There are always seasonal trends in fashion. Think about it: spring will always bring striped shirts, florals and a pop of pink or yellow. And favorites will rise to the surface that have never really left; they just may be more plentiful one year over another. Case in point: this spring may be the time to find that perfect denim dress, as the betting money says there will be more this year than in years past.
We’ll break down more what-to-wear options as our weeks toward spring march on, but today we’re talking about just four spring trends you need to be aware of:
- Yellow. It’s hard to wear, we know. But we have tips to help.
- Bold florals. These are a big YES this year. You’ll find them big and bright. Consider adding a striped shirt for a playful look.
- Distressed or faded denim. It’s been here for a while. It’s not going away. And now it’s HUGE.
- Gingham. Either with pants, shoes, scarf, top, skirt, dress or your handbag. Just get SOMETHING gingham!
Trend #1: Yellow
There are several colors that are hot this season, but yellow is just so happy! It’s a terribly cold day as I’m writing this, thus, yellow has my attention. Ice blue is also very in, as are basically all colors of blue. White from head to toe is very much on-trend. Red, pink, green … yep, those too. But yellow undeniably got a big nod from designers this season.
You’ll find yellow in all shades for spring/summer 2015: bright, pale and mustard. You’ll see it as an accent color or a bold single color. Since patterns are emerging as a strong trend, you’ll definitely find yellow incorporated into many fabrics, as seen in the photo collage above. But yellow is hard to wear for many, and if you want to go bold and be YELLOW, you may be called Big Bird. So what to do?
- Look for yellow in patterns. It makes it easier to wear with most complexions.
- Wear it as an accent color: think tank under a jacket, as a belt, handbag, necklace, cardigan, etc.
- Wear it below the waist: skirts, pants, shorts.
- Pair it with another hot color: blue. Think ice blue, cornflower blue, chambray blue, navy … any blue.
Trend #2: Bold Florals
Come spring, florals are always in; it just makes sense. But as we’ve seen in the past few years, florals are not just contained to skirts and dresses (think handbags, shoes, tops and pants), and the patterns are bigger and bolder than typically seen in years past.
The easiest way to incorporate bold florals, if we’re talking separates, is to pair a skirt or pants with a light, almost sheer top to counteract the visual weight of the bold print. Or add a chambray shirt for an always-winning look. If you have a black-and-white striped tee or a navy-and-white striped tee, pair it with a bold floral that has either black or navy. See? Easy, peasy.
Trend #3: Distressed or faded denim
Denim is being embraced in both more refined ways (DVF even has a denim wrap dress this season!) and in more distressed ways. Boyfriend jeans continue to be big, but the flare jean is back, along with her cousin, the bell bottom. The skinny is not gone; no ma’am. High waists are still making women’s bottoms look huge. And, for your jeans, the more tattered the better. Or at least the more faded …
You’ve seen the ripped jeans for a while. The look comes and goes. But it’s been around for a good five or more years. Okay, let’s be real: it’s been around since about 1981. However, it really has gone mainstream. That said, the look is not for everyone.
- If you are older than 30, tread carefully with the ripped jean look, but it IS being embraced by more than just teenagers. If you are older than 35, really and truly think this trend through! That said, I’m on the hunt for a pair, you know with just a tiny bit of distressing. And we know a handful of women who can rock this look beyond 50. You know yourself. Do you have some of that rocker vibe? Then do it and hold your head high—just consider less distressing and fewer holes as you age. More of a Lilly Pulitzer gal? No worries, but this look may not work for you.
- The whole patched denim thing … it’s not as enduring as the distressed denim look. And it can look childish.
- For a look that everyone reading really can do well with, consider faded denim. As in really faded. Add this to your dark jeans and white jeans, and you are set with three distinct looks as we head into spring.
- You want some distressed jeans without holes? Fray the hem. You can buy them this way, but they are hard to find without holes. To DIY, just cut off your jeans to the length you want them and pull on the hem, loosening the threads. Then wash and dry them to really bring the fraying out. Street fashion has been leading the way with this look for the last year or so.
- Bedazzled jeans had a few nods on the runway. But those ones with bedazzled back pockets hiding in your closet? Don’t do it. This continues to be a very dated look. (I’m sorry. Truth time.)
- Overalls? I’m not even going there.
- And, if you are interested, the boyfriend jean is the top seller in the United States. In the UK, it’s the high rise skinny (source). See … the styles are different across the pond. Or the people are skinnier. Or both.
- If you wear the distressed jean, look to street fashion for how to pull this look off. Pair those jeans with feminine heels for a great polished-meets-frayed look … that perfect “friction” that we like to talk about.
Trend #4: Gingham and plaid
We’re not talking Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island” here. This is sophisticated gingham and plaid that carries that same carefree attitude. While I’ve chosen to highlight black and brown here, go with color if that is your thing. I’m just more of a neutral girl, so after talking yellow and bold florals, I’m needing to embrace my neutral roots again. OK, OK. I’ll include ONE colorful image … because I do love orange.
As spring ramps up, we’ll be back with many more trends and how-to’s on how to wear the best of them. We may even point out ones to avoid along the way …
Till then, bring on spring!