I know, I know – Your calendar and the weather both say that it’s still winter. However, savvy shoppers will tell you that fashion designers are always creating a season or two ahead – and a peek into any boutique these days will prove that it is already time to start shopping for spring. So, to help get you started, here are our picks for the season’s hottest trends – recommended girlfriend to girlfriend:

Bermuda Shorts
void(0)z-120-103438-1-xaxEG7DiAGjMThis chic yet slouchy alternative to summer’s short shorts were all over this season’s runways. Their modest, flattering shape makes them delightfully versatile: They can be worn to family gatherings, out to brunch with the girls, or even – when paired with a ladylike blouse and cardigan or blazer – to the office. This chino version from J.Crew is the perfect go-with-everything basic, while this floral style by Peter Som x Ernest Sewn makes a beautiful statement for spring.

Bold Stripes
urlWorn with denim or chambray (which are also hot for spring), big and bold stripes are distinctly all-American. On clean silhouettes paired with dark shades and a sleek chignon, they take on an elegant Continental je ne sais quois. With so many ways to wear them, stripes are sure to be huge this spring – and probably for many seasons to come. For inspiration, check out the newest pieces from the King of American Nautical Chic himself, Tommy Hilfiger.

 

Statement Shades
Anna-Sui-Spring-2013-Vail-Fucci-1171836-33A quick and easy way to add some runway style to your look this spring is to pop on a pair of fabulous shades. This spring, sunglasses are straying from traditional tortoiseshell frames; it’s the perfect time to experiment with shape, size and color. The trend is so big this season that even Google’s high-tech, internet-enabled specs took a turn on the catwalk – but we recommend starting with something a little more approachable, like these bold red frames from Anna Sui’s Spring 2013 collection.

Beading
marchesa-spring-2013-2_faThis season’s globally-inspired embellishment is definitely delicate beading. With a nod to the Old World elegance of Russia and the Middle East, the detail offers a more feminine alternative to scratchy sequins. A flowy, silky beaded top or dress in a brilliant hue is a fantastic addition to your spring wardrobe this season. Use this Indian-influenced frock from Marchesa’s spring 2013 collection as a source of high-fashion inspiration.

 

Sporty Dresses
dkrj011020indigocombo-indigo_jacquard_dress_blue_detail_frontNothing puts a spring in your step like a flirty A-line skirt! Sports-inspired dresses were all over the runways this season. They can be worn with comfy sneakers on a weekend afternoon, or dressed up a bit with wedges or espadrilles. Their simple shape recalls the carefree, girlish style of high school football games – and are a breath of fresh air after winter’s heavy layers. This fit-and-flare style by ISSA London in shades of blue is a great example.

Sheer Panels and Cut-Outs
8198275918Peek-a-boo midriffs, see-through inserts… This spring, it’s all about the subtly sexy allure of barely-there swatches of fabric and little glimpses of skin. It was definitely easy to spot this trend on the designer runways this season. Plenty of affordable options (like the ultra-feminine Slice of Life Cutout Ivory Dress and this sultry LBD, The Big Reveal Cutout Black Dress) can be found at Lulus.com.

Have you been following the new season’s trends? What are you most looking forward to wearing this spring? Let us know in the “comments” section below, and be automatically entered to win a free gift from MyChelle!*

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By Liana Orenstein