Trends for Spring/Summer 2018, Color and Style

Color Trends

The color trends for spring are moving away from the traditional shades that one associates with spring and are moving to a more expressive trend.  The Pantone Institute has expanded the color selection to be used as another form of self-expression.  In addition to the 12 colors for spring, for the first time this year, the report also includes four classic colors, which transcend seasons and provide structure to any wardrobe. The classic colors are a wonderful way to keep continuity in a wardrobe and push the boundaries to color outside the lines.


Meadowlark

This bright yellow shade speaks spring.  It’s a color that says I am confident and outgoing.

Cherry Tomato

This color is a mix of orange and red that will make any outfits come alive and exude energy. If you are bold, I could see this mixed with Meadowlark.

Little Boy Blue

Similar to a clear blue sky, it’s calming.  This color mixes well not only with Meadowlark, but some of the pastels and neutrals in this season’s palette.

Chili Oil

This color is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.

Pink Lavender

Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that will have you thinking of soft spring breezes and blossoming trees.

Blooming Dahlia

A wonderful mix between peach and pink, it mixes well with some of the bold colors of the season like Arcadia and Chili Oil.

Arcadia

This color is cooler than green yet with some blue undertones which makes it a color that works for more women.

Ultra Violet

This Pantone Color of the Year, is a bold statement and not for the faint of heart.  Not a bold person? Add a splash of this color in a scarf or belt will look great or pale it down to a shade of lavender, another important color this season.

Emperador

This rich chocolate is a great neutral to mix but can also stand alone.  Mix it with Blooming Dahlia or Pink Lavender if you don’t like to wear brown tones alone.

Almost Mauve

This color adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette. It works great as a neutral in lieu of white.

Spring Crocus

A more toned down shade of fuchsia, it works well with Emperador and Arcadia.

Lime Punch

This sharp color is another one that makes a bold statement. 

Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette:

Sailor Blue

This and any shade of navy is always in style

Harbor Mist

Shades of gray have been important for many years.  This hint of gray will be seasonless.

Warm Sand

Warm Sand is a comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons.

Coconut Milk

A great alternative to white or off-white that can carry through the seasons.

 

Style

Many of the spring trends this year are a throw-backs to trends of the 90’s.  Here are the ones that I think will be around for a few seasons and seen in many ready-to-wear fashions.

Rubber

We are not just talking accessories here, but entire outfits.  These items are made out of 100% Nitrile / Synthetic Rubber.  I don’t know that I am ready to try one of these as I can just feel the sweat rolling off me during the steamy Maryland summers.

 

 

 

Ruching

This is not just in small sections of the bodice but will be found over the entire dress as well as down the sleeve.  Done right, it can enhance the balance of an outfit based on your body type.

 

 

 

Asymmetrical Necklines

Fashionable for several seasons, the trend continues strong.  It’s not just about exposing a shoulder, but having various cut-out areas of the garment.

 

 

Square Necklines

If the asymmetrical neckline is not for you, how about the square neckline?  It is very flattering and will be found in everything from cocktail dresses to everyday tees.

 

 

The Fanny Pack

I remember the last version of this well; it was a staple for the skier in years gone by.  Now it is showing up as a mainstream accessory. It does give you the convenience of freeing up your hands.

 

 

 

Lavender

I have already seen this wonderful color in garments in my NYC preview a few weeks ago.  It is definitely color for day or evening.

 

Dark Denim Sets

This wash is not just for casual wear and is by no means replacing your light-wash jeans.

 

Black and White Polka Dots

If floral prints are the number one pattern for spring, these dots are number two.  Don’t be afraid to mix them with your favorite floral that has a predominant black or white in the pattern.

 

 

White Tank Top

The basic white tee will always be a staple, but for this season, add to that the white tank.  Wear it either alone for under a top for layering and you can’t go wrong.  Although they will be seen with screen printing, I prefer the basic with no pattern.

 

 

 

So check out your closet before you run out the door to shop for spring.

 

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

Do’s and Don’t’s of Denim

Here are a few tips for keeping your jeans (and any denim) looking like new.

