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It'll be spring soon

Set aside the white of winter, and replace it with patterns and prints

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I know it may be a bit early to start talking spring fashion trends, but with the particularly harsh winter we are having, we could really use a style pick-me-up. Especially since it's March but it still feels like January.

Sure it might be a tad too chilly -- OK a lot too cold -- to ditch the toasty cashmere sweater or the warm woolly cardigan, but that doesn't stop us fashionistas from having a little fun with our wardrobes a few weeks in advance of the official first day of spring.

Besides, we will be lucky to have a spring at all given the snow and still-plummeting temperatures that are sure to last way longer than any of us would like. So why not get the most for our fashion buck by incorporating a spring style trend or two a little ahead of Mother Nature... she owes us anyway.

One of the hot new trends for this spring are patterns and prints -- trends that always come and go. A few trend-setting brands, like Club Monaco and H&M, were already incorporating some fun geometric patterns into the mix in their fall/winter collections, featuring cute tunics and tulip skirts in graphic fabrics with metallic sheen.

Spring 2014 patterns and prints run the gamut from small geometric shapes in circles, triangles and squares, to big bold prints in florals, paisley and palms, to pop-art inspired textiles featuring words and swaths of colour.

My personal favourite are the geometric patterned garments. I love how they have this sort of vintage '60s feel to them -- classic cuts such as slim leg cropped pants and mid-thigh coats -- but created using modern textiles that flatter and flow.

While the runway sported this trend from head to toe, try mixing a patterned piece with a simple solid for everyday. If you want to have a bit more fun with patterns and prints, pair with a textured solid such as eyelet or lace for a more bold look or go all out la runway style.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2014 D17

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