By Devon Carey Berrier
There is nothing better than watching runway shows to view all the exciting new trends for the upcoming seasons, and the 2010 styles do not disappoint! Gone are ill-fitting, over-sized fashions for women (please leave those for lounging at home) as we welcome a revival of tailored, yet feminine clothing. Personally, I cannot get enough of ruffles, bows, and sequins and I love that I can incorporate my obsessions into my wardrobe without looking too prissy or over-dressed. Here are my top 10 favorite looks and styles for the upcoming year.
My Top 10 for 2010:
1) Platform Heels (Especially wooden heeled ones): These Elizabeth and James “Maryl” booties are available for Spring Pre-Sale at Nordstrom, and I am aching to have them on my feet!
2) The Painted Lady: A standout trend on the Spring 2010 Runways was floral and abstract prints—especially for skirts and dresses. My favorite look was on the Dolce & Gabbana runway. The dress is flirty and sexy without being too feminine despite the floral fabric.
I found this adorable skirt (at an equally adorable price!) from the Twelve by Twelve line ($28.00, available at Forever21). The back ruffle detail and abstract design of the skirt can be paired with a simple top, tights, and some heels for an easy and fun look.
3) Textured Tights: I LOVE wearing tights—with skirts, dresses, and shorts. They are an easy way to turn a basic black dress into a funky and flirty outfit. Textured tights are the easiest way to turn a bland ensemble into something interesting. I swear by Spanx tights—they create a streamlined silhouette and last forever. This chain stripe detail is incredibly sexy ($42.00, available at Nordstrom)!
If you want to spend a little less and add a little color, try these Diamond Web Tights in purple ($5.80, available at Forever 21).
4) Military Influences: Utility and trench coats are out in full force this year. The traditional belted trench coat is shown all over the runways for formal and informal affairs. Utility coats in olive, khaki, black, and cream can be worn with mini skirts and dresses or with leggings—in fact, there isn’t a wrong way to rock these coats. I adore the way Burberry Prorsum paired Grecian-style draped skirts with the trench and belted with a military style belt. The look is understated, sexy, and functional—a look that is elegant and timeless.
An affordable option is this Belted Utility Jacket from the Gap ($79.50, available at the Gap in two different colors).
5) Neutral and natural colors: Khaki, pale pink, shell, sand, olive, all the colors popular for the Spring and Summer months this year. The soft palette compliments every skin tone and the look is easy to achieve. Pair a pale grey or khaki colored bottom (such as this skirt from J. Crew, $59.50) with a light pink top or a cream colored cardigan and you have yourself a very cute and comfortable outfit. (Crinkle Silk Shell $88.00, available at J.Crew).
6) Embellishments: Ooooh, my favorite! As I mentioned, rhinestones, sequins, and ribbons are my thing so having accessories that blend all these are right up my alley. T-shirts, dresses, skirts, and tops continue to be shown with a little flair on them whether it’s in the form of fringe, beading, exposed zippers or bows. The trend is toward clothing that is just a little more dressed up. At Tory Burch, metallic rhinestone t-shirts are paired with mini skirts that are edgy and beautiful at the same time. The color makes the shirt pop and also provides enough pizzazz that minimal accessories are needed.
A top that I love—it’s figure-flattering and a beautiful color, is this Alice + Olivia Asymmetrical Hem Top ($275.00, available at Nordstrom). This top is great because it adds texture to what would be a simple T-Shirt and can be worn with skinny jeans and heels to really dress up the look. You need minimal or no jewelry which relieves the stress of accessorizing your outfit.
7) Feminine Accents: A subtle bit of lace, some ruffles, and a bow can create a softer look and add a hint of sexiness to any piece of clothing. Feminine styles are back in full force this year. The key is to not over-wear an accent (i.e. wearing ruffles that are bigger than your head). This look from Cynthia Steffe is incredibly feminine, the ruffled miniskirt in the soft floral fabric screams, “I am a girl and am proud of it!” The length adds a little sexiness to an otherwise playful and girlish dress.
A subtle way to wear this look is by adding a simple, soft cardigan with a ruffle and rose detail such as this option by J. Crew ($178.00, Cashmere Ruffled Rose Cardigan). Worn with jeans and simple ballet flats, this sweater is beautiful, suggesting both innocence and sexuality.
8 ) Menswear for Women: This look can be quite daunting because it takes a special skill to pull off a full suit and still look feminine. On the Chloe (with accent) runway, neutral shades and flowy fabric softened the suit to make it more feminine. An easy way to add a menswear piece to your wardrobe is the still-popular Boyfriend Jacket. Boyfriend jackets are meant to be longer, and a bit oversized (easily worn with skinny jeans or a mini skirt to balance the masculine style). The key to a perfect fit is to make sure the jacket fits through the shoulders and waist—you don’t want to look like you literally stole the jacket of your boyfriend’s suit. One that I find fits really well is from Kenna-T and is available in different colors ($238.00, available at Nordstrom).
9) Tailor Made: Nothing looks better than a well-made skirt, dress, or jacket especially when it looks like it was made to fit your body. Victoria Beckham’s line fits the body like a glove. Her dresses mold to the figure accentuating the best features. One dress I am particularly fond of is this beautiful red dress with a full skirt. The lines are simple and create an incredible silhouette. Again, the look to try is something more fitted rather than baggy, loose-fitting pieces that cover you up.
A more affordable option of a dress that hits in all the right places is this Black Halo “Jackie” sheath dress ($345.00, Nordstrom) The simple style of this dress makes it more versatile—pair with tights and heels for work, or with a statement necklace and super high heels for evening cocktails.
10) On Safari: Tribal prints, animal accents, and beaded accessories are everywhere. Diane von Furstenberg incorporates all these trends into her line for Spring 2010. Bright colors, heavy arm-wear, and silky fabrics create a fun and approachable show. This Tiger striped turquoise dress is especially exciting.
To incorporate a little of this look into your wardrobe, I suggest you begin with your shoes. Kors, by Michael Kors has a great pair of peep toe heels in a Tiger Snake print ($260.00, available at Nordstrom).
2010 is going to be a great fashion year. These are just a few of my top picks. I would love to hear from you about the upcoming clothing trends that you are looking forward to wearing!
Remember, the most fashionable piece a girl can wear is confidence, so make sure your clothing is fun to wear, looks good, feels great, and lets the world know who you are! Cheers!