Spring and summer are here– are you ready? The warmer weather and longer days bring with it a POP of color. This season, there are strong colors and patterns, military inspired details, and shades of pink galore. According to Amy Parker at Amy’s Alley “pastels play importantly into this spring’s color palette and the preppy influence is still popular. Denim continues to be strong as do rompers”. Paula Brown from the Paula Brown Shop tells us that personalization is the important factor this season. The classics with a twist remain strong as does color. Chunky jewelry is passe but classic jewelry repurposed is enjoying huge popularity. The Paula Brown Shop is bringing in Barbara Heinrick on May 10 and 11 – she will be showing her personal collection as well as assisting customers to repurpose their jewelry so if you have those pearls that are looking a little tired – give them new life.
Let’s look at some of the trends for 2017:
Rose/Pink Pink runs the gamut from a bright rose to hints of the blush. It is clear with red undertones and we will see it on coats, skirts, dresses and accessories. The white poplin shirt Who doesn’t have a white shirt in her closet? This season will be no different. However we will be updating the trend and the shirts will be seen an oversized shirt, as a dress, and with uneven hemlines and asymmetrical edging. Bold & bright stripes The bold color trend for spring 2017 continues into stripes. Get ready for colorful, bold stripes in wide and smaller prints across dresses, shirts, pants, and accessories. Khaki & utility details Khaki, light brown, beige, military green and utility inspired separates bring a more pared down tone to spring 2017. Look for military-inspired jackets, vests and trench coats, and shirt-dresses in khaki. You’ll see details like zippers, cargo pockets, and other utilitarian-style elements. Florals Spring means florals in a big way this season. This season’s pattern of festive florals ranges from delicate small prints to oversized bright and bold patterns on clothing and even accessories like shoes and purses. Menswear inspired Add some menswear inspiration this season for a fresh spring look. Details include menswear fabrics, striped shirts borrowed from the guys, vests, suiting fabric, and other masculine details interpreted in a female style. Ruffles This is the year to bring out your feminine side– ruffles are seen on necklines and shoulders and everywhere. Look for ruffles in every variety, from bold, oversized ruffled necklines on evening wear to daintier, bohemian ruffles on the front of shirts or dresses. And look for fringe details on sleeves or used as layers on jackets and dresses. Athleisure The athleisure trend, so big last year, continues to dominate into spring with sporty details appearing on pants, jackets, shoes, and even dresses. Stretchy fabric, zippers, blocks of color, bomber jackets, and mesh add a gym feel to everyday basics. ’80s details Who remembers the ’80s? Well, they are back and are adding a glitzy edge to style this spring. Look for metallic fabrics, larger shoulders and lapels on jackets, oversized blazers and bright, primary colors reminiscent of that era. You can easily add just a touch of ’80s with accessories, like a glittery belt, metallic bag or shoe, or a dress in a pure, bright color. Shoulder details The cold shoulder trend from last season continues with even more variety. Look to see more cold shoulder tops and dresses but also other details that highlight and expose the shoulders like exaggerated cowl necks, off the shoulder looks, and one shoulder tops and dresses. Meredith Sherman from Sophia Lustig states “everyone needs a look that features off the shoulder or a cold shoulder – it is such a feminine look especially when worn in a citrony color such as coral. The best advice is to show up in whatever you wear in a what makes you happy and a smile.” It’s always good to add a couple of new trends into your closet each year while adding to your current wardrobe with updated accessories. Your wardrobe is current and your style factor is fabulous.