How To Zest Up Your Wardrobe Part 1: Identify the Problem

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The black, white, and shades of grey wardrobe has become the fate of many fashionistas. It’s easy to see why. Black is so chic. It matches everything. It’s classic. It’s slimming. It’s so YSL. I could go on.

But, an all-neutral wardrobe is also safe and kind of boring, particularly when staring down this spring’s hottest trends. So, the big question is how do you inject a little zest into an otherwise neutral wardrobe without actually buying a whole new wardrobe?

I’m now a woman on a mission. I want to find a way to incorporate three of spring’s most colorful, stand-out trends into the traditional fashionista wardrobe of sharp, neutral-colored items. I want to do this without buying a whole new wardrobe, but also without sacrificing on style and versatility. In this two-part series, I’ll see if it can be done.

First, let’s take a look at the three color-infused spring trends I want to successfully integrate into a wardrobe of neutrals:

Monochromatic Color

Spotted on the runways at labels including Gucci, Etro, and Stella McCartney, the monochromatic look was a suitably dramatic addition to the spring fashion-scape. The hallmarks of this look include straight from the crayon box colors and at least two pieces in a similar shade.

Spring 2013 - Monochromatic Color
Clockwise from left: Stella McCartney, Gucci, Etro

Eastern Prints

Prints with a clearly Eastern influence popped up at Miu Miu and big sister label Prada, as well as Pucci. While the overall trend was tinged with classic Eastern touches, the individual pieces each had a little something new and fresh about them. Some labels concentrated on a single motif, while others blended prints from several different eras or cultural groups.

Spring 2013 - Eastern Influence Prints
Clockwise from left: Miu Miu, Prada, Pucci

Unconventional Florals

I’m not a big fan of florals, but spring’s unconventional take on the girly motif has turned my head. Proenza Schouler mixed laser print florals with abstract shapes, while Etro paired simply pretty prints with primary colored stripes. But, my favorite looks were from Rodarte, which took classic floral prints and nixed the actual flowers, leaving gorgeous greenery behind.

Spring 2013 - Unconventional Florals
Clockwise from left: Rodarte, Etro, Proenza Schouler

Yep, it’s going to be a monumental task. But, I think I’m up for it. Check back next week to see if I’m successful!

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