Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

CIRCA Guest Editor Susan Swimmer, is a fashion consultant, contributing Fashion Features Editor at More magazine and regular guest on NBC’s TODAY Show.  She shares her thoughts on Spring 2014 Fashion Trends.

It’s been a long winter, and by now I’m suffering major outfit fatigue. Oh sure, back in November I was giddily layering my shrunken separates with reckless abandon, but by now my fashion choices have more to do with what can sustain salt stains and ward off toe-cycles than what’s stylistically exciting. My relationship with my puffer coat is so strained we’re barely on speaking terms, left to harrumph at each other each morning the temperature is yet again sadly short of 50 degrees. We need some time apart, my puffer and I, and I remain steadfast in my hope, which they say springs eternal. Spring being the optimal word.


WHEN spring arrives, I plan to stand at the threshold of my closet with plenty of options. The question is, what to buy? Each season designers unveil loads of new trends, but chic, my friends, is in the editing, and knowing what to spend on and what to skip will do your body good. In the words of William Shakespeare, “To thine own self be true,” which, in fashion-speak, means buy only what fits YOUR body and YOUR lifestyle. The new, mid-calf skirt? Absolutely. Crop tops? Maybe not. Here, the top trends you’d be wise to embrace this spring. (You can thank me later).


The New Neutrals: Think icy pastels—pale and silvery shades of blue, green, gray and peach. Mix them with each other (or incorporate them with other more traditional nude tones, like blush, cream and taupe) or opt to wear one, single “new neutral” shade monochromatically. (Seen on the runway at Giorgio Armani, Josie Natori, SportMax, Carvan and Kate Spade)


Good Sports: With silhouettes and styling borrowed from athletic wear, designers have embraced track pants, varsity jackets (the bomber shape with contrasting sleeves), stripe accents, mesh details, and zippers galore. The color palette features lots of black and white with a bold colorful accent (cobalt, yellow, red), and works best when mixed with your weekend basics. (Seen on the runway at Prada, DKNY, Alberta Ferretti)


Tropical Breeze: Get that island feeling with prints of palm leaves and bold blooms, in saturated Hawaiian-inspired colors (turquoise, green, melon). Experiment with pattern mixing (stripes with florals, give it a whirl), combine with woven bags and wedge sandals, and load up on lots of colorful “mis-matched” jewelry. (Seen on the runway at Etro, Milly, Michael Kors)


Graphic Prints: The look of geometric black and white pattern, punctuated with a shock of bright color, is having a major moment this spring and for good reason: It’s bold, fearless in-your-face fashion that makes a statement. Pair with metallics—shoes and bags—and mixed metal or Lucite jewelry. (Seen on the runway at DVF, Emanuel Ungaro, Nicole Miller)


Fringe Festival: The swish of a row of fringe—on vests, jackets, cropped ponchos, column dresses and brightly-colored bags—is offering a fresh, textural moment. More haute than hippie, it’s both young and fun. (As seen on the runway at Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein, Altuzarra)

Susan’s Spring 2014 Fashion Trends Shopping List:
A metallic-striped dress from Richard Nicoll
A denim jumpsuit from Isabel Marrant
The white laser-cut clutch from Jason Wu
Black and white track pants from Elizabeth and James
The H printed skirt from Peter Pilotto
A side-slit skirt from Altuzarra
A fringe bag from Gucci