JANE MONDAYS: Top 5 Spring Trends

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Top 5 Spring Trends- Spring 2014

Many of us have "switched-out" our closets during Easter Weekend, and if you're shopping for new trends or happened to find them hanging in your closet, here are the top 5 trends to pay attention to. A little vintage, a lot of classic and some newbies, check out the list below with a little help from my Lookbook.nu community and of course a few runway shows

1. The New Black & White

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It’s a signature look and this power couple gets a fresh and modern makeover this year, with couture detailing, tailored angular lines, texture and geometric shapes within fancy fabrics, this classic trend is everything but uniform. 

Major fashion luminaries like Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Rodarte and Céline have been deemed responsible for infusing extra jhoosh into this classic combination on the runways, as well as on celebrities and style bloggers from all over. 

STYLE TIP: You can either go for a one-color monochromatic look or a 60’s-inspired Mod look with a bold, graphic print. You can also stay simple, yet sophisticated, with mix and match separates (think color-blocking or contrasting textures) to keep things fun and interesting! 

2. The 90's-  Grown-up Edition

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Don't fret my pet- adding an extra touch of glam, the 90's has grown up this season. One of our most rebellious fashion era's,  we saw many a street-style blogger during the spring runway shows give the post-punk decade a sophisticated and contemporary upgrade from their own generation! 

From the printing of subversive plaids on wide-hooped skirts by Stella McCartney and Phoebe Phil to Céline, the 90’s Nirvana-inspired revival is confirmed to be going strong well into the remainder of 2014. 
Heavy influences from the grunge style of the 90’s with a touch of luxe are key to nailing this trend. This means florals, plaid, oversized knits, ripped nylons, embellished boots, whimsical dresses and rock-star inspired tops. 

STYLE TIP: Try pairing what you already have in your wardrobe - an old slogan tank or band tee - with a chiffon mini skirt or dress. Go fresh faced with smudgy eyes and maybe a swipe of dark red on the pucker and BOOM, Tatiana Ali!

3. Pastels a-la Sugar

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What's spring with out pastels & peeps! Candy-coated pastel is the “it” shade for spring. There were hues of lavender, coral, baby blue, mint green, and blush pink seen across the board at the SS ’14 runways. 
Designers like Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Philip Lim, Burberry, Versace, Balmain, Miu Miu and Dior have modernized the colors into sleek and elegant springtime wear (no looking like an Easter egg here!), adaptable enough for work, brunch or play. 

STYLE TIP: You can usher in a vibrant and pastel-colored spring by pairing different shades of one color or incorporate a soft colored mani for that added charm. 

4. Monochromatic Minimalism

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There's nothing more refreshing in the complicated world of fashion than a crisp, minimalist look. This season’s take is much less menswear and more of a “boy-meets-girl.” 

The less-is-more philosophy has remained a strong theme throughout the Spring 2014 collections, from Rick Owens neutral palette as well as staple minimalists Jil Sander and Helmet Lang. It’s materialization is in revamped monotone classics, timeless color blocks, structured accessories, button-down shirts and tailored pants. 

STYLE TIP: add some extra excitement to your minimalist look with a single accent color, whether it’s an indigo sheath dress or a pair of unadorned red heels. Pair it with a “raw beauty” look focusing curled lashes, a groomed brow and skin that is well taken care of.

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The versatile, longer-than-calf-and-shorter-than-maxi midi skirt, is ultra lady-like and adds a demure to every outfit. The silhouette compliments almost all body types, so it’s no surprise that it’s already been a must-duplicate look for 20 years and most likely, many more. 

The tea-length vintage skirt received a chic turnaround this spring by contemporary designers like Delpozo, Ports 1961, Emilia Wickstead, Rebecca Minkoff and Prada, abandoning the pencil silhouette for full midi skirts.

STYLE TIP: This season’s midis can be worn fitted, flared or both (mermaid style) and come in variety of new fabrics – tulle, lace, jacquard, floral, crêpes, chiffon and metallic. Take a trip down to your local vintage boutique you can pair it with a modern staple to keep from looking too retro, like a chic crop top, a shrunken sweatshirt or a pair of fabulous heels!

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