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April 6, 2012

Union Square's Must Have Spring Fashion Trends

From time to time, we like to give you a little heads up on what the hottest fashions are here in Union Square. After all, we’re the center of the style scene in San Francisco with shops from H&M to Hermès and everything in between, so we pride ourselves on being on the crest of all the latest trends. This week, we share with you some of our favorite looks that you can pick up right here in the Square.

Denim, denim, and more denim - With the arrival of the brand spakin’ new Industrie Denim store on Grant Street dedicated to all types of jeans, we knew this was coming! In addition to the classics, we’ll be seeing lighter washes, printed denim and high-wasted denim (think more rockabilly than mom jeans). If you’re looking for the ultimate denim experience, we suggest you stop by Industrie to enjoy their huge selection and booty cam to help you find the perfect fit, or you can follow Saks Fifth Avenue’s advice and go for a pair of cute and flirty printed jeans.

Bright color-blocking - Toss out your taupe; bold, solid colors are in this spring. This means we’ll be seeing large squares of green, red, blue and orange on skirts, blouses and dresses. For color-blocking inspiration, you might want to check out Madewell’s fun, twirly skirt or these posh Calvin Klein pumps from Macy’s.

Bold prints - On a related note, big and daring prints are back this year. We’ve even seen some careful print mixing (take note, this is only for the fashion advanced to attempt, lest you end up looking like your grandmother’s quilt). We’re big fans of this 70’s-inspired paisley number from H&M.  

Pastel shades – Always great for spring, fresh, ladylike colors like mint green and soft coral have worked their way onto store racks this season. Try it out with this simple, but chic button up shirt from Banana Republic, available in colors like aqua and lavender or a delicate sea foam T-shirt (pictured above) from Cop Copine. If you’re worried too much pastel could bring to mind an Easter egg, you can mix it up with some cool neon accents with a piece like this mixed media tote bag from Urban Outfitters, or this sweet shift dress from Macy’s.

Pleated skirts – Speaking of girly looks, pleated skirts are making a comeback, and no we don’t mean of the catholic school girl variety. Think warm, rich colors like pink and peach in varying lengths anywhere from this knee-length ballet pink piece from BCBG Maxazria to this shorter peach, gray and white skirt from Bloomingdales.

Anoraks – Part of the larger trend where sporty clothes meet daywear, these light-weight jackets are the perfect layering solution for San Francisco’s weather. We’re smitten with this olive leather-sleeved rendition spotted over at Zara and this sporty take from H&M.

Chunky, Geometric Accessories: (spotted on Refinery 29) Bright, geometric baubles are a fabulous, but subtle way to incorporate trends in your wardrobe this season. While we’ve seen them on all kinds of jewelry, bib necklaces are especially big this season. Check out these triangle earrings from Anthropologie, this collar necklace from Zara (in pastel!) or this classy, statement-making piece found at Kate Spade.

Art Deco – Along with other 20’s-inspired looks, the intricate beading, geometric patterns, and metallic colors of the Art Deco era have been hitting the catwalk this year. You can sport this look with something as simple as this gorgeous clutch from Neiman Marcus, or go all out with this fun dress from AllSaints.

Peter Pan Collars: These sweet little demure collars are popping up on blouses and dresses left and right, and they’re perfect for spring. Extra style points if the collar’s in a contrasting color or fabric, a la this cute little number from Zara. Pro-tip: wear your bib necklace peeking out from under your peter pan collar for mega style points.

There you have it, from the cat walk to the racks of Union Square shops, this spring’s trends are truly wearable, fun and affordable at any budget. We’ll see you in the shops!