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Fashion Column: Spring 2012 Fashion Trends

Marisa Anziano

It’s that time once again, my fellow fashion mavens. It’s time to pack up your favorite fall and winter style essentials in favor of some colorful, vibrant spring fashion staples. As the leaves on the trees and flowers bloom, fresh spring air breathes new life into our wardrobe. This season is all about color and effortless glamour. Read on to see my top five favorite spring trends!


  1. I see London, I see France…: One of the most popular trends I have come across for spring involves showing some skin. The sheer trend has become as prevalent as the color coral in stores of late. My favorite expression of this trend is a blousy, loose-fitting button-down top. As with all trends, this one can be amended to fit your personality and preferences. For the more daring, wear a bralette or bandeau underneath your sheer top. If you are more modest, feel free to wear a cami, tube top, or tank top underneath.
  2. Business in the Front, Party in the Back: Move over, Billy Ray Cyrus. A mullet is not longer just a hairstyle. The next trend, hi-lo hemlines, adds a very funky and organic feel to an outfit. Hi-lo hemlines are exactly what they sound like—the front is shorter than the back. Tops, dresses, and skirts can be found in many stores incorporating hi-lo hemlines. Tuck a plain tank top or graphic t-shirt into your hi-lo skirt and you are good to go.
  3. Maxi-mum: This trend is definitely a carry-over from last spring and summer. Maxi dresses and especially skirts are huge this season (pun intended). This trend is probably the easiest to master. I believe that anyone can wear a maxi dress or skirt regardless of their height or body type. The key is to find one that still has a shape like empire-waist or one that cinches in your waist. Add a denim jacket and a pair of wedges to complete this look.
  4. Put a Little Pep in your Step: The peplum silhouette originated in the 1940s, when women donned such coats and dresses to draw attention to a tiny waist or their hourglass figure. This shape is a ladylike touch to a wardrobe. This trend is back with a vengeance and has been seen on celebrities from The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to Jennifer Aniston. This silhouette comes in many varieties (skirts, tops, dresses) and levels of exaggeration.
  5. Floral…for spring…Groundbreaking: If you are anything like me and have seen “The Devil Wears Prada” over 20 times, you probably remember the scene where Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly scolds her employee when discussing spring trends. As much as I would like to omit floral prints from my list as per her advice, the prevalence and sheer glamorous nature of a simple floral dress or skirt is undeniable. To add a new twist to this trend, rock a pair of floral printed skinny jeans or shorts.


We have made it through another Long Island winter, ladies. I think our closets deserve a little TLC, tender loving care, after the dark and gloomy fall and winter color palette. Don’t be afraid to head into Gap, J.CREW, Forever 21, and H&M to find your favorite spring trends. Have fun, and don’t take anything too seriously!

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