Continuing with the new spring trends proposed by Neiman Marcus, we first next look at shorts.
Shorts – This is a great fashion trend for our hot Atlanta summers. The best part about this season’s offerings is the variety in length. Not all of us can wear short shorts but walking shorts just above the knees can be worn by most any age. Another option is to go even longer. Cropped pants are being shown in all lengths. The caution here is that many of them are tapered at the bottom. This only works for an inverted triangle or a figure eight body shape – slender through the hip area. If your body type is wider through either the hips or the waist area, find cropped pants that drop straight from the hip to the bottom. Also keep in mind your height. If you are short or have shorter legs, a wider, cropped pant will shorten the leg line. In this case, it is better to select walking shorts or choose lightweight long pants so a long leg-line can be achieved. Cargo pants are also being shown in all fabric weights. I was just shopping with a client who has a rectangle body shape and has an “all American outdoor girl” appearance. We selected several pair of these pants, some in lightweight fabric in a natural crinkly fabric. These will be easy care for travel and excellent for our hot Atlanta summers. This look will not work well for the more sophisticated or classic person whose appearance needs a more tailored look.
Nude shoes –Very high heels with high vamps continue to be popular. This season, however, the high vamp is being shown in nude or natural which are much easier to pull off. One wants to make the leg line appear longer so a high vamp defeats this purpose unless you have extremely long legs or at least your legs are long from the ankle to the knee. High vamped shoes can dominate by putting visual weight at the foot, especially if they are in a dark color and/or the wearer has small bone structure. By keeping the vamp close to skin color, the shoes don’t carry as much visual weight. Personally, I will be happy to see this trend disappear, as I don’t believe there are many people that can wear it well.
Novel Tees – There will be some type of Tee that you can wear if this trend appeals to you. Not only are some very creative styles being featured, but a wide range of colors and prints. I love Tees for summer. They work well with shorts or other casual bottoms, can be layered with a blouse or jacket or can stand on their own. Better yet, they are easy care. This is a versatile look that will give you great mileage in your summer wardrobe.
The Wedge – Wedgies are a great summer look. Rope, raffia or cork wedges gives a fresh tropical feel while leather kicks it up a notch. They are the perfect finish for casual summer clothes whether it is a sundress, shorts or pants.
Arm Candy – Large bracelets have taken center stage as the fashion accessory. They are often being shown grouped by twos or threes. These bracelets are great fun and you can find them in most stores at very reasonable prices. Keep scale in mind when you are trying these bracelets. If you are large boned, these bracelets will draw attention to your hands and will often be snug around your wrist. Try grouping several smaller bangles of varying widths, that swing on your wrist comfortably. This will give you a decorative accent while not drawing attention to your larger bone structure. The same can work for a very small boned person. One or two very wide bracelets might overpower your small bone structure but grouping several smaller bangles together will accent what you are wearing, while not dominating.
Great White Shirt – This is the MVP (most valuable player) of the spring/summer season. A great white shirt or blouse can go anywhere. So many options are being shown from tailored to ruffled or pleated. Shirts carry more authority than a Tee while giving the versatility of layering with a sweater or jacket. If you have warm toned coloring, choosing a slightly warm-toned white which will be more flattering to your natural coloring and it will work wonderfully with bright oranges or lime greens as well as brown tones.
So these are the eleven top new looks as suggested by Neiman Marcus. I’m sure you will not all be running out to fill your closets with each of these but enjoy choosing those that you find most appealing. You will have a new, updated look for spring that will carry you through until fall.