1. The ‘90s
There’s always an “it” decade, but we all knew the ‘90s resurgence wasn’t going anywhere. (Keri Russell is on a hit TV show again, for heaven’s sake.) That’s why come spring, you can stock up on an array of 1990s-inspired looks. Case in point:Balmain saw metallic-embellished denim, and Rodarte showcased flannel and overalls. (Bonus points if anyone finds an old Nirvana shirt at a thrift shop.)
2. Artful Colour
Maybe Lady Gaga was onto something by calling her album Artpop, because it’s now a major colour scheme of the Spring 2014 season. Chanel’s collection offered splashes of bright colour, while Marc Jacobs’ pieces were rich, dramatic, and arguably regal. Fitting, since royalty were the only people who could afford art, once upon a time.
3. The Button-Up
Scandalous, we know, but the button-up collared blouse is back in a big way – but interpreted how you see fit. While Nina Ricci opted for the most traditional take(albeit loose-fitting), Alexander Wang went for PJ-inspired menswear. The latter, you may want to wear differently to work.
The future is now! Or at least, a retro (‘90s) interpretation of what we thought the future would be: Lanvin’s collection offered spacey-looking silver uniforms to contradict metallic-embellished flapper dresses, while Haider Ackermann embellished sheer skirts with metallic fabric, and debuted colourful metallic suits. Just ask yourself this: “Would I wear it on “Electric Circus”?” If so, then it’s a spring hit.
Unfortunately, we’re not back to the Adidas pants and crop tops of our youth, but several designers did a take on athletic wear you probably shouldn’t wear to the gym.Gucci channeled the mesh overlays of our middle school gym classes, while Tommy Hilfiger kept it classic with gymwear straight out of the Hamptons.
Pastels are like floral prints: Present in springtime. However, collections by the likes of Prabal Gurung kept the palette from seeming too precious with clean lines and defined silhouettes, and Jason Wu used them to infuse the smallest amount of colour into a very simple (but refreshing) collection. Pastels this season aren’t about being so airy you float away; in fact, they’re a great contrast to more powerful designs, or even a way to scale back drama if you’re hoping to tone it down for work.
7. Cropped Jackets
While length-wise, cropped jackets and previous seasons’ boyfriend blazers have little in common, this season’s jacket styles are still just as boxy – if not boxier – and oversized. Thakoon did a clinical take on the style, while BCBG Max Azria and Rebecca Minkoff defined theirs with splashes of colour and texture. (We get it, 1990s: you’re back, and you’re excited about it.)
8. Wide-Legged Pants
So what’s the natural companion for cropped shirts? Wide-legged and baggy pants, as seen at shows by Karen Walker, Charlotte Ronson and Alexander Wang. Wearable with the spring’s button-ups, crop tops, cropped jackets, and, well, most pieces, the pants also work with everything from heels to oxfords, making them a go-to of the season. Also, a reason to ransack our moms’ and Nanas’ closets for their ‘70s wear.
9. Tea-Length Skirts
Meanwhile, in a land far from the brightness of sportswear are tea-length skirts, as seen in shows by Proenza Schouler and Alice + Olivia. However, while the style (seen from the ‘40s to early ‘60s) could be seen as a novelty throwback, each label brought them into 2014 in their own way: The former saw metallic fabric, while the latter paired theirs with a crop top. This season, you can – and will (just try and stop you) – have it all.
10. Shift Blouse
As for what a shift blouse is? Well, in the words of Samuel L. Jackson in “Jurassic Park”: “Hold on to your butts.” The equivalent of a dressy t-shirt, designers like Calvin Klein used it as part of a two-piece suit – even though you can also use the piece to dress up jeans or shorts if you’re not into wearing just a plain cotton V-neck. Also, boxy like the crop jacket, you can wear both together – or take solace in knowing you can eat as much as you want during the holidays, and no one will ever know come spring.