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Spring Back: this season's retro trends

March has finally arrived, and in three short weeks, it will officially be spring. Here in Nashville, we've had an uncommonly cold (some would say frigid) winter. So as the temperatures slowly climb, spring is on the minds of most. With the change of weather, comes the inevitable—and exciting!—change of wardrobe. The fashion forecast for Spring 2014 is unlikely to disappoint.

Romance: floral, pastel, and braided crown. Dolce & Gabbana, Spring 2014
Cara Delevingne for Mulberry, Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

Expect an range of retro influences on trends this season from pre-Raphaelite hairstyles to Jazz Age fringe to fifties’ floral prints and beyond!

Here's a breakdown of what you'll be seeing:

Trends to try

  • Pastels: Candy colors reign this season. Pastels are the most popular palette for clothing, accessories, shoes, nail polish, and make-up.
  • Florals: Utterly feminine and quintessentially spring, florals are this season's print of choice.
  • Embellished: Jewel-encrusted blouses, stud-bedecked bags...adornment on everything!
  • Fringe: Think flapper, not cowgirl. Gatsby and Downton Abbey seem to have had some sartorial sway on this season’s looks.
  • Art-inspired: Gallery-worthy ensembles covered the catwalk this season.Valentino's spring line channeled Renaissance portraits, Dolce & Gabbana featured dresses printed with antique photographs of classical ruins, and Anna Sui's models looked as though they'd stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting.
  • Collarless coats: Long, stream-lined toppers with the notable absence of collar and lapel ruled the runway. Who needs a collar when you can add a scarf or a chunky necklace?
  • Cut-away shoulder tops: Akin to the time-tested halter, this slimming cut is all the rage for tanks and dresses
  • Matching sets or "Co-ords": Separate pieces (a top or jacket with a skirt, shorts, or pants) in coordinating patterns when worn together give 40's glam look.
  • Tea-length skirts: This ladylike cut—in-between midi and maxi—elongates the figure. Nineteen-fifties style, full skirts in this length are especially fashionable at the moment.
  • Wide-leg pants (particularly in white): A universally flattering style, the flowy trouser is being paired with boxy shift blouses, this spring.
  • White on white: White is worn on top and on bottom (different shades and textures can be mixed).

Sticking around for another season

  • Crop tops: Midriff-baring is becoming mainstream. This season, crops are worn with tea-length skirts instead of maxis.
  • Sheer: This revealing look is no longer confined to tops; see-through skirts, pants, and dresses abound.
  • Tribal patterns: Don't retire your global get-ups, yet. Ethnic prints are still en vogue.
  • Leather: It's not just for autumn and winter anymore. Leather clothing make frequent appearances during Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week.

Enjoy these old made new trends (and the warm weather)!

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