By Terry Lynn Morris, Director of Marketing, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
Spring is here! It’s time to pack away your heavier sweaters and jackets (keep the lightweight versions on hand for cool spring nights and chilly, air-conditioned interiors) and go shopping! This spring’s colors and top trends once again offer the widest variety I’ve seen in years, but the options can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to consider before shopping so you can spring fashionably forward without breaking the bank.
Know “your” colors: Your skin tone and hair color has everything to do with selecting the appropriate colors that look good on you, regardless of what’s “in.” For example, according to the color trend experts at Pantone®, this season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum with understated brights, pale pastels, soft cool hues and nature-like neutrals. Personally, I don’t wear these colors because I’m a classic “winter” with intense hair and eye color. I look best in bold shades, black, white, red and jewel tones. I’m in luck this season, though: black and white is everywhere in a variety of textures, patterns, and silhouettes. Blue and white is a subtle variation that can make a statement. And head-to-toe white is the newest styling trick. Mix textures, layer multiple pieces, and team various shades. Lastly, believe it or not, yellow is the saturated color of the season – from amber and canary to saffron and marigold. Think you can’t wear it? Think again; the trick is figuring out your skin’s undertone, then finding the hue that best complements it.
Know what styles make you look your best: Let’s start with my personal favorite, the dress. What could be easier – one zip and you’re out the door! And according to dressbarn (we have one of their stores on property), studies show wearing a dress makes you smile more. Trending in dresses this spring are sweet prints and patterns that pop. As for color – happy blue year! The color in every hue is huge this spring, along with white and pink. Of course, you’ll want to find a shape and size that best fits your figure. Here’s a guideline: A sheath or fitted dress works well if your waist is in line with your shoulders, while a shift or fitted dress works best if you are bigger on top and proportionally wider in shoulders, bust or back. A wrap or faux wrap dress works well if you have a little extra in the middle; it hides a multitude of sins! And an A-line or fit & flare work well if you are bigger on bottom and proportionally wider in hips, bottom or thighs.
Know your trends: Check out the fashion websites to see what’s trending for spring and add a handful of items to refresh your wardrobe. Straight from the 2015 Fashion Week runways are these trends: the classic shirt dress, but reimagined with drop waists, double high slits, and more; tiny check plaids; culottes, which can be taken to work this season by pairing with blazers, tailored button-downs, and high heels; medium-size “obi” belts, flattering when knotted to the side; one-shoulder cuts in blouses; roomy denim jeans; polo-style shirts; military looks; and feet rejoice! Comfortable shoes, whether flats, slides or sneakers. At our G by Guess Outlet store these trends emerge in edgier looks, from midi-skirts, rompers, swing tanks and high-wasted shorts for ladies to super-cool herringbone jackets with military details for the guys.
Add a fresh new look without adding to your bottom line. Stores are bursting with new merchandise, so shop now for the widest variety, plentiful sizes, and at great prices, too. Outlet shopping centers have incredible finds, often at 20-70% and more off retail. Learn more at www.LBVFS.com and hop on over soon!