There's always a new fashion season, but there's not always a lot to wear. Lois Joy Johnson, fashion and beauty director at More magazine, shares five of spring's trends that are fresh, young and flattering.
Cool blue: The color of the season
Blues were seen throughout the spring collections, and it was the steely ultramarines, cobalts and tourmalines rather than baby pastels that caught our eye. This season buy yourself a draped matte jersey dress in this season's coolest color. Everyone looks good in blue and everyone looks good in this type of dress. Also, remember that gold accents give any blue, even navy a new look. Try it with a metallic bag and sandals and a stack of bangles. Searle matte jersey dress, $298; Michael Kors hobo bag, $248; Isaac sandals, $225; Kenneth Jay Lane bracelets, $75-$100
Black & white classics
Predictable classics? Wrong. The black skirt/white shirt duo has been revived and updated with looser proportions and frou-frou (but not frivolous) details. Try a ruffled shirt and a skirt with more volume. Look for full bell or tulip shapes instead of pencil skirts, with details like sash waistbands or pleats. You can wear these pieces year round. Full black skirts will look great this fall with a turtleneck and boots, and you can wear the blouse under a blazer with jeans. Black and white never goes out of style — you'll wear these items forever. Chaiken ruffled cotton shirt, $198; Chaiken taffeta skirt, $352; Kate Spade clutch, $145; Stuart Weitzman platform sandals, $275; Kenneth Jay Lane enamel bangles, $100-$125
Big, blowsy, color-saturated florals with an earthy palette are the newest bouquet for spring. You can find florals to go with practically anything this spring. Big exotic florals are most flattering in crisp, tailored silhouettes. Dana Buchman poppy jacket, $285; Ellen Tracy shell, $178; Ellen Tracy pants, $228; Coach wedges, $210; Black House White Market bag, $58; Kenneth Jay Lane bangles, $50 each; DKNY sunglasses, $79
Lacy fabrics are giving sharp silhouettes an edge of femininity this spring. On European runways, ruffles and lace were shown with chunky wedges, black tights and lots of black eyeliner. American designers brought the look down to earth, offering pretty eyelet shirts and tailored lace skirts. One tip: Look for summer whites in substantial fabrics for no show-thru. J.Crew twinset, $96; Forth & Towne eyelet skirt, $88; Michael Kors hip belt, $50; Isaac sandals, $238; Chan Luu necklace, $155; R.J. Graziano necklace, $85; Target straw tote, $19
Stripes with a multicultural vibe and a subtle earthy palette make anyone a mix master. Worn pattern on pattern, they have an artsy, Southwestern feeling. And remember — it's all in the mix! Try combining two kinds of stripes, and layer on bangles and beads with a big embroidered bag. As long as you keep the colors warm and earthy you can't go wrong. The effect is Mexican, African, Southwestern and French and we love it! Club Monaco striped tee, $35; BCBG Max Azria skirt, $128; J.Crew cardigan, $58; Nine West embroidered bag, $75; Searle ballet flats, $198; Kenneth Jay Lane bangles and beads. $30 -$50