, leopard print calf hair, I love the hardware too.  Stripes are always a favorite, great in a tee (check out Petit Bateau) but it’s even better in this blazer from J. Crew.

  • Bold colors – Two words: Jil Sander. Much has been written about Raf Simons’ energetic and totally exuberant spring collection, full of bright pinks, oranges, and yellows. Is it wrong to want these hot pink pants?  I also love this tangerine dress from Milly. If you’re more of a neutral (black, grey, beige) person, then maybe just dip a toe into the colors for spring with a pop of color from sandals, a bag, or a fun scarf. This one below comes in lots of colors for spring and is <$50 at!

  • Minimalism – reminds me of the late 80s and early 90s and Calvin Klein’s dresses for Helen Hunt and Gwenyth Paltrow back then.  Now it’s Celine and Michael Kors. But, to be kinder to your bottom line, try Zara. Their spring look book is full of some great pieces and stylings that capture the minimalist spirit. The key here is streamlined cuts with a twist (like this cool neckline on the top or interesting fabrics) to keep the look from becoming wallpaper, and for a modern look keep the jewelry and accessories to a minimum, and hair pulled away from the face. Maybe you’re channeling the Robert Palmer girls of the late 80s…but now the lips are fuschia or coral, not cherry red.

  • 70’s – yes, as in 1970’s. I’m not a fan. Maybe I should be since it is the decade in which I was born. Who really looks back at photos of people, even the glamorous ones, from that era and says “ooh, I wish people still wore those jumpsuits and high-waisted flare pants, nice!” And I’m not into the macrame or clogs either. I’m hoping this one never takes off from the runway.  Only good thing about this could be resurgence of trousers, versus the skinny pants and leggings that dominated the last few years.

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This entry was posted on March 4, 2011 by in fashion and tagged , , .
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