Spring 2011 Fashion

This spring there are a variety of great fashion trends that you should be aware of and work to incorporate them into your own wardrobe if they suit your individual style. In the end we all have to decide which trends work best for us, but it is always helpful to know what is out there.  In fact, even as a shopper who considers myself fashion forward, I must admit that I do sometimes sit back and wait until I see some of these trends lasting beyond one season before I incorporate some of them into my wardrobe.  So bottom line, take these as a good assortment of ideas and then utilize them as you feel most comfortable.

You will see the groundwork of a resurgence of neutrals and earth tones.   We think you will actually see more of these colors in the Fall of 2011, but we’re seeing lots of khaki or white colors in jackets and wraps, cardigans, tops and dresses.   You will also see lots of these colors with a variety of patterns of stripes ranging from wide stripes to very narrow.  You’ll see neutrals and stripes in accessories like bags, scarves and shoes.

  • One popular style this season is the tie neck top.  These stylish tops can be found in a variety of fabrics although we’ve seen them primarily in sheer fabrics.  This top is a great way to incorporate the fabulous scarf trend that is also going to be prominent this spring.  Likewise you will also continue to see the high-waisted belt as a trend this spring and summer with more skinny / narrow belts instead of only seeing the super wide belts that are still prevalent.   While I have never been a proponent of the sewn in belt accessories, having a few go to belts in basic accent colors will be a stylish and economical way to spice up your wardrobe this spring.  You will also see lots of tie belts around the hips or even creating an empire waist line.  Ties will also be found on skirts, jackets and dresses for an added touch of feminine details.

Bohemian style blouses will also be a must have for spring fashion this year.  These loose style tops come in a variety of styles with some having ruffles, patterns, drawstrings around the neck or waist, embroidery, buttons, and much more.  You will still find that loose flowing look in a top to be very stylish this season.

As for pants, the trend with skinny pants and leggings will continue in spring with cropped lengths.  You will want to have a few pairs of different colors of cropped length leggings.  You will also see a variety of long length skirts and long ruffled skirts.  We’ve seen many of these long almost ankle length skirts with ruffled layers in bright spring colors like purples and corals.

In short, if you want to be front and center with the latest spring fashion trends in 2011, you will want to layer into your wardrobe good belts and add in at least one skinny /narrow belt.  Be sure to have at least one pair of cropped leggings and if you feel up to it add in a long ruffled skirt.  Have at least one neutral tone wrap or jacket to accent your spring dresses and skirts.  Most of all, be sure to make sure that whatever styles you incorporate we suggest finding your own voice in these styles to really help accent and create your own individual style.

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How to Accessorize my Neckline

As temperatures start to warm up this year it will quickly be time to start thinking about ways to accessorize your neckline.  Luckily there are a variety of great ways to accessorize necklines that are also extremely popular fashion trends this season.

Let’s start with probably the most obvious…necklaces.  Of course every outfit presents unique opportunities to wear jewelry, but necklaces are by far the most central, but yet also most diverse way to accessorize.  Popular necklaces range from the simple classic silver or gold necklace to the larger chunky bead or stone necklaces that are so popular these days.   Having a few of each for your different tops and looks will be an essential way to help accessorize around the neckline.  Chunky big necklaces can be found in a variety of styles, colors and lengths and you will want to invest in a couple of great bold necklaces that you can wear with as many outfits as possible.  Consider your existing wardrobe and style and then find a couple of great staple chunky necklaces that will work with it.  You will also want to incorporate a few more classic pieces to give you some optional looks before you buy necklaces that are more splurge pieces.

Another great way to accessorize your neckline are scarves.  Cute scarves have been a great fashion forward trend that is still in style this season.  Similar to the strategy for finding some good necklaces, you will want to first invest in a few great accent colors that would fit with your wardrobe.  If you tend to like warmer colors consider an ivory or brown colored scarf as a complement to your existing clothing.  Likewise if you prefer cool colors a grey or light blue might be a great good complement colors.  We recommend starting with solid colors first and then branching into patterned scarves if they suit your individual style.  You will likely want to have a couple of basic go to scarves to layer into your wardrobe as a great way to accessorize.

Finally don’t forget about turtleneck tops as suited to the season.  You can find short sleeve turtlenecks for warmer weather.  The turtleneck is very much in style and one of the latest trends in turtlenecks are gathered turtlenecks that give you a great turtleneck look that stays in place and also gives you a beautiful, feminine look around your neck.  Consider the Discharge turtleneck top by AlixK or their Cappy short sleeve turtleneck as examples with this great neckline.

We think that each of these alternatives are great ways to accessorize your neckline.  Of course whatever you prefer to accessorize your neckline with we recommend that you try to stretch out of your comfort zone and expand your individual style to try some of these amazing ways to accent your neckline.  I have to admit that I’ve lived through the scarf trend in the 80s and was a little reluctant, but I invested in some great staple colors that fit my wardrobe and have found them to be so fun to wear.  Above all, each of these alternatives are great ways to insert some added feminine touches into your wardrobe and we think if you invest in the right pieces, each of these trends can be so much fund to include in your individual style.

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