Spring 2013 Fashion Must Haves

 

Asian model in green dress.

Asian model in green dress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year, think in color.

 

As the warmer Spring and Summer months arrive, so do the warmer colors like peach, coral, and tan.  However, this year emerald green and bright tones of blue are a big hit.  Many of us get the itch to go shopping with the change of the season. My annual top ten list of this season’s essentials are listed below.

 

You can take this list to your closet and see what you already have.  Perhaps you only need a few items, or venture out to buy everything on this list.   Just be sure to have atleast one lace item this year.  

red soles louboutin heels stilettos long lace ...

red soles louboutin heels stilettos long lace skirt (Photo credit: …love Maegan)

Here’s my annual top ten 2013 Spring/Summer Fashion Must Haves List:

 

  1. Lace dress
  2. Tank dress with a geometric pattern
  3. Printed capri pants
  4. Geometric mini skirt
  5. Sleeveless blazer
  6. Swing coat
  7. Hippi style long skirt
  8. Maxi dress
  9. Low rise sandals (clear heels are big this year)
  10. Top handle/attache style handbag

My top ten list is based on my research of the many fashion magazines one can refer to as well as my personal opinion of what I, as a consumer would wear.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

 

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Are miniskirts back for Spring 2012? Hemlines and the economy

Miniskirt

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Are mini skirts back for Spring 2012?

Does the economy affect hemlines?

Have you noticed that in the past few years, the style of clothing has changed, specifically with the hemlines of women’s dresses and skirts?  Only a few short years ago, I remember moms complaining about short skirts and shirts that show tummies when their teens would leave the house.  Was it a Brittney Spears or Beyoncé influence or was it correlated to the economy? In the nineties businesses were booming, jobs were lucrative, shoppers were buying everything in sight.  Both male and female shoppers spent a great deal on their wardrobe, which included current trends, fads, building a diverse wardrobe, emulating superstars and replacing old items.

If one looks around in their department stores now, shirts are long, tank tops are long, skirts are long, and clothing is loose fitting.  Clothing seems to be all business and back to basics. Perhaps the length of our hemlines is lower due to a poor economy.  Do we care less about our appearance in a poor economy?  Do we spend less on our clothing in a poor economy which results in a less fashionable look?  Or is it a new world order in the fashion industry?

In the past, economists believed that hemlines were shorter when the economy was booming.  Women went with a shorter hemline to show off their silk stockings[1], which was a sign that people were spending more money on textiles and had more money to spend.  Hemlines were longer around the time of the great depression, perhaps to cover the fact that people could not afford silk stockings.

In the sixties, miniskirts were everywhere, people would be daring and buy new things.  Perhaps it was a sign that the economy was lucrative.

Today, with the longer hemlines, one could argue that it is not a significant factor in the economy due to the fact that textiles cost so much and the more material that is used to create one piece, the more expensive the item of clothing will be.  But one could also argue that people are replacing basic pieces in their wardrobes and not concerned about the extra accessories as basic pieces are needed for job interviewing and it could be a sign that things are tough when everyone buys boring basics and does not expand their wardrobes to include fun fads.

Perhaps we will find out this coming Spring if the economy is improving as many designers are showing miniskirts in their Spring line.  If consumers begin to expand their wardrobe again and start buying extras to keep up with the fads and not just basics to replace worn out items, then they are investing in their wardrobe again, and economic times may be improving.  So perhaps it is true that the hemline theory, which states that shorter skirts are a sign of good economic times[2], is accurate.  If not, I think I’ll just go with the casual day theory and it’s a new world order for the fashion industry.

What are the different types of skirts?

Here are the basic types of skirts you see in department stores:

Kilt - a plaid wrap around skirt with pleats one side, generally a heavy material held together with a large pin at the hip of the pleated side.

Midi - this skirt’s hemline falls at the wided part of the calf just below the knee and is not too tight

Miniskirt - a miniskirt is a skirts that is several inches above the knee.

Peasant skirt - this skirt is ankle length, full flowing and meant to cover the legs.

Pencil skirt - this type of skirt is tight fighting with a straight line which hugs the hips and thighs and rest just at the knee.  There is usually one open pleat in the back to make walking easier.

Pleated Skirt – pleated skirts are varying lengths and have folds in the fabric all the way around the skirt in a vertical manner.

Poodle skirt - this is a long A-line cut with flow at the bottom of the skirt.  Poodle skirts sit below the knee and above the ankle.