Spring fashion 2009
Tired of the gloomy weather and fragile economy? Join the club! Fortunately, neither will last forever. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and one of the easiest ways to get into the spirit is by slipping into the colors and patterns of the season.
Fortunately, you won’t have to add a lot to be “au courant” this year. Retailers are sticking with perennial favorites, which is good news: you can wear pieces from previous years and still look of-the-moment. Just replace what’s worn out and add a few new things to feel fresh and trendy.
Just remember these 5 basics rules:
1. Always shop with a list to keep on track and in budget
2. Stick with styles that flatter your figure
3. Limit your color palette to your most flattering tones
4. Don’t be afraid to mix high-end with low-end
5. Invest in classics, go cheap on trends
With these in mind, here are my top picks of the season:
Big and Bright
Citrus, turquoise, lemon, coral – you’ll find a rainbow of colors to hang in your closet. DO invest in a bright top, trench, or dress, BUT make sure it’s a color that flatters your skin tone.
Bold floral prints, interesting floral details, flowered accessories — you’ll see them all this year. Just remember to keep your garden at bay by wearing one floral thing at a time.
Interesting and unusual shapes, colors, and details on clothes can turn heads and start conversations. If you like dramatic looks, this is right up your alley. Just be VERY careful where those unusual details hit your body, or people could be talking about them for all the wrong reasons.
Your Inner Goddess
The sexy drape of a goddess gown has been popular since Roman times. Find the details that suit your shape best and pair them with a bold metal bracelet or gladiator-style sandals. Bellissima!
Looking to prowl around a bit? Sleek trousers (or pencil skirts), animal print tops, a safari-style jacket — who doesn’t love this look? It’s been popular for decades because it looks good and turns heads. Tap your inner huntress with this classic style and see what you catch.
Ruffles and Lace
Ruffles and lace have been favorites for centuries for one simple reason: men love the feminine appeal of girlie-girls. Not all the time, of course, but if you’re looking for some male attention, try putting some lace near one of your best assets — neck, wrist, or décolletage, for example — and see how much interest it generates.
Metallics remain popular this season and will serve you well in a variety of ways, including belts, shoes, and bags. Just don’t go overboard — a little metal goes a long way. Remember that cool skin tones look best with silver while warm tones look better in gold.
No matter what the year or season, you can’t go wrong with classic styles in elegant fabrics. Silk tops, linen trousers, jersey knits, great tweeds – these clothing investments will last you for years to come. So long as you take care of them, that is.
Okay, so this one is totally trendy and definitely NOT for everyone, but it’s a fun way to evoke the exotic if your budget is keeping you at home this year. Tunics, harem pants, turbans – think Talitha Getty chic bohemian (but without the drugs) for a dramatic, out-of-the-ordinary look.
Pink was so popular last year, it’s making an encore performance this year. Tops, dresses, jackets, accessories — you’ll see it everywhere you shop. Try bright pinks if you have cool skin undertones, salmony pinks if you’re have warmer tones.
So that’s it — my top picks of the season. Have fun, spend wisely, and dress well!
Diana Pemberton-Sikes is a wardrobe and image consultant
and author of “Wardrobe Magic,” an ebook that shows
women how to transform their unruly closets into workable,
wearable wardrobes. Visit her online at www.fashionforrealwomen.com
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