The biggest trend this fashion season, reflecting the current economy, is investment dressing. Look for purchases that will...
To determine whether an item will be a wise buy think "cost per wear". How many times do you think you'll wear the item? Take the purchase price and divide it by the potential number of times you'll wear it over its life. This is the item's cost per wear. Then decide if this is a good item to buy.
Spring and Summer Fashion 2009 Main Style Elements
Dresses and pants (with tops too, of course!) are
the main clothing items.
Dresses are still a major trend this spring and summer. There are day dresses and evening dresses. You'll find dresses suitable for casual, business and formal occasions. Key style trends include sporty or floaty and feminine.
The main lengths are knee length and above or ankle length and longer.
Personally I love dresses and with so many styles to choose from it should be easy to pick one or more to suit your body shape.
Just remember to pay careful attention to where the design elements fall on your body. Make sure that a band of color, a pattern, seam or other design feature is not highlighting a part of your body that you'd rather not bring attention to.
And try and create an hourglass shape or, if your horizontal body shape is rectangle, create a slightly inverted triangle look by emphasizing your bust or shoulders.
Pants, Trousers and Shorts
The main styles for pants are...
Shorts are precisely that -- short! And also pleated at the waist. Great if you're young with nicely toned, slim legs. Not so good for the rest of us. Luckily there are still knee length and just above the knee bermuda and jamaica styles available.
The usual warmer month trend of wearing white or light bottoms is also back. Often this means the top is darker than the bottom. Avoid this look if you have short legs, or want to look slimmer or taller. White and light colors draw attention to the areas they cover, add perceived weight and make you appear shorter. So, this look is best on tall, slim people.
Spring and Summer Fashion 2009 Main Style Themes
The wide variety of style themes catered for means that whatever your personality you'll be able to find clothes to suit. Below are some of the main themes and some of the elements that characterize and create the look...
Spring and Summer Fashion 2009 Main Fabric Trends
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Spring and summer fabric trends include...
Fabric PrintsThere are a lot of prints this spring and summer fashion season. For most people (those who want to look slimmer) these work best in tops rather than pants of skirts. Take care to choose a print size suitable for your body scale -- you don't want the print to wear you!
Types of prints include...
Fabric Color Trends
Key colors this spring and summer fashion season include...
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