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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Latest Resort: Spring 2011

For many, ‘tis the season for planning winter cruises and destination trips. My, what to wear? Even if you are not traveling, plan to freshen up your wardrobe in preparation for spring. Take a cue from Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Dior and Scognamiglio and go fluorescently retro. The runways are alive with prints—gingham, nautical, feminine florals, pretty pastels and other decorated extras. The "return of the stewardess" has inspired clean lines and daring hems.

Left to Right: Jil Sander, Nina Ricci, Sportmax
Left to Right: Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior, Proenza Schouler

I love the colors here. Although some of these items may be a bit much for everyday wear (such as the Sander skirt), we can still glean a couple tips from these designers:
  1. Show a little leg. The majority of these looks are above the knee, so go tastefully short. 
  2. Color is your new BFF. If neon is not your thing, stick to shades that appeal to you ... but lighten up! If hot pink is a bit much, opt for a softer baby blue or green. Mix a vibrant color with a jean or dark bottom to balance your palette. And don’t be afraid of the colored slinky shoe!
DVF is everything that I love about fashion. Her designs are wearable and invigorating. Her use of print is notoriously awesome. Take a gander at my favorite looks from her Resort 2011 collection:

What's not to love about this effortlessly chic look?
This shade of blue-purple is just heavenly.
Love it paired with the white and a bit of black in the top.

I am in love with this print.
The neutral tones mixed with pale blue is amazing.
When picking your own prints make sure
they are complimentary to the undertones in your skin.

The lesson here? Super-short shorts are in!
Go with a lightweight, patterned fabric for pop
or settle on a solid, brightly colored romper for spring.
Safe to say the wrap sandal has made a comeback. 

This darling mini shift dress is great
especially when paired with shades & white gladiators. 

—Ashley Lacey, Armitage staff and editor of Stiletto-Chic


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