Spring 2014 is all about re-imagined classics and putting a fresh, modern spin on familiar pieces, from innovative takes on basic style concepts to glammed-up versions of vintage classics.
Click on the images below to see how some of your fellow street-style smart Lookbookers have incorporated these trends into their everyday looks!
It’s an oldie but a goodie. The high-contrast power couple gets a fresh and modern makeover this year. With couture detailing, texture play, tailored angular lines, geometric shapes, unexpected layers and fancy fabrics, this season’s yin-and-yang trend is anything but basic.
Major fashion luminaries like Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Rodarte and Céline have been deemed responsible for infusing extra oomph into this classic combination on the runways, as well as on celebrities and style bloggers from all over.
You can either go for a one-color monochromatic look or a 60s-inspired Mad Men look with a bold, graphic print. You can also stay simple, yet sophisticated, with mix and match separates (think color-blocking or contrasting textures) to keep things fun and interesting!
No tears, but grunge is growing up this year - with an extra touch of glam. We saw many a street-style blogger during the spring runway shows give the post-punk decade a sophisticated and contemporary upgrade from their own generation.
From the printing of subversive plaids on wide-hooped skirts by Stella McCartney, Phoebe Phil and Céline, to Hedi Slimane’s 80’s rocker ensembles and Preen’s glam-grunge looks, the 90s Nirvana-inspired revival is confirmed to be going strong well into the remainder of 2014.
Heavy influences from the grunge style of the 90s with a touch of luxe are key to nailing this trend. This means florals, plaid, oversized knits, ripped nylons, embellished boots, whimsical dresses and rock-star inspired tops. Try pairing what you already have in your wardrobe - an old slogan tank or band tee - with a chiffon mini skirt or dress. Go fresh faced with smudgy eyes (and maybe a swipe of dark red on the pucker).
It’s time to bring out your sweet side! Candy-coated pastel is the “it” shade for spring. There were hues of lavender, coral, baby blue, mint green, and blush pink seen across the board at the SS ’14 runways.
Designers like Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Philip Lim, Burberry, Versace, Balmain, Miu Miu and Dior have modernized the colors into sleek and elegant springtime wear (no looking like an Easter egg here!), adaptable enough for work, brunch or play.
You can usher in a vibrant and pastel-colored spring by pairing different shades of one color or incorporate a soft colored mani for that added charm. Think feminine shapes, soft silhouettes and your favorite box of macaroons!
There are few things more refreshing in the complicated world of fashion than a crisp, minimalist look. This season’s take on it is much less masculine and more of a “boy-meets-girl.”
The less-is-more philosophy has remained a strong theme throughout the Spring 2014 collections, from Rick Owens neutral palette and JW Anderson’s “avant-garde bland” Japanese deconstruction to staple minimalists Jil Sander and Helmet Lang. It’s materialization is in revamped monotone classics, timeless color blocks, structured accessories, button-down shirts and tailored pants.
You can add some extra excitement to your minimalist look with a single accent color, whether it’s an indigo sheath dress or a pair of unadorned red heels. Pair it with a “raw beauty” look focusing curled lashes, a groomed brow and skin that is well taken care of.
The versatile, longer-than-calf-and-shorter-than-maxi midi skirt, is ultra lady-like and adds a demure to every outfit. The silhouette compliments almost all body types, so it’s no surprise that it’s already been a must-duplicate look for 20 years and most likely, many more.
The tea-length skirt received a chic turnaround this spring by contemporary designers like Delpozo, Ports 1961, Emilia Wickstead, Rebecca Minkoff and Prada, abandoning the pencil silhouette for full midi skirts. Designers like Victoria Beckham reimagined a sparkly metallic midi while Zimmerman created an edgy-mesh one with ladylike lace.
This season’s midis can be worn fitted, flared or both (mermaid style) and come in variety of new fabrics – tulle, lace, jacquard, floral, crêpes, chiffon and metallic. You can pair it with a modern staple to keep from looking too retro, like a chic crop top, a shrunken sweatshirt or a pair of fabulous heels!