Store windows and racks are gradually beginning to change from sweaters and jeans to shorts and swimsuits in cheery hues as winter fades into warmer weather. Fashion enthusiasts have been left to predict what the upcoming spring and summer trends will be. I have compiled a collage consisting of current trends I like and dislike. I must say, I am extremely excited for spring: flip flops, capris, and shorts.
Praise for trends:
Denim Shirts (and button downs in general): I love my button down shirts because they are the best of both worlds. It is so simple to dress one up, or dress one down. Don’t feel like putting much thought into your outfit, or running low on time? Quick fix: throw on a pair of jeans and a button down shirt. Simple, yet guaranteed to look nice. Right now, denim button downs are all the rage. I like them when paired with a pair of colored pants. They also work greatly when unbuttoned as a cardigan. Check one out here.
Oxford Shoes: I would have to say that these did not become mainstream until this winter. I like them. They are a classic and can go with almost anything- pants or a skirt. Check out these. A bit pricey, but stylish non the less.
Watches: I’ve never been a watch person, but lately, I have liked some that I have seen. I personally like the torturous shell bands. They are different, and they look great paired with a few small bracelets. I like this one.
Fashion Sneakers: TOMS and Sperrys have proven that sneaker-like shoes can be worn with shorts in the summer. I think there will be a continuation trend of patterned fashion sneakers. I love these Keds specially made for Madewell. Cute and functional.
Lace: Anything lace has been “in” for quite some time, and I don’t foresee it becoming any less popular anytime soon.
Colored Shorts: My prediction: colored pants will be just as popular, but for spring and summer, it will be colored shorts. I especially like colored chino shorts. They look nice with anything. Sometimes, when it’s hot, the last thing you want to do is dress up in nice looking clothes. Yet, with chino shorts, it’s possible to look nice and still be cool. Plus, they tend not to be super short like a lot of jean shorts. J.Crew has always been the master of chinos. I seriously want them all.
Loafers: I have always worn traditional ballet flats, but earlier this year, loafers seemed to be introduced to the fashion world. It’s not that they were never stylish, it’s just that they were never common or overly popular. I like these for spring.
Riding Boots: Okay, so I’ve always been an Ugg wearer. I don’t care what they look like, they are too cozy and warm to resist. I’ll throw on my oldest pair when I’m just around the house. They are so worn in, they are more like slippers than shoes. However, I love riding boots because they are comfy too, yet can also be dressed up. They can pretty much look good with any outfit, whether you put on an old sweatshirt or your finest attire, they suffice. I like these.
Tiny, Intricate, Detailed Jewelry: I love my classic, worn-daily diamonds and pearls, but it seems as though the latest buzz is really tiny, detailed earrings and rings. I like these bows.
Little Bags, Long Straps: I like how practical bags are that a small and have a cross body strap. Functional, and with them being so popular, you can pretty much find them anywhere, like Target.
Now time for some ranting…
Jean Shorts with Exposed Pocket-liners: Okay, let me just say that if your shorts are short enough that the pocket liners hang out, it probably means they are too short. But now, companies are manufacturing shorts with the pocket liners intentionally longer so they extend below the length of the denim. I guess I just do not understand what makes shorts more enticing when they have visible pocket liners.
High-Waisted Shorts: While on the topic of shorts, let me bring up high-waisted shorts. They seemed to be emerging at the end of last summer. I did not like them then, and I do not like them now. They were an ugly 80’s fashion staple, so why are they coming back? Just not my personal taste.
Yoga Shorts: Oh yeah, shorts again. They seem to be a reoccurring theme. I have this sneaking suspicion that once the thermometer hits 70, the hallways at school are going to be filled with these. And oh, how I hope not. It is essentially like wearing underwear in public. I’ve cozied up to the yoga pants trend enough, but I can tell you right now that I am not ready for these, and I can firmly say that I never will be.
The Ugly Sweater Trend: Okay, it was fun at Christmas, but now it’s just any old, outdated sweater. Pair it with a pair of black leggings and your good to go it seems. To each’s own.
PINK: I’m not jumping on the Victoria’s Secret PINK bandwagon. For some, a sweatshirt is not good enough unless it says in blingly letters, “PINK.”
Corset Tops and Bikinis: Someone, please help me understand where in which you would wear this? I don’t know, I’m confused. And the other fad like this is bikini tops that resemble bras. I don’t want to have to do a double take on the beach, please keep your bikini looking like a bikini.
Leggings: Yep, there is no doubt in saying leggings are popular. In my opinion, they are meant to be worn under a dress or skirt, or with a longer shirt that at least covers your butt. But, evidently that is not what they are intended for. Go for it at home, but to school, I don’t think so. And if you do, don’t wear the shortest shirt you own.
Spandex-like Skirts: There is a difference between a pencil skirt and spandex-like uber tight skirts. Pencil skirts can be dressed up and can be considered business professional attire. The skirts I speak of cannot. A skirt should not be as tight as athletic spandex.
I apologize for my opinionated ranting. Nothing is intended to be offensive.