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My Top 10 Spring 2014 Trends

As many of us are thawing out from the polar vortex and the warmer weather is here, it’s a perfect time to discuss the 2014 Spring trends. As I have said in the past and will continue to do so, I am “personal stylist” who is not a complete slave to trends. Don’t get me wrong, I do follow trends, I just don’t “buy” into all of them. I like to pick and choose the ones that work for my existing wardrobe and me. I have sifted through countless magazines, fashion blogs and Pinterest to help us navigate this seasons looks and how to wear them. The runway to real-way!

My Top Ten 2014 Spring Trends:

1: The Pantone Color #18-3224 Radiant Orchid: The people at The Pantone Color Institute have declared this years color and selected a rich and beautiful variation of purple. “Its an expressive, creative and embracing”, says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director at the institute.

Purple Shirt

Shirt: Isabel Lu / Pants: Theory / Sunglasses: Dior / Necklace: vintage / Clutch: Alexander McQueen / Watch: Zenith Lady Pilot


How to wear it: It is definitely a very strong and bold color. If it looks too loud, try pairing with a subdued hue (cream, white or light wash denim) or simply try the color on your nails or lip.

2: Words on a Shirt: Say it out loud! Have your t-shirt or sweatshirt tell it like it is in a comic book like text or fun messages, however try to avoid political statements or brand phrases like “just do it”.
How to wear it: opt with a message or quote in French or clever word plays. Pair a statement t-shirt with a fitted blazer, a cuffed jean and shoe bootie, instant street style chic!

White Jacket

Shirt: J:crew / Blazer: Necessary Objects / Pants: Marc Jacobs / Belt: Diane von Furstenberg/ Cuff: Tiffany& Co. / Watch: Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer / Necklace: vintage


3:Jeweled Up: This season there is no shortage of sparkle. Even the simplest of silhouettes is getting a makeover with embellishments. Find a sweatshirt or dress that is haphazardly adored with gems. Put away the statement necklace and go for a statement shirt or dress.
How to wear it: Keep it to only one piece per outfit or it will be overkill.

4: Artsy Prints: The relationship between art and fashion is truly married this year. Think modern art with bold graphics and painterly pieces. This trend is for the woman who welcomes attracting attention, as these art inspired prints will certainly do.
How to wear it: If you want to go for the gusto, try the abstract print on a shirt, dress or modern shaped jacket (like a bomber). Not looking to stand out in the crowd then try the print in a pump, as many shoe designers have incorporated this into their Spring line.

5: Metallics: This fabric of choice was once only seen for stepping out after hours, it’s now found a place in the daytime light.
How to wear it: Go bold with a metallic moto jacket or dress. Choose a more subdued route with either ballet flats or purse/clutch.

6: Crop Top: This 80’s trend has been resurrected and could be a complete fashion nightmare if not done right.
How to wear it: Find a dress with small cutouts along the mid-drift (for an crop like appearance). If you feel daring, pair matching separates (shirt and high waist pencil skirt) with a crop barely skimming the top of the skirt. You will achieve the “trend” but still look classy. Not feeling in the mood to expose to much skin, pair a feminine crop top over a silk tank or a crisp white button down underneath.

7: Cobalt Blue: Another very strong color that is returning this season. A striking color and best paired with white or black to tone down the hue.
How to wear it: Pull out last years cobalt colored denim or find the hue in a dress or try it in an accessory such as a clutch or shoe. I personally

love it paired with turquoise or mint (bold but beautiful).

8: Garden Party: Like seasons past, once again this spring is full of floral prints (many with bright flowers against a black background). However, this years approach is a bit more in your face, with a head to toe look. Many designers have featured the print in tailored suits, silk jumpsuits and exquisite gowns.
How to wear it: This season the botanicals also made their way to denim (which I love). Pair them with a blazer and a pump for an evening look. Or try a floral skirt and add another pattern by incorporating the same color hue stripe shirt, very Parisian.

9: Pretty Pastels: Mint is one of the springs strongest light colored hue. Easily mixed with other colors, such as grey or navy and can be worn day or night.
How to wear it: Just make sure you break up the “sweetness” of the candy color and pair with a more structured shape like a fitted navy blazer or masculine light wash boyfriend jean. Or find a piece in the pastel that has a bit of edge like a leather jacket or cigarette pant breaking down the frilly factor. I would avoid pairing it with a heavy color like black.

10: Athletic Wear: Do not retire last seasons varsity jacket just yet! Designers have created athletic looking pieces NOT to be worn in the gym. You will see sport inspired clothing in fabrics such as neoprene, mesh and perforated leather.
To create balance, pair this trend with feminine pieces. Add a baseball hat to a chic blazer or a fitted sports jersey to a pair of leather pants and heels. Forgo the ponytail; this trend is not suppose to look like you actually went to the gym (just gym inspired).

As always I hope that I have inspired you and/or your closet. If I have done so don’t forget to send me a picture or message me.

xo- CK

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