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6 Top Spring/Summer 2014 Trends

Posted: Feb 10 2014

Look around and you’ll see a fashion blogosphere that’s booming with coverage for Fall 2014 and the latest from #NYFW, but what we’re talking about today is the here and now – well, sort of. We’re talking Spring, people! What will everyone be wearing in a few weeks’ time when the snow melts and the flowers finally blossom? We did some digging, and it turns out that designers have a wide range of answers to that question (to say the least). It was tough to narrow down all the stellar Spring/Summer ’14 trends that came out of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, but we managed to pick our top six. While everyone from Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger to Marni and Alexander Wang got in on the sporty chic action, Balenciaga, Vera Wang, and many more were partial to the sheer look. Read on to see the other trends that made our list and try not to get excited about spring — come on, we dare you.

Athletic Apparel

 

 

Lacoste via Style.com

 

Not headed to the gym, court, track, or pool anytime soon? Well, you can still look like you are, because the spring runways were chock full of athletic-inspired looks. From swingy tennis skirts at Lacoste and Louise Goldin to sporty anoraks at Band of Outsiders and Tommy Hilfiger, designers took athleticwear to chic new heights this season. Other sports-inspired pieces that made numerous appearances: baseball caps, visors, track pants, basketball shorts, and sweatshirts.

 

Underwear-as-Outerwear

 

 

Saint Laurent via Style.com

 

Remember the Seinfeld episode where Elaine gifts a bra to Sue Ellen — who was famous for going braless all the time — only to have her wear the bra without a shirt in public out of spite? Well, turns out Sue Ellen was right on trend, because lingerie is seeing the light of day this season. Bras and exposed stomachs peeked out under cardigans and coats at Michael Kors, Akris, Maison Martin Margiela, and Salvatore Ferragamo, while at Rodarte, Alberta Ferretti, and Alexander McQueen, embellished bras took center stage and acted as crop tops. If you want a subtler take on this look, show less skin and emulate Giambatitista Valli, where a dark bra was styled under a semi-sheer, long-sleeve dress.

 

Graphic Black and White

 

 

Fendi via Style.com

 

The message when it comes to prints this season? Go bold or go home. Ultra-graphic patterns in timeless black and white filled the runways at Fendi, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more. While the color combo is such a classic choice, vivid prints make the trend entirely au courant. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a red accessory to complete the look.

 

Sheer

 

 

Vera Wang via Style.com

 

First bras, now sheer — designers really want you to show some skin this season. While Balenciaga, Vera Wang, and Elie Tahari went for more subtle sheer details, Ralph Rucci and J.W. Anderson went all-out with completely see-through tops. Ease into this trend via a blouse with diaphanous sleeves and work your way up (if you dare!) to the completely sheer dress a la Jason Wu.

 

World Traveler

 

 

Valentino via Style.com

 

Designers were all over the map this season, referencing a variety of cultures and locales. Riccardo Tisci showed a mix of Japanese and African elements at Givenchy, while Dries Van Noten’s show had Spanish influences. Even if you don’t have a far-flung trip planned, you can always live vicariously though your wardrobe, right?

 

Artistic

 

 

Céline via Style.com

 

The outfits on Prada’s S/S’14 runway looked more like pieces of art than clothes. In fact, tons of designers showcased ensembles that looked like they should be hanging on a wall, not hanging in your closet. From Prada’s colorful portraits to Céline’s painterly prints, designers definitely tapped into their inner artist this season. A giant face on your dress might be too much for some people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t test-drive this trend. Simply opt for pieces with smaller prints, like a colorful jacket a la Versace.

 

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By: Erin Fitzpatrick

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