  • Yes you can launder your jeans, but you don’t need to wash every time you wear them.  Every three to five wears should do, unless you’ve been playing in the mud!
  • The best way to keep those dark washed jeans dark is to skip the heat. Always wash in cold water and in a laundry bag as the less heat and agitation the better.
  • When picking out a skinny pair of jeans, look for ones that have Lycra in the fabric content.  It helps jeans keep their shape longer and form fits to you.
  • Are you looking at a new pair with some bling?  I really don’t like to hand wash as I just don’t think they get as clean.  So when it’s time to wash I turn them inside out and again, so to my mesh laundry bag.  I wash on delicate cycle and they never go in the dryer.
  • And remember, heat is the worst thing you can do to your denim, no matter if it’s a shirt, skirt, jacket or jeans.  Always hang to dry.  This is a must to prevent shrinkage.

 

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

I only have a few outfits in my closet

No matter if you have suits, dresses or basic separates, layering your outfit is a great way to extend your closet without having to buy a thing.

I can still remember years ago when I worked for Casual Corner (I may be dating myself). I put together an outfit on a display of corduroy pants, a diagonal striped blouse with bow and a crocheted cowl neck short sleeve sweater. I probably sold 5 of those outfits without even trying.  It was simple but a great layered look.  So can you layer anything?  Not necessarily.  Let’s go through it.

First layering should not add volume to your body and remember to keep your proportions in mind so you don’t look like you are drowning in layers. Start with a pair of slim or mid-width pants based on your body type.  Next put on a crisp shirt or tunic style knit top. Maybe even a fly-away turtleneck. Simple and basic outfit, but is that really you?  Then add a sweater or even vest to the outfit, it can be short or long. Showing shirt tails or tunic hem are ok. Next add a splash of color. An oblong scarf underneath the sweater with just the hint of color around the neck and the tails peeking out at the hem is a different approach. Or what about a statement necklace instead of a scarf?  If you go with the same color family in your top pieces, it will add length to your body.   You could take this same idea and in lieu of the pants go with a solid skirt with matching tights and pumps. Have you tried putting a belt over a shirt, long vest or even your scarf?

Added bonus: You’re going to Aunt ____’s house for Thanksgiving.  She probably has been cooking and baking all day which means it may be 80 degrees inside.  If you put together a layered outfit, you can shed a layer inside, but still be stylish.

There are endless possibilities when you have basic pieces and accessories in your closet. And the more solids you have the easier it will be to layer and create something new. Use your accessories to give that splash of color to bring out your personal style. Here are some suggestions to get you started

Polyvore - layering

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A little help from our friends!

We’ll fall is in full swing and we are all getting into the groove of putting together warm, cozy outfits to ward off the chill. If you have an office with a mind of its own, it can be hard to predict whether it’s going to be warm or chilly on any given day.  That’s where the office sweater, boyfriend jacket or pashmina come in handy.  Layering  also works well, but not always an easy option in a professional office.  How do you take off your pull-over sweater in a meeting?  Personally I would go with a neutral pashmina to look chic in the face of a cold office or conference room.

Now as to the outfit.  You have all heard of the “good old boys” network, well I am a firm believer in the “good old girl’s” network.

To give you some ideas for creating something new from your wardrobe without going shopping, I am passing along the latest inspiration from fellow stylist, Hillary Rushford, of Brooklyn, New York.  Hillary and her “bettys”, as she likes to call her followers, started a  monthly challenge as a great way to stir those creative ideas and help you think outside the box when it comes to what to wear.

November Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So take a look at the calendar and get some fresh ideas going.  You know you have things hiding in your closet. Save the calendar above to your phone and share it with your followers on Instagram tagging @HilaryRushford and @your_style_iq with #StyleMeNovember.

Do you have fashion conscious friends you think would love a free month of style inspiration? Check out #StyleMe bettys list here. for more details.

Can’t wait to see what you post!

Enjoy and we’ll “talk” to you next week.

Happy Shopping!!