**Guest Post By: Elena Noël Dills, Joelene De Guzman, Sabrina Baladad-Perez, Jeffrey Ritchie and Bethanie Rodriguez, students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Spring is here and that means it’s time to put away our big winter coats and refresh our wardrobe for the sunshine and warmer weather. In this week’s guest blog post, students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, a private design college here in Union Square, San Francisco share the hottest Spring 2016 fashion trends with us as well as tips and tricks on how to easily update our wardrobes to be more fashion forward.
What are some easy ways to update our wardrobe for spring?
“As a starting point, I try to incorporate trends and garments that I loved from fall/winter season into my new wardrobe but switch up the length, cut, color or fabrication. For example, I love trench coats and blazers, so for spring I purchased a short sleeve trench and a purple cape blazer, just enough to take the chill off. From there, I bring in items from my wardrobe like a high-waisted boyfriend jean, asymmetrical tees and Chelsea boots.” - Elena Noël Dills
“I would suggest adding floral patterns, big prints, little prints – just add a print! I am also in love with soft creamy pastels and neutral colors - think mint, blush, and sky. And remember, white is hot!” - Joelene De Guzman
“Juxtaposition - no need to match when you can go wild! A bright orange pair of strappy sandals paired with boyfriend jeans, shorts, or an off the shoulder dress. Think about a white, lace top – wear it with denim shorts and Birkenstocks or pastel colored cigarette pants and vibrant wedges.” - Sabrina Baladad-Perez
What are some fashion trends we can expect this spring?
“Flamenco inspirations such as flounces, ruffles, bare shoulders, and pleats are everywhere this spring! These trends add dimension and a little flirty feel. Choose a midi length pleated skirt or a Marsala colored flounce skirt to add spring in your step.” - Elena Noël Dills
“Camouflage influenced patterns recolored in either brights or pastels as well as stripes but all mixed up in varying widths and worn together. Patterns are playful, fun, and are an easy way to change up your style.” - Jeffrey Ritchie
“The "cold shoulder" is a trend you won't want to miss. Off the shoulder style tops and dresses and strategically placed cutouts are hot! They'll add the perfect touch of sexy to an otherwise everyday outfit.” - Sabrina Baladad-Perez
“Strappy lace up block heels that frame your foot and cool sneakers with suede or leather finishes are a hit for spring. It's perfect for the girl on the go who needs a mid-day switch up.” - Bethanie Rodriguez
What are some fashion tips and tricks can you share with us?
“I like to show my bare legs in the springtime. Short skirts, dresses and short shorts are great for so many activities. When I think about buying these items, I sit down, kick and even jump while in the dressing room to make sure they are comfortable and not too revealing.” - Elena Noël Dills
“A main fashion tip is to always be confident with what you’re wearing. My favorite fashion icon Blake Lively, states, "The most beautiful piece of clothing you can wear is confidence". If you wear something new and daring, make sure you own it. A person who wears confidence will always look flawless.” -Joelene De Guzman
“When it comes to fashion tips and tricks for men, it’s simple… buy clothes that fit! Menswear looks are all about slimmer cuts that fit close to the body. No more baggy shirts and pants!” - Jeffrey Ritchie
What colors can we expect to see this spring and how can we easily incorporate them into our wardrobe?
“Shop for a beautiful contrast of soft pastels and bright, rich colors. Try shades of pink, peach and aqua, as well as a vivid green and red-orange. An easy way to incorporate these colors and amp up an everyday outfit is with accessories! Pair a soft pink shirt and skinny jeans with colorful rings and bracelets in green, blue and red. Complete the look with rich, royal blue, lace up ballet flats.” - Sabrina Baladad-Perez
“Vivid colors like pink, yellow, orange, and blue are everywhere. Easiest way to incorporate these colors in your wardrobe is to find that perfect statement jacket in pink that could go with your Holy Grail white tee and favorite sneakers.” - Bethanie Rodriguez
About The Authors:
Elena Noël Dills majored in Merchandise Product Development and graduated from FIDM in Dec. 2015.
Joelene De Guzman majored in Merchandise Marketing and graduated from FIDM in Mar. 2016.
Sabrina Baladad-Perez is in her 4th quarter at FIDM and is majoring in Fashion Design.
Jeffrey Ritchie is in his 6th quarter at FIDM and is majoring in Visual Communications.
Bethanie Rodriguez is in her 4th quarter at FIDM and is majoring in Fashion Design.
FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) is a private design college, accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Commission) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). The college grants Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees as well as Associate of Arts degrees in design related fields. The college is an academically challenging and supportive educational environment where student centered learning flourishes. Classes are led by qualified faculty who are committed to dynamic classrooms and inspiring student curiosity. Student success, supported through high touch student services and a dedicated academic team create student engagement leading to degree completion. FIDM is a college of applied arts that fosters creativity, commitment, and knowledge. www.fidm.edu