Emerging from Winter, one can’t help but be inspired by the revival of Spring, and begin looking for lighter & brighter colors, or maybe those we see in nature as it comes to life again. This is the time of year we like to seek out clothes in easy, comfortable fabrics and styles. Be sure to add a pop of color, or a wonderful accessory, to make the look entirely you!
This Season: Look Good, Feel Good
You’ll find clear, happy colors from pastel to bright. Lemon yellow, melon corals and orange, clover and mint greens, green vegetable shades.
Colors pulled from nature: muted desert hues, sunsets, warm clay, the calming aquamarine and blues seen in the ocean and lakes.
Bright punch pinks and the softer primrose. Clear, bright, dramatic true blues.
The neutrals: Beiges toward sand tones and camel, or to the green or gold-ish khaki beiges. Warm rusty browns, classic white and navy, along with denim blues.
There are many unique and artistic designs…. Some are better for wallpaper than for clothing, so just beware!
Large, simple blossoms, small florals, graphic prints, and playful butterflies are all Spring Harmony prints, as are gingham checks.Stripes come in a range from narrow to wider.
Pen and ink-inspired scribble-style floral or modern art prints. Winters may see stylized versions for them.
Batik prints, larger graphic block prints, and psychedelic prints in strong colors which are not wearable for anyone, unless simplified for the Winter Harmony.
Ombré shading of a color, which begins dark at the bottom of the garment, getting lighter as it moves upward, or the same idea that reverses from top to bottom. Remember your Harmony’s scale for stripes with this. (Not too wide for Springs.)
Light weight is the main theme.
Soft knits, smooth to ribbed, like the shaker knit. Embroidery details on knits, cottons, and denims.
Silky gauze. It doesn’t cling and needs no ironing.
Floating georgette layered over a plain interlock fabric, some with an airy print.
Silky satin is becoming a year-round fabric.
Lightweight, airy lace.
There’s a freedom and a sense of joy, along with letting loose, in this season’s fashion choices.
Neckline style choices for everyone. And there’s a new one…curved with a V-notch. It can be O.K. even for Falls, because of the notch offsetting the curve.
Feminine shaping as well as looser floating styles. Try tucking in just the center front of the top and letting the rest lay softly out around your body. If a looped waistband shows on the pants, add a belt to finish the look.
Tops with handkerchief hemlines are great for you Falls. Embroidery detailing.
Blouses with dolman short sleeves have roomy sleeves that are continuous with the front and back of the top… no armhole seams.
Tops with a front knotted hemline lend a casual touch. Wrap tops with overlapping fronts. These hide any “challenges.”
Tunics are worn over narrow pants or leggings.
Tailored shirts in stripes and small prints.
Sweatshirts with boatnecks and buttons along one sleeve. Also in prints.
Active wear in scribble prints and other abstracts.
There are great new pant shapes, and many versatile styles with unexpected details like embroidery, eyelets, and buttons.
Loose, soft knit, or light airy pants. Some made of rayon are breathable and comfortable.They are to the ankle or mid-calf. You’ll notice stripes and prints in these styles.
Capri pants end at the base of the calf. Bermudas end above the knees. Cargo pants and cargo shorts offer handy pockets for hiking.
High-waisted, wide-leg jeans in denim, as well as other pant fabrics. Boyfriend jeans and pants are roomier than the tighter jeans, and cooler.
Becoming popular, joggers are slim, but not tight, pants with a bloused ankle cuff and a drawstring waist. Some are made in a more refined knit, rather than the “sweats” knit.They can look sporty worn with Keds, or the more refined knits are upgraded when worn with flats or heels. Add a cardigan for even more polish worn over a tailored shirt or nicer tee.
Leggings in lighter colors and colorful prints.
Short to long, form-fitting to flared.
The flounce-hem skirt is an updated A-line style, and more fun.
Pleated skirts are short or fluid midi-length. Add a satin feminine top and elegant heels.
Flared, silky knit skirts with multiple gores. Diagonal seamed skirts are a flattering style.
Skirts with slits on the sides, or slit diagonally across one leg.
Cotton short skirts, some with a matching belt.
Denim skirts, short or just below the knee.
Colorful blazers give a boost to your neutral pants.
Sporty short peplum jackets. The peplum style has a seam at the waist with a short, slightly flared extension. This is perfect for figures without a defined waist.
The classic jean jacket in fresh colors, pastel to bright, white, as well as traditional denim blue. It is also in a new, longer, hip-length.
Cropped cardigans. They are the perfect topper for a dress, or high-waist pants or skirts.
Smooth knit or crocheted shrugs will do the same. Knot the front edges of a cardigan or shrug, if long enough, for a carefree touch.
Mid-thigh or elongated cardigans, down to just around the knees. Many are in distinctive prints as well as solid colors.
I’m liking the variety this season.
Polo style tunics double as a short dress. This slip-on style comes in denim blue, other colors, and knits. Some with 3/4 sleeves that can be rolled up and buttoned in place.
Button-up Jean Dresses worn as a jacket give them double duty.
Soft, stretchy dresses with 3 gathered tiers in the skirt.
Simple, casual, knit dresses with easy straight or flared skirts. Gingham check Sun dresses are a popular choice for Springs.
The A-line dress silhouette with slanted flat ruffles adds a romantic touch.
Shift dresses are simple and comfortable, as they skim the body; dressy and casual versions.
Caftans for poolside get togethers, or lounging at home. They have kimono sleeves.
Tea-length, floating dresses with different necklines from which to choose, as well as many prints.
Diagonal necklines and dresses with skirt slits in a diagonal direction, or on the side.
Satin slip dresses for evening or parties. Halter dresses.
Chain necklaces. You can layer delicate chains, or wear one larger, short or long style.
Murano glass pendants. Colorful mosaic enameled necklaces and earrings.
Mixtures of gems, rhinestones and glass drops, made into glamorous necklaces and earrings and bracelets.
Mixed animal prints on abstract shapes become a statement piece for the Falls.
Clusters of flower shapes at the bottom of 16”-18” chains.
Macramé bracelets. Bangles in a rainbow of colors, or neutral combos. Stretch bracelets.
High heels, low heels, loafers with details or prints. Platforms.
You’ll see solid, bright colors, and unusual designs on many shoe styles.
Slip-ons, sandals, and colorful printed sporty styles. Keds are seen worn with casual sun dresses, as well as leisure wear.
Woven totes and handbags. Colorful totes. Slouchy hobo bags. Tailored leather bags.
Fun, “Pretty Woman” sequined bags.
Straw and crocheted medium-size bags, as well as crossbody bags.
Crossbody cell phone bags with a clear protective touchscreen window on back to let you see and use your phone without taking it out.
Baseball caps, plain or with iridescent and crystallized floral or other designs.
Sun Hats. Bandanas for your head, neck, or folded into a belt.
Soft, or woven, fedoras with a wider brim
Bucket hats look best on the Springs.
Crocheted sun visors are a new look. Visors with decorative bands.
Hair decor in many variations.
Sunglasses with the cat-eye style are prominent. Some trendy cutesy styles, with colorful lenses, as well as classic soft rectangular shapes. Aviator glasses.
The bottom line: if it
doesn’t look good on you, it’s
not in style.
Continuing Your Winning Impressions
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