A - Z Spring style!

31.3.11

Spring Style A to Z

All-Day Pajamas

This spring, you will welcome more than just warm weather. You will also welcome beautiful, comfortable clothes that make you feel like you're dressed up in pajamas all day. Say hello to flowy peasant tops, wide-leg silhouettes, sheer layers and mixed prints.

By Malene Birger Flachet Peasant Blouse ($79.50 at
TheOutnet)



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Biker-Chic Vests

The moto-biker trend has been around for a few seasons now, and it's still in style. You can keep your leather jacket on the hanger because this spring, we're going to try sleeveless. To keep it feminine, pair it with neutral pieces, or try a flirty dress layered underneath.

Robert Rodriguez Robbi & Nikki Herringbone Biker Vest ($175 at
Zappos Couture)


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Crochet

Crochet, lace, macrame... All of these dainty, embroidered patterns are on point this season, and they are decidedly un-frumpy. (Seriously, do not insert snarky tablecloth or bed-cover remark here.) We like the crochet cardigan in particular because it's lightweight and versatile -- kind of like the springtime equivalent of winter's go-to cashmere sweaters.

Paul & Joe Crochet Cardigan ($340 at
Net-A-Porter)


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Down-to-the-Floor Dresses

Thank you, spring 2011, for bringing back the trend Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe started -- the effortlessly fabulous boho style. Maxi dresses are back this season. Wear them printed, in nude shades or with a '70s-inspired halter neck.

Quiksilver Maxi Dress ($59.90 at
Quiksilver)


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Evening Jumpsuits

On the more daring side of spring's fashion trends: the evening jumpsuit. Rompers to sleep in are harmless. Rompers to frolic in during the day are doable. Rompers made of sumptuous silk to wear out at night sound downright scary though. But, when they are so beautifully made and luxuriously soft, they might just convince us to give them a try.

Reiss Silk Jumpsuit ($206.50 at
Reiss)


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Full Skirts

Perfect to wear to a picnic, fitting for a romantic dinner and a movie, exactly right for dancing... The full skirt is having a moment, so put away your minis this season, ladies. Twirl around with a beautiful skirt that boasts a longer hemline and more fabric.

Mango Ditsy Skirt ($62.58 at
ASOS)

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Garden Floral

Is it warm out? Throw on a floral snood or scarf, and add a floppy hat and some sandals. You get to feel glamorous and be in the sun -- that's the best kind of mood-lifter.

Pink Spring Floral Print Snood ($32 at
Topshop)


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High-Waisted Bell Bottoms

If there has ever been an item of clothing to worship, it's the J. Brand Love Story jean. The super flare, paired with stacked brown boots or sky-high sandals, makes them universally flattering, and they're so comfortable you will never want or need to take them off. We promise.

J. Brand Love Story Jeans ($178 at
Bloomingdales)


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Intricate Jewelry

Jewelry trends this year, summed up: The bigger/bolder, the better. Try geometric shapes, play around with ropes and chains and always say yes to tassels.

Radiant Medallion Tassel Earrings ($58 at
Ann Taylor)


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Jangles of Bangles

An armful of bangles never goes out of style. And since our jewelry motto this season is bigger, bolder, and better, we're going to forgo silver and try out some alternatives, like stacks of wooden or colorful bracelets mixed with gold.

Mixed Bangle Pack ($30 at
Topshop)


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Kimono Sleeves

There is something alluring about a kimono sleeve. It's subtly sensual, and we just love the allusion of a traditional Japanese dress. Try a flowy cardigan in an exotic print, or wear a detailed tunic over black leggings.

Embroidered Top ($24.80 at
Forever 21)


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Ladylike

Even though we've mentioned biker-inspired pieces, armfuls of bangles, and other non-ladylike trends, this spring is actually a time of celebration for ladies. Feminine blouses, pencil skirts and pretty pumps are in season as always, so flaunt that girl power!

