Spring Style Trends
From Fashion to Décor
We’ve said it before – trends transcend more than just the world of fashion. We see “trendy” things in home décor, entertaining and, of course, fashion. The FAMILY Magazine asked two local trend experts – Andrew Skipper, a lifestyle expert, and our fashion editor, Kathy Friend – how things we’re seeing grace the pages of magazines translate into our homes and closets.
FAMILY: We are seeing stripes everywhere. Is this a big trend this season, and what would you call it? How do you do it?
ANDREW SAYS: The nautical look, in my opinion, cannot be categorized as a trend, but rather a timeless look which returns year after year. There are a few different interpretations of nautical style including shabby beach chic and preppy yacht style. Achieve the casual look by incorporating white washed furniture, rope details and the familiar blue and white stripe into your rooms. Take nautical to a glamorous level by using framed sailing maps and natural history prints of fish. Regardless of how you interpret the maritime style, be careful not to let your space become overly themed.
KATHY SAYS: Nautical influence has been around for a long time and is here to stay! All of the stripes you are seeing in magazines come from the nautical influence. To bring a little of this nautical feel into your wardrobe, add a striped tee. A black and white one is timeless and easy to pair with other prints or pop with fun spring colors.
If stripes aren’t really your thing, then add some nautical touches with accessories or details. Chunky chain-link belts, rope details on shoes, even a striped bow in a handbag are all ways to bring that nautical look into your wardrobe.
FAMILY: Bright colors are everywhere this spring. What’s up with those neon hues?
ANDREW SAYS: Bold, bright colors have been popular the last few years, and I don't see that changing any time soon. The key to achieving success is to work with a limited pallet of strong colors. Perhaps you could choose a rich tangerine and pair it with a vibrant blue. If you choose a vibrant color such as lemon for your walls, balance it with white moldings and black furniture. If you're just starting to experiment with bright colors, try them out on your accessories. Change out your cream lamp shades for richly hued ones. Add bold throw pillows and throws. Swap out your artwork with brightly colored canvases. If you choose colors that speak to you and make you feel good, you won't go wrong!
KATHY SAYS: I love adding in some bright hues into my spring wardrobe. Nothing puts a little spring in your step quite like bright colors! This season’s “it” colors are tangerine and bright yellow. These are very bold, almost neon tones, but can be very wearable for any age.
The secret to wearing these colors successfully is twofold. First, wear a bright color as the statement in your look. For example, wear a bright jean with a subdued tunic, shoe and accessories. The biggest mistake would be to wear these bright colors head to toe. Another take on this trend is to wear those bright colors to pop your look. If you love a monochromatic style, then pop your look with bright accessories.
FAMILY: Florals, stripes, plaid, polka dot and Ikat – Oh my! There are so many patterns out there. What’s “in”?
ANDREW SAYS: Graphic/bold patterns. I love using bold, graphic patterns! We are continuing to see a resurgence of classic patterns such as chevron, bold stripes, damask, polka dots and florals. Many of these, however, are being reinterpreted in fresh bright colors and being used in an overscale manner.
When it comes to mixing patterns in the same room, there are a few rules of thumb. Maintain some solid areas to allow the eye to rest. You also want to vary the scale of the patterns. Perhaps you'll use a large-scale chintz wallpaper and pair it with a small ticking stripe on the side chairs. Introduce pattern to your decor with rugs, pillows, lamp shades and curtains. If you're really daring, choose a sofa with a bold pattern on it – just be sure you love it!
KATHY SAYS: Everything from florals to plaid is in this season. The most on-trend way to wear this look is to mix patterns such as polka dots with a plaid, stripes and florals. Very chic! The secret is to be sure that the hues, colors and tones of those two prints are the same, or choose mixed patterns in neutrals.
A fun way to bring some pattern into your wardrobe is to look for something that has some of those fun trendy colors, and believe me, you are going to see a ton of options! One thing to keep in mind with prints is to be sure that the weight of the print is in line with your stature. You want people to see you, not your printed top!