Spring Trends – Fresh & Refined

spring-trends-thumbAfter another dark, cold winter spent under heavy coats and extra layers, we can now look forward to the fresh trends offered by spring fashion. Spring is a time for upbeat changes and the time to breathe new life into a wardrobe that has spent the past few months hibernating.

As we look ahead to what is new, a few familiar fall items will remain, though revamped for the season. The color palette will become more vibrant, awakening the senses with pastel colors such as minty greens, lilac and baby blues, along with contrasting colors and textures.

Jackets remain an essential staple in a variety of styles. Where the leather moto jacket reigned during the fall, the boxy, cropped jacket will be an essential this season. This style complements an office-ready skirt or your favorite jeans. Another light outerwear essential is the collarless coat. Long and streamlined, it pairs beautifully with a flared dress or tailored trousers.

The essential button-down shirt is back. This staple gets a makeover, sporting collar and cuffs in a contrasting color or texture. If you are seeking a top that is less structured than a button-down but more sophisticated than a T-shirt, the shift blouse promises not to disappoint. Its elbow-length sleeves and boxy silhouette provide an easy fit.

For a complete look that is modern and refined, combine your favorite top or outerwear with another spring trend: wide-leg trousers.

These looks along with accessories and other fresh wardrobe ideas can be found at fine retailers throughout the South Sound—in Olympia at Capital Mall, in Puyallup at South Hill Mall, and in Tacoma at Tacoma Mall.

ANDREA LERUM