April 04, 2011 12:00 PM

SPRING’S TOP TRENDS

What’s new? Stripes, bright colors, florals and more warmer-weather styles to try right now

1 FUN STRIPES

ADD A SOPHISTICATED, SPORTY TWIST TO YOUR FAVORITE SOLIDS

Model Miranda Kerr keeps the look modern by pairing her striped dress with a solid blazer.

MIRANDA KERR

Striped pieces “evoke a French 1960s vibe,” says Stacy London of styles similar to Taylor Swift’s Zara ensemble.

TAYLOR SWIFT

Old Navy

Scoop-neck tee, $8.50; oldnavy.com

ONLY $8.50!

Isabel Toledo for Payless

Striped Vespadrille, $59.99; payless.com

Noir Jewelry

Shaka Lanyard bracelet (purple & white), $25, and Shaka Wrap Around bracelets, $42; noirjewelry.com

STACY LONDON OF TLC’S WHAT NOT TO WEAR TALKS STRIPES

1

Learn Your Lines

• Vertical stripes force the eye to go up and down, making you appear longer and leaner.

• Horizontal stripes make you look curvier.

• Subtle pinstripes look solid from a distance.

• Good news! Stripes never go out of style and are universally age-appropriate.

2 WHITE SHIRTS

CRISP AND CLEAN YET NEVER BORING, THIS STYLE STAPLE IS BACK!

HIDDEN BUTTONS = NO GAPS!

The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens

Tie in a Bow cotton-blend shirt, $88; the-shirt.com

WRINKLE-FREE FABRIC!

Jones New York Collection

No-Iron Easy Care cotton shirt, $69; Macy’s stores nationwide

MARISSA WEBB OF J.CREW SHARES STYLE ADVICE

1

Give Your Whites a New Twist

• Leave a few buttons and the cuffs undone.

• Add bangles or a statement necklace.

• With a high-waisted bottom, tuck shirt in.

• Try a half tuck—front in, back out— with casual pants.

Layer a simple white tank under sheer white shirts, suggests Marissa Webb, who prefers V-neck camis minus any lace.

J. Crew

Tuxedo stripe silk-cotton- blend shirt, $89.50; jcrew.com for stores

BETHENNY FRANKEL

LAKE BELL

KIRSTEN DUNST

MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG

3 BRIGHT COLORS

HUES ARE HOT—IT’S UP TO YOU TO DECIDE HOW FAR TO GO

CAMILLA BELLE

The starlet mixes vivid colors in this head-to-toe Gucci ensemble.

MIX AND MATCH THE FACES!

TKO Orlogi

Slapper watches, $50 each; tkowatches.com

Invest in a pink top. Deborah Lloyd says, “Pink looks good on most people. It can warm up the face and brighten any look.”

Kimchi Blue

Layered tank top, $39; select Urban Outfitters stores

Nine West

Open circle tote, $39; ninewest.com

INSTANT GLAM BOOST!

Rumor

Jeweled bangles, $24 each; shoprumor.com

DEBORAH LLOYD OF KATE SPADE COLORS YOUR WORLD

1

Get into the Mind-set

Creative Director Lloyd says to forget your preconceived notions of what looks good on you and try everything. The right tone will make your face brighten.

2

Start Small

• Try a bright red lipstick or bright pink nail polish.

• Wear a bright shoe with a neutral outfit.

• Pile on bright accessories.

• Buy a bright pink bag.

3

Mix and Match

• Add a pop of neon color to neutrals and creams.

• Balance a multicolored outfit with a solid shoe.

• Be bold! Mix contrasting colors in unexpected ways.

FIGURE FLATTERING SHAPE

H&M

Maxi dress, $59.95; hm.com for stores

Kate Spade

Larabee Dot Stacy wallet, $95; katespade.com

Kate Spade

Mercer Street Holly card holder, $50; katespade.com

BDG

Cigarette jeans, $58; urbanoutfitters.com

GREAT WITH FLATS OR HEELS

Aldo

Ellingwood wedge, $70; aldoshoes.com for info

MODERN PREPPY FEEL

American Apparel

Leisure shirt, $32; americanapparel.net

JENNIFER HUDSON

The Oscar winner packs a punch in this Roland Mouret violet mini.

EMMY ROSSUM

The star shines in a two-tone dress from J. Mendel. With minimal accessories, the color remains the focus.

