Spring — or at least springlike weather — can’t come fast enough for those of us who are tired of layering on and covering up.
After what seems an endless winter, who could blame us for flirting with lighter-weight clothes in hues that mimic a colorful garden, and those voluminous dresses and skirts that caress mid-calf, and the wide-legged pants that contrast popular skinnies?
Spring temptations don’t stop there, though. The popular combination of black and white continues; prints pop as graphic or painterly strokes; athletics inspire varsity jackets and track pants; mesh adds interest to dresses, blouses and T-shirts; and shorter jackets look right with fuller pants.
Alexandra Bratton, buyer for On a Whim stores in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, said one of her favorite looks for spring is the full skirt.
“Literally anybody can wear this trend,” she said. “It’s great for the girl who is more hourglass and wants to show off her waist or for the girl who has less shape through the waist and hip. because it creates the illusion of a waist and curvier hip.”
For an unexpected twist, she suggests pairing a full skirt with another strong look for spring: the white shirt.
A white shirt is classic and never goes out of style, though each season brings variations. Buttoned-up collar blouses were all over the runways. A white shirt, no matter what the style, always looks good tucked into a pair of jeans. Consider wide legs for spring.
Bratton said athletic and sporty looks also are getting plenty of attention this spring. Sweatshirts with appliques, jackets in bomber, baseball and varsity styles, and mesh details aren’t for the gym, but they make a nice addition to a weekend wardrobe.
To dress up these looks, Bratton suggested pairing them with full skirts or leather shorts and a cute pair of heels.
While Radiant Orchid is this year’s “it” color, the palette for spring is washed in pastels and sorbet colors in a range of corals, mints, greens, pinks and baby blues.
Cindi Shelby, owner of R Meyers in Nichols Hills, said that, for her, spring fashion conjures images of white beaches, turquoise water, emerald green palms and brilliant blue sky, which just happen to mimic the colors of the season. Everyone is ready to get out of dark colors, and spring delivers, she said. “I think we’re all ready to turn in black leggings and boots for white pants and white shirts.”
She said last year’s explosion of prints is still strong, but they’ve been cleaned up a bit. “I think the ones that look really fresh are cityscapes, tropical prints and beach scenes. They look really good to me.”
While dresses and skirts blow up a bit with more volume, many also stretch to midi or ballerina length. Others feature high slits, asymmetrical or high-low hems and pleating.
Another enticing detail for spring is the actual fabrics. Shelby said she’s surprised at how they can be light as air but not see-through, making them even more tempting.