On this last day of February, let’s talk splashy florals instead of dark plaids. Pops of pink instead of dark jewel tones. Breezy blouses instead of that heavy wool cardigan you keep on the back of your desk chair.
Spring will come and, along with it, clothes that will feel just so good to pop into. Lighter, looser, less static cling. So what’s looking fresh for the warm days ahead?
“We have a lot of peasant blouses that are embroidered and flowy. We also have colored chinos – a nice departure from denim,” said Joanne Dina, owner of Anna Grace, 799 Elmwood Ave. Colors include lavender and light gray; the cut is slouchy rather than skinny. And the fabric is soft, which makes rolling up the cuffs a breeze.
Colorful handbags and chunky jewelry are other great additions for spring, she added.
Here are five other popular picks a woman might consider adding to her spring wardrobe:
• Bold prints. They have been coming on strong for several seasons now, whether it’s a single printed piece – a skirt, pants or jacket – worn with solids or a head-to-toe look. For spring, splashy florals, painterly abstracts and other bold prints look especially at home on simple dresses hemmed at or above the knee. No need to pile on the accessories. These dresses can hold their own.
• Stripes. InStyle magazine names the striped dress as a key piece for spring, but stripes also appear on everything from classic crewnecks to boat shoes. You will find vertical stripes on wide-leg pants, horizontal ones across the back of a sleeveless top and multicolored stripes on handbags.
InStyle editors write: “Whether it’s soft and subtle or big and bold, this pattern seems to signal warm weather and always feels fresh.”
We like the “warm weather” part.
• Pinks. Pink lands on the spring trends list at Lord & Taylor, Kohl’s and also at Macy’s, which notes, in its fashion update: “With hints of black and gold to keep it edgy but elegant, the color palette spans from vibrant fuchsia to the palest rose and can be seen in everything from oversized patterns to delicate appliqués.”
Other pastels are popular, too – some call them “punchy pastels” – and often are paired with all-white separates. A long coral jacket over white pants and shirt, for example.
You can’t wear that in the winter.
• Longer hemlines. While above-the-knee flouncy skirts and fit-and-flare dresses remain popular, longer hemlines are getting attention.
“Tea-length dresses are very big right now. It’s a below-the-knee, midi length,” said Tara Brisson, of Leelee, 5444 Main St., Williamsville. They often have an A-line shape and come in a variety of fabrics, including jersey and chiffon.
Also a trend: Midi-length, high-waisted pencils skirts worn with crop tops, Bisson said. These tops can also be paired with high-waisted, wide-leg palazzo printed pants, she added. The key to the crop-top look is to have the piece you wear on the bottom come up high on the waist. If you choose to wear crop tops at all, that is.
• Black and white. This high-contrast combo simply never goes away. This spring, it’s very much part of a look that InStyle calls “Haute Minimalism.” It’s simple yet sharp; think a white collarless jacket piped in black topping black straight-leg pants. Sticking with black and white also is an easy way to wear other big trends, such as a boldly printed dress in black and white rather than colors that scream.
The key is to keep the look simple.
“Adding accessories would be like cluttering up a refined home with tchotchkes,” InStyle writes.