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With each new year, designers and fashion sources release gobs and gobs of information about what is going to be “big” in trends for the year. Some of these trends can be crazy, so we are going to interpret them and show you how to use them into your own lives – the real girl way! Keep reading!
Caroline Mueller -The Bohemian One
Spunky Tangerine and Orange! Last years Pantone color of the year was a coral-y pink called Honeysuckle and it was seen everywhere! I myself fell in love with the color and was hesistant to let it go. Alas, another color has captured my heart: Tangerine Tango. It is a punchy orangish red that isn’t for the faint of heart! The runways were covered in this shocking color and others like it as well. Oranges, corals, and reds work with this trend as well and are here to make a statement. It pairs gorgeously with gold accessories and bags. It can also be seen in lip colors! It’s a flattering color that suits the lightest to the darkest skin colors. Heck, even our blog background is almost tangerine! All in all, I adore using tangerine to brighten up any outfit and you definitely cannot miss this trend for 2012!
What’s to Stay:
Colorblocking! This trend has been around for a while now, but I think that girls (and guys!) are finally starting to get into it and realize how fun and surprisingly simple it can be. To begin, take baby steps by donning a colorful cardi with a bright pair of shorts or a skirt. Leave the rest of your outfit in neutral territory. If you have already removed your training wheels, then go for more; however, experts highly suggest to avoid overloading color (stick to 3-4 colors) in order to stay away from a Lady Gaga meets Nicki Minaj meets Paul Frank. I suggest to play around with different garments and truly try everything; you never know what will mesh perfectly! With Spring fast approaching, using lighter and brighter colors will definitely be in style. Also, try to find colors that go well together, such as pink and orange or lime green and navy for a more aesthetically pleasing look. I am especially loving the “pastel block” take, since it reminds me of 1990’s country clubs gone modern and chic! I think it is an easy way to transition into the colorblocking trend as well as get yourself ready for spring with beautiful washed out lilacs and peaches. Colorblocking is a totally great way to express your personality and truly stand out from the crowd!
What’s Gotta Go:
Colorful Camo! When I even hear that phrase, I am almost immediately taken back to my days of head to toe Limited Too. I am almost positive that I owned a baby pink sequined camo track suit. Yikes. While I appreciate the creativity of this trend, I think we should leave the camo to our Armed Forces. I hear all too often about the “newest camo” that is being released from my very own Army boyfriend, that I don’t need to hear about it again on my beloved fashion blogs! I just find this trend cheesy and not made to last-maybe that’s why it’s a trend. If you do go for this look, try to stick to soft and pretty camoflagued look.
With this unseasonably warm Winter we are having, we may be able to put these trends to use early! Happy shopping, everybody! XO
McCall Balderston – The Trendsetter
We all love the LBD, but here’s a new twist on the classic…the little RED dress! You are guaranteed an unforgettable entrance wearing the more vibrant color. Opt for dresses with details like pleats or ruffles to add interest to the monochromatic look without taking away from the brilliant red. We all know that our favorite go to dress isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but it’s time to make space in your closets for this equally flattering option.
What’s to Stay:
Peplum skirts! Talk about an item that does the flirting for you! This peppy dress and skirt style will set you apart from the typical. These skirts rest nicely at your tiniest part and flare out to give you a beautiful shape (perfect for those boy shaped girls!). I think this look would great paired with a simple fitted white tee and a bright pink or neon skirt. Obviously, you can buy it in the dress version and have your outfit already done! I love this look because it is madman gone sassy and its the perfect anecdote to a normal, boring skirt. Some can take on a very geometric flare, but I prefer the simple pleated version, as I feel that is more wearable and girly. You can find the peplum waist look on some tops as well and you can pair those shirts with some shorts or a streamlined black pencil skirt to attain the same look!
What’s Gotta Go:
All over prints! The runway of Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam and many more were seen with a plethora of prints. Ranging from tribal to floral to asian inspired, these prints covered every inch of the body. They were too much for me and much too loud for wearing on the whole body. If you are still enamored by these prints, use them sparingly. The best way to wear these looks is to interpret one (ONE!) bold print into your outfit to make a statement, otherwise you’ll look like someone’s curtain or other houseware item. Not good! I am all for trendy prints, but this look is too much! Gotta go!
Shanté Fenique – Glamourista
I’m the kind of person who loves black, gold, red and things that shine, are classic yet glamorous. If you have been reading this blog you know this all too well. Over the last year or so, I’ve been trying to push my self into wearing more colors especially bright ones. Bright colors look extremely well with my chocolaty skin. When I was in Anthropologie the other day, I saw so many colorful skirts and pants. They were absolutely breathtaking. If your not ready to get into the color blocking trend you can try out wearing a pair of colorful slacks. This spring I urge you to put a little color in your wardrobe and make a statement with a bright colored pair of slacks or a skirt.
What’s to Stay:
Stripes and polka dots are here to stay. I personally love them and would wear them every day if I could. I need to buy more because they are just soooooo fabulous! I think they can be chic, sexy, classic or glamorous depending on how you pair them.
What’s Got to Go:
Lingerie as outerwear has got to go. Last spring it was in and I really am not into it. You can be sexy without displaying your under garments or dressing to show off all of your ASSets.
Brooke Cummings-The All-American
1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s Looks! The retro look is here again, but now with some fun new textures and waist bearing ensembles in classic shapes. The flared cat eye shaped sunglasses are so fun and are really flattering for most face types. Bustiers atop mesh with peplum skits and big cocktail jewels are the epitome of this look. Even down to the makeup and hair, everything is so adorable and retro! Definitely something to look forward to wearing when the weather gets warmer!
What’s to Stay:
“Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.” Of course this quote is from one of our favorites, The Devil Wears Prada. Well, it is true. You simply cannot run from florals in the springtime. This year, however, the florals are bigger and bolder that ever and are more of a statement piece than a quiet understudy.
What’s Gotta Go:
The “Sporting Goods” Look. Wet hair, mesh, and mismatched colors characterized many of the sports oriented looks coming form designers like Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs. The fabrics were harsh looking and something you’d never catch me wearing in the gym! This was not something that you’d expect for a spring/summer debut. Spring is the quintessential “pretty” time and these looks are anything but pretty. I was highly disappointed!