Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Four Spring Fashion Trends or Ageless (Faithful) Classics?

It's true, life seems to travel in one big circle.  What once was, can return again with a twist.  When it comes to fashion, that's a good thing.  It's great to have designs that defy fashion gravity and always look good, stylish and can work well with different age groups, depending on the cut, hemline and accessories.

1. Shift and Tee Shirt Dresses ...Always a Fashion Pleasure
Our Oscar Award-Winning Actress Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Oscar Nominated Actress Naomi Watts  could hit the runway themselves in this long-sleeved knit version of a tee-shirt dress and shift dress.  Flip through an old Sears & Roebuck catalog or Simplicity Pattern book packed away in the basement ... and I'm sure you'll see these designs.  Grandmothers are notorious for not throwing things away.

That was Then...

I'm digging the bold pattern of this Emilio Pucci maxi, but there's a lot going on with this dress design to fit our spring 2014 trend.  (however, the bold pattern in our 21st century spring colors would work.)  

Let's look at the design.  You have the ruffled striped hem and sleeves, an empire waist and a collar that reminds me of a nehru collar like the 1960s Bleeker Street nehru collar dress below.

(1960s Nehru Dress - Ruby Lane - A Bleeker Street Design)
Our Millennium versions are simpler, but with surprises.  And just like back then, you'll see a lot of shift, tee-shirt and maxi dresses strutting bold designs this spring.  IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) they would go great with the popular sixties go-go boots.  After the winter we've had, I'm sure nobody wants to see boots this spring.

This is Now

What you will see are bold patterns pairing up in unexpected ways.  You'll see what I mean in a minute.


As always, Kiki sends Miracles & Blessings ... I'm Cocoe Dominique and excited about hosting today's iCafe Woman Moderne text-webisode:  Four Spring Fashion Trends or Ageless (Faithful) Classics?  I'm not surprised Kiki picked me to host today's text-webisode.  I'm sixteen and a fashion model, who's  convinced she was supposed to be born 30 years ago.  Let's just say, I don't wear the typical clothes of my generation, well ... sometimes ... but mostly no.  My fraternal twin, Christiane, can attest to that and loves calling me ... lame, embarrassing and ... oh yeah, corny. 

Lame or not, any given day, you'll see me sporting a maxi ... not today's Old Navy version, but the original deal from the sixties and seventies. I get them from family members, my favorite vintage spots, church bazaars, flea markets, Good Will and the Salvation Army.   

But you didn't stop by to hear about me, here are four of 2014 (I promise!) Spring Fashion Trends that are still making fashion waves.  Think Spring ... simple lines are what we'll see as  temperatures climb.  Simple designs in dresses, suits, blouses and pants in pastel and florescent colors.  They'll team up with the bold patterns and bright colors of accessories. 


2. The Clutch and Chunky Necklace - Simple Accessories in Bold Colors and Accents



3. Trench Coat - A Fashion Staple Next to the LBD
Who hasn't seen the trench coat in standard tan, shiny, in leather, pleather, plaid, animal print, geometric patterns ...  So we're not surprised to see them emerge in soft pastels.  Well, not exactly emerge, since the trench has never left the fashion scene and never will.  It's been short, mid-length, below the knee and a maxi.  We'll see varying lengths this spring.  Hopefully, there won't be a need to wear one for too long.

 (Vogue - Pinterest)

4.  Bold Patterns that Say Wow and What? 

Floral jeans with a tomato red dressy coat?  I warned you about the pairings, but the look is definitely a wow.  It's different and bold and simple ...all at the same time.  Can I get a what ....what?"

Keep these tips in mind when spring clothes shopping:

1. Pick styles that can punch up what you already have, especially if you have a budget constraint.

2. Step out of the fashion safety box.  Experiment and pick what works for your personality and shape.

3. You're not supposed to look like the magazine model and plastic store mannequin.  You should look like you ...no imitations please.

4.  Have fun ...and make fun of the clothes you think look better on the hanger.  Always seek out fashions designed for real figures.

24 Years Ago...

 (Emilio Pucci - Vogue 1990 - Voguepedia)

Today - 2014 New York's Spring Fashion Week...

 (Clover Canyon at New York Fashion Week Spring 2014)

I can see a matching clutch with this outfit, so cute!  As I said earlier, fashion runs in an awesome circle ... like a merry-go-round. 

You can get on and off as much as you want.  Sure, you can repaint the horses or switch them out with a newer model, but they're still a part of the merry-go-round and still fun to ride.  Enjoy this spring's fashion ride. 



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