Spring It On
The Must-Have Trends of the Season
By Angela Caraway-Carlton
Photography by DowntownPhoto/Fort Lauderdale
Ready to rock Spring? Fashion trends feel pretty nostalgic these days, and you’re sure to have a blast working the season’s updated styles from the past. When dressing to impress, Jessica Uchuya, owner of Jessie, a popular boutique with locations in Boca Raton, Aventura and South Beach, says there are three top trends: Victorian- and Spanish-inspired styles and a reinvented bohemian vibe. But how do we wear them?
You don’t have to be a wandering flower child to be a boho babe this season. Instead, think free-flowing maxi dresses and skirts. “The new boho look has evolved into a contemporary, modern trend. It is less ‘hippie’ and more chic,” says Uchuya. “Normally, boho prints are floral or paisley, but this year, boho means more solids or prints like tie-dye.”
The Victorian-inspired trend is full of drama and romance with high necklines, bows, flowers and loads of lace, but to avoid looking as if you’re wearing a period piece costume, try not embrace the trend entirely from head to toe. “Pick a blouse with ruffles and pair it with jeans. You can also get a lacy skirt and pair it with your favorite T-shirt,” advises Uchuya. “If you want to go for more drama, pick a simple, solid-colored lace dress or one with appliqués.”
Say hola to Spanish-inspired looks that flaunt ruffles, embroidery and florals. “Red is a huge color with this trend, either on your clothes or on your lips,” says Uchuya. “Again, the key is not to overdo it.”
When it comes to shoes, the boutique owner says to find your footing this season with denim, fringe, tassels, slip-ons and slingback designs. And if you’re looking for a standout color for clothing and accessories: “The top colors are rose quartz, lilac gray and snorkel blue,” says Uchuya. “It is more about texture and fabrics than patterns.”
South Florida girls have no problem exposing a little skin, and this season, there’s one hot spot everyone will be showing off. “It is all about the shoulders, so an off-the-shoulder or open-shoulder top is a must,” Uchuya says.
Bring on spring. You’re ready!