Despite the fact we are still battling some yoyo temperatures, Spring is in fact here. As a community always trying to renew and rebrand themselves, adopting new trends into our wardrobes is the natural first step. This season the ready to wear fashion market is about finding ways to blend two opposing fashion theories, as can be seen in the below trends. Soft prints on rough material, varying lengths in one separate, and androgynous silhouettes draped over a feminine outline are just some of the ways designers decided to mix it up this season.
Combining the rough casual aesthetic of denim with the feminine appeal of a floral print is an ingenious combination seen all over the streets of New York. Printed denim in general is extremely hot right now, but the idea of floral is especially fitting for the season. Whether you don a bold floral or a demure liberty print, the look is still strong, so it’s best to keep the styling simple. A solid blouse and slip on shoes are all that’s needed to complete the look.
A cross between an espadrille and a ballet flat, the espadrille slip-on has been seen everywhere from high end designers to mall front retailers. A flat espadrille- like sole lends extra style to the typical flat without feeling overdone. Less preppy than a ballet flat and easier to wear than a brogue, the natural materials and color schemes make it perfectly paired with bright summer separates in natural fabrics, such as linen and cotton.
The Anorak is obviously not a new style of coat, as the all-weather staple was common in many outdoorsy events. However, the idea of wearing an anorak as a fashion statement is a new approach. Oversized and slouchy, it is Spring 2012’s answer to the all-purpose trench, providing the same weather protection in a light weight material. The grunge like aesthetic and male inspired silhouette is the perfect way to break up an “overly feminine look”. Layered over soft materials, such as chiffon, lace or eyelet, provides a perfectly balanced look.
Originally adapted from a runway trend known as the illusion skirt, which was just a sheer maxi, and mainly worn by the more fashion forward trendsetter, is the sheer layered skirt. The sheer layered skirt, an opaque mini skirt sitting under a sheer maxi length chiffon skirt, is the ingenious idea of making the runway trend commercially versatile. Seen mainly in basic black and nudes, allowing the focus to be on the design rather than a print or color, it works best when styled in a non-fussy manner. Structured blouses, monochromatic accessories, and basic knits are just some of the ways the trend can be dressed up or down.