Top 10 Trends: Spring 2011

Spring 2011 has something for everyone. Here are my top ten choices for a stylish spring.

1. Wide legged trousers
 
Relaxed, high waisted and wide legged trousers and jeans for spring extend the eye for a leggier, taller appearance. What is there not to like?
Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

2. Maxi Dress or Skirt
 
Remember the maxi dress from the 1970s? It’s back, with less rock and roll and more sophistication. Pair a long skirt with simple tops to avoid looking too dowdy.
Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Yigal Azrouel

Yigal Azrouel

3. Prints, floral and ethnic

Prints abounded for spring, in tiny bouquets, big, bold floral abstracts, tribal, ethnic and the exoticism of the east.
Rodarte

Rodarte

Etro

Etro

4. Platform Wedge Sandals
 
In the interest of comfort, choose a flat wedge platform sandal for a quick update.
Chanel

Chanel

flat platform sandals

 
5. Stripes
 
Spring’s sporty look translates into bold stripes in dresses, tops and accessories, but narrow stripes paired with a midi skirt looks quite chic.
Fendi

Fendi

Jeremy Laing

Jeremy Laing

6. Midi skirt

Hemlines fell this spring from minis to mid calf or longer, but are far from matronly, especially when striped or in a brilliant color.
Vionnet Yves

Vionnet Yves

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

7. Vibrant Color Combos

Tonal color combinations exploded this spring—-pinks, oranges, turquoises, bright yellows, lime and emerald greens, deep purples, teals and electric blues. The brighter the better!
Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Color Blocking

Color Blocking

8. Ruffles

Ruffles remain a mainstay but as you can see, are far from twee!
Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

9. Lace top

Keep it simple and not too seductive for a ladylike look, in black, white, or nude lace, eschewing colors.
Alberta Ferreti

Alberta Ferreti

Alberta Ferreti

Alberta Ferreti

10. Minimalism

Less can be more when stripped down to simple, architectural lines, proving that minimalism need not mean boring.
Cushnie et Ochs

Cushnie et Ochs

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein