Fashion to Watch for in Spring of 2014

Emily Showers

Hop out of winter and into spring with a forecast of trends for the up and coming spring season.

“The color to look out for in spring is Radiant Orchid,” Margaret O’Connor Govett, owner of Girls in Pearls Boutique, said.

“Every year designers get together and decide on the Pantone color of the year. This year it was Radiant Orchid, and it has been paired with various other colors,” O’Connor Govett said.

According to Pantone’s website, the goal of the 2014 spring color palette was to merge vibrant colors and soft pastels to create a “colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.”

Some of the suggested colors to pair with Radiant Orchid are Dazzling Blue, Cayenne, Celosia Orange, Hemlock, Sand, and Freesia.

In addition to the fresh new colors, clothing styles are shifting as well.

Photo by Emily Showers. Peekaboo tank with laser cut from Girls in Pearls Boutique.

Photo by Emily Showers.
Peekaboo tank with laser cut from Girls in Pearls Boutique.

“For actual clothing items, t-length skirts that have a full poof with crop tops are a stylish pairing. Wide legged pants are also something to look out for,” O’Connor Govett said.

Even though high-fashion designers create the styles on the runway, not everyone adheres to these looks.

“Fashion is dictated by region. The styles people wear in Stevens Point are different than the styles people wear in Fort Lauderdale,” O’Connor Govett said.

“Fashion begins on the coast and works its way inward. You can see what is on the runway, but you have to tailor it to your audience. For example, in the South, women’s fashion is very feminine. However, in the Midwest, women go for comfort and practicality,” O’Connor Govett said.

“I pick out things that I find comfortable,” Julia Watson, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student, said when asked what she is looking forward to in spring fashion.

“I love fancy sandals you can just pair with jeans. It looks like you tried. I think it’s really important in fashion to buy clothes that feel good on you,” Watson said.

Watson’s ideas on comfort match what O’Connor Govett said about people in the Midwest. They value it when looking for clothes. Keep an eye out for Radiant Orchid on the clothing racks and switch out some skinny jeans for a pair of wide legged pants. Remember to look at what is trending on the runway, but twist those trends to fit your own personal style.

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