Today on Channel 5′s “Show Me St. Louis,” I featured two spring fashion trends: MOD and Global Prints. Take a look.
This season, join the mod squad with 60s style clothing! Mod clothes originated in London in the mid-1960s. As models like Twiggy became more popular, the mod style quickly swept the U.S. fashion scene. Miniskirts and short dresses started their reign as fashion staples for hip youth. If you didn’t get to enjoy the 60s fashions the first time around, you’ll get a chance this season! Spring collections for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors revived the iconic era known for geometric patterns and vivid colors. Celebs Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, and Pippa Middleton were spotted showing off their mod style in shift dresses and swing coats.
To get into the groove of this trend, wear dresses, pants, and tops with clean lines and boxy shapes. The quintessential color palette for mod-style clothing is black and white, but yellow, navy, orange, and green are also very 60s/2013. Look for cool color-blocked, chevron, or checkered prints. While a short shift or sheath dress is most representative of the era, an A-line skirt with a geometric pattern is a fresh alternative. You could also wear a crew-neck sweater and printed scarf with skinny pants. Ballet flats or classic black pumps can help you complete your look. Don’t want to travel that far back in time? A bright handbag will give you a modern style update!
Outfit from Dillard’s: black & white Gabby Skye mod sheath dress $88, black necklace $35
Outfit from Macy’s: yellow crewneck I.N.C. sweater $49.50, white geometric I.N.C. skirt 79.50
Dresses from Macy’s:
- Navy and white colorblock I.N.C. sheath dress $89.50
- Teal geometric print I.N.C. sheath dress $89.50
Shoes from Macy’s:
- Black patent Franco Sarto square-toe pumps $79
- Blue colorblock Style & Co. ballet flats $45
- From Dillard’s: yellow patent structured Gianni Bini tote $99
- From Macy’s: orange cross-body Ralph Lauren messenger bag $228
Enjoy the look of a bold world-traveler – without leaving the state! Tribal patterns have been around in their respective cultures for centuries. In 2013, ethnic-inspired prints are travelling into the closets of rural and city-dwelling fashionistas. Stars Julianne Hough and Solange Knowles trotted around Hollywood wearing global prints. Prada and Dolce & Gabbana’s models trekked down the runway in vibrant patterns inspired by Japan, China, India, and Africa. Nigerian-born, London-based designer Duro Olowu has brought masterful mixing and a riot of color to the States with an exclusive collection for JCPenney.
To get your fashion passport stamped with this trend, take a trip to the mall! Search for global prints on tops, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, and accessories. Don’t be afraid to mix textures, colors, and patterns – the only rule for this trend is to have fun! If head-to-toe global seems too adventurous, pick just one piece and wear it with neutrals like jeans, a solid-colored top, or basic shoes. Or, wear a tribal-inspired necklace, bracelet, or handbag. Go global, or go home!
Outfits from JCPenney
- Duro Olowu for jcp leopard print dress $50, blue long-sleeve tee $25, red necklace $25, leaf print cross-body bag $25
- Duro Olowu for jcp black leaf print A-line dress $40
Skirts and Top from Dillard’s
- Pink GB bodycon skirt $11.90 (on sale), blue GB bodycon skirt $11.90 (on sale)
- Orange Jessica Simpson high-low blouse $17.15 (on sale), white cami $12
Shoes from Dillard’s
- Jessica Simpson “Krisella” wedges $98
- Gianni Bini “Mindy” wedges $79.99
- GB espadrille loafers $39.99