Spring Fashion Trends 2011

What’s hot for spring 2011? As you hit the stores to freshen up your warm weather wardrobe, you’re going to see lots of tropical colors, lots of prints, and lots of high-drama impact dressing. Designers drew inspiration from a variety of sources this season, with the beach and retro looks being the most popular.

If you’re looking to add some pop to your spring wardrobe, here are the most wearable spring fashion trends that look great on a variety of ages, shapes, and sizes. Check your closets first to see what you already have, then add a few fun pieces as your budget allows.

Bright Citrus Colors

Azure blue water. White sand. Lush foliage. Tropical fruit. This is the palette of the season, and you’re going to see bright colors everywhere this spring. Stick with colors that suit your skin tone and have fun with this one – it’s what warm weather is all about!

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Tropical colorsStyleBop

Prints

Animal prints, floral prints, geometric prints – you name, you’re likely to see it. Prints are fun an interesting, but they’re also memorable and can be hard to wear. Keep them to a minimum if you have a small budget, and remember to scale the print pattern to your body size – small prints on small bodies, medium size prints on medium size bodies, and larger prints on larger bodies.

Prints
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PrintsMacys

White

White is timeless, effortless, and oh-so-summery. It’s also great for hiding perspiration, which is why it’s been a tropical favorite for centuries. Wear it head to ankle for a chic look, then complete it with flesh-colored shoes. Yes, you can wear white shoes in summer, but white and light colors make things look bigger, particularly feet. Flesh-toned shoes tend to be more flattering, particularly with an all-white ensemble.

White
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White
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Beige

Who says beige is boring? Like the sun-kissed sand on a beckoning beach, the beiges of the season are warm and welcoming. Wear them by themselves or as a backdrop for other eye-catching trends, like a gorgeous necklace, bangle bracelet, or to-die-for shoes.

Beige
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Beige
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60’s

Mad Men continues to influence the runways with lady-like dresses and accessories, but it also has designers revisiting the mod and bohemian looks of the decade, which means there’s something for everyone. From the classic lines of sheaths to the romantic embellishments to the dramatic colors to the sporty-natural hippie chic, every clothing personality can partake and be right on trend.

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60's flashback
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70’s

First it was platform shoes, then high-waisted flared pants. Add jumpsuits, wrap dresses, and wavy hair to the mix and the only thing you’re missing is Rocky and Jaws. It’s the 70’s, baby, and it’s back in a big way. Whether you lived it the first time or know someone who did, remember that many of these looks are very body conscious and need the right figure to pull them off. Your best bets? Wrap dresses, wrap skirts, and Farrah Fawcett-like hair.

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Jumpsuit
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Military

Military-inspired looks go in and out of style, and this season they’re back en vogue. Trench and safari looks work well on just about everyone, but be careful of double breasted styles if you have a large chest – they will make you look even bigger.

Military Inspired
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Military Inspired
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Lace

Lace is pretty, feminine, and cool in warm weather. Keep it to a minimum in day wear, particularly at the office, but go all out for evening or special occasions.

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Lace
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Espadrilles

Espadrilles were invented in Spain in the 1300’s and became an international favorite when movie stars were pictured wearing them in the 1940’s. Made of jute with a canvas upper, they’re a comfortable warm-weather casual shoe. Wear them instead of tennis shoes for walking, or try a higher wedge style with a skirt or shorts for a fun summer time look.

Espadrille wedge
Zappos
Espadrilles
Amazon

Bangles

Love bracelets? Then you’re going to love this trend! Bangles are everywhere this year, whether thin and elegant or bold and loud. Wear them as a focal point to your ensemble, but be careful with them at work – then tend to clank against desktops when you write and can be very distracting.

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Bangle Bracelet
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So there you have it, the top spring fashion trends for 2011.

Budget Friendly StylePick and choose the styles that suit you best, but remember my mantra: invest in classics, go easy on trends. You can always dress up a seasons-old classic staple with a new season accessory for a lot less than you can buy a trendy new wardrobe each season. Spend wisely. Financial savvy is always in style.

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