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Each season new trends come out, but that doesn’t mean those trends are flattering or wearable for most women. However Spring 2011 has come out with some amazing trends that are very wearable for all women now, but can also be well-loved wardrobe staples for many seasons more.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Nautical Stripes – This spring stripes are back in a very big way. The classic Breton stripe shirt is a great way to incorporate this hot trend into your wardrobe without spending a lot or feeling like a fashion victim by Memorial Day.
Many feel that they cannot wear stripes because they make a petite woman look even more petite, a curvy woman even more curvy. However I feel that any woman can look great in stripes, it’s just what type of stripes and how you wear them.
The previously mentioned Breton stripe is a great choice for all figures: the light background and widely spaced thinner navy stripes won’t widen the figure as much as evenly-spaced stripes. Stripes make big impact in small doses–pair a striped tee with a blazer and jeans for a fresh weekend look or wear peeking out of the neck of a crisp shirtdress for a great work ensemble.
- Citrus Colors – Not every woman can carry of a lime green shift dress, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear this spring 2011 trend with style. As with the stripes trend, a little goes a long way.
Invest in an accessory or accent piece in bright orange, hot pink, or sunny yellow for maximum impact. A patent belt can be worn over current wardrobe staples for a really stylish update, a brightly-hued clutch will make your little black dress look like new, a pair of bright sandals will add impact to your simple shifts and sundresses in neutral shades of black, gray, khaki, navy, and brown.
- Honeysuckle Pink – Each year, Pantone introduces a color that will have the most impact on fashion, décor, and other color-dependent fields. This year the color is Honeysuckle, a very bright and cheery shade of pink.
Pink is a great color to add to your wardrobe because it is flattering on most skin tones, and complements so many other colors. A fuchsia pencil skirt is unexpectedly versatile, looking great with basics like white and black, but also pairing nicely with camel, olive green and navy. Adding a pink shell to your business suit, or a pink belt in place of the self-belt on your favorite dress will make your wardrobe look on-trend yet not too trendy.
- Elegant Neutrals – I am always excited when a classic look becomes popular for the season. This means it’s much easier to stock up on wardrobe classics that will be stylish and wearable for years. This spring, neutrals are back. An all-neutral look in elegant fabrics, or a neutral-colored simple outfit accented with citrus hues are hot look and seen on many runways.
This means that you have a better opportunity in purchasing quality, well-cut neutral pieces at retailers of all price points. A simple tan pencil skirt, an ivory pantsuit, a taupe silk sheath dress, greige gabardine trousers.
- Revising the Seventies – Even if you experienced the trends of this decade the first go-round doesn’t mean you can find aspects of this trend that will look modern and be flattering to you this season.
After a winter full of stovepipes, leggings and jeggings, it is refreshing to see bellbottoms and wide-leg trousers and jeans back in the stores. Fuller calf-length skirts are back en vogue, causing women across the land to cheer for a trend that doesn’t show so much skin. Floppy-brim hats are no longer for the beach and look chic with a simple jeans and Breton-striped tee or a maxidress.
To wear these looks without looking as though you’re dressing like Annie Hall for Halloween, pair these trends with very simple, modern garments. A wide leg trouser or full longer skirt with a slim-fitting knit top will balance the figure as well as balance the trend.
Alison Gary has over ten years experience as a personal shopper, stylist, and visual merchandiser. Her blog Wardrobe Oxygen provides fashion advice to all women, regardless of age, size, budget, or lifestyle. She is a full-time working mother, blogger, wife, and frugal fashionista located in the Washington D.C. area.