Spring 2011’s Most Wearable Fashion Trends


The good news: There were more pretty, flattering spring styles on the Fashion Week runways this season than we can count. The bad news: It’s hard to pick just one favorite dress, jacket or flirty print—that’s why we’ve got this looooong list of omgicantwaittowearthat fashion trends. Dig in!

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: ’60s coats

Win major cuteness points in the tricky First Impressions round by wearing a hip A-line-shape coat in a bright, cheeky color.
Michael Kors, spring 2011

michael kors runway

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Slinky ’70s dresses

Get all Studio 54 this spring (well, minus the whole messy party scene) with a satiny ready-to-dance dress. Grown-up colors like ink, emerald or sapphire make the lingerie-like fabric look sexy without being scandalous.
Marc Jacobs, spring 2011

marc jacobs 70s dresses

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Military(ish) Jackets

We don’t mean to yell like drill sergeants, but ladies, you’re REALLY gonna want to you track down a cargo jacket or military-inspired vest sooner rather than later. Tough-looking top + flirty bottom = year-round outfit perfection.
Wes Gordon, spring 2011

wes gordon military coats

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: High-waisted flare jeans

Say hello to your new day-to-night bestie: Spring’s sleek ’70s-inspired jeans look cool again after almost a decade of skinny-jean world domination. Wear ‘em with wedge heels and a tucked-in top to look long and lean.
Derek Lam, spring 2011

derek lam flare jeans

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Happy prints, all mixed up

The whole anything-goes look continues to be a winner. This Fashion Week, nearly every designer used this handy rule of thumb: Stick to one or two colors (or a few in the same family) when mixing and matching to avoid the crazy-lady look.
Chris Benz, spring 2011

chris benz mixed prints

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Flatforms!

Part platform, part wedge and a whole lotta awesomeness, these are the comfiest cool-girl shoes we’ve seen in years. Your feet will thank you for giving them a break from painful pointy stilettos, while your wing-women friends will be happy that it’s easy to spot a much taller you in a crowded room.
Michael Kors, spring 2011

michael kors flatforms

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Trench dresses

The mash-up of two pretty Hall of Fame trends—trench coats and sheath dresses—will be your favorite new Monday-through-Friday wardrobe item when spring arrives.
DKNY, spring 2011

dkny trench dresses

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Sheer layers

The gauzy stuff was all over the Fashion Week runways. Our advice for wearing this trend in real life? Steer clear of the X-rated looks that leave nothing to the imagination. Wear a totally solid top over something sheer so you’ve got a sexy, filmy layer peeking out underneath.
3.1 Phillip Lim, spring 2011

philip lim

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Something simple and rust-color

Give your Bedazzler to your little sister, and put all those embellished pieces in the back of the closet: Spring’s coolest pieces are low-key and come in desert-inspired colors like rust, sienna and sand.
Jenni Kayne, spring 2011

jenni kayne rust colored clothing

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Japanese-inspired style

One sure way to stand out in a crowd? Sport spring’s vibrant Japanese-inspired pieces including obi belts, kimono-like coats and satiny pieces in festive blues and pinks (just not at the same time, or it looks too costume-y).
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, spring 2011

philosophy japanese inspiration

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Neutrals and nudes

Sand, buff, beige—call it whatever you want, but we’ve seen boatloads of clothes in barely there pales on the spring runways. If you think wearing neutral shades head to toe will wash you out (or make you look nekkid), wear another color up top like always-chic black or a flattering red.
Rebecca Minkoff, spring 2011

rebecca minkoff nudes

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Preppy accessories (and a lot of ‘em)

Dig through Mom’s (or Grandma’s) closet to find oldies but goodies such as ladylike watches, woven bracelets, tasseled loafers and a natty striped tote. Wear these once-out-of-date accessories all together (the more the merrier!) and look totally 2011.
Tommy Hilfiger, spring 2011

tommy hilfiger

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Big bangles

There’s no easier (or more affordable!) way to update your look in a hurry—just slip on an armful of colorful plastic or wooden bangles. With a little sleuthing, you can find expensive-looking bracelets for under $10 each. Cha-ching!
Marc by Marc Jacobs, spring 2011

marc by marc jacobs bangles

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Serious pants

Getting dressed for work (especially if you have finicky office dress codes) has never been more fun thanks to the unboring pants that designers whipped up this season. Top off your favorite pair with a French-looking striped shirt; just don’t be surprised if your coworkers go ooh-la-la! at your awesome outfit.
Jason Wu, spring 2011

jason wu trousers

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Citrus colors

As we asked during New York Fashion Week, orange ya glad vibrant citrus hues are big for spring! We’re especially psyched because the hot new color makes updating last summer’s cobalt and aquamarine clothes a total cinch.
Prabal Gurung, spring 2011

prabal garung citrus oranges

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Comfy clothes

So long, crop tops! Arrivederci, can’t-sit-down short shorts! Michael Kors told us, “It’s time to get rid of all those painful heels and too-tight dresses.” Come spring, stores will be chock-full of looser, easy-breezier shapes like long, billowy blouses and swingy dresses. All we can say is Phew!
Michael Kors, spring 2011

michael kors neutral runway

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