Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

In Full Bloom

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

In Full Bloom

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There are 90 days before summer officially begins, so now is the time to take stock of your closet, weeding out what is hot and what is not - a spring cleaning, as the saying goes. But after that task, how do you determine what's missing - and what you need to get during "spring shopping"?

Follow our style guide below, where we break down the top 10 trends for the season, including color, Olympics-inspired athleticism, pleats, pastels, sleeveless vests and art deco details. Ladies, buckle up, it's going to be a fashionable ride.

Neutral territory

Neutrals, the softer, more subtle trend of the spring/summer 2012 season, are flush with a rose-tinged color, giving them a fresh look that is a welcome respite from the more dominant hothouse hues. The tonal variety in this family provides infinite pairing possibilities. Think of wearing one shade from head to toe or mix with creams, blacks, camels and deep, rich siennas.

Pastel perfect

Paler hues of pink, lime, lemon, sky blue, cream and lavender signaled spring's arrival, and a nod to the 1950s-era's prim and proper polish. Embrace ladylike confections in these colors by thinking in terms of "Mad Men," with sleeveless shells worn with pencil skirts, belted sleeveless sheaths, and '50s silhouette dresses worn with three-quarter sleeve summer cashmere sweaters.

Monochromatics

Ebony and ivory may be a tried-and-true combination, but it has morphed into more modern, minimalist fare this season with geometrical elements. Envision black trousers with a white tuxedo stripe down the side, or a white linen blouse with a black yoke or black piping around the collar and cuffs. You can wear all white with a strong black element or all black with a white obi belt. The botanist

Nature's mixologist was in full bloom with flowers appearing in every incarnation imaginable, from Fauvist dynamism to blossoms straight out of an English garden. Indulge in poppies or sunflowers, saturated flora mixed with pen and ink illustrations, or bold cabbage roses on high-waisted sarong-closure skirts, shirtdresses, cropped trousers a la Palm Beach, strapless dresses or button-front tunic tops. Keep everything else you wear simple unless you are purposefully mixing and matching patterns, which, of course, requires a very light hand.

Kaleidoscope

Color was everywhere - notably reds, blues and purples - emerging on the runways from the palest of hues to boldest of neon. Mix and match tones or wear one bold hue alone. Think in terms of sea blues (sea foam, sky, turquoise to deep inky blues), scarlets (reddish orange, fire engine, oxblood) and purples (soft lilacs to deep purples). Mix reds with blacks, creams or neutrals for maximum effect. Blues and greens should be mixed together and layered this season for a fresh take on the sea, or with pops of gold for modern sophistication. …

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