By Roxy L. Rowton of Everyday Refinement
We’re on the cusp of a new fashion season. We are slowly putting away our heavy layers now, and are beginning to slip into maxi dresses and tiered skirts, white shirts and cropped pants, safari jackets and gladiator sandals, gingham tops and denim bottoms. It’s time to thaw out our style.
Haute Blooms — Start the new season in full bloom with a freshly cut bouquet of florals. The latest crop is breaking ground and ready for a spring delivery to closets. An assortment of garden varieties — dimensional florets, mosaic embroideries, homespun posies, and jumbo petals — make for perfectly, pretty dressing this spring.
A Belted Waist — A belted waist gets the attention this spring. The belt may have humble beginnings as a simple, utilitarian accessory, but it is utterly devoted to exalting and delineating the waistline. Whether you tie, wrap, or buckle the waist, encircle your silhouette by cinching up.
Kimono Cool — Fashion is loosening up — a subtle restyling of shapes and silhouettes that move with the body. The restyled silhouette includes kimono-like coats, robe-like dresses, surplice vests, pants with fuller legs and tops in generous proportions. To create fluid contours and soft shaping, tie on an obi belt or sash, knot at the side for a waist-defining effect.
Gingham Style —Designers reunite us with a favorite print from our childhood — gingham. The print with the checkered edge is all grown-up in shirt dresses, chic trenches, tapered pants that skim the ankles, and 60’s inspired short sets. Make sure to have a clothing piece of this playful print in your closet.
Blanc Canvas — The rules about when to wear your white pieces no longer apply, but rather it’s how to wear a blanc canvas. Head to toe dressing in an all white palette calls for artful pairings of assorted textures, multi-layering pieces, and tonal combinations.
The New Bohemian — Fashion’s sentimental longing or wistful affection for yesteryears carries forward into spring with strong influences and inspirations from the 70’s. Pair the modern flared pant with a tailored blouse and belted blazer. Slip into a kaftan for relaxed weekend dressing. Pull on and go with a pretty peasant dress or blouse.
Deluxe Denim — This season, designers literally weave denim’s functionality and chicness into the fabric of our spring wardrobe selection and lives. From jeans to jumpsuits to jackets to dresses to skirts add denim to your wardrobe cache.
Military Academy — Designers plunged further into functionality and utilitarian mode with military-influenced field jackets, cargo pockets, and trench coats. This is pared-down fashion. Swap out your moto for a utility inspired safari jacket or trench coat.
Necessary Objects — Accessories are luxe, dramatic, and tactile. Toffee or cognac leather hue shoes are the new chicest choice. Bucket and suede bags reign supreme. Fringe effects continue to swing from bags, footwear, and more. Layer on long necklaces by mixing metals and stones. Don a wide-brimmed hat, over-sized rimmed sunglasses, and a silk scarf fluttering with every step you take into a new bright season.[divider]
Roxy L. Rowton is a wardrobe and personal style consultant. She assists women to develop a wardrobe concept to reflect their style and and lifestyle, sharing her techniques for wardrobe construction and selection, as well as assisting with positive, practical solutions for getting dressed with ease and confidence. Learn more at everydayfinement.com.