Trends get a bad rap. They come and go each year. They're hard to decode unless you're a style pro. They're best suited for the chosen few. Okay, sometimes these statements are totally true (I'm talking to you crop tops) but each season spawns several easy to wear trends that can work for anyone.
Go on, try these spring trends on for size:
1. Colour blocked hand bags. Naturally, accessories are very easy to work into any wardrobe with no size issues to consider. I love the colour blocked bag trend because it's simple way to add a pop of colour to your style, even if you're quite certain that the only shades that suit are black, beige, brown...you get the picture.
2. Hint of mint. Please, pardon the skinny jean pictured above. This trend less about the squeezing into skinnies (unless you want to) and more about the actual shade because I think when you are opting for colour, this might be the one to try. Mint can work on a range of skin tones and is so fresh for spring. If it feels bold to you, tone it down it with shades of cobalt blue or cool neutrals like grey. A pairing of black or white might prove too stark a contrast.
3. Denim Biker Vest. I find vests to be flattering for many body types. Wearing a cropped version over a longer shirt can be very slimming and a longer version at hip length can camouflage a bigger booty. If you don't love denim, no big. Leather is an option or a even a light weight tweed.
4. Proper Ballet Flats. The more wearable cousin of the nude pump, a blush tone ballet flat can do a great job of lengthening your leg without wearing a heel. If the true ballet blush leaves you feeling more ready for the barre than for work, opt for a tan or nude or use this as another opportunity to work colour into your look.
5. Pretty Ruffles. While not everyone is a girly girl, a perfectly placed ruffled can be used to draw attention to your best assets. Try a v-shaped ruffled neckline to downplay a larger bust or wear a slightly frilly skirt with a body skimming shirt tucked in to create an hourglass on most figures.
6. Black & White Prints. Pattern o' phobes, this is your season. Black and white prints are everywhere and with just two of the most basic neutrals involved, they are so easy to wear. Try a graphic print with a solid coloured separate or show of your advanced styling skills by mixing prints.
7. The Stripes. The jury is out as to whether or not a very classic print like a stripe can be considered a trend, but they certainly are everywhere this season and in various proportions. Always go vertical or diagonal for a slimming effect and try coloured stripes to avoid feeling too nautical or jail house rock. If you're thinking of an investment purchase -- like say a blazer or a trench, a stripe could be an interesting choice but go with thinner bands rather than wide to ensure you'll love it for seasons to come.
Happy shopping and be sure to share which of these trends you try first.
-- Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert.
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