Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring into Style

Spring is here and with it comes my list of hot trends, some old and some new. I always love when a trend can span several seasons so you get mileage from your investment. I'll be posting all your must-haves over the next several weeks. But today, we start with the repeats! These are the trends that have held on for a couple seasons and are still going strong. So hopefully you've already snagged a piece and have it ready to go, but if not, its time to hop on the bandwagon. I'll link back to my posts that introduced these trends when they came onto the scene, and then share some fresh takes from the Spring/Summer 2013 Runway.

Let's start with the Baseball Jacket. As you can see from my previous post, I haven't always been a fan of this trend. And to be perfectly honest, I have pretty much held true to that. But I'm pleasantly surprised by the SS13 offerings. The Baseball Jacket styling remains but takes on a lightweight, trimmer cut that I find much more flattering. Designers are also getting a little more inventive and mixing interesting fabrics with this traditionally sporty cut. I'm LOVING the versions from the Christoper Raeburn collection. So much that I'm going to show you three of them!

This Jonathan Saunders version is extra on trend. Stripes are huge this season (yes, yes, blog post coming...) and he mixes the two trends with this fun and stylish jacket.
Next up is Neon! I've loved this trend since it came back a couple years ago. I personally don't go for a whole outfit of neon (although its out there). I like the splashes, an unexpected belt, shoe detailing, etc. Take a look at my previous post for some fun ideas on how to translate this trend to your every day look. Here are two examples I found on this season's runway that I found easily wearable for anyone. Jonathan Saunders (Yes, again. His collection is amazing this season) created this beautiful spring sweater that somehow incorporates neon throughout while remaining subtle and classy.
Looking for even less impact? The appropriately named line, Kolor shows how to add just a splash.
My final recurring trend is the Double Breasted jacket/suit. Affectionately nicknamed the "DB" in the biz, if you want to sound cool. :) My previous post referred specifically to pairing your DB with jeans, which is still great. But this trend is holding strong on all fronts--the suit, formal wear and casually. If you are going casual and pairing this trend with your jeans or chinos, be sure to stay current by keeping the jacket short as shown in this example from Junya Watanabe.
And I had to share this beautiful suit from Hardy Amies. Summer is coming!

So there's the kick off! If you haven't already, pull these pieces out of the closet and start transitioning to your hot spring looks. Stay tuned to see all of the new trends to expect this season. It's nice to be back!

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