Spring has finally sprung! Even though it doesn't feel like it, we can officially break out the spring wardrobe and just add a jacket. And a scarf. And earmuffs.
Some items that are trending this season and will carry you into the summer are:
Black and white. This classic trend is back. Rock it in stripes, checkers, or polka dots – whatever the pattern, it's on trend. But remember the golden rule: horizontal stripes widen, vertical lengthens, and diagonal always works.
Mix and match. I know all of our mothers hate this one. Mix stripes, dots, and floral patterns. As long as they are in the same color family, go ahead and pair those floral patterned pumps with a striped blazer. Or leave it to the pros and grab a piece with the mixed prints already incorporated.
Brights. Like last year, the brights are back. This time, think more primary color mixes rather than neon. Mix your bright piece with a grounded grey or tan if you feel a little out of your comfort zone. Or chose something using brights to color block. Think of a bright blue jacket with a green lining and cuffs.
Lace. Lace detail in spring pastels or classic black adds an ultra-feminine vibe to any look. Sweeten up an ensemble with a sheer lace top over a tank, jeans, and strappy sandals. Or sex up that same look by choosing black lace and adding some serious heels.
Accessories. Animal-inspired jewelry is hot right now. Crystallized snake bracelets, golden elephants and bejeweled tiger rings are just a few examples of fun nature meets bling accessories. Tribal jewelry is perfect for the boho chic look or to make a more conservative outfit edgy. Grab a statement necklace or layer multiple pieces. Floral is a staple for spring, so if the floral prints in clothing are too much for your taste, just dazzle with some floral earrings or a bag.
Save the oversized luggage-style bags for the beach. What's chic now is a manageable size structured bag. Try something small with a long skinny strap or a medium satchel style in a spring print or color. Oversized sunglasses are still “in,” but bonus points for round lenses or anything with décor on the frame: think flowers and fun trim, not logos. Bev Hills housewife Lisa Vanderpump popularized the Oliver Peoples green aviators this past season, so anything with a mirrored or colored lens is all good.
For men, it's all about the color blocking and mixed eras. Pair a spring fedora-style hat with utility pants, a casual tee, and some '90s-inspired sneakers. Feeling preppy? Trade in the sneaks for slip-on loafers. Keep it cool with some cuffed shorts with a bold print.
Skinny jeans are falling out of trend and being taken over by a more relaxed fit for men – hallelujah. I don't need to see everything. Aviators and color frames are all good for the guys.
Whatever you do…
Visit Bratty Natty's Boutique at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre for animal-inspired jewelry and tons of fun spring dresses and accessories.
Check out the men's section at Express in the Mall at Steamtown in Scranton for some great spring menswear, including Brandon Scott's Aztec print shorts featured on NBC's “Fashion Star!”
-Erin Rovin has been working in the entertainment industry for 10 years and writes for various national gossip publications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.