Now that it’s finally spring, and temperatures are slowly, but surely rising, many of us are anticipating breaking out our spring and summer clothes. There’s something liberating mentally, as well as physically, about that first day of spring when you don’t need to wear your winter coat. Spring also means, of course, a new set of trends for the coming year. Now that the spring and summer clothes are popping up in stores, we’re all thinking about, or maybe some of you have even started, building up the summer wardrobe. Well, there are a few key trends to know about this spring and summer which you’ll surely see in all of the magazines and red carpets.

It’s important to note with newer trends, especially, the importance of not becoming a fashion victim. Just because something is trendy doesn’t mean you must have it in its most expensive version! For many trends that are not likely to last longer than a year, H&M, Zara, Topshop, ASOS, and other high street brands are your best bet for finding the coolest pieces at the lowest price. Often times these stores are “inspired” by the runway collections and produce items that are incredibly similar to what you may have just seen in Vogue. Also, trends are open to interpretation, meaning you can mold them to fit you and your lifestyle. So, what are the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2014?

Crop that Top

Four Key Trends

Yes, it appears this trend is here for another year. After first making its way into stores last year, this season even more designers like Alexander Wang (left) hopped on the crop top bandwagon. However, you’ll see that never is the belly button shown and its best used with otherwise simple outfits like at Jil Sander (right). These are not the whole-stomach-showing crop tops of the 90’s. Rather a sliver of skin is shown, usually right at the waist line (above the belly button), where most women’s torso’s are the slimmest. The Balenciaga example (center) shows the top hitting the perfect spot on the body. Please, approach this trend with caution. It’s definitely wise to ask an honest friend if you’re unsure about the look, or that particular cropped top, on you.

Gilded Age

Four Key Trends for Summer

Perhaps designers had caught Olympic fever when they were sketching their spring 2014 shows, because there was a lot of gold on the runways. While gold lamé is a look usually best reserved for after 5, it certainly packs a punch in a sea of little black dresses you’re sure to encounter while out as shown at Dries van Noten (center) and Lanvin (right). Altuzarra’s gold skirt (right) makes a major impact when paired with such a casual top, allowing it to stand on it’s own. Gold looks fantastic on tanned skin, so it’s best to apply some bronzer or self-tanner before slipping it on. To incorporate it into your daytime look, there are sure to be a slew of gold bags, shoes, and accessories hitting stores soon, which give an instant boost to otherwise simple outfits. Although, remember that less is more when it comes to metallics, the smallest touch can pack the biggest punch.

Going Dotty

Four Key Trends for Summer

Prints are always popular during the warmer months, and this season the print of choice is polka dots.  You’ll notice that these aren’t small, dainty dots either, they’re big and designed to make an impact. They can cover a whole outfit like was shown on this Christian Dior Couture gown (right), or added in to pump up a basic outfit like they did at Ungaro (center). Consider a polka dot skirt with a oxford shirt or a dotted t-shirt with jeans, is an easy way to incorporate them into your daily life and add a boost to simple ensembles. Those looking for a bold look can pair them with other, simple, patterns like they did at Burberry (left) with a striped skirt.

Dark Forest

Four Key Trends for Summer

To quote The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priesley: “Florals for spring, how groundbreaking.” However, these aren’t the pastel, girly florals you’re used to. Instead the are reminiscent of a haunted forest, perhaps plucked from Grimm Brother’s story as opposed to an English garden. Black floral patterns over lighter shades is a popular interpretation of the spring floral tradition, as seen with the black and peach combo from No. 21 (pictured in center). The inverse, light florals on dark fabrics, was shown a few times like at Giambattista Valli (right). Marc Jacobs (left) on the other hand opted to completely cover dresses, shorts, and jackets with oversized floral and leaf patterns.

About the Author: Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle blogger for After barely surviving this past winter in Chicago, he cannot wait until the day it will be warm enough to break out shorts again.

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