Spring forward: Get a jump on fashion trends

JULIE GALLEGO
McClatchy Tribune News Service
Modified: February 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: February 18, 2013
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“With so many trends happening simultaneously, a smart shopper takes the time … to familiarize herself with the options and to only adapt/assimilate those that truly suit her real lifestyle and budget. Forget Kim Kardashian and all those starlets on the red carpet,” Wolfe advised.

His easy solution is to choose something that looks like your style, but in spring’s favorite new colors.

“Color, color, color! But not any one specific color,” he said. “There will be brights, pastels, black-and-white and neutrals, too. ‘Proven newness’ is an important consideration. That means choosing something familiar (a garment or an accessory) that is in a new color or new material. It’s safe, but sort of exciting.”

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based fashion blogger Beth Jones of B. Jones Style agrees.

“Bold color is still in. Purchase one statement item in a bold color and pop it in your winter wardrobe, but get ready to wear it when spring comes around,” she said.

Another trend easily incorporated into your spring closet — you might even have some left over from fall, when it started appearing on the runway and in stores — is lightweight leather.

Ultra-soft leather details on shirts or dresses automatically make a piece look more sophisticated and give a classic sweater an unexpected edge.

Here, too, color can make it new, because leather doesn’t just come in black anymore (although black leather has reached an iconic status that automatically makes it classic and therefore wearable for all time).

“I’m loving leather for spring, especially colored leather. It’s such a great transitional piece, and if you’re going to make the investment, you’re going to want to use it all year long,” says Orange County, Calif. fashion stylist Leslie Christen.

Choosing a trend that makes you feel like the ultimate version of yourself is the best way to introduce newness into your wardrobe.

“Fashion is a form of self-expression,” Nordstrom’s Bennett says. “It’s a way to tell the world who we are and who we aspire to be without saying anything. If we didn’t have fashion, we’d all be dressed the same; part of our identity would be erased.”

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