Mix it up: smooth with texture, sheen with matte, dressy with casual. There's a new attitude
to try new ways of wearing our clothes. A ruffle or softness here; a tailored edge there.
This Season: It's All About Ease
Exuberant, confident colors as well as soft pastels. Mint green, icy blues, chiffon yellows,
lilac, and peachy-pink-blush tints;
Tones of coral to rose. Cobalt blue, purple, and a wide range of true to deep reds
Earth colors seen in the landscape: Burnished ocher, umber, and sunset-red.
The neutrals are: denim blue, brown, tans, black and white, and greys.
Metallics are a part of
Stripes take the lead. All sizes and types: novel graphic arts, sports-inspired (rugby, race cars,
nautical), and classic preppy. Stay within your harmony's scale.
Dots, grids, and color blocking.
Pretty florals... small and crisp to large and watercolory. Many are mixed with checks and dots.
(This is a Spring Harmony look.) The key to good design mixing is repeating the same colors
in each pattern, and one of the patterns is smaller than the other,
Nature themes from wild flowers to hot-house leaves.
Navaho, Pueblo pottery designs and artist Georgia O'Keefe-style influences. While not quite
Western, there are folkloric patterns done in a Bohemian kind of way. Pops of paisleys.
Drapy, flowing, airy fabrics. Sheer with strategically placed lining for coverage
Eyelet, usually a sweet look, is made sophisticated on tailored pieces.
Fabric with a glossy sheen or shine in Easter egg shades, and styled in new ways...
like casual, tapered pants, tank tops, or added to shoulders and sleeves. Reflective metallics.
Pleats, pleats, pleats. Some are innovatively placed on the diagonal.
Ribbon yarns, lacy knits, and embroidered details.
Brocade is reinvented for spring. To avoid the 1950's frump factor, choose pieces with
youthful shapes like swingy skirts, a Bomber jacket, or shorts.
Learn to transform trends into wearable classics and punch them up with color that
will make your style a breath of fresh air.
The classic button-front, collared shirt, both long and short-sleeved. They should look
slim, but not tight. They can reveal a playful side when made in florals or stripes.
Color-blocking adds an edgy look.
Pair one with a pencil skirt, or pant, and fitted blazer for work. On weekends let the shirt go
untucked with jeans, and finish with a statement necklace.
Designers have used vacation destinations translated into designs on sportswear.
Mixed-print, floral T-shirts and Polo shirts,
Sheer tops, ruffles or bell sleeves on blouses.
Tops and blouses with longer backs. These can be belted, or not.
Cropped tops. These skim the tops of high-waisted pants or skirts. The very short ones
could be layered over a sheer, or silky, tank for a more modest, yet stylish look.
The Peplum detail on tops creates the look of a waistline. This is very good for those with a straighter figure. It also camouflages a tummy or a flat seat.
Wrap Style Tops
Buttery-soft leather shells.
Always the blazer. Short ones are best with skirts or fuller pants. Some will be
fitted with ease, some a boxy cut.
Short bolero or shrug-style cardigans are perfect toppers over sleeveless tops or dresses.
This is a softer look than a blazer. Some cardigans have floral or geometric designs.
Bomber style jackets lighten up in breezier fabrics.
Jean jackets in indigo blues.
Wide-cropped pants (once called culottes). Cuffed crops stand out when the cuff has a
pattern. Most are in Spring designs.
Cargo crops. Pair these sporty pants with feminine tops and soft cardigans for extra style.
Wear flats or heels. The shorter you are the more lift you'll need. And remember; wide
legs can overwhelm petites.
Tapered crops, and ankle pants. Classic trousers. Some in Metallic fabrics.
Flowing pants, called palazzo, are a nice change from the body-hugging clingers, and are
cooler for summer weather. When fitted through the hips and flared below, they can be very
Some loose pants may have elastic ankles, keeping the volume in check.
Dressy shorts. Loose, silky cuts, or neat and structured. For longer shorts you could
add a blazer or cardigan.
Jumpsuits make getting dressed easy. They have tapered or flowing legs.
We have multi-option hemlines: uneven, up and down, slit, or bias cut.
