It might not feel like it now, but it’s almost time for the snow to melt, the trees to bud, and the temperatures to rise. That means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but for followers of the fashion world, the implications are clear. The trends seen in New York’s Fashion Week are finally taking to the streets. Spring trends are right around the corner, and we can’t wait to give them a try.
What can you expect to see this season? Bright colors, boxier shapes, and seriously bold shoes. Let’s take a closer look.
Pantone won’t name its color of the year until December, but it’s already put together a fashion color report for Spring 2014. Easter eggs have nothing on this year’s color pallette.
Placid Blue– This pastel sky tone is peaceful, calm, and easily combined with other nature-inspired shades.
Violet Tulip– Pantone calls this hue a “romantic, vintage purple,” saying that it “evokes wistful nostalgia.”
Hemlock– It’s not as poisonous in fashion as in nature. The light, summery green grounds any ensemble.
Sand– This neutral joins the list as an easy shade to pair with spring’s brighter hues.
Paloma– A mid-tone gray is the perfect addition to a pallet with so many brights and pastels.
Cayenne– Described as a “high-pitched red,” cayenne seems almost pink in its presentation, bringing a splash of boldness to this season’s pallets.
Freesia– A punched-up version of lemony yellow, Freesia brings warmth and energy to an already colorful pallet.
Celosia Orange– This shade of true orange completes the sunset trifecta started by cayenne and freesia.
Radiant Orchid– There’s plenty of room for two shades of purple on the list when they’re both so stunning!
Dazzling Blue– This bright, electrifying shade of blue is a favorite for Pantone’s Color of the Year.
Expect some major upheaval in the fashion world this spring and summer. The sleek, soft fabrics of 2012 and 2013 are on their way out. Glamour magazine identified a few favorite shapes for Spring 2014 that leave plenty of room to move.
Boxy, Cropped Jackets– Moto jackets are out the door, but their printed and textured cousins are taking center stage.
Button-Downs with Contrast Collars– Menswear always manages to creep onto the runway, and this year’s borrowed-from-the-boys look comes in the form of bright, textured collars and cuffs on menswear-inspired dress shirts.
Wide-Leg Trousers– Bye-bye, skinny jeans! Billowy, wide-leg trousers are stepping in, complete with high waists.
Bomber Jackets– They’re back! These sporty layering pieces are perfect for the transitioning weather, especially when they make use of cool details like mesh weaving and perforations.
Tea-Length Skirts– Landing somewhere between midi- and maxi-, tea-length skirts can look plenty modern when paired with crop tops and bared arms.
Sweaters– They’re here to stay! Spring knits with bold prints and fun cuts are easy additions to this season’s wardrobe.
Striped Tailored Trousers– Where athletic sweats and tuxedo pants meet, there you’ll find spring 2014’s hottest trend.
Shift Blouses– Glamour compares them to dressy T-shirts. Their elbow-length sleeves and boxy silhouettes can be paired with bold prints, unique textures, and a variety of necklines.
Collarless Coats– Long, streamlined coats are still in, but say goodbye to collars and lapels.
Accessories for spring are a real blast from the past. Mules, wild embellishments, floral appliques, and beads were major players on the runway this year where shoes were concerned, each pair looking a little more 90s than the last.
Don’t expect much different from sunglasses this season. Frames were big, bold, and bright, with shapes ranging from chunky rounds, to cat-eye, to wraparounds. The good news is that they’re still in vogue, so there’s no need to risk your eye health in the name of fashion.
Spring 2014 fashion certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Slide into some bright, bold pieces this season, and welcome the warmer weather in style.