Spring Trends

October 7, 2008 by
shefinds | Style

Spring Trends

What's in this Season:


After months of winter's dreary weather and nothing more to wear than a lackluster wardrobe, what else is there to say except that you've earned these spring trends.

Expect to see wild color combinations, artsy florals, bold geometric prints, and flashy neons. Thankfully, this season's fun fashion doesn't take itself too seriously.

To balance things out, wearing neutrals from head to toe is also back in style, especially when it comes to safari inspired trenches and dresses cinched with skinny belts.

So we sincerely hope you'll treat that spring fever with a healthy dose of the brightest brights and exciting prints, and enjoy the carefree spirit of the clothes this season (which are available in every price range, of course).


Complement your new spring outfits with this season's trendiest shoes. We've found the cutest Chunky Heels, Floral Patterns,
Gladiator Sandals, and more.

.: Color Blocks :.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Colorblocked Silk Top

Kenneth Cole Reaction Colorblocked Silk Top @ Nordstrom

Color is going to be loud and in your face this season whether it is tie-dyed, dip-dyed, seemingly splattered on by paintbrushes, or printed in geometric shapes.

Check out the bold display on this Kenneth Cole Reaction Top and this Cynthia Steffe Jersey Knit Shift. If you're looking for something a little less out there, just go for simple stacked horizontal stripes in a few contrasting shades.

Vince's flattering smocked colorblock tank would look great with your jeans and a nice bright cardigan. (Don't worry – even though the stripes are horizontal, they are thick enough to prevent the widening of your waistline.)

Show off your shoulders in the perfect summer silhouette: a classic strapless A-line dress, like this one from DKNY.

This silk-and-linen pleated number by MINT Jodi Arnold is a celeb favorite – it was worn by Giuliana Rancic on E! News just the other day.



Silk colorblock dress

Silk colorblock dress, $100 @ Banana Republic


Cynthia Steffe Colorblock Dress

Cynthia Steffe Colorblock Dress, $265 @ Nordstrom


DKNY Strapless Colorblock Dress

DKNY Strapless Colorblock Dress, $345 @ shopbop

.: Safari Inspired :.

Stella McCartney Short Safari Jacket

Stella McCartney Short Safari Jacket @ Neiman Marcus

Although most of us have never been to a real African jungle, we do deal with the wildness of everyday life. Sure the roar of the lions has been replaced by the roar of the subway, and snakes usually come in the form of guys at bars who beg for your number and then never call. But the atmosphere around town is definitely "survival of the fittest" and it's about time that you outfit yourself in some proper safari wear.

Ultimate safari item and wardrobe staple, a nice Stella McCartney trench will get you through those April showers.

When it gets too warm for a jacket, just throw on a belted shirtdress in a paper bag brown to stay on trend.

The skinny-belt-over-jacket look was all over the spring runways. Macy's has captured the style with their INC Safari Jacket. Paired with those matching wide leg pants, the outfit has a great '70s vibe.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money on a trendy item, Forever 21 has a simple cotton safari tunic with great details like ruched sleeves and button tab belt loops for only $30 that should last you through the summer.


.: Artsy Prints :.

Christian Lacroix Hand-Painted Dress

Christian Lacroix Hand-Painted Dress @ Neiman Marcus

A few swirls of paint have always looked amazing matted and framed on a living room wall, but who knew they would look just as good on a cocktail dress? This season, artsy is not fartsy, it's fabulous.

A hand-painted dress by Christian Lacroix is a real work of art, which is probably why the price tag is so lofty.

When we look at the stenciled garden on this Antik Batik Flutter Sleeve Dress, we can only hear the sarcastic words of Miranda Priestley ringing in our ears – "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking." Still, what else could we possibly want after a dreary colorless winter?

Then we have a perfect little party dress from French Connection on which they've designed a "carnival print." We're not sure what that is, but it's very artistic.

A much more graphic style print dress by Vince is very flattering, in more ways than one. Not only will the elastic empire waist cut look good on any body type, but the large brushstroke swirls distract the eye from parts of your body you might not be loving lately.



Carnival Spirit Dress

Carnival Spirit Dress, $98 @ French Connection


Antik Batik Cotton Frill Sleeve V-Neck Dress

Antik Batik Cotton Frill Sleeve V-Neck Dress, $206 @ Asos


Vince Swirl Print Dress

Vince Swirl Print Dress, $285 @ Neiman Marcus

.: One-Shoulder Straps :.

Carmen Marc Valvo One-Shoulder Taffeta Dress

Carmen Marc Valvo One-Shoulder Taffeta Dress @ Neiman Marcus

Summertime is when we all subconsciously try to transform ourselves into Grecian goddesses: bronzed skin, sun-kissed strands, flat little sandals on our feet. It was only a matter of time before we started incorporating togas… or at least one-shoulder silhouettes into our warm weather wardrobes.

A mixture of coy and sultry, this red taffeta dress by Carmen Marc Valvo is a perfect choice when you want to make an entrance no one will forget.

A more casual jersey knit by Rachel Pally still looks elegant because of its gathered drape and slightly twisted shoulder strap.

On the days you feel like dressing down a bit more, just throw on your jeans or a comfy pair of shorts with a pretty silk one-shoulder blouse.

You can even hit the gym as a fashion plate, if you feel so inclined, in an asymmetrical tunic designed by Edun.


Edun Nyx Asymmetrical Tunic

Edun Nyx Asymmetrical Tunic, $95 @ Nordstrom


Rachel Palley Short Twist Shoulder Dress

Rachel Palley Short Twist Shoulder Dress, $228 @ shopbop


Elijah One-Shoulder Blouse

Elijah One-Shoulder Blouse, $242 @ Neiman Marcus

.: Bright Trousers :.

City-fit Cuffed Heritage Chinos

City-fit Cuffed Heritage Chinos @ J. Crew

Usually when bright colors are worn, they only get to make an appearance on a comfy tee or a girly camisole and are then paired with those same old jeans or black pants you wear with everything. This season, mix it up and try a bright shade below the waist.

J. Crew's City-fit Cuffed Heritage Chinos just happen to come in an amazing lemon yellow – a color that is definitely having its fifteen minutes – and they do look rather sharp with that French blue button down.

Not many people care to separate minty green from its most commonly associated subject (ice cream), but as a fashion color it has a way of bringing a feminine touch to these sailor-flare pants. It's not the most versatile hue, but in spring it works.

The Rory Beca High Waist Pants are bright and light and they come with an über trendy skinny belt — which you can also use to cinch in some of those shapeless trapeze dresses from last season.

The Gap is especially prepared for spring with a whole line of sun-kissed khakis. Just remember to wear your sunscreen out there so your sun-kissed self doesn't turn the same shade as these strawberry colored slacks.

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