Uncovering spring 2012's most affordable, wearable and trendiest trends and translating them from the runway into everyday looks.
It's getting to be that time of year again. The temperature rises, the sun peeks its tentative face out from the clouds and gloom of winter, and you start seeing more skin on the street. Spring. It's more than just an appetizer for summer, it's a prime time for fashion.
The top trend for the season isn't Easter pastels. It's bright, bold orange and tangerine shades. These colors are popping up in everything from flirty frocks to sunglasses, handbags and the footwear staple of warm weather, the espadrille sandal.
Speaking of bold, it's time to invest in Nair. The hottest clothing item this year are short-shorts in pops of pink, green, blue, and yes, orange. The brighter and shorter, the better. Last spring we saw the rise of the bermuda, but that looks to be waning this year. Denim cut-offs are also popping up on runways and fashion spreads in major magazines.
So what to do with those bright colors? What should they be paired with? Color-blocking has been a huge hit on the runways, as well. Blocks of solids paired with more solids, to be exact. Keep your outfit to a minimum of four colors for a uniform motif. For example, a satin blouse in a pale tangerine paired with a magenta flowing skirt, green patent strappy heels and an orange leather handbag. Afraid of mixing contrasting colors? Black is perfectly acceptable for spring, in small doses.
These trends need not break the bank, either. Affordable yet trendy items can be found at popular stores like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Old Navy. Forever 21 has a huge selection of bright hued shorts, and Old Navy has gotten on the espadrille bandwagon like no other. So make a list, check it twice and forget dreary winter. Stock up your wardrobe with sunshine and warmth, because spring is right around the corner.