Runway Report: 5 Wearable Trends for Spring 2014

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“Fashion forward” certainly applies to fashion week. The catwalk calendar is off-kilter with meteorological time. In February, when thaw is (hopefully) about to set in, designers and trendsetters focus on runways showing what looks will be all the rage during the next Fall/Winter cycle. In the fashion world, spring sprang back in September. But all that extra time isn’t a bad thing: It gives fashionistas plenty of notice to do a little spring cleaning, preparing their closets for upcoming looks. Here are five runway trends from the spring 2014 shows that you can mix into your wardrobe this season.



1. Pastels

Runways throughout the fall were filled with colors of macaron majesty. Prabal Gurung (above, right) made use of the hue to color many of his mid-century inspired creations. Few looks captured the mood of the 1950s and the casual elegance a wearer of pastels in spring can create quite like his 11th runway piece. With a plunging neckline Joan on Mad Men would envy, this head-to-toe lavender look is a subtly sexy outfit that makes pastels looks sophisticated. Elizabeth and James’s buttercup yellow dress is a breezy pastel option (bottom left), perfect for warm spring days or summer evenings. Oscar de la Renta put his own spin on blue pastels with pearl detailing that heightens the posh, ladylike feel the shades can inspire.

Sheer detailing and sky-high slits kept Burberry from excessive primness during a collection that was filled with candy-colored confections. An ad from the brand’s spring campaign shows off three colors that were runway darlings during the spring shows: lavender, pink, and powder blue. With shoes, clutches, and clothes all shaded in soft pastels, the ad is proof that you can use this trendy hue any way you want. Add pastels to your spring attire through accessories, individual pieces, or entire looks. Use styling tricks like sheer materials, lower necklines, or edgy details to keep your clothes from looking too straight-laced.

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