Cold weather may be hitting the rest of the country, making it hard to imagine warmer days ahead — but here in sunny Pasadena, we’re experiencing spring days right now. So why not start our spring wardrobe shopping, shall we?
According to Vogue, “This season, there is fashion for every personality.” Whew. That’s refreshing. Longer line skirts. Punch of powerful prints. Metallic everything. Pretty pleats. Bold colors. Even a “hint of sport.” Spring Fashion 2014 has arrived.
From the runway, longer lines on dresses and skirts meant mid-calf to ankle length. A surprise to me was how to make these challenging lengths wearable — pair them with longer pieces on top, like Theyskens’ Theory. Or from Hermes, which paired a mid-calf yellow pencil skirt with a long anorak jacket — safari chic, no?
Powerful prints on the runway came in fresh florals. Everywhere. On pants, on tanks, on purses, on dresses. Which were then mixed together. Apparently, you can’t have enough flower power, so go garden crazy. Plus, much of the prints shown are big, bold, and colorful. Oranges, blues, browns, greens, reds, even black is shown with these florals. Rule here? There are none except–floral it up.
Two of my favorite spring trends, hands down — metallics and pleats. First off, I adore metallic anything. So when this popped up on Vogue’s “Guide for Spring 2014,” I was elated. Metallics were seen on billowy skirts, cropped jackets, boxy tops, and low cut dresses. It appears you can “Shimmer and Shine” from the office to date night, no questions asked.
Then the pleats. To me, they’re feminine and flirty. Classy and chic. Dress them up or down, you can’t go wrong. On the runway, pleats were shown long and short. Some paired with pleats. Others, with structured, bold tops. Like this amazing look from Bottega Veneta–a classic black top tucked into an asymmetrical black and white pleated skirt–yes, please!
For those who like to make a statement with color, now’s the time. All over the runway, colors were bold, bold, bold. Take for instance Ralph Lauren’s sleek, billowy, strapless gown in a deep periwinkle. Or Dolce & Gabbana’s flirty crimson slip dress. Color is the new black, so it seems.
And who says fashion isn’t functional? Or comfortable? The “dressed-up Teva” by Prada will change your mind. That and other sporty additions like the tennis sweater by Rag & Bone (modernized with a plunging v); or the white mesh dress by Reed Krakoff. Comfortable chic has hit the runway, readers. If I were you, I’d jump on board.
Which trend are you most excited to add to your spring wardrobe?