Since so many cute — and horrific — themes are repeatedly popping up for spring and summer, I decided to list the top trends. In no particular order, here is a list of things that you’ll be seeing nonstop this spring (and well into summer!).
Celebrate spring with a vibrant floral print. Madewell’s Spring Garden dress ($145, right) is right on-point, showcasing the season’s bright mixture of colors that pop and contrast. If the style is a bit loud for you, try an ultra-feminine muted version, like J.Crew’s Waterfloral Pastiche Taryn dress ($295, left). The pastel florals are diffused and set against a cream background, which softens the overall effect. If wearing so much of the print is too girly, but you still want to sport the trend, try working a bit into your outfit with a colorful floral scarf, like Madewell’s Flower Art Scarf ($42, center).
Quite possibly the most perfect bag of the spring: Marc Jacobs’ The Large Single, from his spring/summer 2010 ready-to-wear collection. Ditch that supersized bag that’s weighing you down, and lighten up with this baby! It’s big enough to fit your essentials (cellphone, iPod, small wallet, keys, lipgloss); it’s a striking warm weather antidote to oversized bags that women have been lugging around since 2005. Plus, it’s a classic that you’ll have — and use — for years to come. This one is too pretty to pass up.
You’ve probably noticed that jewelry is getting bigger and bolder…and it’s about time! But going big doesn’t have to mean sacrificing femininity: a lot of the statement pieces are now accented with dainty details like grosgrain ribbon, chiffon, and chunky pearls. Anything goes when it comes to making this statement: oversized chain links, bib necklaces…whatever you prefer, it all works. (This one is made by Cara, available at Bloomingdales for $85.)
If you’re more of a neutral kind of girl, putty polish is all the rage this spring. OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques ($9/bottle) is one of the most popular shades of the season. (Click the link for photos of the polish on nails.)
See the spring cosmetics collections from Chanel, MAC, Estee Lauder, NARS, etc. Bright pink is popular. If your skin has cool undertones, opt for a blue-based pink like NARS Easy Lover lipgloss ($24). Warm-toned ladies should opt for a yellow-based pink with a tinge of red, like NARS Lip Lacquer in Hot Wired ($24).
The trend started with loose, relaxed-fitting boyfriend jeans, and how now moved up the leg to shorts. Boyfriend shorts are loose-fitting, a few inches longer than micro-shorts, and almost always artfully destroyed. This particular pair is from Rich & Skinny ($145).
Glowing skin is in. Get a safe tan from an airbrush tanning studio, or do it on the cheap at home with L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion SPF15 ($8.99/bottle). Or opt for a sweep of bronzer across the forehead, bridge of nose, and chin. A few to try: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer ($33), NARS Bronzer ($32), and Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear Bronzer ($7 for refill, $10 for reuseable compact). And yes, sunscreen is always in.
What do you think? Are any of these on your list to try? Are there any trends I missed that you’re really excited for?