After scouring through photos of the Spring 2011 runway shows, I have put together a list of my favorite styles for warmer weather.
1. SPRING BOOTS
There’s no need to shove your boots to the back of your closet in light of warm weather. In fact, you’re encouraged to keep wearing them. You can wear them with shorts, cuffed pants or capris (I haven’t decided yet whether the incorporation of capris are a good thing or not).
2. YEAR OF THE SOCK
Last Summer was all about wearing shoes with cuffed pant legs and no socks. Now, it’s all about the sock and how best to show it off. A cool, preppy twist to wear them is rolling up your pant legs to the knee in order to convey the air of capri pants and pairing them with long, colored tube socks and tennis sneakers.
3. THE PATTERNED PANT
Paint-splattered, printed or patterned, it doesn’t matter. All make for great pants. Because of the designs on the bottom, everything else should be muted so that the pant is the stand-out piece. If you want to go for a rocker look with these paint-splattered pants by Paul Smith, for example, light grey, beige or black blazers on the top with boots on the bottom will give you that urban edge, but you can also wear a loose tank on top and go vacationing. Some pants, like the patterned one by Hermès, is great with sandals and a canvas tote when going to the beach.
4. DROP CROTCH
What ever the reason made designers think of creating any kind of pant with a drop crotch is beyond me, but with the proper styling it can be pulled off. Boots look great with the drop crotch, but not long socks – this is one of the few pants to avoid combining them with. Because the pant will give this loose affect to your bottom half, wear something fitted on top be it a t-shirt or a plaid button-down.
5. HIPPIE/ BOHO CHIC
In terms of styling, designers seem to be pushing for the combination of hard and soft – structured, fitted pants with flowy sweaters and tanks. What you get is this laid back hipster style that’s a little more chic, a little more relaxed high-fashion.
6. LAYERED TOP, NAKED BOTTOM
This is not to say that your bottom half should be totally naked. I was merely suggesting that there should be more clothes on top than on bottom. This is best for that perfect Spring weather that’s brisk and not too hot. Shorts and boots on the bottom with a button-down and a piece of light outer-wear (blazer, utility jacket) is an easy and fun way to pull this off.