Spring Fashion Fling: 5 Trends to Try

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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There are so many distinctive trends for Spring that it's hard to know where to start when it comes to building an updated Spring wardrobe. It's also a little confusing, given that some trends seem to cancel one another out. Do you go pastel or super bright? Ruffles or utilitarian chic? Hobo or structured bag? What's a haute girl about town to do?

As we head into the Spring season everyone is still trying to guess which of forecasted trends will show actual staying power. Although they all sound like fun, only a handful of Spring's standout styles are really worth your hard earned dollars. These chic styles are supremely wearable, but suitably glamorous, and will see you through Spring and into Summer with style. It's time for a spring fashion fling!

Boden Riviera Dress
Boden Riviera Dress

Available at: bodenusa.com

Floral prints are everywhere for spring. This is definitely one of the most pervasive spring trends, but luckily it is also one of the most wearable. From super girly-girl florals, to more artistic takes on flowers, to florals with almost tomboy appeal, you can find a floral for any taste. This simple green floral Riviera Dress from Boden is tops on my list. It's chic and grown up, with a super flattering cut.

Exotic Skins
Christian Louboutin Python Pumps
Christian Louboutin Python Pumps

Available at: saks.comicon

Given the dismal economic times, it would seem that there's no accounting for the popularity of pricey exotic skins. But, a second thought reveals exotic skins as a smart move. When times are tough, it makes perfect sense to invest in pieces that will stand the test of time. Exotic skins are never out of style. Whether you opt for luxe natural python-- like these luscious Christian Louboutin Python Pumps-- or an affordable little faux accessory, or something in between, exotic skin is a trend that's for real.

Cropped Trousers
Elizabeth and James Kingstone Trousers
Elizabeth and James "Kingstone" Trousers

Available at: shopbop.com

After seasons and seasons of making sure that your trousers fell perfectly over the heel of your shoe, it does feel kind of odd to be flaunting a pant leg that hits at the ankle. But, after you get used to the silhouette, the cropped trouser is definitely one of the most enjoyable trends of the spring. The new shape-- fuller through the thigh, tapered at the ankle-- is a hard shape to embrace, but it creates a striking silhouette and shows off your shoes like nothing else. These luxe cropped trousers from Mary-Kate and Ashley's Elizabeth and James line are perfect for more casual occasions. For a work appropriate version, check out the new cropped trousers from Marc by Marc Jacobs or Paige Black Label.

Statement Necklaces
Gerard Yosca Pink Drape Necklace
Gerard Yosca Drape Necklace

Available at: maxandchloe.com

There's no faster way to perk up a tired fall outfit than by adding a dramatic statement necklace. This is the one accessory you absolutely must have for spring. Luckily, this is also the one trend where you can find truly standout pieces at all price points. This beautiful Gerard Yosca necklace would turn a powder blue button down work shirt into a date-worthy top. For more affordable options, check out the new Erickson Beamon for Target line or the necklace options available at Lulus.com.

Bright Colors
Diane von Furstenberg Caroline Cardigan
Diane von Furstenberg "Caroline" Cardigan

Available at: nordstrom.com

Bright colors might be the most polarizing of all spring trends-- either people love the super brights, or they stay far away. I used to be in the far away camp, until I was gifted a bright pumpkin colored cashmere cardigan. I had no idea what I was missing! Bright color lifts your mood and draws the compliments. Here's a hint for doing it right: don't ignore your skin tone. Not all brights are created equal and not all brights will look good on all people. Take the time to try on a few shades before committing to a purchase.