Ten Trends for Spring 


Spring 2011 fashion takes us back to the future: the 1970s.

Yes, it's the return of disco and flamboyance and playful excess. And those trends were well in evidence in most of the spring shows. A few examples:

The Maxi Dress: Long and flowing, layered and multi-hued, the maxi dress is returning full-circle this spring. It's being combined in some fashion-forward circles with another seasonal trend: sheer fabric. Let the swirling begin.

Lace, Crochet, and Macramé: Lace influences for spring 2011 are more on the classic side, with quality antique-style fabrics the key, especially in dresses. You won't see as much all-over, stretch lace but more unique takes on smaller pieces — mostly in white and off-white.

And in keeping with the season's return to '70s-inspired looks, accessory pieces, vests, and small accents are made in crochet or even macramé. Groovy, baby.

Tassels: Sometimes a little detail is all it takes to change the look and feel of a garment. This spring, one of the most popular trimmings signifies the exotic. Tassels are adorning everything from handbags to shoes to dresses and hats. It's a fringe benefit.

Bell Bottoms: Get ready. With skinny pants and jeans so common they no longer make a statement, it was inevitable that an opposing style is emerging.

And with the comeback of all things '70s, it's no surprise that designers are turning to flared pants and bell bottoms. Expect to see most pants get wider and more flowing.

Tail Hems: Remember disco gowns? One of the signature looks of that era were dresses with tail hems longer in back than in front. Now they're back. Love to love you, baby.

Stripes: Stripes are not unusual for spring fashion, and 2011 is no exception. In this year's version of the long-time staple, stripes tend to be broad, dark on white, and have a nautical feel.

Crop-Tops: In 2009, the crop-top look was trendy, and this year, it's coming on even stronger, especially for hot weather's anything-goes-as-long-as-it's-cool look. Great for festivals and outdoor, afternoon parties.

Cat's Eyes Sunglasses: With the warmer weather comes the need to update your sunglasses with an on-trend style. This spring, the best accompaniment to a vintage-inspired look is a shape that screams glamour. From the very subtle to the extreme, cat's eyes have it.

Clogs: They're a shoe trend from 2010 whose elements are still impacting 2011, particularly in certain countries. Clogs are peaking now as a trend, so there should be some great bargains to be had for a single season's wear.

Kitten Heels: More comfortable, yet traditionally less popular than their higher-heel counterparts, kitten heels work particularly well when dainty, pointed, and either retro-inspired or minimalist. When it comes to this style in 2011, it's all about the theming. For spring, kitten-heeled sandals are also an option.


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