Spring Trends That Hit (and Miss)

by | February 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM | Beauty, Fashion, Shopping

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By Lauren Deloach, Editor of Category5Style.com

When it comes to new trends that come out each season, it is key to know what designs are worth your time and money. After all, there’s nothing worse than looking back at your style years later and wondering what in the world possessed you to wear acid wash jeans while rocking a mullet. Sure, you’ll get a good laugh, but your closet will have the last laugh when you’re staring at it, dumbfounded with nothing to wear. Trends have the ability to either make or break your style. Focusing on the right trends means you’ll look beyond fabulous each season, while investing in trends that don’t suit your style will have you looking (and feeling) completely out of place. Let’s cover my first round of spring trends that are a hit, and one that is such a miss!

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(Pictured from left to right: Rebecca Minkoff Bettina Flat Sandals in Hot Teal- $165, www.shopbop.com; Kate Spade Ruthie Cardigan- $298, www.nordstrom.com)

 

If you look to your left and right, you are bound to find at least one fabulous bow staring back at you. Whether a bow being worn in a woman’s hair, on her wrist, or covering a crucial sweater, the bow trend is so alive and well for spring. As little girls it seemed like all we did was wear bows, both big and small, so it’s only fitting that this trend recycles itself in a more mature fashion.

The first key to rocking out the bow trend is to remember that you can most certainly have too much of a good thing. You have to keep your bows balanced with edge in order to avoid looking like a thirty year old dressed up like a five year old for some warped version of Halloween-come-early! For example, if you’re wearing a cardigan completely covered in small bows (think Kate Spade), you would opt-out of pairing that sweater with pink floral pants. Instead, you would pair the sweater with metallic jacquard pants (think Topshop.com) to infuse edge into your look.

The second key to pulling off this trend is moderation. Rocking out this trend head to toe is a big no-no. Unless you want to look like a bizarre wrapped present waiting to be delivered to style-exile, limit your bows to two items in your look, remembering that the two items can’t both be large scale pieces. For example: Avoid wearing a bow cardigan paired with a dress covered in bows. Instead, rock out that bow cardigan with a smaller accessory, such as a bow tie bracelet (think Kiel James Patrick) or a bow in your hair (use ribbon to pull off this trend).

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The next major trend for spring is all things teal and jade green. Beautiful shades of blue-green, this calm and cool shade has the perfect mix of class with pop! While you typically expect to see a lot of green in the spring, this spin on a classic is a great way to add versatility to your wardrobe. While I recommend snagging pieces in this shade now, if you are still experiencing true winter madness featuring tons of snow and freezing temps, pair your teal with blacks and grays. However, if you’re in warmer climates (same rule applies once the weather warms up), pair your teal with pops of pink and orange to really signify your ode to spring.

Now to the trend that is such a serious miss….plastic. I don’t know whose idea it was to design clear plastic-like clothing and accessories, but I must say this definitely feels like a trend worth regretting. Clear plastic coats, shirts with plastic at the top and fabric at the bottom, and even plastic shoes…it all feels very cheap. Of course the price tag says otherwise, as so many of the wardrobe items retail for $100 and up! It’s hard to imagine looking back on a picture wearing a clear plastic coat and saying “Wow, I looked SO FAB that day!” Not going to happen. If you are truly hard set on wearing plastic, most people can find it under their kitchen sinks, and for a $5.99 price tag no less. Any other scenario involving plastic is definitely a miss this season!

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Stay tuned for another round of spring trend hits (and misses) coming your way as we move closer to spring!

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