March is one of my favourite times of year to go shopping, as it always means the arrival of spring fashions in the stores. After a long, cold winter, it’s always refreshing to see bright colours begin to fill the racks. Blacks, grays and browns are replaced by pinks, blues and yellows; wool and tweed are replaced by chiffon and linen; and long sleeves are packed away to make room for short sleeves and sleeveless styles.
Even though it’s too early to be wearing these summery styles, seeing them in the stores is a welcome reminder that warmer weather is on the way; that patio season is just around the corner; and that soon enough, I’ll be able to pack away my tired-looking winter jacket for at least six months. Even if I’m not yet buying new spring and summer outfits, browsing the stores when they’re full of these bright-coloured fashions always seems to boost my spirits.
This spring, some of the trends to watch for include lace, florals, sheer fabrics and 70s-inspired styles (think wide-leg pants and flowy floral dresses). Also, prepare to embrace accessories. Silk scarves, statement necklaces, oversized sunglasses and bright, bold bags and shoes complement many of this year’s styles perfectly.
The Marilyn Denis Show featured some spring accessories from Sears this morning, and I was pretty impressed with the department store’s offerings. I particularly like this bright blue boyfriend blazer, and these red patent peep-toe shoes (see above right).
I also liked these gold sandal stilettos paired with this black pencil skirt and purple sleeveless tank (see left).
Another great destination for spring accessories is Nine West, which boasts a range of bright shoes, sandals, handbags and accessories. In particular, check out the label’s Sophie Theallet collection for styles that perfectly capture this spring’s trends.