Each year, New York Fashion Week is held in February where world-renowned designers showcase spring trends and – for those who are fashion-focused – the news is deliciously exciting. According to the pros at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and other major retailers, it’s just as important to discern which trends are “out” as it is to have fun with those that are “in.” Here is a sampling:
Stripes. According to Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, stripes are the equivalent to what a white t-shirt used to be back in the day. Get ready to wear them lavishly. “They have nine lives,” she says.
Sneakers. One can never have enough of this time-honored footwear, and forget plain and simple: this season, it’s all about glitter, leopard, and satin – every reason to keep multiple pairs in your spring closet.
Stirrup Pants. Vogue reports that stirrup pants are making a comeback, so if you still have your favorites tucked away, bring them out and start styling this spring.
Skinny Stretch Jeans. Don’t panic! Some of us will never part with our second skin jeans and that’s okay. Just be aware that there is a shift toward contrast denim styles in vintage silhouettes on the rise.
Four and Five-inch Heels. Now you can relax and look toward trends of comfort and practicality. Women are more focused on being able to walk and commute (hence the stylish sneakers trend). If you relish the sexiness of stiletto heels, save those for date night and cocktail parties.
Clean, Classic Sneakers. This season, ordinary sneakers are not making the cut for fashionistas who want to make a statement. Instead, try sneakers embellished with emojis, or other favorite images.
Now that you know the current trends according to mainstream fashion experts, you are set for the season. But what can you do to step up and make a fashion statement with purpose for yourself and for life? The answer can open up a whole new perspective on how you style your body. I turned to a local star right in your own neighborhood, Valeria Von Leczycki Goncharova Barrett. Belarus-born author of the book, Valeria Rovalution: Living Life Consciously, she taught me how to live fashionably while embracing everyday conscious living. Before you don anything this season, seek fabrics that are natural, colors that complement your personality, and styles that bring out the best in you – regardless of what is popular or in style. Valeria describes how what you wear affects your outlook on life, and even how people perceive you. Don’t settle for anything less when it comes to adorning your body!
Abella Carroll, Freelance Writer