Spring into fashion By CHANDA TEMPLE Campus News
pring fashion 2011 will feature lightweight fabrics, bright colors and white, white, white everywhere. The top item this season? A white pair of jeans. ‘’White jeans are very versatile. They go with everything,’’ said Nia Elizabeth White, a fashion stylist based in Birmingham. ‘’You will be able to wear them throughout the summer. I think that’s a really good staple to have.’’ Other essential pieces this season will include gold and white jewelry, citrus corals, deep oranges, tomato reds, dreamy blues, soothing greens, go-to grays and a touch of the ‘70s. But not all trends will be new. Many looks that were in last fall and last spring, are back again, according to area store managers and White. Neutrals, tunics, billowy blouses, florals, maxi dresses and the nautical theme made the
cut again, as did skinny jeans, denim trousers and cover-ups such as trenches, military and anorak jackets. Heels in all forms, from platforms and wedges to strappy sandals and peeptoes, will continue to make strides. But, there’s a catch nudes will rule footwear. ‘’They are so easy to wear,’’ said Meredith Carter, store manager at Doree in Homewood. ‘’You can wear them with leggings, white jeans, blue denim, khakis, black slacks or a dress in any color. They help carry you to the next season.’’ Women can also make a statement with big and small handbags and accessories because this spring, it’s all about how you pile it on and play it. ‘’Spring for me is all about layering different pieces to create your own signature look with the trends that are out currently,’’ said Benjamin Garland Odom, in-store designer with Mia Moda in Vestavia Hills.
2011 SPRING FASHION TRENDS It’s back to the 70s this spring with flowy fabrics, longer skirts and wide-legged jeans. Get ready to see bellbottoms that skim the ground. Easy dressing will be found in the romper, maxi dress, sundress, cargo pants, palazzo pants and tunics. Expect to see a lot of flower power, color blocking, platform wedg-
and even home decor. Dresses with a fitted waistline and billowy skirt will give women a comfortable silhouette. Big is in, from sunhats and bangles to watch faces and earrings. Sheer tops were a hit on the runway. When es, earthtones, cork- wearing this look heeled shoes, simpli- around town, be sure fied gladiator sandals to have something on and the reddish pink underneath, like a banshade of honeysuckle, deau top that matches which will be in clothes, your skintone. make-up, accessories
Warm up to these spring styles
SHEER GEAR ▶ Gentle Fawn sheer top ($68) ▶ Henry & Belk gray skinny jeans ($148) ▶ Ivory bandeau ($28) ▶ Candace Ang gray wrap watch ($110) ▶ Gray Christyis Hat ($48)
Color it coral
Fit and flared
▶ Chartreuse fitted dress at the waist by Taylor ($144), Belk
▶ Joy Joy one-shoulder dress ($125) ▶ Matt by Matt white clutch ($65) ▶ Prices vary on jewelry
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