Spring 2013 Trends I am Loving…

Femme Fatale

I love the look of strong when who know their sexuality. Lots of flowy skirts, leather, bold cuts. I like the edginess of it all. It’s all about the woman and her sexuality being fully exposed through her style of clothes.
Key Pieces to Keep in Rotation/Buy: Leather anything, strong cuts, black signature pieces, angular tops, cut out tops.

White… And A Lot of It

 

White isn’t a color that is hard to pull off… if you do it right. With minimalism in, I love how so many designers are incorporating rich textures in their whites and making it a bold statement that anyone can wear. Put away your oranges and brights from last season, fashionistas!
Key Pieces to Keep in Rotation/Buy: Any white accessory, lace, high waisted skirts, sheath dress, anything with cut outs!

Sheer, I’ll Take One.

 

Wait… Didn’t we see this last spring, too? We did. But this style trend completely revamped, you can be sure that it not the same! It’s not as feminine as last year; it’s paired with leather, angular cuts, and way more sex appeal.
Key Pieces to Keep in Rotation: Sheer tops/dresses, high low tops, button downs.

Minimalism is Back!

This year is all about minimalism, but not in the way you think. What’s in is the attention to detail, texture, and eye catching cuts. Last year, it was all about eye assaulting colors and flowy hemlines with florals. This trend is proof that you wear the dress, not the other way around.
Key Pieces to Keep in Rotation/Buy: Black or white classic pieces, fine detailed pieces, simple accessories, clean cut anything.

 (Photos courtesy of: Marie Claire)

Currently Loving: Bright Colored Shirts & Statement Pieces
This look can literally be done by anyone at any age, size, or style. There are so many twists to this and it looks so sophisticated and it’s a great way to add a touch of class to any outfit!

Currently Loving: Bright Colored Shirts & Statement Pieces

This look can literally be done by anyone at any age, size, or style. There are so many twists to this and it looks so sophisticated and it’s a great way to add a touch of class to any outfit!

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2009
I remember how controversial this collection was at the time; you either loved it, or you hated it. That’s sort of the motto for every collection Marc Jacobs designs, and it’s why his shows are so highly anticipated every season. The mix of colors, textures, proportions, and wild accessories combined to make a creative and memorable collection that still speaks to me four years later, and is a reminder that, at least in my opinion, Marc is one of the most talented American designers of this generation. 

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2009

I remember how controversial this collection was at the time; you either loved it, or you hated it. That’s sort of the motto for every collection Marc Jacobs designs, and it’s why his shows are so highly anticipated every season. The mix of colors, textures, proportions, and wild accessories combined to make a creative and memorable collection that still speaks to me four years later, and is a reminder that, at least in my opinion, Marc is one of the most talented American designers of this generation. 

Fashion Lusts: Shoes & Bags

Hellraiser Loafers

I have been eyeing up these babies a TON lately. I want them so badly, but cannot justify the $165 price. I wish I could! They look so comfy, yet dangerous!


Studded Bowling Bag

Don’t ask me why I am needing so many studs in my wardrobe lately! I LOVE this bag, from the handles down to the fact that it isn’t strappy and is more of a tote. BUT at $89.90, I will have to wait for a sale. 


Patent Shoulder Bag

Hey, no studs and it’s not black, right? Something about this screams old Hollywood and it longs to be mine. It just says classic to me and at $29.80, I might indulge on this one.


Studded Ankle Strap Sandal

I am in need of nudes in my shoe collection! I also need to indulge in my need for more studs. These babies look too cute to pass up, but at $79.90 a pair, I might have to.

Spring Trends: Outerwear

As we transition into the warmer months, outerwear is not something commonly thought of in the fashion world. But, these staples are classic, light, and can be worn throughout the seasons!

Trenches, Anyone?
 

Classic, simple in design, and great in literally every color, trenches are a staple on a rainy day. They are lightweight, dressy and formal enough for the office, or a night on the town. Also, there are a variety of styles and cuts, so this can fit any body shape or size. Not to mention, timeless!

Colorful, Lightweight Blazers
 
Blazers are a staple for any season, but to spruce them up for spring and summer, add pops of color. Knit blazers are great and can be dressed up or down to complete a look. They come in a variety of styles and again, are timeless!

Cool Denim

Denim comes and goes, but a classic cut denim jacket can never go out of style. With a variety of cuts, washes, and styles, denim jackets are lightweight and a fun informal piece for casual wear. Denim screams summer to me and is a great piece for any wardrobe!

Fave Color of the Moment: Mint Green
This is a classic spring color and is a staple that should be in everyone’s collection. With several different shades of this green, there should be a shade for everyone. If not, you can add simple pops of color with shoes, scarves, or an unique clutch.

For the truly bold, layer different shades of this color within an outfit.

