Spring 2011: A Trend for Every Style

The thrill of spring fashion gets an extra dose of excitement this year from the dramatic range of styles designers have created to set the tone for the season. From bold, globally-inspired patterns to clean lines and crisp tailoring, this season’s must-haves offer an endless array of looks for every woman.

Au Natural with Color
As a warm-weather update to the utilitarian trend, this look features softer fabrics, looser silhouettes, and unexpected accents of bright color. Key elements include:
• Utility shirts and non-denim bottoms like chinos, cargo shorts and pants, and convertible pants
• Tan, beige, green and grey trench coats in a variety of materials and cuts
• Pocket details and roll tabs on tops and bottoms
• Brightly colored accessories like necklaces and belts
• Subtle animal prints and large, saturated floral patterns
• Sky-high wedges with strap embellishments

Great American Sportswear
These chic career looks define the classic and sophisticated American woman. Key elements include:
• Polished separates like casually-tailored jackets and seersucker skirts
• Nautical and novelty stripes on tops and bottoms
• Linen suits and dresses
• Skirts of all kinds: long pencil, A-line or flirty and swingy
• Denim trousers and blazers
• Pumps in suede and leather, and boat shoes in all colors

Feminine and Floral
Romantic and ladylike pieces remind women that spring has arrived. Florals of all shapes and sizes lead this trend, which can be found on every item of clothing from head to toe. Key elements include:
• Watercolor floral prints in rich jewel tones or softer cosmetic shades
• Layered knit cardigans in a variety of styles: shrugs, cascades, tissue, or drape.
• Tiered tops and skirts in silky, flowing fabrics
• Dresses with lace, ruffles, embroidery, eyelet and crochet accents
• Crocheted accents on shirts and blouses
• Necklaces with bows and matte sequins and handbags with botanical prints
• Strappy sandals featuring soft rosettes in neutral and metallic tones

White with Black and Color
White is a classic staple of the spring season, and this year it looks fresh and new when paired with black and other pops of color. Key elements include:
• The “little white dress,” a seasonal update to the classic little black dress
• White pants or capris paired with colorful tunics
• White or black tailored jackets over primary colored knit tops
• Black and white patterned dresses and high-waisted skirts
• Pearl accents in jewelry and footwear

Color Infusion
Perfect for spring and summer, head to toe blocks of color will be a clean, fresh, and confident look for the season. Key elements include:
• Crisp sportswear like blazers and button-downs in rich jewel tones
• Tops and bottoms in different shades with a solid or multicolored belt
• Contrasting trims around necklines and sleeves
• Asymmetrical, brightly-colored skirts, dresses and tops to add interest to simple garments
• Bold-hued fabrics with beautiful draping and sheen like silk and satin
• Espadrilles for a pop of pattern, or strappy leather heels in browns and neutrals