Style Trends for Spring 2011

By Mary Gonsalves Kinney, Stylist, Co-Founder of SISTER|BROTHER

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mary Kinney and I am co-founder of the fashion styling company, sister|brother, which officially launched this past year. My brother, Mike Gonsalves, and I offer fashion styling services to individual and corporate clients and also run a daily fashion blog all of which can be found at

We like to think of ourselves as the unofficial stylists to the stars of Sactown Bay Area and back down (You so know who you are). No, really, we love fashion and consider styling an art and use our daily blog as our outlet for educating the fashion masses – so there might not be masses, but we’ll pretend there are, shall we? We consider it an honor to be able to contribute to Girls On he Grid and offer a sliver of what’s haute and well, what’s not. We’ll show you where to buy locally and give you tidbits of where we like to shop outside of our ‘hood. Because we all know, a true fashionista never settles. So, here goes nothing.

We are rapidly approaching warmer weather. I know, seems so wrong when just yesterday I pulled on my fleece-lined socks and croc-embossed Hunters and headed out into the mini monsoon, but I digress. Spring 2011 has launched, heck, designers are showing Fall 2011 already. Fashion waits for nobody, not even Mother Nature. It’s officially time to think ahead and make room in our closets for those pre-sale Spring pieces. I’m here to breakdown and simplify your life and help you figure out what’s worth your time and your money this Spring.

St. John's Wide-legged white pants, $395, Nordstrom Arden Fair
Shopbop linen Nanette Lepore pant $168

Wide-Legged White Pants

First up on my docket of Spring fabulousness is a pair of wide-legged white or off-white pants. Also known as a palazzo pant, this trend is perfection in a silk or thick cotton or for a more casual feel, linen will do just fine. What is crucial here, is finding a pant that spreads wide enough at the ankle and one that simultaneously flatters your derriere. White, as we all know, can hug, tug and fug in all the wrong places so it’s incredibly important to choose wisely. If you’ve got more “junk in the trunk” than say Beyonce, let’s aim for a pant that is fully lined and has pleasant proportions (side pockets are a no, but back pockets are a yes). You want the pant to gradually fall into a bell. No Saturday Night Fever lookalikes allowed.

Animal Print

Next up, some item of clothing or accessory in animal print because it’s tres chic and goes with everything! They were a must this Fall/Winter 2010 and will continue that way through 2011. I particularly like this trend in a shoe. Buy an open-toe pair of amazing leopard print pumps or booties. Throw some tights on in the colder months and then go bare during the warmer months, making this shoe a seasonless purchase. Try this trend in a cool leopard print bag with faux fur or a beautiful animal print blouse, both will go the fashion mile this season.
(L to R) CUFFS, Animal print tank ... Franco Ferrini, leopard open toe shoes, $189 ... Michael Kors Arden Fair store, leopard print tie neck blouse, $99.50 ... Heart Boutique, leopard clutch, $24

Bold Bright Colors

Bold and bright colors, mixed with crazy, psychedelic prints that are reminiscent of 1970s couture are here for a while. Don’t be scared of bright hues in yellow, pink, red or orange. One of these trend colors will work for you, no matter your skin tone. Mix and match and allow yourself to be a little Master of Disaster in a Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, couture-kind-of-way. You know, the disheveled chic look. Just don’t dye your hair neon yellow or hot pink unless you intend to join the Hollywood circuit sometime soon or accompany Rhianna in her next tour. Cool?

Both items are from Krazy Mary's

HighWaisted, Mid-Calf or Longer Skirts

High-waisted, mid-calf or longer skirts paired with crop tops and asymmetrical t shirts and maxi dresses (the mini is so last season) are making their way into stores after dominating Spring 2011 runways everywhere and are so flattering on just about any body type. We’re talking bouncy or long and bohemian and usually in a fun floral print, this trend releases the lady in all of us. Elizabeth & James clothing line has this look down to a science. Perfect, well-made and everywhere. Check them out!

(from top left to bottom right) Madam Butterfly, Elizabeth and James high-waisted skirt, $465 ..., Preen Line high-waisted skirt, $495 ... CUFFS, high-waisted black and white check skirt ... Madam Butterfly Maxi Dress by Cheap Monday, $92 ... Article Consignment Boutique, Jennifer Nicholson Couture maxi dress, $110 ... Madam Butterfly, cropped Diane Von Furstenberg sweater with scarf, $360

Embellished Accessories

Embellished accessories are crucial this Spring and also seasonless. Everything from head turbans to rhinestone headbands with huge playful bows, feather hair extensions or earrings and retro, cat eye sunglasses. The key to this is limiting your accessories to one per look. Just an ounce of adornment for your head, your face, your body, and you’re all set.

(L to R) leopard hair bow, Heart Boutique ... feather earrings, Krazy Mary's ... red cat eye sunglasses, Giles

Sheer Tops, Dresses in Lace

Sheer tops and dresses in lace or gauze are hitting the streets hard this Spring. Wear sheer tops with bustiers, camisoles or bralettes and skirts or pants with micro sequin or lace shorts. Caution: If you’re 65, you probably shouldn’t be sporting micro shorts, but you certainly could do a tame legging with a camisole and a sheer, cashmere sleeveless sweater. Every trend has a place, a variation and a body that needs them. I promise.

(from top left to bottom right) Gucci Spring 2011 collection; wear this skirt with shorts underneath ... Nordstrom Arden Fair, Red Valentino Bow Sheer Lace tshirt, $295 ... Madam Butterfly micro sequin shorts ... Heart Boutique micro lace shorts

So, there you have it. My top Spring 2011 must-have items. Of course, I could list many more, but we must focus when it comes to fashion. Besides, less is more. Try and pick and choose wisely by selecting pieces that have a classic feel to them and that can be layered and transitioned from season to season. As my fashion hero Coco Chanel so wisely stated, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” C’est v’rai, Mademoiselle Chanel.

Trends featured at the following stores:

  • Madam Butterfly – 500 Pavilions Lane – (916) 920-1220
  • Krazy Mary’s Boutique – 3230 Folsom Boulevard – (916) 442-MARY
  • Michael Kors – Arden Fair Mall 1701 Arden Way – (916) 923-5300
  • Nordstrom Arden Fair 1651 Arden Way – (916) 646-2400
  • Franco Ferrini Shoes – 500 Pavilions Lane – (916) 927-3336
  • Heart Boutique – 1903 Capitol Avenue – (916) 441-1359
  • CUFFS – 2523 J Street – (916) 443-2881
  • Article Consignment Boutique – 5704 Elvas Avenue – (916) 316-5772

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  1. Tracy says

    I love the wide leg white pants! Great tips Mary.

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