How to Pull Off Spring's Trickiest Trends, According to Stacy London
“Think of culottes as the new version of the midi skirt,” London says of the trend particularly loved by . “To keep it looking modern and not frumpy, try a tighter top, perhaps with cutouts and a neutral shoe to keep your legs looking long.” She also recommends using Silicone CoverUps for braless tops (like Hough’s) to keep from any unwanted slips.
“Duster coats are the perfect ‘completer-piece’ as we transition into spring,” says London. “The one on is perfect for a feminine-but-tailored look.” But if you opt to go with a slouchier, longer duster (also in style this season), she suggests “pairing those with skinny jeans and pointy toe stilettos or a men’s style trouser and a pair of tennis sneakers.”
DENIM MECHANIC'S SUIT
London calls the denim mechanic’s suit “a great casual alternative to a blouse and skinny jean combo,” but for the most stylish effect, avoid a baggy silhouette at all costs. “Cuff the bottom and add a stacked heel or ankle boot,” she says.” “It looks great paired with a leather or bomber jacket.” (Or army print, if you’re a style risk-taker like .)
“Fringe is everywhere this season. The trick to wearing it well is knowing that, like a very powerful spice, you don’t need a lot to make the recipe great,” advises London. To avoid a trend overload, she suggests sticking with just one piece, like demonstrates. “Fringed accessories are always easy to do and add that perfect amount of flavor. If you do want to try fringe in apparel, remember that one piece of your outfit – be it a jacket, skirt, coat, cardigan – only one piece should have fringe. Otherwise it is too overwhelming.”
“Muted pastels are the new bold colors this spring,” says London. “They are softer and ladylike in color, and wearing them in sexy crop tops makes them especially fresh.” If you do plan on showing some skin like Sarah Hyland, London recommends using a Fashion Tape refillable gun to keep the top from riding up (thus showing the perfect sliver of skin all night).
“Be careful that you don’t wind up looking like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz when you wear this pattern,” she warns of the country-chic print, seen here on Lindsay Price. “I love it on more modern silhouettes and very casually, like a gingham whisper-thin cotton button-front shirt paired with denim shorts.”
“Stacked heels are back and, like fringe, speak to a bohemian and ’70s vibe,” London says of Minka Kelly’s trendy shoe. “They are incredibly comfortable and work with maxi skirts, culottes, boyfriend jeans, skinny rolled jeans, pencil skirts, mini dresses Gosh, just about everything! A great investment for seasons to come.”
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