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2010 Spring Fashion Trends

Spring is in the air and fashionista's around the world are ready to start donning their shorter, lighter fashion items for the warm weather!  Year end and year out it seems trends are always changing so I'm hear to shed some light on the latest spring fashion trends!

1)  Shoulder Pads.  Yes, you heard right.  I was able to speak with Jaye Moseley, owner of Excursions (a local fashion boutique Evansville, IN) who let me in on some of the latest trends, including this one.  Shoulder pads these days are worn more subtle and the shoulder pads are thinner than they use to be making your shoulders look broader and your waistline slimmer.

2)  Long Tops with Stretchy Pants.  Whether you are wearing skinny jeans or leggings, slim leg lines are all the rage.  Match them with a spring tunic top and you are ready to go!

3)  Feminine Details.  Bows, Ruffles and all things girly are really in style this Spring.  I'm sure if you have walked around your local mall you have noticed this trend in store windows.  Dress down a "party dress" by matching it with a cardigan and flats.

4)  Nautical Look.  Navy is certainly the color of NOW, but nautical stripes can be worn in various colors such as red and white.  Match your striped skirt with a top bearing metallic details and you will be wearing one of the hottest trends this season!

5)  Prints.  Prints of all sorts will be seen this Spring.  And it's okay to mix and match items with different prints, but be sure not to mix and match brights with pastels.  Match a pastel with another pastel item and so on.

6)  New Color Combos.  Along the spring fashion runway were color combinations that we have not seen much of before.  The most popular color combos for the spring are:  gray & red, tan & orange, white & yellow, navy & turquoise.

7)  Polka Dots.  They have classic appeal and can be worn on women of any age and still look great!  Dots in neutral colors, such as tan, are what you will find on many spring fashion pieces.  Beware not to go overboard with the polka dots--big dots work best on the top OR on a skirt, but definitely not both.

8)  Shorts.  Keep yourself cool by wearing shorts this Spring.  Match super short shorts with a loose top to balance out the outfit.  Or try buying your shorts 1 size larger than you usually wear and tie them with a belt.  Finish this look by rolling the cuffs up.

9)  Animal Prints.  I already mentioned that prints off all kinds are a hit this year, but animal prints are their own category!  Whether it is leopard or zebra, animal prints are a big hit!  If you aren't sure about wearing a top in this prints, then try accessorizing with a zebra print clutch or a leopard print cuff.

10)  Leather.  Most people can't pull off leather pants but they are back in style!  For those of us who aren't brave enough to try out this look just yet, once again use this trend to accessorize your outfit.  For example, leather shoes, purses, and cuffs!

I hope you have found these tips useful!  Happy Shopping!

-Stefanie Breivogel-

Getting ready for the holiday party

Can you believe it is that time of year already?!  For me, 2009 has absolutely flown by and now as the year is coming to a close, holiday parties are keeping me very busy.  For some, holiday parties are the one time of  year the entire family or group of friends are able to get together so of course everyone wants to look their absolute best.  No worries though, I am here to walk you through the hottest trends for the 2009 holiday season!

Let's start at the top of the body and work down ladies.  When it comes to your hair, this year BIG is IN.  Whether your hair is up or down, large curls are in.  And there is a solution for those of you with pin straight, fine hair that doesn't like to hold curls--slicked back ponytails are also in.  Be sure to accessorcize your hair with pins or headbands featuring sparkles or crystals.

It doesn't work many other times of the year, but the holiday season is a perfect time of the year to wear RED lipstick.  If wearing red lipstick makes you a little nervous, try a red lipgloss.  This will create a more sheer effect.  Smoky eyes are also in this season, but don't wear red lipstick with smoky eyes--you will end up looking overdone.  But if you plan on wearing a smoky eye, stick to a nude lipstick or lipgloss.  One thing everyone should be doing this season is layering mascara to create long, lush lashes.  In addition, keep the sparkles for your clothing or hair accessories-matte makeup is the only way to go this holiday season.

Hair and makeup can really pull an outfit together.  But what should you be wearing this holiday season?  The answer is:  dresses!  Long sleeve minidresses are all the rave.  They show off some leg but keep you warmer than most dresses by having your arms covered.  Or dress up the LBD this year but purchasing one with glitz and sparkles.  One shoulder dresses are also a very elegant look.  Floral prints in deep, rich colors are very festive and the hot color for clothing is--yep, you guessed it--PURPLE!  It's been in season all fall and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.   Top off your look with some oversize hoop earrings, multi-strand pearls, peep-toe booties, and a leopard clutch.

The key to holiday looks this season is simplicity.  Take one area of your look to make a statment and keep the rest simple.  For instance, if you choose a sequin little black dress, pair it with peep-toe booties, a leopard clutch, large hoop earrings, smoky eyes with nude lips, and big, curly hair (sans the hair accessories).

Take this advice and you will be all the talk at the holiday parties!

Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend!

-Stefanie-