Spring has arrived and although we are sure to feel the summer heat soon enough, it’s time to put the jackets away. The runways usually feature clothes that most people wouldn’t dream of wearing—mostly because they look like a nightmare to put on, but a quick look at into local boutiques shows that they know what’s on trend and what Houstonians want to wear.
Lindsay Vila, owner of Saint Lo Boutique, said with fashion it’s important to have a variety. Her boutique features clothes that are more unique, but she also has a good mix of “normal” clothes in store. A pair of bottoms that have an “out there” design can be paired with a simple top.
Spring always tends to lean toward pastel colors and Summer toward bright colors and this year isn’t much different.
“The maroons and pinks are huge right now,” said Vila.
Wear them separate or implement both colors into one outfit, like with a dress displayed at Saint Lo that is flowy with a floral pattern of pink and maroon.
What’s on trend for younger women are a crop tops and high waisted pants with a wide leg. For older women high waisted pants never go out of style and for a top anything flowy or floral is a must for spring and summer.
Trends are hard to keep up with and Vila believes they’re not always priority number one.
“Me personally, I think anything goes. I do like to stay with a little bit of the trend, but I think most colors look good on everybody,” said Vila.
Her advice to people unsure of fashion is that you should wear what makes you feel comfortable and happy. Also, if you’re uncertain if you should try something on, you should, because most of the time it looks completely different off the hanger. The assistant store manager at Favor the Kind, Avery Morgan, agrees with Vila on what’s trending.
“We’re all about flowy versatile dresses this Spring. We’re loving the long maxis that are a really nice fabric that feels good in the Texas heat, but you can also dress it up for night,” said Morgan.
At times in fashion there’s pressure to buy what’s in style, but Morgan thinks that first and foremost you must be true to who you are. Wear what feels right for you and when you do, the clothes look good on your body.
“Pick up the first thing that sparks your eye because that’s your style, even if it kind of makes you uncomfortable and it’s not what you’d normally wear,” said Morgan.
The Impeccable Pig’s store manager, Michelle Fernandez, adds to the list of what’s on trend with embroidery and gingham patterns. If gingham is unfamiliar then think Dorothy’s dress on The Wizard of Oz.
“Our everyday shopper is the mom, she really needs something that’s versatile. So, we have a supply of dresses that are soft and easy to wear, but still cute. Comfort and cute and easy have been what a lot of our customers are here for,” said Fernandez. She also said that if you’re not sure what to wear, a loose top with fitted bottoms or fitted top and loose bottoms are always a good combination.
For jewelry, chokers and dainty chains are in. Pair them to make a cute layered look, or if chokers aren’t your thing, layer the dainty necklaces as well, which give a clean sophisticated look.
When the sun starts shining on a more regular basis, a hat is a great addition. Right now, the mid-brim hats are flying off the shelf.
The brim is wide enough not to be a fedora, but short enough not to be considered a floppy beach hat.
But fashion isn’t a one-way street just for women, there are a few things men should know as well. For the most part, men have it easy, but as Lindsay Vila of Saint Lo commented, they should mix it up occasionally.
Joshua Burts, a clothier at Rye 51 said that men’s fashion doesn’t change drastically, and it’s mostly colors and prints that come and go out of style. This season pink and chambray (denim) are the colors to grab.
“Guys need to learn that wearing denim on denim is okay,” said Burts, “there are different colors!”
The popular pattern of the season is micro print. Whether that’s polka dots, squares, or even little animals. It’s a small pattern that repeats itself over and over again.
For the man who doesn’t know where to start, Burts suggests the basics. It’s always good to update jeans first. And don’t just stick to the plain dark wash jean but a light wash, maroon, khaki, or grey are good additions to buy.
What’s in style are slim jeans—not to be confused with skinny jeans. The definition of a slim jean depends upon how comfortable the wearer is. If they’re too tight, see how they feel in the next size up.
“As rule of thumb, if you can’t grab the fabric [off your leg], it’s too tight,” said Burts.
There are three must haves for button downs: blue, white, and lavender. Add the staple piece: a navy sports coat, and a man could wear the same thing every day with a slight variation and look effortlessly put together.
With fashion it’s always good to remind yourself that the most important thing is to be comfortable with what you’re wearing, but it doesn’t hurt that what’s in style right now is flowy, comfortable, and cute.