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Pantone, the folks who predict the popular colors for each season (and predicted Honeysuckle Pink to be the color of the year), asked several fashion experts to weigh in on what they feel is a wardrobe must-have for spring 2011.
How do their picks compare to what is currently in your closet? Rebecca Taylor, who is known for feminine yet modern designs recommends a tea-length smock-waist skirt in Kelly green. The midi length skirts have come back strong this spring season, and it is a length that is flattering on so many women. Kelly green is a great color to pair with Pantone Pink, as well as bright cheery colors like coral and yellow. A tea-length skirt with flat sandals and a fitted tee or tank is the perfect way to be cool and comfortable, yet chic when either going to work, or walking to the farmers market for a week’s worth of produce.
Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame (and an amazing shoe line at Payless) suggested many different must-haves to Pantone, including safari shorts. Safari shorts, the chic little sister of cargo shorts are an excellent piece for spring and summer as that they are more figure-flattering than many silhouettes and are extremely versatile. Pair with a simple tank, a wrist of bangles, and gladiator sandals for casual urban chic; with a silk blouse and wedge heels it’s an elegant look for a night out with the girls.
Hot designer Charlotte Ronson suggests that women this spring own a, “Spanish floral spaghetti-strap dress with ruffled handkerchief hemline.” Florals are hot this spring, and you can find some flirty, feminine maxi dresses in such florals at most any retailer and price point. I love the versatility of maxi dresses–pair with a denim jacket and platform sandals for a great day look; switch to large gold hoops and delicate sandals for an evening affair. With a floral-print dress, you have so many options for coordinating shoes and accessories, you can’t go wrong!
Tommy Hilfiger tells Pantone that he believes the tennis skirt is a must-have for spring 2011. I say if you have the gams for it, go for it! Tennis skirts are flirty, fun, with a touch of sporty prep which is so on-trend this season. White is a great choice; it will work with all the beautiful colors available this season. Paired with a trim blazer, it makes quite a sweet suit; top it with a fitted tee for a casual weekend look.
Designer Nanette Lepore states that convertible dressing is a hot trend for this season. This is proven true by the amazing selection of infinity dresses available at so many different retailers. By choosing pieces that can lead double lives, you double the size of your closet without having to spend more. Look for skirts that can be pulled up to make a strapless dress, lightweight trenches that can double as dresses, jackets that can be worn alone as a stylish shirt.
What do you think of these designer’s picks for Spring 2011 must-haves? Are there any that you’ll be adding to your wardrobe?
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.