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Top 20 Spring Fashion Trends 2012

New York Fashion Week is the mother of all weeks in the fashion world; at least to this fashion lover.  It's the highlight for every fashionista as we sit on the edge of our seat waiting to see what walks down the runway and who made the cut.  Last month, the world descended on NYC to look at what's to come for fall 2012. But with the sun coming out for spring, it's so hard to think of fall when the new spring looks are in every store window right now!   With so many great spring fashions, we've narrowed down our favorite top 20  to help you out.   We love it all! Let's Spring into Fashion!

Looks

 

#1 The Roaring Twenties

The Great Gatsby Movie inspired the look this year.

 

 Tory Burch Collection

 

#2 The Mad Men of the 60's

 Banana Republic's Pink Betty Dress

#3 The Peplum

 

 Oscars' 2012 Peplum Dresses

#4 The Pajama Pants

 

 

#5 Casual Chic with Color

The Gap

#6 Floral Fantasy

 

 

Trends

#7 Colored Jeans

 

#8 Pleats

 

#9 Bold Stripes

 

 

#10 Color Blocking

 

#11 Polka Dots

 

Color

This season, colors range from vivid brights to saturated pastels.

#12 Tangerine

 #13 Metallics

 

 #14 Saturated Sorbets

Ralph Lauren Collections

#15 Bold Colors

 

Accessories

#16 #17 Sunglasses & Leopard

 

#18 Bangle Bunches

#19 Color Blocking Shoe

#20 Doctors Bag

Spring has definitely arrived and it's time to re-do our closets with all of the amazing spring fashions.

Giveaway

This month's giveaway will help you transform your closet, so stay tuned for the big reveal on Fashion Friday 3/9.  It's just 1 of 2 fashion giveaways this month!  The 2nd will be revealed on 3/23.

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Fall Fashion Report 2011

I live in Austin, Texas and it has gone on record that this has been the hottest summer since 1925 topping over 70 days in triple digits.  So needless to say, I am ready for the cool air of the fall!  The crisp breeze is always a welcome reminder to bundle up in one of my favorite coats while sipping piping, hot Chi Tea Latte from Starbucks.....mmmmm......I can taste it now.  Is it fall yet?  Good news ladies, in the stores it is fall and oh, how wonderful the clothes are!

Want more good new?  Your closet that's full of 2010 trends can still find life in 2011.  The names of the looks have changed a bit and maybe the styles have been a little tweaked - 2010 Men's Wear vs. 2011 Androgyny - but nonetheless, something old is something new this year!  So if you went crazy for the whole Mad Men craze last year you can still pull out those pumps and leopard prints and hit the town.

So, without further ado, let's Fall into Fashion Together!

2011 Looks:

Mod 

2011 Mod trend is really 2010's Mad Men look.  It's the sexiness of the 60's that can only come from classic sophistication.  The look is so hot that even the fall TV line has picked up on the trend featuring shows like Pam Am about the famous flight attendance that were popular in the 60's.  So just watch, take notes and go shopping!

 The Romantic

With flowy, soft dresses and skirts, this elegant ease is reminiscent of last year's bohemian.  Stylist Rachel Zoe is one of the many style icons that flaunts this look the best.  Comfy, beautiful and romantic all in one!

 The Romantic trend can be created by long flowy skirts as well as  midi skirts as seen in the Mod look or long maxi skirts.  Put on a t-shirt and make it a casual, romantic day.

The Androgyny

For the girl who likes to stay on trend but doesn't want all the frills!  It's last year's Men's Wear look and it's hear to stay for another season.  Grab your man's tie, put on your favorite blazer and hit the door!

 

2011 Trends:

Plaid 

Plaid has exploded onto everything from clothes to accessories and it's a flash back to the 1990's movie "Clueless."  So those of you who have had to hide your inner Cher for over a decade, pull her back out again and have a blast!

Cher in the 1990's flick, "Clueless"

Saturated Hues

These brights debut in fall 2010 and they haven't lost their luster!   The trend known as Color Blocking are full of brights and find life amidst the falls usual neutral colors.

Prints in saturated hues are also a big hit this year.

Black & White

For those of us that like our classic black,  this year's black and white is the new classic.  The trend is popping up in every look and you can never go wrong with the basics!  Yes, white in a fall color but stick to the rule of no white shoes.

 

2011 Textures:

Lace

We can't have a fashion list without the biggest fashion icon of 2011, Princess Kate!  She sports the lace trend in a classic silhouette that has become her staple look.  Lace is tricky and can look tattered if not worn right.  Take cues from icons like Kate and incorporate it into your Classic or Romantic looks.

Tweed

Tweed is also a classic and can be worn from scarves, blazers to purses like this classic Chanel purse.

 

2011 Coats:

Floor Length & Ponchos

As confessed in my blog "Changing with the Seasons" I am a coat-aholic so these fresh take on coats must find their way to my closet!

 

Shoes

Chunky Heal

Last year these chunky heals started to peak around the corner and for the fall this more practical heal has found their home in every type of shoe.  This trend will definitely keep you looking fashion forward while keeping your balance!

