Spring 2014 Fashion Trends – What You Need to Know

I have a bit of a confession to make- I have mixed feelings about the new set of “trends” forecast every season.

Personally I much more appreciate the personal style approach: discover what you like that makes you feel good, and wear that- NOT what some magazine on the stands tells you is a “must-have”. I’ll decide what’s a must-have for myself, thank you very much!

But as a fashion lover, I do like to change things up from year to year. Sometimes that means buying just one or two new pieces, and retiring one or two old ones.  But often it means wearing the pieces I already have in new ways.  Looking through runway stills for spring, I see more than one trend that would lend itself very well to this approach.

But first, a grain of salt.  At the beginning of each new season, I like to remember the wise words of fashion icon Iris Apfel:

Iris Apfel quote

And so, with the hope that these trends may bring you some inspiration and affirmation for sunnier days ahead, here are my top 5 trends for the upcoming Spring & Summer season.

 

1. Black & White

Black & White

This classic combination endures because of its versatility: it’s striking and chic day or night. Adding a touch of one accent color in a shoe or other accessory creates an interesting focal point with a more directional twist.

 

2. Pastels

Pastels

Fresh pastels in mint, lavender, blush and baby blue were on all the runways from Milan to NY. One of the advantages of this trend is that you have the freedom to choose the colors and cuts you like best.

 

3. White

White

Nothing says summer like white-on-white. Layer it up in your choice of fabric and silhouette: sheer, flowy, textured or structured.

 

4. Metallics & Iridescents

Metallics & Iridescents

Gold, silver, and iridescents add a touch of luxe. Go head to toe for a bold evening look, choose one piece for daytime, or choose one detail such as a collar or clutch for a more subdued effect.

 

5. Geometric Prints

Geometric Prints

The print trend continues, with a continued geometric slant: think grids, triangles, concentric circles, graphic lines and color blocking.

 

What are you looking forward to wearing this spring? How do you feel about trend forecasts?  Tell me in the comments below!