April Showers Bring May Fashion: Spring Buying Guide

You may think you need a crystal ball to see what’s in the future for spring fashion (or a Google search) but this (and this!) little cheat sheet will be your guide. The Spring runways will always have the usual pastels and ditsy prints. In the words of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” The number one rule of the season is that there are no rules. We’re ditching the heels, wearing bras over our shirts and wearing metallic outside of New Years Eve. Get these key trends and you’ll be the winner of the sartorial game all season long.

1. Dress Shirts
A woman in a dress shirt doesn’t scream rebel, but the way in which women are wearing them is what makes the difference. It’s one of those “devil’s in the details” kind of thing. We saw them with oversized sleeves, cropped or asymmetrical hemlines and bold stripes galore. Another way to play with a more classic fit dress shirt that’s in line with Spring 2017 is exposing your bra underneath.

2. Bralettes/ Exposed Bras
The battle cry of Spring Break is usually, “Sun’s out, guns out.” This season though we’re seeing more bras than the latter, which might be for the best (I’m talking to you fraternity boys). Whether peeking out from under a sheer top or actually worn over your top, this trend is going strong. Even bras worn entirely in place of actual shirts are being seen on the street.

3. Exposed Shoulders
Look around any room and I guarantee that you will see at least three people around you at any given time wearing an off the shoulder top. Sounds like an exaggeration but I kind you not. Last season we saw them as the “cold shoulder” But, this time there isn’t just one way to wear this trend, whether it be one should on, one off or a balconette style that shows everything from shoulders, collarbone and neck. Wearing a dress or top that exposes shoulders is sexy but in a coy way.

4. Iridescence /Metallics
I think we’re all suckers for anything that bends the rules with a little of the unexpected in both life and fashion. Trading the delicate fabrics and the saturated brights of summer for some bold sheen looks especially chic in small doses such as embellished details on a boxy cropped shirt which keeps the relaxed summer vibes intact. Metallics also work well on outerwear spicing up a classic piece. Traditionally shimmer is reserved for the cooler sweater weather when party season is about to commence. Don’t wait until then and satisfy your inner style rebel.

5. Sheer Anything
This is a trend that must be done tastefully and with the right kind of decorum if you’re at the office. Unless that is you want a strongly worded note with HR sitting on your desk when you come back from lunch. For the daytime this is best worn in classic cuts like a button up shirt. Balance out the look with polished hair and and a jacket, particularly a trench or blazer to throw over your shoulders. Bonus points If you bring a leather jacket and heels and wear that out to happy hour. Another way to dress this look up for brunch or a night out is to wear a long drapey overlay with shorter skirt underneath. That way there is a little peekaboo action going without being overexposed.

From sheen and shine in summer to wearing an exposed bra, get to be a rebel. Fashion is always about pushing the envelope, but this seems like the trends lie in breaking the rules themselves. But hey, in an industry as fickle and ever-changing as the weather, you never can know exactly what to expect. Cheers for Spring 2017!

Author:  Christine Duff

Christine wants to live in a world filled with cutting edge fashion, beautiful words and and an endless supply of leather jackets and boots. A product development grad of FIDM, she was the Editor-in-Chief of MODE Magazine where she reignited her love of storytelling. She has diverse experience within the industry with trend research, art direction and styling editorial spreads. She gained her most notable experience working in Los Angeles at the satellite operation for GQ and Vogue Thailand. Christine is passionate about social science and the role it plays in the consumer goods industry and apparel in particular.

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