We’re ready to shed the remnants
of winter and to lift our spirits. Put some pop into your wardrobe
something to renew, revive and energize what you already have
in your closet. As you move forward into the
season ahead, invest in a few smart and versatile pieces.
This Season: Revitalize Your Look
see a full spectrum of happy colors that remind you of
tropical punch and
Pinks, hot corals, red, yellow along with a balance of
blues, greens and khaki shades
tinged with olive and gold. Tea-stain and blush-tone
beiges, white, black and grey
are the neutrals.
Graphic prints from small scale to large. Gingham
checks, plaids, stripes, polka dots.
Watercolor florals—some crisp, some blended so pay
attention to your harmony’s
Botanical prints, ocean-life motifs, abstract mosaics
with an impressionist feel.
Wild animal prints such as leopard, cheetah, tiger
or zebra. Zebra is for Winters.
Texture plays an
important role with fabrics being folded, draped and
bunched to create dimension and interest. Folds replace
pleats in many cases.
Lace-trimmed cottons. Seersucker—usually in a blue
or pink pinstripe.
Gilded and shimmery fabrics. Transparent fabrics.
These create a romantic mood.
Metallics in colors beyond metals.
Serpent skins for all types of garments, not just
accessories. Use just one piece per
outfit so as not to over-do the idea.
We’re craving inspiration these days and fashion
is reflecting that urge.
Designers are focusing on subtle changes with clothes
that highlight personality:
quirky mixes of dressy yet relaxed, soft layering
of pieces that are light and airy or
exotic themes from faraway places like India and
You’ll notice classics in high-impact colors and
low maintenance fabrics.
Simple cross-over wrap
knit tops worn alone or over a camisole.
Light, wispy, yet textured short or long tunic-style
tops. See-through sleeves.
Ruffled, tucked, and bejeweled embellishments on
neckline and sleeve edges.
Feminine flourishes of lace trims on your basic t-shirts.
One-shoulder tops for an asymmetrical look. Best
on Falls or Winters.
Short shorts, just below-the-knee pants worn with
a belted jacket or cardigan for a sophisticated look,
cropped pants from slim to slouchy and sequined to silky.
Gadsby-era classic baggy trousers. You
need to be tall and slim for this style.
Jumpsuits—yes, they’re back—you’ll
find them for day and evening and both long
and short legged.
Some jumpsuits look like a two-piece vest-over-pant
worn over a classic shirt.
Every twenty years or so there’s a new crop of “fashionistas” unaware
of the pitfalls
of a fashion trend from years past. The jumpsuit
looks very pulled together and is an
easy on-step way to dress but...
I remember the first time
around with this garment and the difficulty of dealing with
going to a public restroom, being in the stall with
my entire outfit around my ankles,
trying to keep it off the floor. And what do you
do with that pesky belt? Stuff it in your
purse? Give it to a friend to hold? I hung it around
Oh...if there’s a back zipper, you may need to
ask a stranger—if there is one—to help
The jumpsuit does look good on most people, but in
the end is problematic.
just below the knee and below the widest part of your
above the ankles a few inches—even more inches if
you’re 5’4” or less.
Slightly flared, swishy, tiered or ruffled.
ruffled, fringed, fun. Loose, billowy shapes or sophisticated
worn with belt, bag and peep-toe heels.
Sporty, safari-style cotton dresses.
Dresses are seen in solid colors or in preppy stripes
and checks, graphic-art geometrics,
floral or exotic prints.
Some dresses have flounce at the back waist much
like a bustle.
You’ll see simple, sleek sheaths and one-shoulder
styling on dressier dresses.
The newest have
feminine styling details on sleeves, pockets and closure
there’s a trend toward a textured or striped jacket
worn with a solid skirt either neutral
or picking up one of the jacket’s colors.
If the suit is solid and matched, the blouse is printed
and very feminine. A belted jacket
is an option.
A jacket over a sheath dress in a matching fabric
will give a suit look, but with a lot
Sharper shoulders on tailored suits are noticeable
They’re all about
the waist being defined. They are either nipped in
to shape the body
or belted. They are as long as a tailcoat or as short
as a waistcoat; in brights or neutrals.
Cardigans are a jacket alternative, both long and
short. Roll or shove up the sleeves
for a flattering ¾ length sleeve. If there is a
shirt underneath, roll its sleeve over the
jacket’s sleeve—this adds a laid-back feeling
Play up one signature
accessory. Invest in a few versatile pieces worn
than a drawer full of not-so-greats. Clear out the
Add a dash of sophistication to a casual outfit by
combining and layering several
chains, or add a bit of glamour with a single
beautiful jeweled pin.
Gold and silver pieces with a variety of textures
from shiny to filigree.
Vivid colors and oversize stones. Pay
attention to your harmony’s scale.
Super-luxe embellished handbags and clutches.
You crafty people could add
brooches, ribbons, feathers and trinkets to a
plain purse you already own.
Reptilian and metallic fabrics are used on many
accessories in colors and neutrals.
Shoes are becoming statement
in red. Spectator oxfords and heels
in both colors and neutrals.
Shiny shoes, gladiator flat sandals and heels.
Day to night sandals with pearls, crystals
Wedges in many fabrics and moods. Multi-colored
prints used on these could be
worn with several solid colored outfits; therefore,
very cost effective as well as fun to
American straw hats with grosgrain ribbon bands
are a very Spring Harmony
Headbands galore. Sporty, sparkly and metallic.
Plain, cute and glamorous.
The bottom line: if it
doesn’t look good on you, it’s
not in style.
Mindful Dressing and Shopping
The history of fashion in economic
upturns and downturns has shown that one can move
on in life, with
style, using a combination of a dash of fresh ideas
is to “fill in”. Try taking pants
or a skirt from a quality suit you bought two seasons
ago and wear
them with a casual shirt and new short jacket from
TJMax, Nordstrom Rack, Penny’s or a gently worn
When you shop, whatever you choose
should fulfill two criteria: it
is absolutely perfect in every way—color,
cut, proportion. And, you really have a need for
Each new thing should earn its
place. It completes an outfit, it changes an outfit’s look/mood, or
its just the
answer for an event in your life that usually comes
up each year like a wedding, splashy party, or travel
invest in two or three items you can wear multiple
times a week. One good bag,
one fine pair of shoes, a great necklace that upgrades
what you already have.
This is the season to sharpen
your personal style and adopt a versatile “uniform” of
Type Class will definitely help you find your signature
look. Take it if you haven’t. Review
necessary. It’s fun and informative.
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