“Flowers? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” You may have heard this eponymous quote from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada that implies florals in fashion for spring are, in fact, not groundbreaking.
Designers disagree. New York Fashion Week has concluded and the designers have spoken: It’s full-on for florals. It might be hard to see the end of winter, but spring is just around the corner. It’s time to refresh your wardrobe with these five fashion trends:
Florals for spring days
What comes to mind when one thinks of spring? Flowers, of course. London’s Victoria Beckham and other designers such as Celine and Max Mara sent flowers down the runway in February. Further- many of them were pink. (Shop: Altar’d State Rose Garden Tunic, $79.95 – The Village at Leesburg)
One may consider leather to be a fall fashion staple, but spring temperatures can still necessitate the thick fabric. Saint Laurent and others like it as skirts and shirts in addition to jackets. Don’t knock it until you try it. (Faux leather skirts for $19.99 and Lamarque Sissy Lamb Leather Skirt (shown) for $249.99. It’s your choice at Wilson’s Leather at the Leesburg Premium Outlets)
All white everything
Imagine a vacation to Cuba where everyone’s donning white linen tops and pants down by the beach. That’ll be you this spring, just at home and probably to work. White ushers in warm weather and now we’re seeing it doubled – and tripled – up throughout outfits. Don’t be afraid to wear all white, just make sure that the tones match. Also try white nail polish (Essie’s marshmallow is a favorite, $8.50, found in most drugstores.)
Finally the day has arrived that designers have embraced flat shoes. No longer do you have to toddle down hallways and sidewalks on stilettos. Long accepted by the fashion set in New York as practical and fashionable for hitting the streets, the flat is making a comeback on the runways as well. Pointy-toed and ankle-strapped versions are the hotness right now. The biggest surprise, however, is that designers are showing sneakers at their shows. (Fit yourself at Potomac River Running, which specializes in custom-made sneakers.)
Boho, the new term for bohemian, is essentially wearing cuts, fabrics and styles that harken back to the 1960s and 70s, but with a modern flare. Flowy shirts, crop tops, bell-bottomed jeans and statement necklaces will be seen throughout the soon-to-be warm weather days. What better place to shop for these pieces than where vintage goes to thrive – Re-Love It on 21st Street and Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops. There’s one in downtown Purcellville.