Spring 2010 fashion must-haves

By Michelle Costa
February 21, 2010

With two blizzards out of the way, it is time to say goodbye to the snow and cold, and say hello to spring. Fashion week in New York and Paris was the perfect start to packing up sweaters and scarves and purchasing sandals and light tops.

The hit trends included neutral colors that ranged anywhere from the schoolgirl look to glamorous chic.   Architectural patterns and accents invaded the runway in both cities.

Another look that seems to be very popular this upcoming season is patchwork and peek-a-boo styles.  Feminine detailing can certainly be found throughout department stores with embellished lacing, dainty sequence, ruffles and bow accents.

Blazers are an absolute must for the warm weather.  They can be worn perfectly throughout the change of months, accommodating the mix of warm and cool days.  A black blazer is a classy look that can be pulled off as both casual and dressy.  Paired with leggings and cute sandals for the day, it can instantly be changed by adding a pump with straps that makes you ready for a night out in the city.

Ripped jeans are back and bigger than ever.  This complementing look works accordingly for all body types if worn with an appropriate flowy top that offers color and interesting patterns.  Ripped jeans can either be found in a skinny tight-fitting cut or a cuffed boyfriend relaxed cut.  Both are completely versatile and simply depends on a shopper’s personality and choice of comfortability.

This season, white will be taking on a whole new name.  Instead of basic business-looking button downs, classic oxford shirts will now be offering more ruffles, silk fabrics and styles that are more couture and dressier looking.  This will bring fun into a business wardrobe, making items more wearable for more than one occasion and function.

Pink and yellow are the “it” colors to focus on during this spring season.  Cotton candy pink and a mustard yellow are key to making your spring purchases up to date and livelier, avoiding the basic black and grays from the winter.

Another interesting and new trend is capturing international cultures in everyday looks.  Appealing traditional outfits shows off a down-to-earth and diverse approach to the basic everyday look.  Bold colors, strong patterns and textures are the perfect way to nail the hip folklore craze.

As if shorts were not short enough, it appears that many designers have gone for the ultra short hot pants look.  With hemlines dating back to what was worn in gym class back in the ’70s, the catwalk had nothing more to offer than major leg and skyscraping stilettos.  These shorts are completely acceptable if they are worn with modern and more conservative sweaters and blouses.

All the looks for this season are excitingly better than the big winter coats and snow boots most have been sporting.  Stay imaginative and work with tones and styles that are you, and what compliments your image and motives.  Have fun and think out of the box.  Be daring and find a new style that can become your own.

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