s we say goodbye to 2010, we also bid adieu to some of the year's biggest trends (olive green, military styling, jeggings) and look ahead to the trends of a new year. What will we be wearing this spring and into the fall? Keep reading for iFashion Network’s take on the new season.
Florals – Floral patterns will take center stage this spring. Pretty florals are adorning minidresses, maxidresses, suiting, sheer fabrics and retro frocks. You’ll need something floral in your closet if you don't want people to think you live under a rock.
Nanette Lepore dress, $695 at Neiman Marcus
Feminine Chic – Spring fashions will be downright pretty and a bit of a throwback this season. Nipped-at-the-waist apron dresses and flouncy skirted creations will be big for spring. Whether in muted neutrals or flirty florals, wear them with nude chunky platforms for an edgy look that offsets the sweetness of the frocks.
From left: Philip Lim dress ($895 at Bergdorf Goodman), Preen dress ($530 at net-a-porter.com)
Tribal– Balancing out the prim and proper feminine trend are tribal looks in wild, colorful patterns. Shoes with chunky wooden platforms and sky-high heels, wedges with tribal touches and bold statement jewelry complete the look.
From left: Missoni dress ($1,400 at Bergdorf Goodman), Milly necklace ($225 at Bergdorf Goodman), Jimmy Choo shoes($1,095 at Neiman Marcus).
Brights – Get ready for color! Electric shades of yellow, orange, hot pink, bright turquoise and green will be all over the stores. For a smaller splash of neon, choose from shoes, a bag or a versatile separate in a classic silhouette. Or fully embrace the trend with a head-to-toe monochromatic look. Don’t try out the season’s new prints while working with these colors. Stick to solids in these vibrant shades for a clean and polished effect.
From left: Jil Sander set ($1,740 at Neiman Marcus), Prada bag ($1,395 at Neiman Marcus), Jimmy Choo shoes ($795 at Jimmychoo.com).
Fun suiting – Suits loosen up a bit with out-of-the box touches. Bright prints, modern silhouettes and unconventional fabrics will have us all wanting to suit up.
From left: Aquilando.Rimondi 3 piece set ($3,680 at Bergdorf Goodman), Marc Jacobs suit ($!,795 for the set at Bergdorf Goodman), Dolce and Gabbana floral suit ($2,590 for the set at Neiman Marcus).
Leather shorts – Forget struggling to get into and out of your leather pants; scoop up a pair of leather shorts. Wear them now with tights, and with any of the season’s chunky or demure heels when the weather warms up. You can dress them up or down and they exude a cutting-edge vibe that is a bit more relaxed than your typical leather skinnies.
From left: Philip Lim shorts ($795 at Bergdorf Goodman), Alexander Wang shorts ($550 at net-a-porter.com).
Overlays – Sheer fabrics dominated the spring/summer runway shows. We love the structural look of these pieces. Pair them with ultra-feminine mules decked out with bows, gemstones and a kitten heel.
From left: Valentino set ($3,870 at Neiman Marcus), Giuseppe Zannotti slides ($695 at Saks).
Other trends? Long skirts, flared pants and fun platform shoes with exaggerated fabric bows. Some of last year's trends are still alive and well. Studs, sequins and embellishments (especially on shoes) as well as metallic fabrics and asymmetrical styles will continue to be on the menu for spring. But by fall our skinnies will be less of a staple; expect pants to head for wider pastures.
From left: Akris skirt ($2,800 at Neiman Marcus), MIH jeans ($189 at Saks), Prada wedges ($395 at Saks).