For Spring and Summer 2009 there are some very wearable trends. One of the season's biggest trends is color, which in its own right is not usually referred to as a trend. Yet with the state of the economy one of the best ways to lift our moods without spending a lot on new clothes is to add some color to our usual wardrobe of black, black and more black. But aside from color, some of the best trends are those that are easiest to wear at all ages. These are my picks for top ten trends of the season for women at any age. But bear in mind, my best piece of advice for adopting trends is to ignore the trends and trust your own instincts when it comes to what works for you. Only you and your personal stylist know what that is (and perhaps a close friend or two).
1. Nudes and Neutrals – This season skintones have replaced black as the go-with-everything hue. Pair them with each other or use them as a backdrop for the season’s hottest hues. When you wear your skintone your complexion will look luminous and radiant. Try metallic nudes and neutrals for an edgy update. Patent and pearlized finishes and sequins, once reserved for just for evening, now impart a chic look for daytime and can enhance the natural highlights in your hair.
2. Color – Color is huge for spring and never has there been a better time to wear it. It lifts our mood and makes us happy – who couldn’t use that about now? Whether you opt for bright citrus hues, pinks, blues or greens, wearing the shade that best suits your own personal coloring (instead of matching the Pantone chip that’s “in”) will give you the most flattering look for the season. The right colors will make you look vibrant while the wrong colors can make you look ill. Try neutrals with a pop of your favorite candy colored bright!
3. Statement Jewelry – Big, bold necklaces, chandelier earrings, bib necklaces, an armload of bangles and statement handbags are everywhere for spring. But remember that you want to wear the accessory, not let the accessory wear you. Keep your scale and proportion in mind when selecting your adornments and remember that less is more.
4. Romantic – Whether you prefer understated ruffles, floral prints or an overall bohemian look, you’ve got your choice of romantic options this season. Pile it or wear just one romantic item to make the look truly your own.
5. Military Inspired Jackets – A Trench Coat in a spring weight is a must-have this season. Opt for a loose, slouchy trench in a neutral linen or a more crisp look in a bold hue and you’ve got a versatile piece that brings your wardrobe up to the minute. The Cropped Military Jacket, often called the Sergeant Pepper Jacket makes a return for spring. With a sharply tailored fit and subtle embellishment on the front, the style serves as a fun alternative to a jean jacket or blazer. 6. Bold Shoes – Keep your clothing simple and let your shoes speak volumes about who you are! The season’s hottest looks include: • Gladiator sandals - These have been in the spotlight since last year and are a perennial favorite for some. Available in all heel heights and everything from neutrals, to skins to brights, gladiators are most flattering on women who have narrow ankles. If you have thick ankles or calves, steer clear of this style and opt for something with a more open throat to elongate your legs. • Beaded, Tribal and Ornamentation - Plain shoes are a thing of the past. This season is all about adornment and your feet are where it's at! Try a pair of sandals, flats or pumps with beads, fringe, intricate weaving or other eyecatching additon • Metallics, skins - Try a pair of sexy metallic sandals to spark up your look, or a loafer in a skin for a new twist on a classic look. Anything with texture or shine, including patent leather, is all the rage for the season. • Pop of Color - Your shoes don't have to match your outfit - why not try a sassy pair of blue wedges with your saucy yellow dress? Or give your neutrals a boost with a pair of orange and fuchsia flats? Mix it up and keep your look exciting, but try not to go overboard. • Wedges - A wedge is an easy to wear style that combines the best of a heel and a flat. Look for wedges in sandal, closed toe and peep-toe styles to go with your dresses, skirts and cropped trousers this season.
7. Graphic and Color Block Prints – Think architectural black and white prints and colorful, geometrically inspired patterns. Look for playful polka dots too. Try these in dresses, tops, jewelry or even a trench coat.
8. Short Sleeved or Sleeveless Jackets – A great way to add that third layer while keeping your cool. The vest jacket creates a polished look that’s perfect for warm weather. Think SJP in Sex and the City movie (her lovely long green sleeveless jacket).
9. Mix-and-Match Patterns - Designers put patterns together in unexpected ways this season. To pull off this kooky-cool style without looking crazy, take cues from Michael Kors and stick to patterns that share the same hues. Use one pattern as your focal point while allowing the others to play second fiddle and serve as a backdrop.
10. Strong Shoulders - Strong shoulders may conjure up images of Alexis Carrington and power suits from the 80’s, but can also bring a very updated feel to your jackets, dresses and tops. This is a great look to give sloping or small shoulders more definition, but if you already have broad shoulders you may want to skip the shoulder pads. This look can be very slimming and helps to create balance for those with a few extra pounds around the middle. If you have a large chest, be careful with emphasizing the shoulders – you may draw unwanted attention to other areas as well.