Let the Sun Shine In!

Can you feel the anticipation? Spring is almost here, and fashionistas everywhere are aching to cast off their bulky sweaters and unfold their technicolor wings to the sun. After a long winter of recession and global disasters, we’re ready to embrace brightness and warmth!

What are the latest trends, popular colors, and must-have classics to embrace this season? Read on to find out…

Off-Kilter

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styles have slowly been building steam in couture wear, showing up on brave celebrities in magazines and the red carpet. This Spring, designers are bringing this look to your local boutiques! Unleash your inner Greek goddess with off-kilter straps, bandage dresses, and one-armed blouses that blur the line between flirty and daring. Miss Molly in Bodo has a fabulous selection of assymetrical pieces to fit every body shape and personal style. I love the Diane von Furstenburg dress, the Robert Rodriguez blouses, and the soft jersey dress by Splendid that defined comfort & sexiness! (And yes, I really like blue!)

Soft Breezes

Let your inner sylph shine in see-through, gauzy pieces.  Chanel White and antique “blush” pink are everywhere, from shoes to flowy blouses. Belle Boutique on 9th has lovely pink, gauzy tops; throw on one of these elegant pieces and you instantly feel like a ballerina.  Miss Molly has white, assymetrical blouses from Robert Rodgriguez that are feminine, sexy, elegant, and sizzling hot, all at the same time! Ground this look with an earthy-but-classy clog by day, or amp it up with silver or gold shoes for night.

Mix it Up

Prints, prints, and more prints! Whether you love florals or abstracts, graffiti or tattoo, colorful prints are everywhere this season. Belle Boutique has a fabulous line of Spain’s Desigual tops & dresses that are literally flying off the racks as soon as they arrive in the store! This line is hot, hot, hot in Vegas and L.A.; cheers to Belle for bringing Desigual to Boise!

Fancy Pants has a fabulous kimono-sleeve tunic dress by Alice + Olivia that is darling with leggings, skinny jeans, or bare legs! I’d wear this with the biggest, toughest platform sandals in my closet; it’s bold & beautiful! The Whittier dress by Patterson J. Kincaid (see picture below) is just the right blend of classy & summery; it looks adorable with gold rose-bowed flats by Kelsi Dagger. My favorite was the floral-print belted dress by 12th St by Cynthia Vincent (middle): wearable art for day or night! For a gorgeous mix of both print and assymetrical styles, check out the Robert Rodriguez shoulder-baring dress at Miss Molly (right)!

Yes, Ma’am!

The camoflage/military/safari look is always a classic, and this Spring it’s an easy way to add a little bit of toughness to your wardrobe.  Grab a camouflage jacket of some sort; whether it’s your own, your boyfriend’s, or part of your uncle’s hunting gear! Belt it over a lace cami and feminine skirt, or let it hang open with shorts & a blouse. Cuff it, accessorize it, make it your own! This look is so versatile, but always conveys attitude; balance it with heels (wedge, platform, sandals; your choice!) for a touch of femininity. Check out the Balmain line for inspiration, and then shop local boutiques for your own translation of this trend.  Fancy Pants on Idaho St. has an adorable muted grey trenchcoat that is both classic and chic – love the bow!

Go GaGa!

I’ve mentioned this before, so I’ll refrain from saying “I told you so!” (Oops!); Lady Gaga continues to have a subtle influence of the fashion world. Styles that are in stores right now because of her: see-through tops & dresses, hot-pants & barely-there shorts, artistic sky-high shoes, innerwear as outerwear, and dramatic shoulders. How much of her style makes it comfortably to your closet is up to you, but keep your eyes open for stand-out fashion pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe. A subtle take on the strong-shoulder look, for example, is the Robert Rodriguez jacket at Miss Molly, stunning & sexy in black or khaki.

No matter what your budget, pick a few things you LOVE, and wear them with pride. Whether it’s a fabulous spring jacket, or a sexy, daring blouse, or a hot skirt dripping with chains, 2010 is the year to usher in Spring with color and panache! The new harem pants at Miss Molly are tailored and sexy – if you’re unsure of this style, I dare you to try them on; they glide on like butter, and exude relaxed confidence.

Downtown Boise is fortunate to have some wonderful fashion boutiques, each with their own flare, and unique pieces you won’t find at the mall! Miss Molly carries Robert Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenburg, Ella Moss, and jeans by Citizen, Tag, Hudson, and Paige.  Fancy Pants is another great store for designer jeans; they carry the hard-to-find Rock & Republic, Rich & Skinny, Serfontaine (love the little snake!), as well as fashions by Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Taylor, Joie, and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. Belle Boutique is a great place to shop, with jeans, blouses, skirts, & accessories in a variety of prices, as well as tons of dresses for every occassion (see previous blog.) Pink on 8th has a great selection of jeans, dresses, and tops to fit every budget, and of course Paradigm continues to rock the sexy t-shirt & jeans trend for both men & women. It should also be noted that both Fancy Pants & Miss Molly both carry menswear now!

Trend Shortlist:

  • White is hot! Shredded jeans, Chanel heels, gauzy blouses; pair with heavy silver belts & jewelry, or dainty gold pieces.
  • Color, color, color! The brighter the better, in solids, prints, and florals – pick your palatte and go for it!
  • Frock it! Tough or flirty, DRESSES are everywhere for day & night
  • Sky-high is the rule, with either skirts, shorts, or towering platforms
  • Bandage, assymetrical, one-shouldered – flirty or sexy, the look is up to you!
  • Footwear as art – from Gucci to Jimmy Choo, feet are decked out in wild, inventive styles (look for booties & clogs)

So there you have it, Boise; Spring is upon us, get out and shop!  From small, personal boutiques (besides those mentioned above, check out Barbara Barbara, Shoe Fetish, and Ella’s Room!) to the larger chain stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, there’s something here for everyone!

Go on, greet the sun and get your STYLE on! 😀

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