Get ready to fall in love with hot runway looks that you can take straight into your closet. You will find everything from shoes, shirts, coats and dresses. It’s the perfect time to be inspired and plan your 2014 wardrobe. When you think of couture, images of Karl Langerfeld draping grandeur, and extreme elegance, on runway models. Now you can borrow that elegance and mix it into a creative combustion to make a new outfit. Don’t be scared of couture. Take these hot trends and personalize them to make them fit your personality.
Sporty and Girly
Runways across the world previewed 2014 trends with feminine and masculine energy. We got everything from pastels to motorcycle inspirations. There is something for both the ladies and the gentlemen. One eye-catching trend that stood out was the masculine embracing athletic in feminine wear. The lookbook on the runway was “sporty-meets-sophisticated” (Glamour). Ladies, watch out for this trend and pull out those bomber jackets to accompany the sophisticated damsel once spring rolls around. Start thinking stripes, track pants and perhaps wedge-heeled shoes. The sporty girl is being embraced! This style is acknowledging that one can be both sporty, and girly, and it’s completely all right.
Shoes just happen to be the grounding force of your entire outfit. Boots are the most pervading trends when it comes to previewing runway footwear. Designers draped everything from booties to thigh-high boots.
Models waltzed down the runway in material that ranged from metallic, skin, and patent leather to glass. We saw lace ups, zippers to multi-colored and solids. It’s really a time to experiment because a lot of things are blooming for spring. They say boots were made for walking but, don’t forget that they were also made to be noticed. Get your feet into some runway inspired shoes by going for the latest in ankle boots and knee-high boots.
Patterns are the spice of life. You can take a plain outfit into a jaw-dropper by adding stripes or animal prints. Now pattern can be worn in various cuts: shift blouses, cropped tops, pants, shirts and even shoes. It’s limitless and genderless. The great thing about spring is the acceptance factor. Like the season, things are changing and finding their styles. You see this with the choice of neutral patterns that were created from designers like BCBG and Rebecca Minkoff. If you wear pattern, look to incorporate earthy tones into more solid colors.
Dries Van Noten incorporated flowers into menswear to show that men are breaking the barrier into what was considered feminine.
The wide-leg trousers are coming in full force as a hot item for 2014 fashion. They look great paired with high heel shoes and create that A-line lean look. These trousers are going to make the ladies look longer and leaner. They have a relaxed vibe that is fitting as opposed to sloppy. Designers like Stella McCartney went into the classic white to add that S in sophisticated. These are everyday wear but you can also choose textures for more formal situations. Thing materials like linen and silk if you want to go extra formal.
Having a great personal style is all about risk-taking. Women and men should always prepare to dress in garments that bring out the best in both features and body shape. With that said, designers are continuously innovating to stay ahead of the trends. Trends come and go but style is here to stay. See anything you like on the runways for 2014? Why not make room for it in your daily look. You’d be surprised at how many ways you can wear shoes, a scarf, a color or a particular pattern. Go ahead and dare to wear.
Anita is a fashion writer, currently writing for Higheclick.com and Macy’s.