Commonly known as potato sacks, block dresses can be difficult to wear and not flattering what-so-ever. However, when styled and/or designed properly, this key spring 2011 item is fun and stylish.
Note: Don't be afraid to use accessories such as a belt to cinch the waist, or statement necklaces to up the ante. And please wear heels or else you will look like a potato sack.
Favorites: Stella McCartney & Micheal Kors
The bigger & fuller, the better. Full skirts, with an above-the-knee or shorter hem line by preference, are the skirt of the season. Designers used trims like lace (hot spring fabric again), embroideries and fabric appliques to give it a more bohemian-like feel (another big current of the season).
Note: Too many pleats, and too much flare can become dangerous for the more curvaceous and for the petite body-type as it will add unwanted volume.
Favorites: Moschino, Salvatore Ferragamo & Jil Sander
The bohemian & 70's tendencies are on full display with the peasant blouse. Seen at many younger designer lines, the peasant blouse can be worn both as a dress or as a top. Noticed on the catwalks: wild patterns, sheer fabrics and loose fitted silhouettes.
Note: For a more mature look, avoid the wild patterns and stick to the summery fabrics like poplin, seersucker and gingham cotton.
Favorites: D&G & Paul&Joe
From the wide hem to the short-shorts, it is hard to overlook this item for Spring 2011. A pair of short has become an essential part of a wardrobe and its not uncommon for designers to include many variations of it on their catwalks. This season, its all about the high-waist, a throw back to the 70's which is the overlaying theme of the season.
Note: Make sure not to go too short as it can look vulgar and cheap. Also, its very important to know what works for your body type. Do not try to fit into things that you normally don't wear just because its in fashion.
Favorites: Paul&Joe & The Gap
For Spring 2011, a softer, tone down version of the biker jacket has popped at most of the catwalks. Less in-your-face hardware, and more play with textures and fabrics (Burberry and Balenciaga being the only ones who showed a tougher, rebel side). Colors are more prominent for Spring 2011 than the usual black motorcycle.
Note: Go short or cropped for Spring, worn with a long tee and skinny or wide leg trousers for a more sophisticated result.
Favorites: Burberry, Balenciaga & Blumarine
The handbag business is a category designers are working harder on developing and/or maintaining as they provide a big chunk of the revenues for brands in an economy where every dollar counts. The "it" accessory this Spring 2011 is the cross body bag seen on most of the models on every catwalk unimaginable. Its easy, fun, and comes in a multitude of forms, shapes and detail.
Note: Invest in a quality bag that will last you a few decades instead of going for the trendy of the moment shape or crazy details. Clutches provide the most use as you can wear them day or night, to a social event or a stroll down the street and so on. Colors are fun, but make sure that your basic blacks, browns and camels are also covered.
Favorites: Dolce&Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli & John Galliano
A small recap of all the trends & hot items mentioned-12 in all:
With this, enjoy the new season of shopping ladies!
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And men, you guys are next. Keep posted on my next few blog entries for my top Spring 2011 trends for men.