Stripes - This spring is full of stripes! Stripes can be tricky, but if worn correctly they can flatter a variety of body types. This stripped tank by Alternative Apparel is a perfect example of how stripes can be flattering; the chevron formed by the stripes coming together in the center is universally slimming. Vertical stripes immediately lengthen the body and are best worn on a maxi skirt or pants. Test out the trend with the stripped weekender bag by Fredd and Basha.
Seen on the runway at Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012
Mix n Match Pattern - Don’t let this trend intimidate you, it is so easy and fun! Experiment with pieces you already have to find a combination that you feel comfortable in. Not all patterns should be worn together, and it is usually best to break up the mixed patterns with a solid piece; like a belt or a blazer. Consider the size, boldness and color of the pattern. Pair a bold stripe with a small floral print, while a bold floral design can be balanced with a pin stripe. Pull one or two colors from a pattern to match another print. Here is a mix n’ match chart of patterns to help start wearing the trend.
Seen on the runway at Giambattista Valli Resort 2012
Pleats - This trend is perfect for warm Spring and summer days and it is very easy to wear. Pleats were seen all over the runways at the Spring/ Summer collections. Designers have forgotten the stiff reputation of the trend and replaced it with soft, flowing pleated skirts and dresses. Pleats can easily add a dressy feel to any outfit. Try out the trend with this skirt from Purple Clover.
Seen on the runway at Chloe Spring/Summer 2012
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