Ahh, Spring. There’s so much to love about the season. Longer days, warmer nights, the landscape that seems to change color, almost overnight. Everything just seems to come alive, and fashion is no exception. Clothes are lighter, brighter, and there’s a new attitude about how to dress. Peeling away all those layers of clothes feels good. Like a breath of fresh air.

Here are some of the trends we’ll be wanting to wear this spring.

The Crop Top … It’s the New Short Story. This is not your midriff-baring, risky business, get-yourself-to –the-gym kind of crop top. The ones we love are boxier, graze the waistband and play just as nicely with a slim trouser as they do with a voluminous skirt. Layer it over a longer, flowy top, or with a high-waisted pant. Either way, it’s this season’s game changer.

Pastels … Perfect! Oh, how we love pastels. Light, petal-pretty and baby’s breath soft. We love them all. Lilac, mint green, pale pink, baby blue, and blush. Wear one shade head to toe, mix a pastel with white for a more polished look. Nothing says Spring like pastels. NOTHING. Are we smiling? You bet.

Painterly Prints …Wear Your Art on Your Sleeve. Don’t consider yourself a print person? Would rather play it safe with solids? If you were ever going to take the print plunge, this is the time to do it! These prints are great splashes of color, graphic designs, bold visual effects…masterpieces! Art-inspired prints. A stroke of genius.

Take a Shine to It. This season it’s more about shimmer and shine than bling. And if you think shine is for evening only, think again. A glimmering, gold halter top, worn with white cigarette pants, link bracelets (stacked, of course), and your favorite aviator sunglasses is so modern, yet so Jackie-O!

Fringe Benefits. Go on. Live on the fringe. Go with the flow. Don’t fight it because it’s everywhere. On hems, handbags, sleeves. We prefer our fringe as an accent (sorry, Stevie Nicks), peeking out from the hem of a skirt, edging a jacket or sweater, or as trim on a clutch. But if you dare to go there, you’ll find fringe gives everything momentum, feels almost flirty, and makes you want to twirl. Ok. Maybe just a little Stevie Nicks.

Be a Good Sport. Here’s where brights come into play. Gym-worthy, sporty styles, in Crayola colors, are making a huge splash this season. Think neon green, orange or red, color-blocked with a contrasting color, say turquoise, and you get the picture. A color-saturated dress in neoprene, with a sheer back or side panels, looks almost sculptured. This trend is fresh and fun, and came out of left field. It quite frankly, has us cheering. Isn’t that what fashion is supposed to do? Go team go!

We understand if all this trend talk is a bit overwhelming. But where to begin? Begin by taking stock of what you own, literally. Say goodbye to what didn’t work last year & update what did with fun trends that are right for you, in a way that suits your personal style. After all, how you wear your clothes is just as important as the clothes you wear. Wouldn’t you agree?

Flutter Boutique, 20 South Main Street, Pennington. 609-737-2236.

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