there is one thing that is clear about the looks strutting the spring
runways itís this: Fashion is fun again. From sophisticated styles
ripped from classic film noir to a daring return to the bold colors
and silhouettes of the early í90s, this season is all about breaking
the rules and experimentation.
pastels and lace paired with femme fatale leather. High-waisted, harem
tribal print trousers topped with athletic, racer-back tanks.
Strategically ripped denim skinny jeans with oversized blazers, or
short, cropped ones. Stripes and plaids definitely go together, and
mod-inspired color blocking is a perfect fit for day or night. There
truly is something for everyone.
With so many
looks to choose from, we polled our local fashion experts to find out
which styles to try, and which trends are better left to the pop
"itís not necessarily what you wear, but how you wear it,"
says Carrie Arrouet, co-owner of Lela Boutique in the Third Ward.
"It really speaks to a very personal style."
ready to retire the whole black-leggings-and-cute-top equipoise that
has beleaguered scores of women in this city for several years now,
youíre in for a treat in 2014.
no excuse not to be fashionable," says Faye Wetzel, owner of Fayeís
fashion boutiques in Mequon and Brookfield. "Youíre going to
find something you can evolve into."
you choose, just remember that this yearís fashions are all about
If you thought
colored skinny jeans were bold, wait until you see 2014ís pants
lineup. While skinny jeans, and their looser counterpart, the
boyfriend jean, will continue to top shopperís lists, even basic
bottoms are getting an upgrade. Expect lots of distressed denim,
emblazoned with jewels, studs and embroidery detailing, as well as
lighter jean shades and patterns, including floral.
going to be strong, but itís going to be lightened
head-to-toe," says Susan Head, fashion special events director
for BonTon stores, which owns Boston Store. She added that jeans will
be paired with more denim, such as jackets and vests.
change, however, is the "shift into non-denim" pants wear,
says Head. Tuxedo-pants, tapered or wide-leg trousers in silk and
polyester, and harem pants in a variety of colors and patterns are a
havenít quite hopped onto the harem train, but Arrouet anticipates
their popularity to trickle in from the coasts.
trend in tops is by far novelty, or luxe sweatshirts. They can be as
simple as the off-the-shoulder "Flashdance" heather gray
variety, or spruced up with eyelets, sequins or lace. Luxe sweatshirts
are available in every color, may be short-sleeved, cropped or fall to
mid-thigh, or crafted from fabrics other than cotton fleece. These
will be an easy, go-to spring staple and can be dressed up or down.
sweatshirts are breezy blouses exhibited in í70s-inspired wrap
style, mod collars and cuffs, and high-low cuts. Pretty peasant tops
are making a re-entrance, as well as strategically placed cutouts on
the back, decolletage or shoulders.
most controversial item is the cropped top. While some of our
fashionistas say these basics should be left to those under the age of
25, others disagree.
little skin can be nice," says Arrouet, who added that cropped
tops donít necessarily have to show the midriff. "You can wear
them with a high-waisted skirt, or pant. Itís accommodating for all
before 9 p.m. is all the rage. "Leather is absolutely front and
center," says Wetzel. "And itís across the board."
Faux or real, leather is making appearances in jackets, dresses,
skirts and pants, either as the foundational fabric, or as an accented
laser-cut leather and perforated technology has eased the weight of
the material and made it "tissue-light," making it an
appropriate, wearable item for work or play.
If you loved
Diane Keatonís style in "Annie Hall," youíre going to
love the reintroduction of menswear. Micelle Tanner, owner of E-Collectique
Runway Boutique in Thiensville, says women should look for crisp white
tuxedo shirts, as well as tailored, tweed trousers and jackets.
like going Annie from head-to-toe? Mixing masculine and feminine looks
is a breeze. Wear plaid trousers with a girly blouse, or rock a pair
of classic Brogues with skinny jeans rolled at the ankle.
If Annie Hall is
the main character for menswear, then look to Audrey Hepburn for this
next category. Itís a stark contrast, but expect to see a lot of
LBDs and tailored, cocktail dresses in jewel tones, such as merlot or
emerald, in bright spring colors like tangerine, or in classic black
and white. Peplum details are huge and are a feminine, flirtatious
touch. Also in this genre, delicate jewelry, short cropped blazers,
structured, boxy handbags and stilettos with pointed toes.
natural that a resurgence of í80s fashions would give way to those
found in the early í90s. Pastel color palettes, florals, flannels,
sky-blue denim, funky sweaters, Doc Marten-like ankle boots, and
eyelet lace all draw their influence from this decade. Think
"Clueless," but with an adult twist. Color blocking and
"wearable art," (8-bit prints, galactic screening and pop
art) can add a personal flair. And yes, neon colors and leggings are