We’re not sure what’s more exciting: the trees in bloom, the warm weather on the horizon, or the fact that Heidi Montag has a new upcoming clothing line called Heidiwood. Oh wait, that last bit’s not exciting at all, so much as it is terrifying (zebra? hot pants?).
To be certain, a closet full of spring’s latest threads is thrilling, and in order to steer you in the right direction, we’ve rounded up the top ten trends and scoured the ‘net for some of our favorite exemplars (see, always looking out for you). So click through our picks and stock up on spring’s must-haves—just remember: friends don’t let friends wear white denim shirts designed by D-list stars.
A French term that means “shaded,” this color effect is woven into the fabric and appears as a distinctive dip-dye pattern in which colors gradually fade from dark to light. The trend was first spotted on the runways at Prada last season and has since bled into every accessory from head (knit caps) to toe (socks). Since it evokes a laid-back, Bohemian vibe, opt for a breezy tank or cami, like this silk razorback top from Matty M. The bold colors and unique twisted neckline don’t require many accessories, so pare down to just a watch or funky ring.
Forget pencil thin wisps—natural brows that are shaped and groomed are far more attractive. This doesn’t give you free reign to unleash your inner Frida Kahlo, though. Keep unruly strays in place with a clear conditioning brow gel and pluck to clean, not shape.
One Strap Dresses
The asymmetrical-strap dress, once a Studio 54-era staple, has made a fierce comeback and is primed to take the nightlife circuit by storm once again. It strikes the perfect balance of exposing your shoulders and clavicle while staying put, unlike a tube top or strapless number you’d inevitably be tugging at all night. This voile one-shoulder dress has a sexy ruffle trim and comes in basic, goes-with-everything black.
In case you hadn’t noticed (in which case, what cave were you hiding in?) tights were the outfit-defining accessory for fall and winter—which is why sheer hose is a refreshing transition for spring. They allow you to maintain the same streamlined, finished overall look without sweating through thick wool or cotton.
Dramatic flamenco-inspired ruffles cascaded down the runways on coats, skirts, dresses and tops. Going along with a return to femininity, ruffles showed themselves in dainty flower prints, pastel shades, and were made of gauzy silk or chiffon. Keep things sweet and short, like with this sheer mini, to avoid looking like a multi-tiered wedding cake.
While bright neon hues in general are big this spring, electric blue is head-turning unexpected and a red carpet favorite of late. Keep things to a minimum by wearing a single-colored sheath and neutral accessories. This crinkled silk chiffon mini shift by Cynthia Steffe is elegant enough for a fancy dinner out but stays edgy and fresh with its unique detailing.
Shiny gold and silver heels, flats and sandals are the new neutral, so stock up on a few styles in both colors. They trump boring black staples and white shoes that get easily dirty with wear. Bernardo’s soft leather metallic “Miami” thongs are not only a best seller but an instant classic.
Itsy bitsy bags are the new “it” purse, most likely in rebellion to years of schlepping incomprehensibly supersized handbags around town. Returning to its etymological roots, the rule of thumb is anything you can “clutch” with one hand is a go. These fortune cookie-like wristlets by Moe Bags are lightweight and can even keep you hands free.
Moving away from oversized hoops and dangling chandelier earrings and further down the neck, chunky charms on thin necklaces make a statement and serve as the centerpiece to any outfit. This eye-popping pink agate piece trimmed in gold demands attention—and gets it.
Coral Lip Gloss
Spring is light and colorful, and your makeup should reflect that accordingly. Coral flatters most skin tones and adds a punch of color without trying too hard. Stick with a simple moisturizing gloss (no lipstick) and keep the rest of your makeup light and fresh: think bronze lids, mascara and minimal liner.