To be honest I have always gravitated toward classic style. I believe if you invest in quality pieces they will withstand the test of time- i.e. that little black dress you have had since college or the structured blazer purchased for your first interview. Trends have a place and are a fun way to update your wardrobe, but you don’t have to jump on the bandwagon for every season’s newest fad. Pick and choose styles that work for your personality. Wear them in a way that compliments what you already own in your wardrobe.
Coming back from Atlanta I noted four major print trends from the Spring/Summer 2019 collections at market. There were many different aesthetics between the collections, but I felt these were reflected in almost every booth visited.
- Leopard Print- I think we can all agree leopard is no longer for just fall. The print is a year round favorite. We saw it as a print mixing staple through the holiday collections paired with plaid. The brand rep I spoke with at “Before You” confirmed it will continue into spring. The one difference I notated for the spring/summer collections is that different colorways are being adapted. For instance, blush and gray or orange and cobalt hues are being utilized instead of the traditional black and gold.
- Vertical Stripes- This one I have to say was easier to adopt for me in the nautical sense. I saw plenty of maxi dresses and jumpsuits with mixed width vertical stripes. They felt slightly like a ode to the circus motif. I viewed these for a more youthful demographic until I found a pair of adorable high waist tie nautical shorts. When I saw them I immediately envisioned the woman wearing them watching fireworks in the Hamptons on July 4th weekend. (Perhaps possibly why I bought them, because even if the Zuna ladies sport these to their local grocery store they can still look just as fabulous. I will post them in March when they arrive).
- Floral Print- “Florals…for spring? Groundbreaking…” (Ok, I couldn’t resist The Devil Wears Prada reference.) I normally don’t do a lot of floral, but I absolutely fell in love with these maxi dresses. They are sophisticated yet comfortable. I mean, the fabric actually feels buttery soft. I can carry my son while he wipes his hands and face on me still feeling effortlessly chic. These are truly mommy friendly fashion pieces with their modest faux wrap neckline and sleeves. I won’t be fidgety and uncomfortable chasing a toddler around. These would be perfect for Easter while carrying you right into summer.
- Palm Print- I don’t know if this print will ever go out of style. Does anything else say tropical vacation like this print? Maybe that’s why I immediately associate it with resortwear. If we aren’t in Palm Beach or Hawaii we can still can look like we are! I opted for these beautiful spring scarfs and palm vest. I love a spring scarf, because even if it’s a little chilly you can still look season appropriate (while not freezing). And let’s face it- even when it’s warm outside the inside thermostat gets programmed to feel like winter (or is this just at my house?) The scarves double as a sarong and the vest a cover up for the beach and pool.
Love these trends or not- you decide what works for you in your wardrobe. Remember no one can pull off your style better than you can. There is only one you in the entire world. Own your own personal aesthetic. Be bold. Take risks. Above all be true to who you are.