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Put Some Spring In Your Step: Achievable Style From The Runway

January 7, 2010

Just thought I’d list off a few of my favorite looks from the Spring 2010 runways.  It was hard to narrow down my favorites to just a few trends, but I decided on three looks that you can emulate on the cheap.  Here are some trends to look for this Spring:

1. Call of Duty

Military inspired looks were extremely popular on the runway, from structured button-ups and cross body satchels to glammed-up officer’s jackets:

Balmain Spring Ready to Wear 2010Chloe Spring Ready to Wear 2010

Balmain featured embellished military jackets and torn shirts, sequined camouflage, even belts decorated with bullets.  Chloe’s  Hannah MacGibbon went with utilitarian rather than tough-chic.  The Spring show was full of khakis and olive tones, structured tops, and flat leather sandals replaced Balmain’s laced up booties.

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Whether it’s military inspired or not, all neutrals, including khaki, were extremely prevalent on the catwalk.  Look for something practical like a jacket, or cross body bag to get the same feeling without looking to theme-y.

Gap obviously forecasted well for spring, because they just launched a new “Utility” collection, including pieces like this military cardigan and shirt dress.  The cardigan is obviously taking a cue from the runway, but not in a this-will-only-last-one-season way. I would pair this with grey skinnies or cuffed shorts and strappy boots.

Gap Cardigan

* Also check your local Army-Navy Surplus store for military inspired items, plus the best pea coats ever.

2. Peek-a-Boo

There were countless cutout and sheer pieces on the runway–not surprising, considering Spring is all about fresh, airy looks.

Alexander Wang Spring rtw 2010 sheer sweatshirtBCBG Max Azria Spring rtw 2010 Printed Cut Out Dress One Shoulder

One of my personal favorites was Alexander Wang(thank you, Mr. Wang, for sending side-braids down the runway).  Each of his looks were very sporty–including ribbed athletic-looking knee socks, lace-up shorts(boxing-style), and sweatshirts of sorts, like the sheer one above.  BCBG Max Azria had a more eighties inspired feel, with brightly colored splatter prints, tons of brights, and one shoulder looks.  I especially liked the dresses with sheer panels like the one above.

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ASOS Sheer Blue Blouse

This blouse hits two birds with one stone: electric bright and sheer, plus I love the charming back detail. Some tips for wearing sheer:

* Unless you’re planning on taking a stroll down the runway, wear a light tank under a sheer top.  If you are worried about ruining the aesthetic of the top, choose a nude colored tank.

* With something as light and breezy as the top above, make sure you have some substantial item on as well.  Think pencil skirt, heavy trousers, or at the least denim.  Save shorts and sheer tops for the beach.

* If you must wear nothing but a bra, wear something in a contrasting color.  Choose something that looks intentional:  You don’t want people to mistake your fashion statement for a wardrobe malfunction.

3. Ladies First

Lady-like is how I would describe many of the looks sent down the catwalk for Spring.  There were ruffles abound, classic silhouettes, and everyone looked pretty in pastels.

Badgley Mischka Spring rtw 2010 White ruffle dressCHANEL Spring rtw 2010 Ladylike Hat

Badgley Mischka featured refined ruffles to go with a simple color palette and statement jewelry.  Lagerfeld’s girls wore ruffles, aprons, lace, and almost too-sweet prints paired with heeled clogs.

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This ruffly vest from Mod Cloth is gorgeous.  Okay, close your eyes and imagine it over a brightly colored blouse… amazing right? It’s the kind of vest that makes a girl go crazy if you don’t treat her like a lady (Did anyone fall in love with Celine because of the Titanic soundtrack?)  But seriously, the vest has exactly the right amount of charm.

Vintage shops or online sources like Etsy are great places to find ladylike pieces–especially jewelry.  I received a vintage pearl choker for Christmas that would fit in lovely with this look.  You just have to know what to look for.

Just squeezing in a few more faves:

PRADA Spring 2010 rtw blue shortsCDIOR Spring rtw 2010 Metallic Pants

Badgley Mischka Spring rtw 2010 Sheer black stmnt necklaceAnna Sui Spring rtw 2010 Blue Print Mini with Jacket

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