It’s time to hoard winter’s uptight blacks and grays and spring forward with this season’s must-haves. Trade in those bulky Uggs for strappy sandals and pack up those stuffy sweaters. The sun is shining and it’s time to liberate your wardrobe. This spring, it’s all about florals, earthy tones and light fabrics.
There’s no better way to jump into spring than flaunting luscious sorbet palettes. ‘Tis the season for renewal so get rid of the grays, browns, and blacks and opt for colors – the more vibrant the better.
“Color is extremely in,” said Brenda Voachowski, manager of Nicole Miller. “Especially blues, greens and orange. Spring is about getting rid of black.”
Even your basic T-shirt has been revamped for spring with succulent images of Italian-inspired fruit prints, as seen at United Colors of Benetton. Whether you like fruits or florals, make sure to show your colors this season.
A blazer is the perfect spring jacket to stay warm in the cool breeze. Blazers come in a variety of colors and prints this season, so jazz up your outfit with color and texture.
This time around, fashion is about being a girl; there is no better way to embrace your femininity with light flowing skirts.
“Skirts are very in,” said Shannon Spalding, the assistant manager of United Colors of Benetton. “Any length, any cut, asymmetrical, a-line – they’re all in this spring.”
As Spalding said, skirts this season range from linen to fine gauge cotton to emphasize the lightness and flowy figures of spring. But if skirts aren’t your thing, wide leg capris and pants are filling the racks everywhere.
“Wide leg capris are very popular right now,” said Ubiq sales associate Katie Bouselli. They are made in the same flowing materials as skirts, so they have the same weightless look to them.
To accentuate the colors of spring, accessories have a bohemian and ethnic-inspired look. Whether they are wooden, plastic, mother of pearl or golden, bangles are in. An armful of funky, classic, or ethnic styles is the way to go.
“Jewelry for spring is about rocks and gold,” said Earl Hand, the women’s manager at Kenneth Cole. “Necklaces and bracelets are about layers and multi-chains. It’s definitely about earth tones to compliment the turquoise and tangerines for spring.”
While Tiffany silver may always remain a classic, nothing glitters quite like gold. Gold chains are the perfect accent for wooden pieces and semi-precious stones that dangle from the latest earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
Coral is washing ashore in many designers’ shows this spring. From earrings to shoes, coral has adorned models from Versace to Ralph Lauren’s spring collections.
Whether to go shopping or just to class, big bags are a big spring must-have. But small clutches are just as in this spring. Whether you like your bag big or small, make it metallic. Nothing makes a hot outfit spark instant-glam like golden, bronze, or silver hues.
“Bags are very colorful this spring,” said Tai Parks, a Coach sales associate and Temple grad student. “They range from blues, greens, pinks and yellows, a new color for spring. Smaller bags tend to be very popular this season, and nylon bags are good for college students, since they stay cleaner.”
Shoes for spring range from flats to platforms in a variety of shades and materials. Like bags, metallics are in for shoes. While flats are the most practical and classic of shoe styles, designers have jazzed them up using gold materials as well as florals. Kitten heels are cute, but wedges have made the biggest step in fashion this spring.
“The biggest thing in shoes for spring are wedges,” Earl Hand said. “Even clogs have come back this season. Python prints are out, but there is a ton of embossed croc in a variety of colors.”
Espadrilles are the quintessential shoe of spring, incorporating the wedge-style with its natural look. This season, they have been shown with metallic, floral or ribbon straps for an array of looks to match your style.
“Makeup this spring is going very natural,” said Douglas makeup artist Midge Dawson. “Instead of heavy foundations and face powders, a lot of women are opting for tints and bronzers.”
Sheer gel blushes give a natural looking glow for spring Dawson said, and shades of blue for the eyes are very popular this spring. Many makeup counters have found lip-plumping glosses to be a huge success this season.
Now that you know the latest trends for spring, all you need are a nice pair of shades to complete your fashionable new look. This season big is in, so think Jackie O. In circular or rectangular shapes, white sunglasses are going to be very hot this season.
Whether you prefer the aviator look or the classic tortoise shell frame, choose the shape that best compliments your face, and you’re set to face a sunny spring day.
Kaitlyn Dreyling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.