Fashion Friday: Think Spring

The only place in Philadelphia that remotely resembles spring is the mall.  It’s kind of like entering a fantasy world.  With snow on the ground and the bitter chill outside, we are mocked in every aisle by brightly colored summer frocks and strappy sandals.  And if that’s not bad enough, they follow you home in the spring catalogs that appear daily in my mailbox — the very mailbox that is practically buried by towering piles of dirty snow.

So I figure, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  One day this week a Nordstrom catalog came in the mail, proclaiming all of the freshest fashion trends for spring.  I spent a delightful five minutes perusing the pages while the sun shone and the birds sang and a warm spring breeze wafted through the house.  Or maybe that was my imagination.  But just the same, here are some of the things that caught my eye.

Mind you, this is Nordstrom.  They are spendy.  You’ve been warned.  But these spring trends could be adapted for any price point.

1. The Linea Paolo ‘Jarren’ Sandal in Orange. Not that I’d have anywhere to wear this HAWT shoe, to say nothing of being able to walk in it. But a girl can always dream.

This trend, by the way, is called Caged Shoes. I don’t know about you, but that was a new term to me. Some are too gladiator-ish for my tastes, but this one I love.


2. Evidently turquoise handbags are all the rage this spring. Now y’all know there’s nothing I like more than a brightly colored handbag. In fact, I already have my spring bag waiting to be released from its cocoon in my closet as soon as Old Man Winter bids us adieu. If I didn’t have one already (and if money grew on trees), I’d definitely be eying up one of these beauties.



As the article rightly points out, turquoise is a gorgeous compliment to vibrant summer colors like yellow and pink, and it can also provide the perfect pop of color with the neutrals in your wardrobe.

3. Evidently Tapered Pants are back. And I even saw (gasp!) PLEATS. I just don’t think I can go back there, but in matters of fashion, I’ve learned it is wise to never say never.

4. Word on the street is that Printed Skirts are making a comeback as well. I saw a lot of these in stores last year and I wasn’t quite ready to embrace the look. I’m still not feeling it, but perhaps I’ll find the perfect skirt to make me change my mind.

5. Boy Cut Blazers made the list as well, and to that I say phhbbblt. Nothankyou. I know many of you are adorable in blazers. I have just never found them to flatter me so I’ll let someone else benefit from this trend.

6. Black and White is always gorgeous together, if you ask me, but they list this classic combo as a trend for spring 2010 and you won’t hear me complaining. Isn’t this divine? I won’t even post the link. TRUST ME. You don’t want to see the price tag.


7. Oversized sunglasses are still in, and there was a pair of Chanel in the catalog that are absolutely to die for. Unfortunately it says they are not available online so I won’t even bother looking for them to show you. And they are far beyond my price range so I won’t be buying a pair to show you either.

8. Cardigans are here to stay, at least for the 2010 spring season. They’re still showing a lot of ruffles and embellishments.


The cardigan is a fabulous layering piece because it’s so versatile.  You can wear it with boyfriend jeans and flip flops to run to the grocery store and then with a flirty skirt and some fab accessories for a night out with the husband.

That’s all I’ve got for today.  For more fashion talk you can visit Big Mama‘s place, where spring has already sprung.  Must be nice to live in the great state of Texas.