Hello new year and the prospect for fresh beginnings and new styles. We tapped some of the most influential Southern bloggers to share what trends they predict will be big for 2014. With all the pastel hues and ladylike tailoring, it’s safe to say this is the year feminity and grace take back our closets.
Jessica Graves, The Love List — Atlanta
“I love pale pink as a neutral—it’s got a lovely way of giving anyone who wears it a warm, rosy glow. I especially love it when it’s left alone to make a statement, like on a coat paired with basics—white oxford and a great pair of skinny jeans, or pants and a classic pump. I really don’t know how you could go wrong.” (Jessica on her pink-coat obsession).
Andi Eaton, Oui We Girl — New Orleans
“As Radiant Orchid is named the Pantone color of the year, we’ll see this purple in beauty and fashion with holographic hues to the sweetest dip-dyed lavenders and lilacs.” (Check out Andi’s sweet purple-on-purple look).
Krystal Schlegel— Dallas
“The trend I am so glad is back in for 2014 is dewy makeup and soft-white eyeshadow. A pop of a light color on the inner eye corner opens up your eyes and makes you look fresh faced. My favorite examples were shown at the Tory Burch and Lela Rose spring runway shows.”
Lauren Wynns, Necessary & Proper — Washington, D.C.
“For an updated look, create interest and depth in simplicity. Wear sleek, feminine silhouettes in solid colors, and limit jewelry and pattern play to something that is truly special. Allow your ladylike separates to stand alone as statements, instead of mixing them into the more-is-more look we have already seen too much of. When in doubt, opt for pressed, crisp cotton shirt. It’s classic, but we will see it take many forms—pair it with something textured and unexpected like a fringe skirt or metallic palazzo pants.” (We’re in love with Lauren’s recent “Holiday Hues” look. It’s the perfect example of adding interest to the classics).
Chassity Evans, Look Linger Love — Charleston
“Shift blouses are picking up momentum. Try the boxy look in a feminine pastel—the soft hues are another big trend for spring. We’ll also be seeing a lot of tea-length skirts this year. Make a statement with a floral print which, you guessed it, is still in.”
Megan LaRussa Chenoweth, Southern Femme — Birmingham
“While the heel will never go out of style, this year the flat makes a loud and proud comeback. Ballet flats with ankle straps, skater shoes with thick soles, brightly hued loafers, and pointed-toe smoking slippers all graced the spring runways—lucky us! (Shop from Megan’s round-up of cute and affordable flats).
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