Five of Spring’s Hottest Trends
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This feminine and flirty style is defined by a short ruffle that flares out from the waist. Peplums are great for giving those with petite hips and waists the appearance of a more exaggerated hourglass figure and can also do wonders for camouflaging a little tummy bulge. Reminiscent of 1940s dress suits, this trend is sure to add a hint of class and old-school charm to skirts, jackets, dresses, and tops this season.
(_BCBGMAXAZARIA Strapless Dress, $123.20, Bloomingdales.com)
For those of you who have been waiting to debut your abs all winter (really?), bra tops offer a fashionable way to flaunt your six-pack. With thick straps, cut outs, and elastic bands, these tiny tops give off a sporty yet chic vibe and are commonly paired with flowy jackets, full skirts, or are worn over dresses. They are bold and sexy in a non-vulgar way and make the perfect saucy addition to breezy springtime outfits.
(_Textured Foil Crop Bra, $38, Freepeople.com)
Tangerines and Bold Prints
While feminine floral prints will always have a place in spring fashion, there are a few original colors and prints that are sure to make a statement this season. Tangerine is the “it” color and it wonderfully captures the energy of spring. Since it’s a very bold color, pair your tangerine item with neutrals so it’s not battling other strong colors for the spotlight. For a less saturated shade, incorporate pastels such as baby blue, mint green, and soft pink into your outfits for a modest alternative to wearing color. As for patterns, zigzags appear to be the new stripes this season and are perfect for adding a bit of contemporary appeal. Finally, lace is spring’s foolproof pattern that is ideal for achieving an innocent-meets-sexy look that could go from daytime BBQ to happy hour.
(_Diamond Crochet Tunic, $148, Freepeople.com Miles of Lace Dress, $128, Freepeople.com Floral Blouson Top, $15.80, Forever21.com Lipsy Zigzag Skater Dress with Belt, $80.57, Asos.com FP ONE Poison Pintuck Slip; $88, Freepeople.com)
Collette Shorts, Blazer, Tank
The tailoring and sophistication of traditional suit jackets unite with the breeziness and sexiness of shorts to create a work-appropriate look that’s perfect for balmy spring days in the office. Pair a fitted suit jacket in a lightweight fabric like linen or poplin with a button-down shirt, printed top, or cami, loose-fitting shorts, and a great pair of pumps. (Collete Shorts, $49, "piperlime.gap.com":http://piprl.me/wIZCBo; Colette Blazer, $79, "piperlime.gap.com":http://piprl.me/xM5mE0; Tank, $57, "piperlime.gap.com":http://piprl.me/y2AcU5)
If you’re in the market for a flirtatious style but not quite ready to don a bralette, crop tops are a wardrobe must-have for showing a little skin this spring. For a casual look, these belly-revealing tops look fabulous when paired with jean shorts or relaxed jeans. To achieve a more sophisticated facade, try coupling with a flowing high-waist skirt or slick pencil skirt to reveal just a flash of upper abs.
(_Beach Party Crop Top, $38, Freepeople.com)