Fashion Victim: Spring Trendwatch
Have you ever met someone who can just tell it like it is, but you love them for it? In college, my close friend and sorority sister, and eventually one of my beauty mentors was that person for me. Actually, I've never met anyone quite like Bobbi - she takes the cake for the most honest and entertaining person that I've ever met. She never hesitated to tell me that maybe I should consider changing my shampoo because my hair was looking pretty dry, or that the guy that I was dating was really not that attractive and that while she was sure he was nice - could I imagine what our children would look like?
You know what the thing is? She was right. She never said those things to be mean, but it was stuff that I needed to know. I'm glad I had a friend who could tell them to me with a smile.
I'm about to be your Bobbi.
Here's the deal. We are hearing about all of these "trends" for spring. We saw them on the runways, we're seeing them in stores - but - can you WEAR it? Here is my dissection of some of Spring's hottest trends - and a warning to go with them.
If you feel like a curtain, you probably look like one, too. My eyes! I'm seeing florals everywhere! Dresses, tops, tunics, camis - everything floral. Yes, flowers are in. Why? I'm not sure but all I know is this - choose the right print. One that has a lot more negative space than flowers, something with larger flowers rather than lots of small ones that repeat, and lots of bright colors as opposed to darker florals. Do this and you can avoid looking like your grandmother's drapes. Remember - just because you see it on a mannequin or in a store doesn't mean that it should be WORN. Sometimes designers and buyers get it wrong. Remember, if you feel like a curtain, you probably look like one, too.
Don't turn yourself into a walking circus peanut. I wish you could see the look of alarm on my face as I type this. Apparently it seems someone thinks monochromatic looks are in for Spring. Oh Tory Burch, how I love your shoes, but this is one look I can't get behind. Actually, I can't get behind the coral color (right down to the shoes, Ms. Burch?) OR the monochromatic thing. Sorry, but I think that head-to-toe anything is not ok in any color other than black. Heck, I'm not even sure that counts as monochromatic because black isn't a color, but the presence of all colors, roughly speaking. (I spent time as a high school science teacher. I've gotta show off somehow.) Any way you slice it, there is a reason they say two is better than one. Trust me on this one and don't turn yourself into a walking circus peanut.
You like big butts and you cannot lie. I'll keep this one short and sweet. You know that cute, ruffled, tiered look that is SO in for Spring? I like it. But here's my warning - go with a THIN material like chiffon if you want to tackle this look, or purchase something with tiers that are cut in at an angle. Otherwise you risk looking like someone that Sir Mix-a-Lot penned his famous song over.