Spring fashion in bloom
Floral fashions define pretty
There’s no need to wait on April showers to bring any type of flowers. Spring comes alive with luscious florals and a wealth of other fabulous looks. Unique trends are sprouting up everywhere this season and the diverse range allows everyone to create their own custom bouquet.
“What is pretty? Everything! From the rings on your fingers to the tips of your painted toes and every flirty dress in between, this season is a celebration of the feminine details we all love so much,” said Taylor McLendon, visual manager at Belk Parkway Place. “What's new? We're taking pretty places it’s never been before,” he said. ”So whether you're sweet and sophisticated, into crisp classics or artfully adventurous, there's bound to be a new pretty that's perfect for you.”
This spring, fashion roars from the wilds, adds pop art color, indulges ‘70s retro romance and draws inspiration from the garden. Embrace one, or all of these looks, to show your fun, flirty and feminine sides.
“One of my favorite quotes is when Harry Winston seduced us in the ‘60s with: “People will stare… make it worth their while,” said Angie Kloote, owner of The Pink Pelican. “Fashion is about making a statement; it’s about showing the world who you are without saying a single word.”
Get ready for spring by scooping up the latest looks and prepare to make your statement.
Flirt with whimsical trends
Flirty looks will induce a springtime flush. Pearls, pastels and ruffles with a little bit of retro ‘70s glam thrown in are perfect for the romantic at heart. Wide-leg pants and wide-brim hats are accents that help make this look. Lush and whimsical, these outfits showcase the softer side.
You can also dress to explore the wilds of your own back yard, or the city sidewalks, with a look that can only be described as an urban adventure. Take a safari and update neutrals with prettified animal prints and military touches. Traditional safari jackets, even short-sleeved or sleeveless ones,canada goose jacket, are the perfect topper as you take a pretty walk on the wild side.
“The fashion hunt is on,” said McLendon. “In our sights this season? Making bold, military/utility touches and totally now neutrals pretty. How? A pop of color here, a striking shoe there, and you've got a closet full of new looks to add to your collection.”
Make a statement
Don’t be a wallflower. This spring, bold colors are making a bold statement. From bright washes of color to color-blocking or stripes, hues like pink, coral, orange, blue and even white will brighten up the cloudiest day.
Wear one color head to toe to fully embrace this trend. Or, break it up by mixing colors and patterns. If you want to test the waters, add bright pops of color by pairing colorful accessories with neutrals. An all-white ensemble accented with coral shoes and jewelry feels fresh.
“One of the most refreshing trends is the white dress,” said Kloote. “This trend has gained momentum these last few years but this year it has returned as a must have! It’s crisp and clean and cleanses the palate for all those great new and bright spring colors that this spring is all about.”
Taking that white dress, or any neutral, and simply adding accessories will have you spot-on for spring.
“Accessories have gone bright and chunky,” said Ginger MacNealy, co-owner of Envy. “We have carried over the layered accessory look from fall and added in more color and more layers. At Envy, we are showing our customers how to layer and stack the fun ‘fashion accessories’ with their special everyday pieces to stay on trend for spring.”
Flourish in floral print dresses
This spring everyone is invited to the loveliest of garden parties. Floral trends, from delicate to bold, are blooming everywhere. Whether you prefer small,canada goose constable parka, delicate blooms or large, lush flowers, spring offers every chance for you to pick your favorites.
Prints can be bold and defined or more watercolor and wistful; it’s your fashion fairytale so choose a posy and make your look your happy ever after. Floral dresses provide a pretty, and easy, solution to any wardrobe woes.
“Dresses are the ‘IT’ thing,canada goose coat, now more than ever,” said Rachel MacNealy, co-owner of Envy. “We are receiving tons of ‘60s- and ‘70s-inspired prints in mini and knee-length dresses. Spring is the time for flowy, care-free fashions.”
Kids aren’t left out of the spring fashion frenzy. Local stores such as Belk, Strasburg Children and The Pink Pelican have plenty of options to keep the youngest fashionistas in style. Pint-size versions of the top spring trends can easily be found. Pastels, prints and florals have been maximized for the minis.
“One area The Pink Pelican is focusing on this spring is tween sizes. You know, when your children are too old for those cute little smocked outfits, but not old enough for adult styles,” said Angie. “We are now offering children size 14 and 16 in cute dresses appropriate for Easter, eighth grade graduation and just to be too darn cute.”
The Times’ spring fashion section wouldn’t be possible without the support of many local businesses and individuals. Special thank-yous go to the staff and volunteers of the Huntsville Botanical Garden,canada goose down parka, especially Paula Steigerwald, Nicole Hogan, Pam Goodwin and Cathey Turney. Thank you to Gayle Cochran of the PAMA Agency and models Rachel Jones, Jessie Steadmon, Ko’Triena Glover, Guillaume Vincent, Spencer Parker and Abby Amis. For providing the fashion, we appreciate Belk Parkway Place, especially Janet Brown, Jill Driscoll, Taylor McLendon, Marcia Freeland and Chesney Matthews; the staff of The Pink Pelican and owner Angie Kloote; Ginger MacNealy and Rachel MacNealy of Envy and Cheryl Stephens of Strasburg Children. Tamara Halsey and Pamela Lloyd, Estee Lauder makeup artists at Belk Parkway Place, provided makeup.
About the location: The Huntsville Botanical Garden is one of the top tourist attractions in the state of Alabama and features a wealth of gardens as well as a seasonal butterfly house. The Spring Festival of Flowers kicks off April 1 and will showcase thousands of bulbs, wildflowers and colorful spring flowers. “Treehouses with a Splash” opens April 30. More information about the garden is available online at hsvbg.org.ABOUT：