This shade can be pair with virtually almost every color! It is a great pop and a spring color that is a must try.

Fave Color of the Moment: Mint Green

This is a classic spring color and is a staple that should be in everyone’s collection. With several different shades of this green, there should be a shade for everyone. If not, you can add simple pops of color with shoes, scarves, or an unique clutch.

For the truly bold, layer different shades of this color within an outfit.

This shade can be pair with virtually almost every color! It is a great pop and a spring color that is a must try.

A Fashion Hit or Miss: Touches of Color

 

Touches of Color
 
This is to me, is the best title for this look. Being that it is not a full on color change, I think it fits. Adding hints of color through highlights and touches here and there is nothing new. However, it has rarely been as big of a fad as it is now. With a wide variety of colors to select from and ways to go about it, this style is easily personalized and worn to one’s liking. The whole goal of dying your hair this way is to draw attention to you, your face, and your unique sense of style. I wouldn’t recommend going overboard with the color, seeing as how most offices might frown upon it. 
This to me, is an adolescent’s dream. What preteen do you know that would turn down a chance to look like all the celebs that are pulling off this trend? If done tastefully and subtly, a pop of color can liven up any hair look like the girl to the above with the pop of red. It is classy and doesn’t scream look at me as much. Now, going into the bolder colors of the crayon box is quite another story. The more crazy the color, the more clownish and young you may seem. Stars like Avril Lavigne (above), Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga have been doing so for years and getting away with it. However, they are celebrities and don’t work 9 to 5 jobs. Keep this in mind if you wish to try dying!
In my opinion, you should go bold with natural colors instead to successfully pull off this look. If you truly wish to attempt to wear a bold color in your hair, do so sparingly and make sure it’s temporary. Nothing is worse than hating your hair color and having to live with it until your next hair appointment. Invest in learning how to chalk your hair or if you wish, find a good temporary hair dye. You need to be younger to pull this off or else you appear to be trying too hard. Bright side to this fad is that it fits you, regardless of size. Be aware of your haircut as well, so as to make the color frame your face.
My final opinion on this look:  Honestly, this is not for the meek and faint of heart. It doesn’t have to be a serious commitment, with hair extension clip on’s, chalking, temporary dyes, and more. However, the look itself can seriously date you and almost screams the 80’s. Personally, I love hair dye and think that if done, right it can be great. Do I think this is a fad that will stick around long enough to invest in? No. It’s right up there with the feather hair accessories of last summer. I would definitely skip this trend if you work a strict job or you’re out of college.

Current Fashion Fads That I Just Don’t Get

Chic Camo
 

I just don’t get this current trend. No matter how much you doll up camo, it’s just not a flattering pattern. It has versatility in terms of color and how you can wear it, but it just seems like a fad that comes in and out of style. It looks dated and is pretty much limited to only spring and summer. I just don’t understand the camo craze. Yes, the above bigger camo prints are nice. But when I think of camo, I think of something cheap and tacky.

Sport Couture

Why someone would want to dress up workout gear is beyond me. No matter how this is done, it isn’t done well. Unless you are Carrie Bradshaw living the life in the Big Apple, this style just doesn’t translate well off the runway. Wearing heels with fitness gear? Who are you trying to kid! It’s one thing to dress up a polo, but quite another to wear your yoga pants with heels and a sparkly clutch.

Peplum Skirts, Dresses, & Tops

This style rarely looks good simply because it’s so hard to pull off. If you are not skinny skinny or the hem is at the wrong line on your body, it can make you look heavy and make your body seem disproportional. This style is a hot mess in so many ways and a select few truly look good in this. To me, it looks like you are wearing an upside down cup! I just don’t understand why you want to emphasize your mid section that way!

Fashion Lusts!

Bright corals, lace, button downs!
 
Something just screams sophistication when you combine the three trends for spring. Easily dressed up or down, I love flowy button downs like this one because not only are they adorable, but appropriate for any age or body size!

Wedges, wedges, wedges!
 
I have been on a real wedge kick lately and I cannot get enough of this style. If you get a classic wedge, it can be worn year round and they are reasonably comfortable! So excited that these are in!

Big, Bold Statement Pieces!
 
I love big jewelry and while minimalism has its place, I love sprucing up an outfit with fun jewelry. It adds texture and a pop to any look! 

Maxi Dresses and Orange!
 
For being 5’2, I love my maxi dresses. I make them work with sky high heels and aiming for shorter length cuts. The it color this spring is orange or orangy tones, which are literally my favorite! These two looks go great together and add so much interest to your look. 

Neon and Clasp Purses!
Clasp purses have been around for a while and a signature in any wardrobe. They recently have come back into the limelight and rightfully so! I think it’s Chanel’s fault for making everyone green with envy. But what’s even better is giving this classic a pop of color with neon, like the one above. So, knocking out two fashion trends with one stone!

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