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New Fashion Has A Retro Feel

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Courtney Francisco

Staff Writer

The spring 2011 fashion runway was shaken by Marc Jacobs who, along with many others, brought the 70s back with ferocity. Fashions which appeared on the runway were wide legged trousers, plunging necklines, slinky jumpsuits, and vibrant colors along with boxy cuts and simple silhouettes.

Since specific cuts are the focus on these styles, less is more when it comes to colors and especially accessories. Many designers simplified their lines by using less revealing styles such as the maxi dress, the old-school halter, and wide-legged pants. An important factor when trying to make this 70s Ready-to-Wear trend, otherwise the clothes will look too theatrical and overdone.

The styles allow for a multitude of choices, such as bright colors, loose and swingy silhouettes for cheerful moods.
Feeling a little more subtle? Spring 2011 fashion week introduced romance, modesty, and classic beauty as well. The looks were very chic with neutral colors, lace, modest cuts, and romantic prints.

Earthy tones made a statement on the runway when famous fashion designers Donna Karan and Rodarte presented their lines inspired by nature. Vera Wang brought her signature dark and romantic wearable designs to the scene which is a very fun way to look sexy and still romantically modest. Everything this season is light and flowing, with romantic ruffles and an airy feel.

While a pop of boldness came from the 70s-inspired look, there also came lady-like styles as Oscar De La Renta will say, a “celebration of femininity.” You may be asking, “How am I going to still look stylish for spring when it’s still cool out most days?”

On the colder days, try using some opaque tights with one of your favorite spring dresses and maybe a pair of boots or peep-toes. It will keep your legs warm, but still look fashionable for the spring.

Wear darker colors with spring colors to brighten them up a little. This spring’s fashion is so exciting because it’s so simple and easy. Take some time to hit a couple thrift stores for vintage lace patterns or some sexy 70s pieces.