The 10 Most Wearable Spring 2014 Fashion Trends, Straight Off the Runway
Spring 2014 Trends Straight from the Runways: Pretty Pastels
A rainbow of soft springtime shades reigned throughout the collections. The best thing about the pastel trend? You can pick your most-flattering color and wear it with whatever silhouette flatters (and excites) you. From a minty-green board-shorts suit to a sexy-CEO lilac dress to sporty baby blue bombers, the sky’s the limit on how pastel-happy you want to get.
Shown: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Boxy, Cropped (Non-Moto) Jackets
Yes, your fall wardrobe-staple moto jacket will still serve you well in the spring, but think about adding one of these non-moto jackets to your layering arsenal. The boxy, cropped silhouette can come in a plethora of prints and textures to pair easily with a fit-and-flare or body-con dress, tailored trousers, office-ready skirts, and (of course) your go-to jeans. A girl can never have too many jackets. Amirite?
Shown: BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Minkoff, Thakoon
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Contrast-Collar Button-Downs
The crisp, menswear-inspired dress shirt enjoys a makeover with inventively cool, contrasting color and/or textured collars and cuffs. This elevated wardrobe essential is perfect for sneakily kicking up your work outfit (just make sure to button up all the way!).
Shown: Alexander Wang, Costello Tagliapietra, Altuzarra
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Wide-Leg Trousers
Easy to wear and ultra-chic, billowy wide-leg trousers made a huge showing on the spring runways. I know what you’re thinking…and, no, this trend isn’t just for six-foot-tall supermodels, I swear. Just look for a pair that’s leaner on the flare and higher-waisted to elongate your frame.
Shown: BCBG Max Azria, Trina Turk, Rosie Assoulin
Spring 2014 Trends Straight from the Runways: Cool Bomber Jackets
The sporty layering pieces get edgier for spring with adventurously colorful prints, luxe textures and fabrics, and sporty-cool detailing—like mesh weaving and perforations. Like its cousin the moto jacket, the bomber is ultra versatile to temper the girliness of a dress or complement the athletic chicness of dressy shorts.
Shown: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Milly, Tracy Reese
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Tea-Length Skirts
While the midiskirt may be the ultimate transition piece, the tea-length—between midi and maxi (yes, it’s starting to get that specific)—is it for spring. The ladylike hemline can be just as modern as a mini; pair it with a cropped top to offset the length (and make you look taller!). Of course, you could also get the look with a breezy tea-length dress, but keep it modern and sexy by baring some arm (and maybe a little shoulder).
Shown: Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Sweater Dressing
Along with the not-going-anywhere crop top, spring knits make for next season’s staple separate. Whether it’s boldly printed or inventively cut, the seasonal sweater is an easy-chic piece to pair with tailored pants, flirty skirts, and blousy shorts—or to just throw on over a light dress.
Shown: Trina Turk, Altuzarra, Mara Hoffman
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Tuxedo-Meets-Athletic-Striped Trousers
The athletic stripe smartens up with tuxedo detailing on these sporty-meets-sophisticated tailored trousers. It’s really all in the styling. To keep the look modern but refined, opt for a streamlined silhouette in unexpected white (black is so traditional) and pair the pants with a casual non-button-down top. Or take inspiration from Costello Tagliapietra’s “reverse tuxedo,” with striping that runs along the inseam instead.
Shown: J.Crew, Costello Tagliapietra, BLK DNM
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: The Shift Blouse
Almost like a dressy version of a T-shirt, the shift blouse is easy (but so much more sophisticated!). The near-elbow-length sleeve and boxy silhouette keep the look flattering and versatile. Have some fun with extra details, like exciting prints, luxurious textures, and varying necklines.
Shown: Cynthia Rowley, Clover Canyon, Calvin Klein
Spring 2014 Fashion Trend: Collarless Coats
Another strong spring layering piece: the long, streamlined coat, minus the collar or lapel. You could always go safe with a neutral or solid color, but take a risk with fun prints or embellished denim. The piece works with dressy trousers or a pencil skirt for the office, or spring leather pants or a body-con dress for a date-night outfit idea.
Shown: J.Crew, Rachel Zoe, Clover Canyon