Usually I love getting the March and September fashion magazines and seeing the fashions trends. I used to dog ear pages for things I would want (okay, things I might want cheaper knock-offs of). But this year, I was hard pressed to find several outfits I’d want. The styles were either:
- too young (bare midriffs and minis),
- too skinny (styles that do not accommodate boobs and hips), or
- patterns combined with loud prints.
In short, I was underwhelmed overall, but I do love some of the colors being featured.
This year, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, In Style and others convinced me that adding extra pieces in new colors or cuts is the way to go this Spring, versus expecting to purchase a lot of new outfits. Here are some key 2014 fashion trends:
- Lots of Color: Orange in the New Black is more than a Netflix hit. It’s a key fashion trend this spring. But, not any orange – Celosia Orange – according to Pantone, the color people who developed an innovative way for printers, paint and textiles to match and use consistent colors over 50 years ago. Now, they help set the standard colors you see each year in fashions, linens, makeup, paints, etc.
This year, fashion is a combination of soft pastels and vivid bright prints according to Pantone. Beside Celosia Orange, the loud colors they are showing include Cayenne Red, Radiant Orchid, Freesia Yellow and Dazzing Blue. Fashion designers combined them with the pastel shades Pantone showed: Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock Green, Sand and Paloma (a greyish shade).
- Items To Update Your Wardrobe: Looking through the magazines and the malls, there are some key items that are being shown that can be added to freshen up last year’s wardrobe. These include smaller lady-like bags, trench coats or coats in soft pastels, high-waisted jeans (still with skinny bottoms), stripes (particularly horizontal ones), sun dresses or shift dresses in pastels or loud prints, and lightweight sweaters (those for teens or yound adults are cut high enough for the belly button to show). Ballet flats are still in for Spring as are Biker-style jackets.
- Prints Not-Charming: Prints are in, the louder the better in some lines. Several designers are showing contrasting or loud prints in their Spring lines. Burberry Prorsum and others are showing pairing a horizontal striped piece with a loud print or polka dots with complementary but not matching colors. Christopher Kane is showing tops with a botany class type drawing of a plant with skirts covered with the botany drawing in a print. Alice and Olivia is showing a striped item paired with a flowered one. But, as noted above, mixed in with these prints are some cute pastel items.
What is shown in the March magazines is not always what sticks in stores, particularly the items that are copied into less expensive lines. So, there is hope for those of us who are underwhelmed. The great thing about Spring fashion is the variety, so there is something appealing for everyone.
Fashion Color Report Spring 2014 –– Pantone
1o Must Have Items to Revamp Your Spring Wardrobe –– Elle
Runway Trend Report — Elle
Color Theory: Spring’s New Hues –– Harpers Bazaar
Vogue March 2014 issue