Spring and Summer Must-Have Clothing

The spring/summer clothing trends are no longer a scarcely covered topic, but if you haven’t started renewing your wardrobe yet, the following must-haves should give you an idea on where to start.

White Gentleness

Bright colors are really well accentuated by clothing pieces featuring various shades of white. So do encompass white in your outfits just like the designer Stella McCartney did, or choose to wear all-white as seen by other famous designers. For example, opt for romantic, crystal-embellished white dresses as the ones created by Dolce & Gabbana, integrate the lace trend in your wardrobe by picking white, lacy outfits as Erdem showcased on the runways, go minimalist if you value simplicity as seen at Céline, or add a sporty, white vibe to your outfits to create a modern, urban look à la Reed Krakoff.

Simply Denim

Wearing denim pieces in the spring/summer of 2011 doesn’t strike as new and refreshing at all, but given one tiny detail about it, and the whole picture changes. For the first time in…no one knows how long, clean denim is brought to the surface and thrown right up the runways. No funky colors, no bleached or distressed versions: just plain, simple denim. Check out this emerging, minimalist trend by viewing the collections of Céline and Stella McCartney.

Pleating Detailing

From short skirts, to midi and maxi, pleats have claimed their winning spot in the fashion world; this retro and feminine detail being comprised within outfits pictured by various designer houses including Lanvin, Derek Lam, Tommy Hillfiger, Peter Pilotto and Richard Nicholl. Although pleats are a common embellishment for skirts and dresses, this year we’ll see them creating winning looks by being included in the design of tops, blouses and trench coats as well. Be they soft or sharp pleats, basic or architectural, these fashionable, details add volume and femininity to clothing pieces, whilst keeping them away from having any kind of monotonous potential.

Biker Jackets

Disrupting a bit the story line of this article that consisted in the soft, pure and feminine aspects a clothing item could have, the next fashion trend is all about the toughness and edginess that is the biker jacket. The punk-rock trend is eager to get reinstated, and the best fashion house to illustrate this idea is Burberry. Featuring biker jackets with metallic embellishments such as studs and zippers, Burberry named their collection the “Heritage Biker”, encouraging all those with a fashion conscious side into making the biker jacket a statement piece in their outfits.

The best way to create such a look is by pairing this tough-looking piece with feminine colors, delicate florals and lace. Giving your garment an “attitude” is the best way of expressing the edginess inside you, not to mention how great this item is at marking the transitional stage between the winter and spring.

These are a few of the must-haves that need to enter your closet before spring arrives. If you’re stuck with the idea of following the trends, these pieces will ensure you’ll acquire a fashionable wardrobe, whilst bringing something new and fresh to the upcoming season.

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