By Steve Woodfield

Spring is upon us, making now the perfect time to use your account to update your wardrobe with this season’s hottest clothing and accessories. To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of fresh-from-the-runway looks, all of which will have you turning heads at the park, beach, and beyond.

1. The ‘90s

There’s always an “it” decade, and this spring we welcome back the 90s. Now’s the time to stock up on an array of 1990s-inspired looks including metallic-embellished denim, flannel, and overalls.

2. Artful Color

Maybe Lady Gaga was onto something by calling her album Artpop, because it’s now a major color scheme of the Spring 2014 season. Chanel’s collection offered splashes of bright color, while Marc Jacobs’ pieces were rich, dramatic, and arguably regal.

3. The Button-Up

The button-up collared blouse is back in a big way – but interpreted how you see fit. While Nina Ricci opted for the most traditional take (albeit loose-fitting), Alexander Wang went for PJ-inspired menswear.

4. Athletic

Unfortunately, we’re not back to the Adidas pants and crop tops of our youth, but several designers did a take on athletic wear you probably shouldn’t wear to the gym. Gucci channeled the mesh overlays of our middle school gym classes, while Tommy Hilfiger kept it classic with gym wear straight out of the Hamptons.

5. Cropped Jackets

While length-wise, cropped jackets and previous seasons’ boyfriend blazers have little in common, this season’s jacket styles are still just as boxy – if not boxier – and over-sized. Thakoon did a clinical take on the style, while BCBG Max Azria and Rebecca Minkoff defined theirs with splashes of color and texture.

6. Wide-Legged Pants

So what’s the natural companion for cropped jackets? Wide-legged and baggy pants, as seen at shows by Karen Walker, Charlotte Ronson and Alexander Wang. Wearable with the spring’s button-ups, crop tops, cropped jackets, and, well, most pieces, the pants also work with everything from heels to oxfords, making them a go-to of the season.


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