Spring Trends 2015

Spring into Style!

 

Wave goodbye to your winter wardrobe, because spring is upon us at last! This year’s spring trends are fun, easy, and best of all: you don’t even have to get rid of last year’s essentials. Last spring’s hot colors, white and pink, have outlived the winter and are back in full blast! Florals, botanicals and painterly prints are also hot this spring, so embrace this quintessential trend. However, if you want to stand out, keep in mind the following trends and tips to look fresh and stylish:

1) Denim All the Way: Don’t be afraid to mix and match denim, because you’ll just look cool and classic. Whether it’s a denim skirt or jeans with a light weight chambray shirt, make sure you vary the shades of blue to contrast your outfit.

2) Painterly Prints: If you’re not a huge fan of florals or botanicals and crave a more unique spring pattern, look for abstract “painted” looks. Printed dresses are an easy solution, or if you have a great printed blouse, pair this with a solid or denim bottom.

3) Bohemian & 70’s Vibe: Give your outfit a dose of hippie with some fringe accessories, such as shoes or purses! Also, flowy-sleeved blouses, long dresses/skirts, and deep colors like burgundy, green or spice market hues will greatly enhance your free spirited look.

4) Head-to-Toe White: Forever classy and always chic, wearing all white is the perfect spring look whether you’re taking it easy or going out for dinner.

5) Army/Navy:  Military-influenced styles endure with army green, neutral khakis and always classic, nautical navy.  Think utilitarian jackets, trench coats, anoraks, uniform-inspired dresses, and even fashion cargo pants.

6) Marsala Wine: Looks like an autumn tone? Time to think outside the crayon box. Wear it in spring, summer, fall & winter, sleeveless or not, and mix it with soft, cool tones of blush or aqua for a fresh mix. Flattering on just about everyone, Marsala is the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year.

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Find your flattering denim

No matter how you style your look, it’s imperative to start with the right fit for your figure.  Spring is a great time to edit your wardrobe and add some new things to freshen your look for the season’s transition.  But as you go through your closet and hit the stores, be discerning about the way things fit, including your jeans.  If you’re not sure of the best silhouette for you, follow these guidelines… (click to read article in The Denver Post, and see more tips below.)
Denim for your figure type
Colored denim

“Curvy” figure

Though most jeans out there are skinnies, most women have curves!  If your curves are mainly in your hip area, then balance your figure by adding some flare at your pant leg with a boot cut jean.  This proportion will straighten your silhouette and minimize the width of your hips.

Also forgo the low rise and choose the mid or high variety to smooth out the tummy and avoid “muffin top.”

Back pockets are important, too- be sure the pockets aren’t too high, which could create the look of a larger back side then desired. And be sure to minimize the bling and bright stitching and say no to pocket flaps.

“Slim, straight or boyish figure”

If your figure is slim, or perhaps you want to add more curves, as many women with “boyish” type figures do, go for silhouettes that will accentuate your figure.  Skinny jeans that hug your hips and calves will create a curvy line.  Accented pockets will add shape to your derriere, and so will the narrow ankle width.   The wash of the denim is also important- when the jeans are faded in certain areas like the backside, the fading can contribute to a curvier look.

Skinny jeans can look sexy, but mystery is sexier.  Style your skinnies with a hip-skimming untucked top for a little coverage.  Straighter leg options can look great with or without your top tucked in.  And remember when styling your outfit, that third piece such as a jacket or cardigan will instantly amp up your look.

“Petite figure”

For the ladies who would prefer a little more height, create the illusion of a longer leg with a straight leg jean, or a skinny.  At the end of your hem, choose a pointed toe shoe to extend the length for as long as possible.   Beware the boot cut style which can visually shorten the leg, since there is not a lot of length between the hip and the flared hem.

However, if you need a boot cut to balance your hip (see “curvy figure” above) then go for a minimally flared version.  This subtle boot cut also works for the days when you want to wear boots and functionally need the width of the hem.  Keeping your jeans outside your boots (instead of doing the trendy jean tuck) will create a longer line to add height to your petite frame.

“Denim Wash”

For the most flattering and dressiest look, go for a dark wash.  This is also the best option for casual Friday if jeans are allowed.  (This is true for the guys, too.)

