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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Celeb Fashion at the MTV Movie Awards

This week was the MTV Movie Awards and although it is clearly no Oscars, it is fun to see what the celebrities are wearing this summer. This awards show is more casual and most celebs opted for shorter dresses. {Although a few rocked the still alive and kicking maxi dress trend} Here are a few of my favorites:

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is looking super chic in this green lace and black belt dress. I love the cut and length of this dress, it is sexy without being too overt. I think that I have mentioned before how big green was/still is in fashion.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel looks fabulous in this outfit; I am loving all the different textures used and the basic colors with a pop of pale pink. Jessica has always been stylish and this is another great choice in my mind, it really accentuates her waist and looks like it would be very fun to wear. I think you could easily achieve a similiar look with a sheer shirt over a cami, tucked into one of those ruffle skirts that seem to be everywhere with a bow belt on top. It might not be quite as dramatic but it would look great for grocery shopping and lunch with the ladies!

Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton‘s causal dress was perfect for summer with its teal, gray and cream stripes. Again, stripes are everywhere, even at awards shows! What are your favorite celebrity looks??

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Stripes in Fashion

When fashion finds something that works for everyone, the trend tends to stay around and this year stripes have gone from fall, to spring and now summer. I am loving how the chic, laid back style of stripes can work for just about any occasion. Check out this Alexander McQueen striped dress, made famous by the ever stylish Rihanna.

Alexander McQueen Asymmetric-stripe Sweater Dress

Alexander McQueen Asymmetric-stripe Sweater Dress

If you don’t have this dress in your closet {its sold out} try this Splendid Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top in navy/red combo. {It’s shown here in green/red} It would be a great piece for spring and summer and could easily be worn with shorts, capris, or leggings.

Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top by Splendid

Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top by Splendid

Another great look for summer is black and white small stripes. Seen here on Sienna Miller is a Chanel version of this trend.

Sienna Miller in Striped Chanel

Sienna Miller in Striped Chanel

I feel like my closet just has too much Chanel in it, {you probably feel the same way right??} so I have opted for this more understated Laurie B. Gable Stripe Cardigan. I love the zipper detail and the wide sleeves are ultra flattering.

Laurie B. Gable Stiped Cardigan

Laurie B. Gable Stiped Cardigan

If you haven’t tried stripes, now is the time! They are oh so chic and are so adaptable to most any look. Have a fabulous weekend!

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Splendid’s Stripes

Stripes are everywhere this season, from handbags to blouses, stripes are making a fashion statement for spring and summer. Most women{myself included} probably have heard at some point that wearing stripes horizontally makes your body look wider. This is false! Well, let me clarify that, some stripes may do that, but not most. Focus on a great fit and stripes that hit your body in the right area and stripes can actually make you look smaller! That’s right, you heard me, they can actually make you look slimmer. Now that I have your attention, look at these Splendid tops that are perfect and striped! This lightweight 4 Band Long sleeve Boatneck Top by Splendid is ultra comfortable and perfect for the transition from winter to spring to summer.

4 Band Long Sleeve Boatneck Top

4 Band Long Sleeve Boatneck Top

Next is the super cute Navy Slub Shadow Waist Tie Top by Splendid. I love the long fit of this shirt, which makes it perfect for a casual swimsuit cover up all well. I also think this shirt would be great with bermuda shorts and metallic sandals. This top is also available in a cheery red and navy stripe.

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Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top

This 2×1 White Stripe Hoodie by Splendid {these people know their stripes!} is a great fit with a banded bottom, which is always figure flattering and buttons down the front that would be great open to show off a cute tank underneath. The 3/4 length sleeves are ideal for the weather right now and the hood adds a bit of a fun, casual vibe to this top.

2x1 White Striped Hoodie

2x1 White Striped Hoodie

Lastly, look at the Variegated Stripe Loose Jersey Wrap by {you guessed it} Splendid. I loved the variegated stripes on this wrap, and wraps are so great because they can be worn with so many different things for so many different looks. With the economy how it is, it is nice to have something that can really work for casual, dressed up, or even a cover up.

Variegated Stripe Loose Jersey Wrap

Variegated Stripe Loose Jersey Wrap

Splendid has loads of beautiful clothes and a good amount of them are striped, so go to Vintage Fringe to check out the rest of the beauties and tell me which is your favorite!

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