The look: A nice change of pace from the frilly styles and muted tones of the fall, splashes of bright color are making bold statements this season. This graphic trend works its magic by pairing either contrasting primary colors or complimentary jewel tones — a sophisticated shout-out to the '60s and '80s.
Why it works: The pure geometry of the solid shapes creates an incredible visual that can also be used to camouflage problem areas while calling attention to one's best body parts.
The look: Shelve your skinny jeans because the days of disco, earth tones, and free-flowing hemlines are back. Influenced by classic '70s swagger, designers are making use of soft fabrics and exaggerated lines Ã la Saturday Night Fever, with collections featuring statement sleeves, faded denim, and flare-legged trousers.
Why it works: Fluid lines and billowy fabrics cinch at your most flattering points, adding a sexy girl-next-door vibe for an upgraded flower child look.
The look: Modern and minimalistic, streamlined white pieces ruled the Spring 2011 runways. From simple staples like shirt-dresses and trench coats to elaborate knits and blouses, this one-color look is far and away one of the most popular new trends.
Why it works: Rocking an all-white outfit is both fearless and chic. Practically speaking, it's also a traditional spring color — white reflects light, which literally gives you a glow, keeps you cool, and complements almost every skin tone.
The look: This isn't your average floral. For spring, it's all about duality — where girly girl gets some edge, and where femininity balances otherwise utilitarian looks. As such, floral patterns on sweet skirts and delicate dresses are being paired with more androgynous pieces or menswear-inspired accessories.
Why it works: Whether you lean toward glamourous or gamine, a tiny swirl of rose buds or full-on bouquets will give an outfit more range, letting you express your soft, or not so soft, side.
The runway: Rodarte
The look: One of the more daring trends for spring, designers create a mish-mash of various textures and patterns to generate collectively distinctive pieces. By keeping an outfit within a specific color palette, the contrasting patterns work together to give off an avant-garde air of sophistication.
Why it works: Although newbie fashionistas might hesitate to try this look, combining pieces that would appear to clash is more intuitive than it looks. Staying within your color comfort zone will enable you to match up different design arrangements for a cohesive look.
The look: A luminous range of voile, chiffon, batiste, and tulle will be headlining looks this spring. Without being overtly sexy, just the illusion of skin can amp up the sex appeal of even the simplest ensemble.
Why it works: Designers included sheer elements to both eveningwear and sportswear to add a hint of sensuality to severe cuts and fabrics. To pull off the trend with the right amount of sophistication — and avoid showing too much skin — incorporate a sheer layer on top of another piece.