08 January 2010

Trends vs Classics

Each season, style aficionados vote with their pens and keyboards on whats hot and whats yesterdays news. While color and silhouette trends are forever changing, the classics never go out of style.

Choosing classics as go to garments for your wardrobe is a sustainable choice, but there is certainly, for me anyway, a desire to have fresh new twists on these classics each season. It gives me the same pleasure to update my classic wardrobe with trend-centric seasonal additions that it gives me to redecorate my space with a shuffle of furniture and some new pillowcases.

Spring 2010 looks allow women to dip into their closet to rework pieces from previous seasons plus invest in some transitional outfits which still reflect new trends.The classic shirt dress, the trench, the biker jacket and are just a few of the styles which continue to top hot trend lists for spring. Boyfriend loose fitting jeans and sweaters offer the opportunity to purchase trendy pieces for 2010 that will work as classic investments for years to come, and the floral prints and watercolor style tie-dye that is so hot on the catwalk will help me add some spice to my classic style.

Key looks for Spring 2010 include:


White is the new black, at least according to runway trends hailing from New York to Shanghai. Donning white from head to toe is not always practical, but I find that a seasonal purchase of fresh whites, whether it’s a classic blouse or white washed jeans will never go wrong. Many designers have taken a reality check in terms of transitional colors, in response to consumer demand for classic neutrals that will glide seamlessly from season to season.

Veggie Tanned Leather

The soft leather jacket and either boots from ankle length to mid thigh, leather is hot for Spring (literally), but leather tanned with veggies? (don't laugh...it might be dyed with some), but actually veg-tanning is a process which uses the "tannins" from the leaves and bark of trees (like the oak or chestnut tree). While not a vegan option, veggie tanned offers a choice for those of us who shy away from chemical treated leather...you know the smell. A butter-soft biker jacket has become a wardrobe staple whether 20-something or 50-something. This is one fashion piece well worth the investment.

Lingerie-Inspired Trend

Innerwear as outerwear with lingerie-inspired lacey chemises, tap pants, camis and boyshorts. My sister tuned me in on pairing a sexy cami with jeans and a jeans jacket for date night chic. Thanks sis!

Jumpsuits and Capris

Jumpsuits continue to flourish in everything from sporty with hoods and zips to single-shouldered jumpsuits with sequins to workmanlike denim overalls. I love them with a cropped jackets and baby rib tank.

No more nappy-shaped trousers, last year’s harem pants have morphed into sleeker capri length classic jodphurs that speak to my love of the Gatsby era.

Shorter-than-short Shorts

Sexy hotpants and boyshorts are back, so ladies that daily walk we are doing for head and heart will pay off in spades as we show off our gams.

The Timeless Trench

Fashions love affair with the timeless trench. From fitted to oversize, the top coat is my must have update this season.

New Colors for Spring 2010

Spring wouldn’t be spring without a touch of red, white and blue. Whilst head-to-toe white makes a fashion statement all on it’s own, navy and chili red are all over the runway. Soft neutrals provide a sound color base which can transcend seasons.

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