Top 10 Trends: Spring 2012

I had difficulty paring the list of trends down to a mere ten this spring, as there are so many trends, but here are my top picks for the season. As with any season, you need not embrace all the trends, but I hope you enjoy incorporating a few into your wardrobe and have some fun with fashion.

Note: click on the small thumbnails below to see larger gallery images.

1. Bold Floral Prints
 
These are not shrinking violate prints, but are big, bold florals on sheaths, tops, and pants, and even head to toe for quite a statement.
J Crew

J Crew

 

2. Little White Dress

As seen on the Red Carpet at this year’s Oscars, white was the color for some of the most winning gowns. So give black a rest and embrace white for a fresh spring look.
Jason Wu

Jason Wu

 

3. Structured colored handbag or clutch

A color in a structured handbag or clutch can add just the right amount of punctuation to an outfit.
Prada

Prada

Lanvin

Lanvin

 

4. Sandals with Wedge Heels 

The wedge heel gives stability, height, and chic to a summer sandal.
Marni Suede Wedge

Marni Suede Wedge

 

5. Pleated skirt

Accordion and knife pleated skirts soften the silhouette and add volume without bulk for a feminine appeal.
Prada

Prada

 

6. Peplum

The flare of the peplum, if proportioned correctly, gives the appearance of a wasp waist, with a retro nod to a 1950’s style. But it can also give an architectural look of modernity if kept minimal.
Vera Wang

Vera Wang

 

7. Patterned and colored pants 

The colored jean is a carryover from last spring, and this season we see the ubiquity of patterned jeans as well as pants.

Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe

 

8. Something in Tangerine 

Tangerine or orange is the color of the season, and if you are shy about doing it head to toe, look for an accent of color in a detail or a pattern, or go bright with an accessory. Yellows and the full spectrum of blues are other choices. Brights seek a natural complement in navy and other neutrals.
Derek Lam

Derek Lam

 

9. Global Prints 

Earthtones, batik prints, geometrics and patterns display an ethnic edge in many of the global prints this season.
Donna Karan

Donna Karan

 

10. Dangly earrings

Big, dangly earrings are staging a comeback this season. Embellished with diamonds, crystals, beads, horns, chains and tassels, these are bold, look-at-me pieces.
Marni

Marni

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