The Christmas tree is on it's way out, and the ornaments have been packed up. Pretty soon we'll all be feeling the winter blues.
Hark! What's that, you say? Spring is in sight!! It is time to look forward to in coming months, the thawing out of ice-d over landscape and embrace what is to come: sunshine, crisp air and SPRING FASHION! Now, I am NOT a fashion expert by any means. However, I'd like to share my own random personal picks for my spring fashion this year:
1. White velvet accents. Think white velvet bows, a white velvet bodysuit paired with a tulip skirt, or a little white velvet clutch on a night out.
2. Pastels + grey. This can work in all types of situations and works great with fabrics such as chiffon, lace and silk as well. For the rather feminine ladies out there, be careful not to go overboard with pastels paired with other particularly feminine accents such as pearls, lace or too much pink. Subdued yet suggestive. Something to get you started: http://www.barneys.com/Pleated-One-Shoulder-Dress/500828892,default,pd.html
3. This one is residual from winter, and I am not ashamed to admit I will be rocking it come spring as well: lace. I am envisioning an outfit that combines white or nude lace, velvet and some kind of pewter/grey hardware. It will come...just wait!
4. Nude nude nude...with EVERYTHING. Nude with diamonds, nude with black, nude shoes, nude lipstick...you name it. I'll let you in on a secret, my favorite nude lipstick: Mac lipstick in creme d' nude. Nude is another alternative to black that keeps a look fresh, fashion forward and unexpected. This color surprisingly works very well with bright red, too. Here's an example to get you excited (note the dusty gold): http://www.barneys.com/Brandaplato/500985972,default,pd.html?utm_source=shopstyle&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=shopstyle08&source=shopstyle
5. Bright, confetti-like neon/citrus colors paired with black and white accessories. Think: bright yellow bandage skirt + black and white snakeskin shoes. Yes. I love how the black and white keep the sharp, loud elements of confetti tamed down and give it an 80's feel. Think intrigue, not demand.
6. Valentino. I am loving his line as of late. The nude + lace details on some of his shoes and shawls from this winter's season will work wonderfully into the spring as well, this is why (in my opinion) Valentino is widely regarded as "classic" - his looks translate into all seasons and can be worn all across the board. Now, if only I could afford it....
7. Grey + Neon. As an alternative to grey + pastels (that I mentioned earlier), this is a look that looks smokin' on a warm spring/summer night. It POPS against tan skin, as well.
8. Dusty gold. This is a nice alternative to Khaki without the safari-feel. It works well on eyelids, in leathers..and with jewelry as well.
9. Abalone and gunmetal accents. Accessories only. This will pair nicely with pastels + shades of grey, nudes, neons, white velvet...the options are vast.
10. A trend for this spring is going to be 60's inspired high waisted bell bottom blue jeans. I'd like to forwarn that this is a look that can be GREAT, but has to be perfect or else it will look unflattering. Devote time and money into finding the perfect pair, or else they're just going to look like soccer mom jeans and flatten your butt. And, sad but true: you might end up just not have the right body type to pull this look off. I suspect we will be seeing a lot of unfortunate soccermom asses this spring because of this trend...so keep that in mind if you decide to jump on board with this one.
Make sure to start this season bright by touching up your roots as well, nothing can bring a look from fresh to drab like a reminder of winter's dark days: cold, dark roots.
Now is the time to start perusing the interwebs for some good deals on airfair and hotels for a spring trip somewhere...like Scottsdale, San Diego, Miami, Honolulu, Las Vegas or Austin. Somewhere that will be warm and will re-light that fire that has been dampened from the cold. Strut it.