Fashion consultant a wardrobe stylist Tracy James of ChicMadeSimple takes some of the season’s top trends from runway to reality.

 

Tracy:

If you’re like me, not every Spring trend gracing the fashion magazine’s pages is appealing, whether it be because of your figure, personal style, or lifestyle. A crop top, for example, is not happenin’ for me this season. Nor are gladiator boots on my short little legs. So here I’ve rounded up what I believe to be 5 of Spring’s trends that most anyone can incorporate into their wardrobe.

PRETTY IN PASTEL

A soft palette of pastel hues reigned throughout the collections on Spring 2014 runways. The best part about the pastel trend? You can pick your most-flattering shade and wear it in whatever silhouette fits your style. From mint green to lilac and lavender, options abound. Just be careful to keep the shades soft and avoid mixing colors lest look like a basket full of Easter eggs.

Seen on the Runway:

Shown: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor.

Shown: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor. Image credit: indigitalrunway.com

For Everyday Wear:

Grape Ice dress

Grape Ice dress, $57.99 (www.ModCloth.com)

Spring's Most Wearable Trends

(l) Halston Heritage Cap-Sleeve Fitted Dress, $395 (www.NeimanMarcus.com)and (r) Ted Baker Nistee Side Pleat Skater Dress, $248 (www.zappos.com)

REFINED BOMBER JACKETS

Fall’s ubiquitous moto jacket has been replaced with the bomber jacket, as evidenced by the plentitude of designers who showcased their own styles on spring runways. The lightweight layering pieces fits in with the season’s popular sporty theme, hence options include bright colors and mesh or perforated fabrications. But also look for bombers in colorful prints and luxe textures and fabrics. What I love is the versatility of this jacket: wear a bomber to temper the girliness of a dress or complement the athletic chicness of dressy shorts.

Seen on the Runway:

Shown: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Milly, Tracy Reese

Shown: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Milly, Tracy Reese. Image credit: indigitalrunway.com

 For Everyday Wear:

Rebecca Taylor Jacquard Bomber Jacket, $495

Rebecca Taylor Jacquard Bomber Jacket, $495 (www.saksfifthavenue.com)

On left, Equipment Floral Silk Bomber, $318 (www.RevolveClothing.com); On right, Kenneth Cole Perforated Faux Suede Jacket in Cantaloupe, $50 (www.amazon.com)

On left, Equipment Floral Silk Bomber, $318 (www.RevolveClothing.com); On right, Kenneth Cole Perforated Faux Suede Jacket in Cantaloupe, $50 (www.amazon.com)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Orange definitely had a moment on the runway this spring. From vibrant shades of tangerine to more subdued hues of peach and coral, this is a great color to weave into your wardrobe. Pair with a neutral white, grey, taupe or navy or go full-on for an attention grabbing look. Keep makeup simple and fresh.

Seen on the Runway:

Orange is the new Black

Joanna Mastrianni on the runway. Image credit: indigitalrunway.com

For Everyday Wear:

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On left, And B Signature Twist Long Sleeve Blouse, $108 (www.Shopbop.com); on right, 3″ Chino short in Sweet Tangerine, $45 (www.JCrew.com)

Alice + Olivia Marion Dress, $275 (www.NeimanMarcus.com)

Alice + Olivia Marion Dress, $275 (www.NeimanMarcus.com)

FROM SHEER TO ETERNITY

From well-placed transparent stripes and panels on everything, to t-shirts, hems, blouses, and skirts, to athletic-inspired mesh sweaters, jackets and insets, to fully sheer skirts worn with a pair of hotpants underneath, peek-a-boo pieces are decidedly “in” this spring. While we can probably all agree that too much see-through anything isn’t a good look for anyone, showing a strategic bit of skin can be downright chic when done correctly.

Seen on the Runway:

From left to right: Elizabeth & James, Milly, Vera Wang

From left to right: Elizabeth & James, Milly, Vera Wang. Image credit: Getty Images

For Everyday Wear:

On left, Tidon Sheer Embroidered Top, $59 (www.Nordstrom.com); on right, PIM + LARKIN Mermaid Catcher Pullover in Lavender, $59 (www.Piperlime.com)

On left, Tidon Sheer Embroidered Top, $59 (www.Nordstrom.com); on right, PIM + LARKIN Mermaid Catcher Pullover in Lavender, $59 (www.Piperlime.com)

For Love & Lemons White Horses Dress, $160 (www.TheTrendBoutique.com)

For Love & Lemons White Horses Dress, $160 (www.TheTrendBoutique.com)

Vince Camuto Sheer Inset Pleated Skirt, $119 (www.Nordstrom.com)

Vince Camuto Sheer Inset Pleated Skirt, $119 (www.Nordstrom.com)

MODERN FLORAL

Each spring, we see some type of floral pattern emerge, and this year prints are pushed to the extreme in a “more is more” feel, if you will, with bright colors, bold patterns and almost 3-D like photo imaging. Tying the different versions together is the fact that they are all thoroughly modern. If daring isn’t your thing, tone down the look by chosing a print that is subtle in shades but still contemporary in overall impression.

Seen on the Runway:

From left: Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney, Versace, Christian Dior

From left: Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney, Versace, Christian Dior. Image credit: Getty Images.

For Everyday Wear:

Clover Canyon Cigar Granny Pencil Skirt, $176 (www.Bloomingdales.com)

Clover Canyon Cigar Granny Pencil Skirt, $176 (www.Bloomingdales.com)

On left, Zara Printed Top $39.90 (www.Zara.com); on right, Alice + Olivia "Fierra" Y-Back Tank Dress, $242 (www.RevolveClothing.com)

On left, Zara Printed Top $39.90 (www.Zara.com); on right, Alice + Olivia “Fierra” Y-Back Tank Dress, $242 (www.RevolveClothing.com)

On left, 7 for All Mankind Jean, $158; on right, Tory Burch Edith shorts, $250 and Jillian tunic, $425 (all from www.Shopbop.com)

On left, 7 for All Mankind Jean, $158 (Macys.com) ; on right, Tory Burch Edith shorts, $250 (toryburch.com) and Jillian tunic, $425 (toryburch.com)

Thanks for showing us easy ways to incorporate Spring’s fashion trends, Tracy! Learn more about Tracy at www.chicmadesimple.com, and “like” ChicMadeSimple on Facebook for style tricks, tips, inspiration and product recommendations.