The first official day of spring is Tuesday, March 20. That means it is finally time to switch out your fall wardrobe of black, wool and leather boots for pastels, silk organza and pumps. For some, the switch to a lighter wardrobe comes far too quickly for any real preparation. You might not be as tan as you hoped; you might still have some extra pounds from Christmas; and you might need a fresh head of highlights. But, fret not! There are plenty of spring trends easy for anyone to master.
Spring fashion for 2012 has styles for everyone. This season it is all about the return of the lady. Instead of rugged and edgy, designers opted for classic feminine pieces for the season. Think girlie, soft colors with longer hems, looser fits and a bit fancier. Here are some of the biggest trends and how to wear them. Happy spring!
Seafoam was one of the hottest shades on the Spring 2012 runways back in September. Ocean-inspired looks were shown at Chanel, Versace and more. Designers took note of the rich blue green color that works with almost any skin tone and hair color. If you are bold and want to go with monochromatic seafoam, like the Rachel Roy Drape Back Dress (shopbop.com, $468), pair it with silver jewelry for coolness and rose gold to spice things up. If you want to flaunt the look more subtly so, go for a seafoam skirt or a pair of earrings.
Following with the ladylike trend, structured purses are in for Spring 2012. This accessory reflects the overarching trend, possibly with inspiration from pop culture hits like Mad Men and The Help. Opt for a minimalist, solid color as opposed to loud patterns. If you want to stand out a bit more, go with an eye-popping shade like the Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Tote (mytheresa.com, $2175) in fuchsia.
Cat Eye Sunglasses
One of the chicest looks of the season is the cat eye frame. Cat eye shades have been around since the days of pin-up beauties Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. This retro look is instantly made modern with leather pants, a light cashmere sweater and leopard flats. Try the Miu Miu Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses (Bloomingdales, $280) for a fierce flair.
Gone are the chunky over-the-knee boots for winter and in come delicate, pastel pumps for spring. The pump is the most ladylike footwear and pastel colors only pretty it up even more. Pastel pumps, like the pink ASOS SANTO Suede Point Court Shoes (ASOS.com, $98.48), are perfect for this season. Think of a bowl of sweet Jordan almonds and you will know exactly what to look for.
Floral prints will forever been related to spring as blossoms bloom all around. Though floral prints are fun to do en masse, they are also quite lovely when peppered sparingly into an outfit. A watercolor scarf like Lily and Lionel Watercolor-Print Wool Scarf (outnet.com, $68.75)will complement an airy cropped white T-shirt and red skinny jeans.
Neon is one of the most fun trends for spring, as everyone looks better a bit electrified. Some might shy away from head-to-toe intensity. That is why neon layers are the perfect way to work the trend. A neon blazer like the Vince Camuto Single Button Blazer in Yellow Blaze (Nordstrom, $165) looks great over a striped top; and a neon dress is toned down under a camel sweater.
Pleated skirts round out the top Spring 2012 trends. This trend was also popular for Spring 2011 after actress Natalie Portman's ballet thriller, Black Swan. The look made a comeback on Spring 2012 runways at Chloe, Etro and Erdem and more. A pleated skirt looks particularly trendy in a maxi-length, such as the Great Expectations Maxi Skirt (needsupply.com, $88) in crimson.