 Lace Ups

Fresh off the runway, this look has already popped up on the red carpet.  Boots, booties and wedges rock the style in every shade.

Katie Holmes at the VMA's wearing lace up booties

 

The great thing about every new season is that you don't always have to pay top dollar to look like a million bucks!  So many designers have designed amazing lines for the main-stream customer without compromising the quality.  So to stay on trend and on budget this fall, look for Designer collections in the stores you shop and strut the runway in your best fall wadrobe!

Jason Wu, Fall 2011

Affordable Designers

Banana Republic - Mad Men collection

Kohls - Vera Wang, Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Conrad

Target - Isaac Mizrahi, Missoni

QVC - Rachel Zoe

Sears - Kardashian Sisters

For more trends on fall colors, see blog "Top Color Trends from Summer to Fall"

Created Woman's Fall Fashion Issue is packed full of Fashion articles and a whole lot more!  See our Article Release Page for what's coming up!

Enjoy 2011 Fall Fashion and becoming the woman you were created to be both inside and out!

List othe blogs coming

Dress to Impress on V-day

Getting ready for V-Day? I am! I just love the occasion to get all dressed up and go out. But the most important question here is, "what the heck am I going to wear"?!? Whether you have a hot date planned or going to the Bobby Bones Singles Mingle event, you need something fabulous! There are ALOT of different options in dresses, so whatever style you are this year I am sure these ideas will help you get you started!  The Belmont Flirt – For this look, the color options are endless. Just stick to solid colors and think short and flow-y.

  

                                   Express                                     White House and Black Market                                    Express

 

Sexy at Sullivan’s – This fitted style will always get you noticed! Don’t be afraid to show some skin for your honey! I am sure he would appreciate it ;)

     

                                  Express                                                         Express                                                        BEBE

 

South Congress Cutie - This style is great if you just want to say “I really like you”. It’s not too dramatic or daring and just the right amount of skin exposure.

 

                                            Zara                                                                     Banana Republic                                              Forever 21

 

The Driskill Diva – Fancy-smancy! Show him that momma still has it going on! I can’t think of a better color then black or any dark color to accomplish this look.

      

                                 Nordstrom                                                              Gap                                                   White House and Black Market

Changing with the Seasons

“Hello, My name is Heather and I’m a coat-aholic!”  Yes, I have finally admitted my addiction after years of buying cardigans, coats, long jackets, short jackets, waist- length jackets, capes, throws, shawls…Oh, I love them all!  If only I could layer in the summer…..if only Austin had a longer winter!  What’s a coat lover to do especially when the seasons change almost everyday in central Texas?  I can barely keep my perfect, long, winter white Banana Republic jacket on long enough for my girlfriends to see before the sun peaks out turning the perfect winter day into a California beach day! Changing of the seasons can be difficult on your closet especially when each day is, well, a new season!  So to help all of my fellow coat-aholic friends out, here are a few great layering pieces that will get you from those cold winter mornings that turn in to mild spring afternoons.

1. Capes are a great way to keep warm, look stylish but not look too bundled up.  Capes come in classic looks like black, leopard or can be the main accessory of any outfit.  Capes have been around since fashion began.

2. Long Jackets & Cardigans are my favorite!  Especially in the every changing weather of Texas.  Wear them over short sleeves and take it off as the sun peaks out.

3. Trench coats have become one of may favorites as well.  Trench coats are classy, trendy, sophisticated and will always be the perfect coat from day to night.

4. If you're blessed to live in a climate that has seasons, you get to choose from a variety of coat lengths & styles.  Long, belted, pea, double breasted.  The list goes on.  Choose a great classic color like camel or black and wear it for years.

5. For those that love to stay on trend, a great faux fur vest makes you feel like you are in a winter wonder land without being over dressed.

6. The Military look appeared in full force this year and the trend carries over into our winter coats and capes as well.

Of course, the ultimate jacket, from my point of view, is the classic Burberry Trench Coat.  It doesn't get any better than that!

So enjoy the changing of the season and the daily changing of coats & capes!

The Perfect Holiday Dress

The holiday shopping season is here and so are holiday parties!  Usually with all the hustle and bustle, the party of the season you have been looking forward to all year suddenly sneaks up on you.  And somehow, every year you find yourself staring helplessly into your closet yelling, "I have nothing to wear!"  just hours before the big event.  Well, it's no time to fret because you still have time....at least 2 weeks ....that's plenty of time for the girl on the go.  To help save you some extra time, here are some helpful tips on how to look your seasons best for the 2010 Holiday season.

Stick with Metallics

Try a dainty dress like the Mad Men Ladies who have brought back the 1950's lady-like full skirt.

Lace is sexy and sophisticated

Red of course is great for the Christmas Season!

Any sequin jacket can dress up a casual party outfit or compliment the most elegant party dress.

Don't forget a clutch like these from Banana Republic.

Finally, for the perfect holiday outfit that will never go out of style.

Have fun at all your holiday parties while looking your best!