Oh yay! I love seasonal fashion roundups. Look. Here’s one now…half a dozen trends you’ll adore, one you’ll abhor.
Wedge Heels: Don’t get rid of your booties just yet. They still have a bit of spring in their step. But once those pedicures are ready for display, wedge heels are it. Great with a simple sundress, long walking shorts or the season’s flared pants/jeans, they add height and make every leg look miles long (applause signed is raised).
Big bangles: From the bangle bar at Alex and Ani to the David Yurman triple digit price tags, the rising trend of big bangles is here. Call it ‘70s glam. I call it fun. Layer tons on all at once. Colorful, wooden, and especially gold.
Obi Belts: I have yet to find a more flattering belt than the obi. These wrap-around, sash-like belts that traditionally cinch Japanese kimonos should be on the top of your shopping list. They gives shape to blousy blouses and make a boring button down a hit.
Flatforms: Part platform, part wedge. Seen all over Prada and Derek Lam’s Spring runways, these are some uber-quirky ways to get height minus the tragic foot pain of the stiletto. Try them with short A-line skirts or flared jeans for that seasonal ‘70s vibe.
Cross Body Tote: Almost a messenger bag, only smaller on the size and bigger on the chic quotient. This is a city girl’s dream. No dangling bags for a pickpocket’s delight. Look at me. Thinking of safety uses for a new trend. Such a mom.
Bright Necklaces: Bibs are gone. Probably because we’re not babies (although I won’t lie, I goo goo whenever I see my black and gold bib necklace from BCBG…and I will continue to rock it). In the necklace category, we have gorgeously bright and beautiful stones.
And the one to hate…
Belt purse: You can spin it, designers, but you won’t win it. This is a fanny pack. Sorry. As I told my stylist friend Sarah McManus recently, they sell crack on the street too. Doesn’t mean I have to buy it. But there they are. My job is to report the trends. Not wear all of them.