Runway Refresher: What Will Be Hot in Spring 2014

by Courtney Gordner, Featured Guest Writer

Fashion runways forecast the trends we’ll see in the seasons ahead. This fall’s runways showed us exactly what would be popular come warmer weather — at least, the couture version. You may or may not have kept tabs on what designers sent down the catwalk, but not to worry: we’ve rounded up the top trends to expect this spring so that you can ready your wardrobe now.

Pastels

This might seem like a no-brainer considering the prominence of mint green, candy pink, and soft blue in recent years’ springtime fashion. Pastels are back with a vengeance, lending their light shades to everything from suit jackets, to Bermuda shorts, to dresses, to nail polish. Choose a shade that suits your skin tone and wear as little — or as much — of it as you want to this spring.

And Orange, Too

Like the fiery sun that warms winter into spring, bright orange lit up the catwalks. Designers used the hue for everything: bags, nails, lips, shirts, shoes and of course,

show-stopping clothing. Use it to add a pop of color to a neutral outfit, or, if you’re feeling bold, wear it head-to-toe.

Wide-Leg Trousers

You jeans don’t necessarily have to be skinny come spring. Several designers sent wide-leg trousers down their runways. This look is extremely versatile; denim versions suit weekend shopping trips, while darker fabrics make them dressy and appropriate for job interviews after you finish up your technical education and set off into a lucrative career. If you don’t have long stems, rely on a high-waisted pair to elongate your legs. Another leg-lengthening tip: wear heeled shoes.

Tea-Length Skirts

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Cropped jackets will replace boyfriend blazers come spring. The boxy outerwear comes in a variety of fabrics and textures that you can layer over everything from old t-shirts and jeans to sleek dresses to crop tops and skirts.

90s-Inspired Wear

Several designers looked backwards before looking forward to spring 2014. Many runways featured clothing that would’ve been cutting edge two decades ago: flannels, overalls, metallically embellished jeans and, of course, crop tops, brought to mind wardrobes of the 90s.

Mesh

Speaking of the 90s, many designers seemed to be inspired by what you wore to gym class back in the day. Mesh tops made their way down runways without much underneath; pair yours with a camisole or bra that’s black or, if you’re feeling bold, a neon hue.

Blouses, Reinvented

aze just above the ankle, but, there’s nothing old fashioned about them. This spring, prepare to wear yours with a crop top in order to lengthen your frame. If you invest in a tea-length dress — another popular style amongst designers — select one without sleeves to make it more modern.

Croppe

Cropped jackets will replace boyfriend blazers come spring. The boxy outerwear comes in a variety of fabrics and textures that you can layer over everything from old t-shirts and jeans to sleek dresses to crop tops and skirts.

90s-Inspired Wear

Several designers looked backwards before looking forward to spring 2014. Many runways featured clothing that would’ve been cutting edge two decades ago: flannels, overalls, metallically embellished jeans and, of course, crop tops, brought to mind wardrobes of the 90s.

Mesh

Speaking of the 90s, many designers seemed to be inspired by what you wore to gym class back in the day. Mesh tops made their way down runways without much underneath; pair yours with a camisole or bra that’s black or, if you’re feeling bold, a neon hue.

Blouses, Reinvented

White button-downs will be reborn in spring. Though they’ll mostly maintain their classic silhouettes — baggy, menswear-style ones will also be “in” — they’ll feature embellishments, such as necktie detailing and asymmetrical cuts. Nina Ricci kept hers almost entirely traditional though, so your old one should be just fine, too.

Another new addition to the blouse spectrum is the shift blouse. Its oversized cut is more similar to a t-shirt, with elbow-length sleeves and a boxy frame. Look out for bold patterns, detailed stitching and neckline embellishments.

Snazzy Sweatshirts and Sweaters

Your college hoodie is extremely comfy, but you might be inspired to ditch it this spring. That’s because embellished sweatshirts will be on the shelves, boasting bright colors, intricate patterns and other eye-catching add-ons.

Knit sweaters will follow suit with similarly bright hues and patterns; they’ll also be cut and tailored in new, inventive ways. Pair one with wide-leg trousers or layer it over a dress to add interest to your everyday wear.

 

 

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