Spring 2014 is all about transformative clothes, buying that 1 piece that can update your look and bring you into the next season. I have edited Spring 2014 to highlight key trends that are very easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe. How can you love a runway look and translate it into everyday fashion? Let me help you spring forward in 2014!
Trend 1: Metallic! Spring is about shimmer and shine. I love this easy Rag & Bone dress that demonstrates longer length skirts, an important trend going into the new season. Note the orange lipstick! Orange is always the new black! I am all about effortless dressing.
Altuzarra demonstrated a brilliant combination that adds metallic accent to basic sweater dressing. Again,note the longer length skirt. This skirt is fun, and I can see wearing it a lot of different ways especially useful for that vacation you have planned to a tropical destination.
Altuzarra shines with a 2 piece metallic ensemble.
Max Mara shows us more sparkle. I love the ease of this look. A simple dress with an overlay. Basic yet chic. In everyday life, I would not wear hosiery or those shoes. I would wear a flat sandal and downplay the dressy fabric.
Trend 2: The pleats. This Rochas dress demonstrates our metallic trend along with the very important pleated skirt for spring. We must note the longer length skirt again as well. I love the versatility of this dress. I prefer throwing a big chunky sweater over it rather than a cardigan with a heavier shoe for a more casual look.
Michael Kors showed a classic pleated skirt and wrap sweater in a monotone grey combination. The key to wearing a pleated skirt is the choice you make for a top. Look for a slimmer fitting sweater or jacket that complements the fuller skirt.
Trend 3: The longer length skirt. Proenza Schouler brilliantly demonstrates our new length for Spring. It has been referred to as tea-length, and even as specific as in between mid calf and upper ankle. This look brings in 3 of our trends, longer skirt, pleats, and metallics. I love the way this skirt is paired with a boxy sweater on the top.
Alice and Olivia showed the longer tea length skirt and chose a sexier ensemble with a midriff top. This length falls between midi and maxi and the designers are quite specific about length going into next season! This ladylike hemline can be just as hip as a mini. This look with a cropped top can offset the length and actually make you look taller! It is also modern and sexy by baring some midriff and arm!
Trend 4: A hint of Sport. Rag & Bone show us an accent of athleticism with a tennis inspired sweater. This is my most favorite trend of all for Spring! Yes, I am biased since I am also an avid triathlete, and any chance I can combine fashion with my sport I am excited.
Theory joins the game with this very sporty tennis inspired look paired with a sexy heel.
Ralph Lauren takes the sport to a dress. Streamline and flattering.
Marc Jacobs takes it once step farther… This is more of a runway look. I think it could be fun to take the jacket and pair it with skinny white jeans and a long white tank and a great nude heel. The other option is to choose the shorts and put on a fitted white sweater and a wedge heel for a fun look as well.
Trend 5: Go Floral. Prada sets the trend. I think floral is very feminine if worn properly. The key is understated when it comes to most prints. I like to pick one piece and work around it, as I do with most trends.
Loving this Dolce & Gabbana floral coat. Its all about 1 accent piece!
Mui Mui’s spring look embodies the floral theme. I am not in favor of mixing patterns. Keep it simple!
Oscar de la Renta shows us a fabulous gown devoted to a spring season in bloom!
Trend 6: Pastels. Isabel Marant is perfection in blush. Its about blush, pinks, and icy blues and greens. The most flattering pastels can enhance your skin tone if chosen carefully. Its a sexy versus sweet effect that worked the runways for Spring 2014. I love the textures and lines in this ensemble.
Mui Mui is blushing in pastel pink.
Jason Wu shows us how sexy pastel blue can look. I think this could be a very sexy menswear look with a killer heel!
Burberry Possum pretty in pink.
Trend 7 : Bold Color. Bold bright hues also dominated the scene on the Spring runways. Always a good sign for the economy, designers love the crisp bright colors as seen here by Ralph Lauren.
Diane von Furstenberg has a lovely version of a bright hue in her halter v- neck gown. My all time favorite gown!
J. Mendel brilliantly addresses a new season with a sleeveless v-neck cocktail dress in pink with silk/wool bazar with silk mousseljne insets and an accordion pleat full skirt.This dress is stunning and embodies the new season.
I have identified the most wearable trends for Spring 2014. I think each of these categories can be incorporated into your wardrobe with minimal effort. I love the longer lengths. I always like longer and looser for the most part. It is still possible to look sexy without wearing a tight mini that went out of Vogue in the 80’s! Look fresh with color! Mix femininity with your athletic side! And best of all add a little shine to always get noticed. Thumbs up for Spring 2014!