Tracy James of ChicMadeSimple joins us today with a look ahead to warmer temperatures (hopefully sooner rather than later!) and 5 top spring trends that, with a change in accessories or layering pieces, can be worn while our teeth are still chattering and again when spring arrives in earnest:
Some of the best deals are to be had during the month of January when retailers do a little spring cleaning of their own with Winter Sales. But you’ve already got Spring Break on the calendar and are itching (literally) to put away the wool sweaters in favor of lighter layers! So as Spring fashion begins to trickle into the boutiques, what should you look for? And how can you wear your purchase now? (We all know what a bummer it is to be excited about a fresh purchase, only to have to put it away for a few more months — the true implication of Groundhog Day.) So here is a preview of a few early Spring 2014 trends, as well as suggestions for wearing now and later. (Many thanks to Serendipity in Cahaba Heights for letting me peruse their selections to bring this to you.)
NOW: Wear this Wish graphic print high-low hem top with a long-sleeve second skin top underneath and black skinny pants. I love the ones pictured below with the leather panels from Lysse. Pair with black ankle booties or shooties.
LATER: Wear on its own with white skinny jeans or, as shown here, with a Niki Biki grey dress underneath and a long silver tone necklace. Trade your ankle booties for sandals, like those below from OTBT.
Light and airy, sheer fabrics offer a breath of femininity and ease of wear. Whether in tops, skirts, or dresses, sheer fabrics abounded on spring runways. But how to keep it less drafty until balmier weather arrives?
NOW: Layer up! This lovely neutral tone sheer dress by Yest calls for an underlayer, another use for a Niki Biki slip (in this case a long sleeved one) Throw on a fitted leather jacket (TCEC with a removable rabbit fur collar) and wear with a scarf, tights and booties.
LATER: Lose the jacket, scarf, tights and boots, and instead choose delicate necklaces and bare legs with high, strappy sandals.
CROP TOPS & FRINGE
If you’re like me, the idea of baring your midriff in a crop top is anything but appealing. But if you want to partake in this trend that prevailed during Fashion Week, take the look from runway to reality by popping a fitted top underneath.
NOW: This cropped top from Wish is layered over a Niki Biki olive second skin. The long sleeves and dark colors keep it season-appropriate. (The second skin below actually fits much more snugly than it appears in the photo, which I believe it key to making this combination look right). The necklace brings out the deep red in the top and the dark wash denim adds depth (IT Collective “Marty” Corset Slim Boot Jean), furthering its winter appeal.
LATER: As we approach the cusp of Spring, lose the long sleeved top in place of a tank in a lighter color (ivory Niki Biki tank) and pair with a less heavy necklace. This top can easily be worn with skinnier jeans (Liverpool), as well. Fringe will be seen this spring in a variety of ways, from vintage to tribal to homespun, as in this particular top.
WIDE LEG PANTS
Easy to wear and ultra-chic, 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.
NOW: Highlight the fabulous print of these silky pants (Cousin Earl) by wearing with a basic black turtleneck, like my favorite Banana Republic’s Essential Turtleneck.
LATER: Keep it simple with a casual, solid color cotton tank, flat sandals and tribal-inspired jewelry.
Crisp button downs offer a nod to menswear dressing, but maintain their girly edge via details like ruffles, novelty buttons and shapely construction.
NOW: Choose this chambray shirt dress by Joy Joy and wear with a fur vest (Melody), infinity scarf (Pretty Persuasions), chocolate brown tights (MeMoi) and boots (OTBT).
LATER: Let the dress speak for itself!
With just a few season-appropriate accessories, it’s easy to take your look from winter to spring!
Thanks, Tracy! Learn more about Tracy at www.chicmadesimple.com, and “like” ChicMadeSimple on Facebook for style tricks, tips, inspiration and product recommendations.