As the first day of spring is only a mere few weeks away (March 20), many women are looking for practical ways to incorporate new trends into what they already own for the upcoming season. However, trying to figure out which styles are still “on-trend” this season vs. what should be packed away can seem exasperating without a little guidance or inspiration.
To show women how they can achieve trendy looks this spring, acclaimed Fashion Designer and Project Runway Alumnus, Althea Harper, has teamed up with Rowenta – the leading manufacturer in high-performance garment care, to offer spring style inspiration directly from the runway, as well as tips to keep clothing crisp and fresh all year long.
Spring 2014 Style Tips from Althea Harper & Rowenta
Thigh High Split
Ever since Angelina Jolie showed off her black dress with the bold thigh-high split at the Academy Awards, fashion designers have been thinking of ways to incorporate this trend into “ready-to-wear” dresses. This spring season, there are many successful attempts in all lengths and shapes; from the fitted mini with a small slit to the dramatic high-thigh split on a maxi dress.
Wide Leg Trousers
The skinny pant isn’t going away anytime soon, but there is a new pant silhouette in town; the wide leg. This look has a lot of versatility and it looks great in a print, solid, bright or neutral. It also works with a fitted or loose top. You will want your ensemble to appear polished, which can be obtained by keeping it wrinkle-free. I normally use a Rowenta Master Valet Garment Steamer on oversized clothing.
Collarless Tops and Jackets
Another popular trend from the runway is collarless tops and jackets. This trend is the new spin on the “menswear for women” that we have seen in the past few seasons. The blouses are generally loose, which is similar to the oversized men’s button-up but gives it that sleek, feminine look. The jackets will generally have a boxy fit, which is now refined with the absence of a collar – which leaves a great spot for a statement necklace!
Bold, Large Scale Prints
Bold prints are here to stay! This season the scale of the prints is a lot larger, more abstract, and feminine. Floral prints have been popular this season. When wearing these big, bold prints it is important to keep accessories to a minimum to complete a polished look. Also, make sure to keep travel-sized garment care tools on hand because this look demands attention and you don’t want to be caught with wrinkles! One of my favorites is the Rowenta First Class Travel Iron that can fit into my purse when I’m on the go.
The Color Pink
The colors this season mirror the feminine trends. Pastels are once again popular (which is great because they are the most friendly with every skin tone!), as well as every shade of pink, ranging from Blush to Magenta. Blush is a favorite because it looks great with creams and tans that have been popular this winter. Keep hair and make up more natural to avoid looking too ‘girly’.
One of the most exciting trends of the season is the range of pleating. While there is still some of the traditional box pleats that we are more used to, new styles include draped, twisted and loose. Each pleating technique creates an easy volume that looks great on an oversized blouse or loose dress. I recommend the Rowenta Steam Station for this trend because it works as both a steamer and an iron, which is great when dealing with unconventional silhouettes.