Buy Less Wear More – 2015 Spring Trend Guide
There are a few key trends each season that steal the show and resonate with a fashion focused few, truth is… a vast minority of people are privy to that group. When you break down a trend to its wearable root, you’re left with pieces you’ll love and love to wear. Styling becomes less of a chore and pairing pieces together comes naturally. I decided to do something a bit different this season, instead of prattling off trends that you’ll never be able to fully incorporate into your Spring budget, I’ve broken it down into Bankable-Budget-Breakers, Quantity-over-Quality and Call-A-Friend. To make this completely shoppable, there are items you need p-e-r-i-o-d, there are items that will slay a trend but you don’t need to break the bank over and there are those trendy pieces you know your fashion forward besty has in her closet and the time has come to borrow them.
Images from Saint Lauren Paris, Theory and Jason Wu
Any style starved sister will tell you that suede is the biggest trend this season and vintage borrowed suede looks “tired” and well… “worn”. Adjectives you never want to have surrounding you come Spring. Suede skirts, dusters, over-the-knee boots and gloves are all items that will dip you in that 70’s chic trend that swept runways from NYC to Paris.
Saint Laurent Paris, Theory and Jason Wu have all embraced the trend and it’s definitely one you’re going to have to invest in too. Remember, time does suede no favors especially if it’s pig skin or hasn’t been properly stored so new is the only way to go.
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I’m the first person to justify an… Impressive price tag when shopping… BUT, sometimes it’s simply not necessary and fast fashion retailers have caught up to the trend so you can save a few pennies and it’s perfectly okay. Also these next trends are going to be a flash in the pan or are already on their way out so if the less-than-stellar style only lasts a season, you’re not out a whole lot of cash.
A gummy soled sandal. We’ve all seen them in bulk at places like Forever 21 and Aldo. Spending a fortune on a Giuseppe Zanotti sounds like a fun Saturday afternoon… however, it’s totally not necessary to achieve this look.
Image from March Vogue editorial
Another trend that can be achieved cheap and cheerfully is head to toe print. Be it a jumpsuit, maxi dress or slammin separates you can get this look for a tiny fraction of what it would cost off the runway.
You know them well, that close pal who invests in trends like they’re going out of style, you know their fashion hills to die over and you have probably saved them from a few unfortunate fashion faux-pas in the past. Well, your expert styling advice comes with a price, it’s time to call in some favors.
Image from A.L.C.
If ever there was a time to wear culottes that time is now. Those bell bottoms she has need a serious hem job… think mid calf. Convince her to turn wide legged pants into culottes… then convince her to borrow them.
Unlike previous seasons, the more pleats up top, the better. Cool culottes are the mini skirts of last Spring so you know what they say, beg, borrow or steal. and since two are felonies… let’s focus on borrowing.
Other borrow-able items include any shoe with a chunky heel and thick sole. Compliment that shoe with a wide waist cincher or thick belt wrapped around your hips over your high waisted culottes.
Images from BCBG, Rebecca Taylor and Suno