How to Transition Spring Trends from the Runway to Your Wardrobe, with a Little Boutique Help

During last fall’s New York Fashion week, dozens of predictions were made as to which trends would make their way into shoppers’ closets this spring. Taking advantage of the fact that, as in all things, hindsight is 20-20, the retail and fashion experts behind Local Hem, the online boutique shopping platform, have picked out this season’s most wearable and accessible trends, straight from fashion week.

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Diane von Furstenberg Yumi Dress

Diane von Furstenberg's Yumi Dress is a perfect piece for trying out the color-blocking trend.

The color-blocking trend resurrects itself every few years, and its time has come again. This trend works for all body types, and can be used to create a silhouette that balances out the body’s proportions.

Cambridge (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

During last fall’s New York Fashion week, dozens of predictions were made as to which trends would make their way into shoppers’ closets this spring. Taking advantage of the fact that, as in all things, hindsight is 20-20, the retail and fashion experts behind Local Hem, the online boutique shopping platform, have picked out this season’s most wearable and accessible trends, straight from fashion week:

Color-Blocking: The color-blocking trend resurrects itself every few years, and its time has come again. This trend works for all body types and can be used to create a silhouette that balances out the body’s proportions. For instance, those with large busts can downplay their top halves by choosing pieces with a dark color on the chest and brighter (or lighter) colors on the waistline and bottom-half. The same trick works for those who are bottom-heavy, just swap the colors (light on top, dark on bottom). Pieces like Diane Von Furstenberg’s Yumi Dress and Tamika Dress, both available at the online boutiques on Local Hem, are just right for first time color-blockers.

Oranges and Tangerines: At the end of the summer, Pantone Color Institute declared that orange, specifically “Tangerine Tango,” would be the reigning color this spring, and not surprisingly they were right on the money with this one. Generally, color trends can be embraced by all, but shoppers should be wary of how that color will look with their skin and hair tones. Generally, fair folks will want to embrace a “softer” orange, while medium and darker hued ladies should have no trouble pulling off a bolder version of the color. If you’re not sure whether tangerine tones work with your complexion, go for an orange shoe, bag or piece of statement jewelry. Alternatively, look for apparel in prints with orange used as an accent color, you’ll achieve the same look without having to commit to a monochromatic ensemble. Free People’s Miles of Lace Dress and EMU Australia’s Foreshores Scarf, Elizabeth and James Horatio Orange-Framed Sunglasses, all available in boutiques now, are perfect examples of how to mix in the color of the season to various degrees.

Bold Prints: Some type of print is declared a “winner” each spring with florals in various scales and colors usually taking the cake; however, this year there was no such obvious trophy-holder. Instead, the emphasis was placed on the boldness of patterns, regardless of the subject. Everything from big, bright florals to geometric tribal prints to giant neon hearts received its moment in the sun and, now, we’re seeing these runway wares being stocked on the shelves of boutiques. Free People’s Fit-and-Flair dress in a rich, large-scale paisley pattern, Tulle’s Midi Dress in a large heart print and Diane Von Furstenberg’s Koemi Dress in a giant geometric and striped print (all available at the online boutiques on Local Hem) are interpretations of this trend that walk the line perfectly; they’re bold enough to get attention, but not quite wild enough to get you a raised eyebrow from the boss.

ABOUT LOCAL HEM
Local Hem is an online boutique shopping platform allowing visitors from anywhere in the world to shop a selection of the best independent, local boutiques online. Visitors to the site can discover and shop boutiques by location, category, designer or specific trends. Each online boutique is handpicked for Local Hem based on its commitment to offering unique, high-quality merchandise and customer service, resulting in a carefully curated selection of the best local boutiques.