True Blue: Alexis Mabille, Balmain and Alexander McQueen used denim/blue as part thier Resort color palettes, and the charm of the cornflowere blue shades tell of blue skies and relaxed getaways. Balmain used the classic overall as part of their line, and while it may seem silly to buy overalls from Balmain, remember Marie Antoinette and that milkmaid outfit she used to run around in at Le Petite Trianon.
Form and Function: Architectural elements in skirts at Thom Browne, a poncho-like blouse shape that showed up at Mcqueen and Branquino, gentle ruffles at Escada and Elizabeth and James. The coccon like shape of a Proenza Schouler jacket... shape and form are as important as color. Be open.
Ladylike: Sheath dresses (yes, we can call them 'Mad Men' dresses, too) are all the rage, as well as slim skirts and blouses that cover your bosom. Tight is not where it's at, but 'body skimming' i a lot sexier anyway. Think about the effect of such backward looking shows as Downton Abbey, the short-lived Pan Am, and of course Mad Men. Modesty is no longer bad word.
Long and strong: The long gown (again harking back to the 60s and 70s when hostess gowns ruled at diner parties) is back. Antonio Berardi and Alexander McQueen had lovely, deeply feminine creations tat flatter the female form. Proenza Schouler brings the maxi skirt into focus in sharp black and white.
While you may not be shopping at high-end retailers, keep these trends in mind when looking around at thrift stores or fast fashion emporiums like H&M.