Nine West Noella Ruffle Pump ($99 at
Nine West)


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Mixing Prints

Throw the rulebook out the window -- no black and brown, no black and blue, no prints and prints? Prints over prints have somehow become fashionable this spring with restraint, of course. Don't wear leopard print with zebra print -- actually, don't mix animal prints at all. But, you can experiment with stripes and dots.

Emilio Pucci Cosmo Print Tie Belt ($185 at
TheOutnet)


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Neutrals and Nudes

A personal favorite for us is wearing beautiful, neutral pieces. A nude dress will not be defined by its color, but rather by its construction or silhouette. A nude boot will subtly elongate the legs. Find something you love and invest. The best part is, neutrals last forever.

Fergalicious Utopia Pumps ($34.99 at
Famous Footwear)


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Orange

So you can't have an entire closetful of nude-colored clothing. This spring, why not try orange? Yes, you aren't likely to wear orange trousers or an orange blouse often, so experiment with accessories like shoes and bags.

High Fashion 4939 Tote in Orange ($198 at
Lori's Shoes)


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Peasant Dresses

Peasant dresses easily top the list for accessible bohemian-chic style. They are comfortable, adorable and can easily transition from day to night. Every fashionista should have one ready for a special occasion this season.

Belted Peasant Dress ($59 at
Arden B)


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Quartz

Quartz crystals are semi-precious gemstones that come in the colors of the rainbow. They can be made edgy (a la Pamela Love), or delicately refined (like Coralia Leets). Pick up the gem in your favorite color and wear it all season long.

Pamela Love Cobra Sterling Silver Quartz Necklace ($230 at
Net-A-Porter)


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Rosegold

Another accessory trend for the spring is rosegold, a red- or pink-tinted hue that adds an unexpected oomph. You can go big with a chunky watch or geometric bangle, or subtle with stud earrings or a pair of shades.

Just Cavalli Aviator Sunglasses ($215 at
Endless)


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Seventies

By now, it probably goes without saying that this spring is a hardcore '70s flashback. Take a style cue from Penny (Almost Famous), and stock up on white dresses, halter tops, flared jeans, and big round sunglasses!

Embroidered Halter Top ($165 at
Nordstrom)


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Tassels on Bags

Tassels, fringe, all things that dangle and have bohemian flair = so hot right now. We like the trend on bags because they achieve the look without also making us seem like we're trying too hard.

Elaine Turner Stacy Suede Hobo ($162 at
National Jean Company)


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Understated Underthings

This one should go without saying... But since sheer layers are so popular this season, we think it's perfectly rational to splurge on a special something to wear underneath.

Juicy Couture Cami Short Set ($88 at
Net-A-Porter)


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Vibrant Colors

Show off your shape this spring with a pretty dress in a pretty color, like pink, yellow or blue. Actually, whatever color you like! Hello, color overdose. See you later, drab winter closet.

Jersey Cross-Front Maxi Dress ($29.50 at
Old Navy)


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White Eyelet

Gasp! This is not the season of LBDs? What's a girl to do?! It's the season of LWDs (little white dresses). You can add an E between the W and the D for little white eyelet dresses to be specific. We saw them at Dolce & Gabbana, and we haven't looked back since.

White Eyelet Dress ($44.50 at
Delias)


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Xtreme Colorblocking

Okay, so there's no way a normal person can pull of this season's crazy color-clashing Prada looks, but you can wear the trend toned down (or as toned down as colorblocking can be!) with an attention-grabbing alternative.

Jonathan Saunders Block-Color Jersey T-Shirt Dress ($93 at
TheOutnet)


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You

This goes without saying -- no matter the season, no matter the trend, you should always incorporate you into the mix. Wear the pieces that flatter your body, your tone and your personality. You can never go wrong.



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Zesty Accessories

So you've probably got it in your head by now that bright colors are the way to go this season. But if you still aren't convinced you can wear a bright pink dress or orange sandals, then why not try bringing the zest with your accessories? A fun belt or bold-hued jewelry is certainly enough to spice up your work outfit for day and guaranteed to make you the life of the party at night.

Kenneth Jay Lane Enamel Necklace ($225 at
Zappos)

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