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Now that Spring has officially sprung and the temperatures are cooperating (for the most part), it’s time to pack up those heavy Winter pieces. With the blossoming of new flowers also comes new Spring fashion trends. I don’t know about you, but I get excited with the change of seasons because it gives us new opportunities to experiment with the latest trends and ditch our old wardrobes to try new things. Although this is an exciting time for some of us, others of you may feel a bit apprehensive about this thing called fashion. Well, I’m here to help you out a bit.

In the fashion world, trends come and go. Sometimes they’re only around for one season and other times they may go through to the next season. And even if you don’t follow fashion, you have seen and experienced the fact that fashions/trends usually end up repeating at some point in time or another.

You may not be one who usually follows fashion trends. That’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some trends may be intimidating and others may just not be your style.  It’s all about creating and having a personal style. That personal style is wearing pieces that you love and feel good in no matter what others think. Even if they aren’t what is current and in fashion magazines or seen on the runway.  But since this post is about Spring fashion trends, that’s what we’ll talk about. So although you may not incorporate trends into every outfit,  it doesn’t hurt to find one trend that appeals to you and give it a try. I’m sure there’s one out there for you. There’s several trends right now but I only chose a few to discuss for now.

GINGHAM
A plain-woven fabric, typically checked in white and another color.  Gingham has been around since the 18th century. Bridgitte Bardot wore a pink gingham dress when she got married, starting a trend which caused a shortage of this fabric in France. As seen at Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors.

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MILITARY INSPIRED
Military has been present in the fashion world for quite a few seasons now. Camo print doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but other aspects of the military uniform is quite relevant this Spring. Check out these looks from Gucci and Marc Jacobs.

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FLORAL
When we think of Springtime, blossoming flowers and gardens come to kind. With that said, the runways were full of blooms of every size and color. Traditional florals but also florals taken to the next level. A couple of pieces from Erdem and Marchesa, who always wows us with their beautiful gowns.

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REVIVAL OF THE 70s
As one of my favorite fashion decades, the 70s is big this season. You can put away your skinny jeans (or not) and work those wide leg pants with a sky high wedge shoe. Take a style cue from Emilio Pucci and Prada for your 70s inspiration.

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CULOTTES
This trend is going to be around for a few more seasons. Culottes are basically a “pair of pants that hang like a skirt”. Check out this blog post for a better understanding of culottes. They come in different lengths and can be worn by any size and figure. Finding the right length for your height is key. They can be a great alternative to a skirt or pants while still having a well put together look. Whether you keep the ensemble casual or dress things up a bit, you can’t go wrong with culottes. See how Jil Sander, Sonia Rykel and Tibi styled their culottes.

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Ok men, I didn’t forget about you. A few Spring trends happening in men’s fashion is sure to step up his style this season as well.

GRUNGE
Well, not a total grunge look. It’s the grunge accessory. The shirt, most of the time plaid,  tied around your waist. This look is revived from the 90s grunge era when one just nonchalantly tied their shirt around their waist for functional purposes. Even though you will probably never put that extra shirt on, it should look as if you have it hanging there just in case you need to put it on. As seen on the runways of Lacoste, AMI and Richard Chai.

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COLOR COMBINATIONS
Try out these color combos to hone in on the trend. I’m quite sure you already own pieces in these colors but your next step is to style them together. Blue and brown,  khaki and white and black and white. The latter is a classic and will never go out of style. Try them as stated or mix and match them. On the runways of Prada, Bruno Cucinelli and Fendi. Also at Ovadia&Sons, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein.

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These are just a sampling of the current Spring trends. There are so many more for you to add to your shopping list or to look for while shopping your own closet. The examples above are high end designers but every store including department stores, fast fashion stores, discount stores, etc. will have these trends available at prices which are more wallet-friendly if you don’t want to splurge. Remember,  fashion is a way of expressing oneself.  You can show your personality through your personal style so don’t be afraid to dress and style pieces any way you like. Go for it! Have fun! It’s only fashion, no one has ever been harmed by the way one dresses.

Images via Instyle, Vogue, style.com, GQ