We all agree that most of what we see in runway coverage translates poorly to the real world. However the runway still can provide excellent ideas for everyday fashion. You just have to temper concepts that initially seem over the top. For spring, runway trends such as pastel colors and wide-leg trousers can actually be very wearable.
Following the long reign of the skinny jean, it appears that the wide-leg look is about to make a comeback. Glamour points to this pant style as one of the most wearable looks from the spring 2014 runway, with designers such as BCBG Max Azria and Rosie Assoulin setting the stage with trousers that are simultaneously carefree and chic. Believe it or not, this look works on a wide array of body shapes, although those not graced with the willowy model build should focus on wide-leg trousers with subtle flairs and higher waists. Pair your wide-leg trousers with a sleek blouse or a fitted jacket; this will provide more shape to your outfit and prevent you from looking like you’re swimming in ill-fitting clothes.
Florals always prove a hit as the weather grows warmer; after all, there’s nothing like matching your clothing to the May flowers outside your window. For 2014, designers have added a new edge to the look, with Elle pointing to popular trends influenced by the preppy look. Top designers for floral looks include Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren, with more affordable options also available through the Michael Kors women’s section at Macy’s. Really vibrant floral looks can be calmed down by pairing the prints with a neutral-colored cardigan or trousers.
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Like florals, pastels are very wearable in the spring, reflecting the softness of warm weather blooms and charming Easter eggs. On the runway, models made this look new by strutting their stuff in cropped pastel pants or light-colored crop tops. These looks may be too bold for most women, but as Huffington Post points out, you can always incorporate pastels in your wardrobe. A more useful way to do it is to simply add it as accessories. A solid pastel purse is especially beautiful when paired with an outfit of the equally popular floral trend.
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Mid-Length Ankle Skirts
Forget the uncomfortable pencil skirt—this season’s trend is breezier and comfier but still certainly appropriate for everyday wear. We love it that there’s no need to wear tights with an ankle-length skirt. It’s long enough for bare legs to be viewed as more than acceptable in even business casual settings. And if you kept up with the trends, you’ll note that this is a continuation from fall. To keep the outfit from looking dowdy, Harper’s Bazaar suggests wearing a fitted top and cinching it in at the waist with a stylish belt.
Photo Credit: Rachel Gordon Designs
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