Spring 2014: Style Trends

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were shown on January 18th, 2014.  There were many interesting finds and trends seen that will help propel our everyday fashions working our way into the new year. This could be applied toward casual and professional wear.

The red carpet showcased several of the attendees as well as gave you a chance to see their personality shine through.  I think this event can be a little more relaxing for a lot of the attendees as they are among their peers.  This year, many of the actress’s gowns and outfits were in the jewel tones.  Many dresses were fitted to the figure of the actress giving her a very smooth profile.  I saw a lot of decorative necklines and off the shoulder designed dresses.  Many of the dresses had some bling either with sequins or eye catching bead work.  Everyone’s look was very classic in design and there was a nice variety.
If you are looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe or get a jump start into spring trends, try any of  the following:
1. Black and White + color
If your wardrobe consists of black and white, try pairing your outfit with a splash of color.  
“Tinley Road Pleated Print Top” Piperlime.gap.com
A black and white top pairs well with black trousers or dark skinny jeans. This season Chevrons, stripes and textured textiles are in style.  Through the chilly months try a jewel tone sweater of your choice to help break apart the ensemble.  If trying to wear for professional  attire, dress it up with a deep red blazer top.
Merona® Women’s Peter Pan Studded Collar Target.com
2. Flowing Pastels, Mint and Shades of Grey
This Spring has beautiful pastels in store.  Not just your ordinary hum-drum pastels however.  Many designers are stepping away from the bold loud prints and walking toward a more traditional approach to spring time as we enter into late March early April.  According to Pantone.com’s “Women’s Spring 2014” Color Report, which came out this past September, we saw the colors were going to transition into a beautiful palate.  
Try pairing a nice mint blouse with lighter grey dress pants or a knee length pencil skirt.  If you don’t feel comfortable in a skirt, you can always go with a nice trouser.
LC Lauren Conrad Lace Top Kohls.com
212 Collection Printed Pencil Skirt Kohls.com
3. Shoes: Back to the basics
This season as far as professional or casual wear goes with flats, wedged tennis shoes, booties and classic pumps can be seen.  It seems to be a perfect mesh of comfort and necessity.  Basic “goes with anything colors” such as black and beige seems to dominate.  Also seen patterned zebra and leopard out this season.  I have seen a lot of studding coming back as well.  I am not talking Bedazzled by any means.  These are more organic looking rather than bling.
Ladies Shoes www.hm.com
Trends Spring 2014 www.lulus.com
4. Bright Accessories
Pastels with a punch seems to be a current trend.  Not so much all about the Easter Egg colors, but more along the lines of colors that spruce up the basics–not falling into the background.  If you keep your outfit neutral, this is a great way to shake your look up a bit.  
Steven by Steve Madden http://shop.nordstrom.com
Handbags www.lulus.com
Whether you are trying to jazz up your look, make the right impression, or just update your professional attire any of the following tips or suggestions could help.  Don’t be afraid to take a little risk in your wardrobe.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  

“Beauty knows no limits…” (remember?)
Catie Manning
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