Sunday, February 6, 2011

Spring's minimalism equals my wallets maximum

I must say I have found it a challenge to shop Spring's trends. Large billowy styles just aren't a flattering fit for someone with large boobies and a booty to match. Many of the not-waist-defining silhouettes appear to add lbs to an otherwise slim physique.

Flash back to September when I was in New York for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: sitting amongst the various stylists, editors, and bloggers at shows such as BCBG, Ports 1961, Cynthia Rowley, Charlotte Ronson, Betsey Johnson, among many more. The highlight of my week were some of the eveningwear designers: Edition by Georges Chakra and Jenny Packham. The main difference? The gowns were in spring colors, some even in florals, but all showcased the female's best assets as opposed to many of the other designer's sportswear which seemed to trend loose and sheer.

As a stylist, I feel almost awkward searching the major stores (Neimans, Saks, Bloomies, Bergdorfs, and Nordys) ready to spend the dough but not locating anything flattering. With New York Fashion Week rapidly approaching, what is a girl to do??

Instead of wearing a shape which will make me feel less than confident I have instead opted for the fall sale racks, scooping up vintage inspired tops, pleated trousers, and velvet shorts. I do love draping, and loose fitting open cardigans fit in nicely with my shape defining under tops, ways in which I can add in Spring's new trends. My theme for February Fashion Week will be winter shorts over trend tights, pleated front trousers, a sequin pants jumper, and Haute Hippie's finest sequin tops all ordered with next day arrival. For shoes, I added in a leopard print lace up bootie along with a pair of oxfords, a bold move for my normal 5-inch-heel-only rule. Let's see how a pair of flats will fly...Of course all my old favorites of Gryphon, Louboutin, Choo, Atwood, and DVF will join in the trip to the Big Apple.

Coming from a stylist, the trends for spring seem fresh and uplifting in "the hills are alive with the sound of music" kind of way. Consumers will enjoy painted florals and plenty of shapes to move around in. Hell, most will hide any of that winter weight gained. For others who find their shapes are hidden by the trend, opt for belts, belts, belts, along with more bottoms than tops for which you can pair with your favorite cami or tee underneath an open top or cardi. Lest us also not forget the maxi trend favorite is back and even expanded into skirts. I am OC with this maxi from Haute Hippie in silk, keeping the shape sophisticated and classy. The slight mermaid shape also keeps this maxi from going prairie...

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