Subtle vertical fading down the center of the thigh can slim and elongate the leg, because the inner thigh and outer thigh will appear darker.  However, beware extreme fading, as well as fading at the backside which can make it appear larger.

While it’s cool to have the look of distressed denim, beware of bold or too much whiskering (the thin horizontal lines and folds created by linear fading and wrinkling around the fly and upper thigh area.) This denim finish can be unflattering and will draw attention to this area of the body.  Whiskering can often look too young, but also- why would you want attention at your fly area?

Lighter denim wash washes are more casual, and will also draw more attention to your lower figure then dark washes.

“Colored, coated and printed denim”

Pastel colored denim carries the same rules as white jeans- they will definitely draw attention to your lower half.  Bright colors do the same, though their depth of color can conceal slightly better than their lighter cousins.

If you want to go for a light color for a fresh spring look, but are self-conscious of your hip area, then wear a long, hip covering tunic or blazer in a color that’s at least a little darker, to deemphasize this area and bring attention down to your legs.

Deep jewel tone colors are easier to wear, and more flattering to pull off because they’re darker.

Printed denim for spring is au courant, but beware of patterns that accent the wrong places or appear too busy.

For rocking your patterned denim, I recommend keeping the rest of the outfit neutral and fairly simple.  A dark top will ground the look, and a long top will minimize the intensity, while providing more of a subtle “wow” factor.

Colored denim and patterned denim are fun fashion trends, but as with all trends—decide if these are right for your style (and your figure), don’t spend too much, and don’t be a slave to fashion!

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Incorporating Your Fall Wardrobe for the Last Dash of Summer

It’s hard to hang up your breezy sundresses and rotate your strappy sandals to the back of the closet as the weather cools come September. Or maybe you can’t wait to shop for new jackets and fall’s “it” boots. Whether you’re clinging to summer’s last traces or eager for autumn, you can mix your wardrobes for both seasons together starting now. Who says you can’t have it all?
These pointers also appear in August 30’s fashion edition of The Denver Post‘s “5 Tips” feature, and can be found in print and at the DenverPost.com/Lifestyles.
Incorporate Fall Trends Into Your Wardrobe Starting Now

1/ Darken your palette but keep your brights.  Burgundy, navy, and black are this fall’s “it” colors, but you can start wearing them now.  Infuse your wardrobe with these rich hues, even mixing them.  Navy and black combined is unexpected, yet very chic and sophisticated!  Or layer a printed blouse with a cardigan or blazer in navy or burgundy, and your dark tone will act as a neutral.  Also, you don’t have to phase out all your hot colors once the weather cools. Carry forward your bright yellow, bold blue, cherry red and bright orange tones from summer.  For example, a tangerine tee or blouse will work effortlessly with the changing leaves when topped with a blazer in autumnal tones such as rust, cognac and burgundy.

2/ Add leather to your look.  Start small while it’s still hot out, then up the ante once the crisp air arrives.  For example, start by adding a wide leather belt to a soft blouse or dress, and leather booties, too.  Then get ready to switch out your blazer and cardigan for a hip leather jacket.  Try on a fitted style, and if the leather is a light enough weight, the jacket can be worn all day indoors as part of your outfit.  And for an extra trendy take on your jacket, choose a military-inspired style.

3/ Don your denim.  This fall’s denim trends are easy to incorporate once the summer heat breaks. The past spring and summer’s colored denim gets a sophisticated update with richer jewel tones and fall colors. Leather-like coated jeans come in light, medium or heavy weights (from their wax-like treatments), and add an instantly edgy attitude.  Metallic varieties are having a moment as a way to add shimmer.  Pair your daring denim with pretty, summery tanks and soft lightweight cardigans for a seamless season transition, as well as an interesting mix of textures.

4/ Dress in layers and layer your dress. Your favorite summer floral or geometric dress works straight into fall with tights, a soft leather jacket, and booties. And the accents don’t have to be black – gray, brown, navy, or maroon are great neutrals to ground the patterns.

5/ Summer shoes get the boot!  Try closed-toed pumps and booties with your summer clothes while it’s still warm.  Capped toes, platforms and embellished statement shoes are some of the new season’s hottest accessories. Just be sure to include burgundy in your fall collection—this sumptuous shade in leather or suede will stand out in the sea of black.

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