(1) Neon Yellow:
Popular among the collections of several Resort and 2013 Spring Couture shows (Versace, top left; Dior, bottom left), last year’s neon look is still going strong. Whether in the form of a statement dress or added accents, sunny neon yellow is adding pops of colour to both the runway and your local shops. To get the look, try sweaters like this cozy jumper from Topshop or these pumps by JCrew, and brighten up your fingers with Illamasqua nail varnish in Rare (seen above). Don’t miss Prabal Gurung’s upcoming collaboration with Target (due February 10) which boasts an array of spring brights at great prices. The ruffle dress (above centre) is priced at a reasonable $39.99. Have a peek at the full collection here. Check out my ongoing yellow pinspirations here.
(2) Mint Green:
Carrying on the pastel trend, mint has also been a colour favoured in recent designs. Taking my inspiration from Balmain’s Resort 2013 collection (above centre), I love this colour for a fresh spring look. My favourite items are silky blouses - like tops from Aritzia (top left) or Forever 21’s more wallet-friendly alternatives (bottom right) - and handbags - Rebecca Minkoff (top right) or Kate Spade for everyday and Lululemon (bottom left) for travel or sport. Attention yoga lovers, mint has been huge with Lululemon’s latest so get it before it’s gone! Check out my ongoing mint pinspirations here.
(3) Translucent Bag or Clutch:
Image via bagaholicboy.com
I’m fascinated with this little Chanel number from the Cruise 2013 collection. My love of the translucent bag began last summer with a beach worthy tote from Holt Renfrew and the look has been popping up all over since. I love the idea of the multicoloured effect the various items inside will give off. Need to pack some personal private items? Make use of mini pouches in a few different colours to amp up the look. For a more affordable version, try this bag from Forever 21.
(4) Lace Leggings:
Photo: Marcus Tondo/InDigitalteam/GoRunway.com
Spotted at Chanel’s Spring 2013 Couture show and likely to become an instant hit, lace leggings make a great addition to just about any look as they can be worn with a number of styles. While lace patterned items have been popular, I have yet to see the leggings trend hit many of the shops I frequent. Two of my personal favourites (see below) are from Stradivarius (purchased in Spain a few years ago, Stradivarius is a sister company of Zara) and Free People (available here). Buyer beware: a pair of lace leggings may not last long (especially if they are similar to the style below left) so I don’t recommend investing more than $20 on a highly delicate pair.