4 TROUSER JEANS

HIGHER-WAISTED AND TAILORED, THEY GO FROM WORK TO WEEKEND

DARKER DENIM IS DRESSY

Paige Premium Denim

Roxley jeans, $179; paigeusa.com

PLEATS ADD POLISH

Gap 1969

Wide-leg jeans, $79.50; 800-GAPSTYLE

A LIGHT WASH SAYS BOHO

Forever 21

Stretch and flare jeans, $24.80; forever21.com

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN

Try pairing a blouse and heels with your trouser jeans, like Kourtney did in this “Georgia” 7 For All Mankind pair.

PAIGE ADAMS-GELLER OF PAIGE PREMIUM DENIM EXPLAINS THE LOOK

1

Where Can They Go?

Almost anywhere, from day to night, to the beach or a fancy dinner. Darker washes can be worn like dress pants.

2

Who Can Wear Them?

Trouser jeans flatter most body types because the wide leg balances the hips. On petite girls heels are a must!

3

Working the Look

• Tuck in a silk blouse or classic white shirt.

• Pair with sexy platforms, wedges or peep-toe pumps.

5 PRETTY FLORALS

NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S FLOWERS: THESE BUDS ARE BOLD AND GRAPHIC

TRY FLORAL JEWELRY

Spring Street

Flowered toggle bracelet, $35; springstreetdesign.com

BUDDING BEAUTY

Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker shows a sweet side in a Dolce & Gabbana dress.

BROOKLYN DECKER

Frock! by Tracy Reese

Zelda dress in poppy floral, $228; 212-807-0505

Mar Y Sol

Guadeloupe tote, $89; shopmarysol.com

PERFECT WITH JEANS

Stetson

Poppy tee, $49.97; langstons.com

Loft

Pansy blooms skirt, $69.50; loft.com for stores

Born

Smooch thong, $85; bornshoes.com

DESIGNER TRACY REESE HARNESSES THE POWER OF FLOWERS

1

Buy a Floral Dress

“A great floral dress just makes a statement,” says the designer. “It says it all in one piece and gives a bigger canvas to the floral pattern itself.”

2

Be Modern

Step out in a vibrant floral. Avoid soft pastel prints that look like grandma patterns or an old chintz couch. Bold colors and graphic florals are flattering and right now.

3

Stay Balanced

To avoid overload, wear flowers with something boyish like a denim jacket. Chains or studded accessories also offset the sugary, sweet look of a floral print.

6 MAXISKIRTS

MORE BOHO THAN BIG LOVE, LONG HEMLINES ARE HOT—AND VERSATILE

FLASHBACK 1969!

ALI MACGRAW

MALIN AKERMAN

“When wearing a printed maxi, keep the top neutral,” says Pamella Protzel, like Akerman’s Ralph Lauren Collection skirt and Double RL tank.

Ella Moss

Montana maxi, $138; ellamoss.com

Forever 21

Tribal maxi; forever21.com

ONLY $13.50!

Rampage

Floral maxi, $49; select Macy’s stores

ELLA MOSS DESIGNER PAMELLA PROTZEL GIVES THE LONG VIEW

1

Flatter Your Figure

• It should be slim at the waist, flared at the hem.

• Wear it with a tucked-in blouse or tank. Or layer with a long tank and cropped sweatshirt.

2

Wear It to Work

• Accessorize with a belt.

• Add a cardigan or a blazer that’s cinched at the waist.

• Wear classic jewelry.

• A great pair of wedges creates a little height.

3

Wear It at Night

• Pair with a cropped leather jacket. A shrunken jacket is modern and cool.

• Wear a statement necklace. A little sparkle creates an evening look.

7 ANIMAL PRINTS

GO A LITTLE WILD—THIS LOOK NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

Curations with Stefani Greenfield

Snake cuff, $49.95 each; hsn.com

WEAR WITH A TANK

Victoria’s Secret

Leopard print mini, $39.50; victoriassecret.com

ADD A LITTLE SNAKE-SKIN

La Mer Collections

Cobra simple wrap watch, $90; lamercollections.com

GET A HANDLE ON THE TREND

Ann Taylor

Canvas tote, $178; anntaylor.com

Topshop

Wicker snake espadrille wedges, $135; topshop.com

ROSARIO DAWSON

NICKY HILTON

ZOE SALDANA

RACHEL BILSON

FIERCE FASHION

Zoë Saldana ruled the red carpet in a Dolce & Gabbana dress.

CELEBRITY STYLIST ROBERT VERDI HELPS NAVIGATE THE JUNGLE

Tame Your Wardrobe

• Accessories pack a wallop. Try leopard, cheetah or zebra scarves, shoes and belts.

• Tone down the roar of an animal-print dress with a solid jacket or cardigan.

• Avoid animal prints in unnatural colors like hot pink, green, yellow or orange.

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