Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Maryl shops her closet -- and a few favorite web sites and stores

I can’t conjure a list of five or seven or eleven brand new fashion trends for this spring.  Most are from this past fall and last spring and are still being refined and emulated along the fashion cycle.  That’s not a bad thing; it’s actually good because that means less time and expense to get a more current look when the weather finally – if ever, at least here in the northeast – warms up.   So here's the looks to shop for from your closet and your favorite stores:

H&M, JCrew, Elizabeth&James-Outnet, JCrew

Floral Prints

We started to see all kinds of prints last year but this spring we’re sharply focused on floral prints…..pants, tops, dresses, even shoes.  It’s the perfect metaphor for spring and summer, that is if spring ever comes.  There’s a lot of striking geometric prints too but they can be trickier to pull off.

Liberty Print-JCrew, Manolo Blahnik-Saks, JCrew, Opening Ceremony-Saks, JCrew

Black and White

Black and white is the most repeated fashion “trend” this spring online and offline.  I ask you: is there anyone who doesn’t already own something black and white? 
Carolina Herrera, Milly, Nanette Lepore, Giambattista Valli-all Saks Fifth Avenue
Derek Lam (Saks), Vince (Neiman Marcus), Alice+Olivia (Saks)
I found two blouses in my closet and of course my Miracle Dress.  But if by chance you can’t find  anything black and white you’d want to recycle, think about teaming black pants with a white jacket or vica versa.  I think we’ve got this trend covered but even so, you still might want to freshen up your closet with a new stripe or print separate, dress or handbag. 

Michael Kors (Saks), H&M, Catherine Malandrino (Neiman Marcus), Marc Jacobs (Saks)

Transparent Look

Sheer blouses and dresses with camisoles and slips continue to be shown and are becoming more ubiquitous on store racks and fashion pages.   Except now we are call it the transparent look and it’s moving down to the legs with see-through longer skirts and pants.
Equipment-Outnet, Alice+Olivia-Saks, Natan-farfetch.com

Drapy Pants

Skinny pants are still around but they are sharing less and less of the spot light with loose and drapy pants either to the ankle or cropped.  
H&M, Helmut Lang-Shopbop, Uniglo

Kitten Heels

And that brings us to our feet.  Kitten heels are back.  I can hear the ahhhs.
Gucci-Saks, JCrew, H&M, DVF-Shopbop

The Loafer

And even more comforting…..the loafer is 
Sesto Meucci-Neiman Marcus
returning, Gucci-styled or not and replacing the ballet slipper that offered no support for our poor tired feet.  A sub-class of that is the white slip-on or boyfriend shoe.

Multi-color Footwear

Loeffler Randall - NM
Stuart Weitzman - Shopbop
But if you want to add a bit more pizzazz, try a multi-colored shoe or sandal….one of the fresher looks for spring.  It can add  
                                    some intrigue to a   
                                    simpler ensemble.

Spring Colors:

Now let’s talk just colors:
Blue, all blues especially indigo and cobalt, but maybe not navy.  It needs a rest. 

Roberto Cavalli. Tadashi Shoji. Lela Rose - Neiman Marcus

I just bought my husband a pair of electric blue slacks.  Apparently it a spring trend for guys too.  No guarantee he'll wear them though!

Moschino, Tibi, Halston-Outnet, Prada - Neiman Marcus 

                  Even the Burberry plaid has gone blue.  

Orange is being tauted as the new neutral.  It’s an emboldening color so wear with caution!

Fuzzi, Stella McCartney, Melissa Masse - Neiman Marcus

DVF, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Hunter - Neiman Marcus

Alexis Bittar
Be cautious with neon too, a color tone I think of as playful and more youthful.  However, there are some clever accessories to be had that will certainly brighten any outfit.  Although you may be able to find a subtle print or accented separate with neon like a Jil Sander skirt I found at a Neiman Marcus outlet.  But not to worry if you're not that bold.  Pastels and iridescents are also pervasive and you can see hints and tints of it in most designers' collections.

Charming and easy to wear lace dresses continue into this spring but now in an even more extended range of colors:

Elie Tahari,  Madison Marcus,  Michael Kors-Neiman Marcus
Erin Fetherston-Neiman Marcus, JCrew, Tadashi Shoji - Neiman Marcus

Offsetting that style is a bright white dress.  How can you beat that for a fresh summer look?

Eileen Fisher, Jil Sander, Nicole Miller - Saks
So everything old is new again or at least has a fresher look.  And let’s face it we own a lot of older clothes and so have a substantial base to work from since we’ve been shopping for a while.  But don’t let anyone refer to your closet as vintage; we’re not there yet.     

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  1. So many pretty things! I am surprised not to see emerald; wasn't that supposed to be THE colour of 2013?

    1. Yes, I read that emerald was in but really didn't see any clothes in that color. Have you?

  2. What a great overview! As soon as its no longer puffy coat weather, I'm going shopping with your list in hand.

    1. I'll come with you. Let's try your vintage shop on the upper east side. But I'm still too cold!!

  3. Well, that was fun! I always kick myself when the trends make the scene circling back to clothes I've long given up on...and subsequently, given away. Since I can only find a few black and white numbers in my closet...Um, can I go shopping in YOUR closet, Meryl? I especially like that sheer long skirt.

    1. And I think I might still have a long black sheer skirt from the '80's. Where is it and does it still fit??

  4. Kitten heels?!? YAY!!!

    I love good floral prints, but for some reason they are hard to find in stores in my area.

    I really like the line of the dresses this spring. Very flattering.

    Thanks for the overview and for sharing this with the Generation Fabulous readers.

    1. And thank you Chloe. Go online to find the floral prints; they are everywhere.

  5. I absolutely love your taste in clothes. They are youthful looking but all grown up. Perfect!

    Thank you.


    1. Thanks and for stopping by. Being in style holds for all ages. I checked out your Mother's Day gift list. Love them all.

  6. I really love some of these trends. I just bought a new floral dress from Berlington Coat Factory. THey had a great deal on it and it really looked like a great spring find. I will definitely wear it a lot.

  7. I have a hard time with a lot of the new trends, I'm more traditional I suppose. I am trying to change my style, slowly but surely, and ween into the bight colors. I took my first major step and bought a hot pink club dress for New Years, in which I normally would have gone for a black or deep purple, and was surprised that I actually felt a bit more noticed and confident. Change doesn't always have to be bad.