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Spring has (almost) sprung!

February 1, 2010

“You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back.

But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here.

And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.

However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.”
(The Devil Wears Prada)

I don’t consider myself a blind follower of trends by any means, but I do like to keep track of the latest news in the fashion industry. I love to read magazines and tear out pages for inspiration and yadda yadda yadda.

Like 99.9 percent of the rest of the world, I’m not built like a model. Those clothes that march down the runway won’t normally work for me. But they’re not intended to work for everyone. Rather, use them as inspiration for incorporating certain elements into your wardrobe. For example, past trends that could be mixed and matched include military-inspired accessories, plaid patterns or menswear.

This spring, I’m planning on focusing on focusing on French influences, tulle and florals. I love that this spring is so feminine and flirty and fun. It’s no secret that these trends can be found at our favorite thrifty haunts, so I thought I’d pick out a few of my favorites.

All images via Forever 21, Target or Urban Outfitters. I’m too lazy to cite properly.

Also, Amanda at Athenista tagged Melanie and I in the “Beautiful Blogger” award, and I guess I’m supposed to list seven random facts about myself.

  1. I was a swimmer for 12 years growing up, and haven’t swum a lap since high school.
  2. I judge most books by their covers.
  3. I’m a cheese snob. I’d rather spend $7 on a nice hunk of Parmesan than $2 on the shredded crap.
  4. I love being thrifty, but sometimes, I really wish I could afford designer shoes. Please don’t kick me off the blog for this.
  5. I miss having time to read fiction. Maybe I should stop spending so much time on blogs.
  6. I miss summer vacation.
  7. Coffee makes my world go ’round.

Mel and I haven’t discussed tagging anyone, and I think most people with blogs who read this have already been chosen.

What spring trends make you want to max out your credit cards?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2010 3:47 pm

    OK, the dress on the bottom left and the white with black stripes top on the top left: NEED RIGHT NOW.

    I tried on some tulle skirts at Forever 21 the other day, but it just looks awkward on me.

    I may splurge on good pair of boyfriend jeans in the next month or so. Also, I saw at the GAP that cargo pants are apparently back, and I’m dying for a baggy pair of white ones for the spring to pair with bright, colorful shirts.

  2. February 4, 2010 12:57 am

    I’m really digging that cloche hat…and everything Parisian and floral right now.

    Love your random facts…I’m becoming a cheese snob. I used to be icked out by cheese slices at parties (something about dairy sitting out freaked me a little) but I’ve grown to appreciate. I really like muenster and Havarti with salami and pepperoni.


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