What Are the Spring 2015 Fashion Trends?

After a harsh winter spent bundled in heavy layers and down coats, the weather is finally starting to warm up, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring. Break out those sandals and sundresses and plan to do a little shopping to add some of the latest spring fashion trends to your wardrobe.

Here’s a list of some of the top spring trends and wardrobe must-haves fashion experts are seeing for 2015.

Color: Color is making a bold statement for spring. Bright whites, blushes, pastels, olive green, and black and white are popular this season. Yellow also is very popular for this spring as well as shades of red and orange. Floral patterns were big on fashion runways this year in everything from tops and pants to dresses and scarves.

Styles: The Bohemian look is very on-trend right now with clothing featuring fringe, headbands, embroidered patches, and feathers. This look is very eclectic with a 1970s vibe in prints and colors. Crochet, flesh tones, lace, and floral make for a very feminine look. Sheen and shine, sequins, and metallic foil finishes will be everywhere as well as embroidery and jeweled trims. Asian patterns are also trending with pajama and kimono shapes seen a lot.

Must-haves: Maxi dresses are a must-have for your spring wardrobe. This style is typically a floor-length sundress and comes in solids, prints, and florals. Another item that is hot this year is Bermuda shorts. In between a crop pant and shorts, Bermuda shorts hit right above the knee and can be dressed up or down. Tunics, wide-leg trousers, layering shirts, and woven tops are other must-haves.

Shoes: Look for metallic and neutral combinations for spring footwear. Sandals, wedges, and flats are still popular and stylish with sandals that are reminiscent of the ankle boots that were popular this fall. Gladiator sandals remain trendy as well as loafers with a square toe.

Accessories: Belts will be everywhere, whether wide or skinny, and are best worn with a dress. Layered necklaces and fringe are also trendy this season.

Happy spring shopping!

What to Wear for All Your Wedding Festivities

What to Wear, What to Wear!

From your engagement party to bridal showers to your rehearsal dinner, there are many occasions leading up to your big day when the bride needs to dress up. Here are some dress ideas for each of the parties where you will be the guest of honor.

Engagement Party

The engagement party will kick off your wedding festivities, as you and your fiancé officially announce your engagement to friends and family. Usually held as a cocktail party, the ideal outfit for the bride-to-be is a cocktail dress, but nothing too formal or too casual either. It is customary for the bride-to-be to wear cream or white at events leading up to her big day, so a pretty choice would be a fitted, cream, lace minidress with nude sandals or heels, depending on the season. Metallics like bronze or silver are also very up-to-the minute and add just the right amount of sparkle for the guest of honor. If you choose to stick with a classic little black dress, choose one in a semiformal material such as silk or lace, and make a statement with accessories. But go easy on the jewelry as the focus should be on your new engagement ring!

Bridal Shower

Nothing says a bridal shower like pastels! If your bridal showers will be held in spring or summer, a pastel sundress is the perfect look. Since most bridal showers take place during daytime hours, a pretty day dress is the best choice. When searching for a shower dress, look for something with a little feminine flair such as bows or lace. Showers traditionally include only female attendees—making them a great opportunity to channel your girly side.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is the time for you to go all out and wear something fun and sexy. Dark skinny jeans with a sparkly halter top and jacket is a great choice for a night out with your best girlfriends. Or choose a fitted minidress and heels for a night spent club-hopping.

Rehearsal Dinner

On the evening before your big day, you want to look elegant and beautiful, but you will also want to keep your look low maintenance—your wedding day will be the time to fuss over your appearance! Your choice of dress or outfit will depend on what type of rehearsal dinner you have and where you have it. For more formal country club or hotel ballroom events, you’ll want to choose a dress that is a little fancier. Traditionally, brides wear white or cream for the rehearsal dinner, but you can veer from tradition and pick a dress in a color. For example, you might want a dress in the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses or one of your wedding décor colors. Or black is always classic and elegant. A knee-length dress is a good choice.

More casual rehearsal dinners at a restaurant or at someone’s home call for a less formal look. For instance, wear a dressy sundress for a summer outdoor dinner or a pretty wrap dress for a restaurant affair. If your rehearsal dinner will be very casual such as a backyard cookout, you could go even more casual in a light sundress or capri pants with a flowy top. Stick with flats for outdoor events.

With so many parties and festivities leading up to your wedding day, you may want to go ahead and plan your outfits in advance and do any shopping early, so you won’t be stressed out as the time comes for the big event. The goal is for the bride to have a good time and be showered with attention and not to worry about how she looks!