Flippy-flared or pleated. Pleats can be crisp or soft depending on the type of fabric.
Pleats stitched down at the top will flatter your tummy. Always show off the waist, or
you could look swallowed up in pleats. No untucked tops unless cropped just
above the waistband.
Print skirts add interest. Be sure to pick up one of the print colors for
We always need a solid skirt or one of our neutrals or N+ hues. Try wearing another
shade of that color on your top, or a contrasting, complementary color, for a real
For the young and trendy, there's the mini skirt.
Again, there's a mix of styles going in different directions. A dress
in your closet is like gold. Choose your most flattering look.
Architectural cuts in one bold color, or a softer color. Just large, simple statement earrings
may be enough to enhance the dress.
Dresses with Shimmery fabrics or see-through panels.
Nipped in waists, bell or fluttery sleeves, a touch of ruffles. (Falls only do flat,
Floral or leafy dresses in knee to tea lengths. Flats, or kitten to stiletto heels, will work
with these lengths, depending on your height. Petites need to show more ankle when
wearing the tea length skirts or dresses.
The crisp shirtdress with unexpected details like sheer panels, contrasting collars,
color blocking or pattern mixing. Watch out on the latter; it could be a confusing
The sporty striped dress in mostly the Spring Harmony scale of small to medium,
using a color with white. Some stylized, larger stripes in bold colors are for the
The preppy polo dress
Dresses with sailor stripes on cuffs, hems, and belting. (Coco Chanel popularized
this look in 1917, and called it Marinière.)
Loose, less constricting silhouettes, and some made in stretchy fabrics for ease.
Add a short blazer or cardigan to any of the above, & off you go.
Jewelry & More
Impressive collar-style necklaces... some simple and dramatic, colorful,
detailed, or floral in design.
Delicate to large, bold chain links.
Tassel earrings and necklaces shake and shimmy.
Handcrafted jewelry and Tribal designs add an organic feel to your outfits.
Charm bracelets and wide cuffs... simple to ornate.
Wide ring bands.
Decorative hair jewelry.
There's a full spectrum of flats, including flat sandals, casual to dressy, and
that spells relief for feet lame from too-high heels. (If you have a high arch you
won't do well with very flat shoes. A slight heel or wedge is better.)
Mesh, quilting, and colorful laces on pumps and other shoes are some of the
newer looks in footwear.
Cut-out shapes in the body of the shoe. They lend a sporty touch to a relaxed
summer outfit, and are not just for the gym.
You will see a full color and style array of pumps:
High stilettos to the lower kitten heel. Painterly, brush stroke effects, floral, plaid, striped, happy polka dots.
The T-strap heel, sling backs, and ankle straps.
Boudoir satins, lace, and a bit of froufrou... even pearls.
Mixed metallics transform shoes into glittery treasures for day or night.
Short booties look great with everything... pants, shorts, and dresses.
Large totes, satchels, structured, top-handle bags, hobo-styles in fabric or
Clutches. All in a bounty of colors, designs, metallics, and the newest
eye-catching 3-D floral designs.
Baseball caps in colors and no logos, wide-brimmed fedoras, floppy sun hats,
some with decorative bands or other details.
Fun Headbands or scarves tied as headbands.
REMEMBER: IF IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD ON YOU, IT'S NOT IN STYLE.
How to Rate a Garment
Spring cleaning should apply to your closet and wardrobe, too. Weed out the wrong, worn, or excess.
A few well coordinated [pieces will see you through a number of situations. Think Clutter free.
Go through your closet, including jewelry, keeping only those things that pass these 3 questions:
-Do I love it?
-Is it flattering?
-Is this the image I want to project?
Next, use this fun and helpful exercise to help you decide whether a garment should still be taking up valuable space in your closet.
Using the point number indicated at the bottom:
-Give each quality a number on the line
-Add them up: 24 is the highest and a definite keeper, 18 is still pretty good, 12 you're off track and can do better.
-No matter how high the score, if there is even a single "Avoid", remove it from your closet. Donate it to charity or consignment. That one "Avoid," will be what keeps you from wearing that garment, and it will continue to gather dust in your closet!