Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Piperlime Guest Editor, Louise Roe most famously of "Plain Jane" (MTV and the CW Network) and MTV's "The City" to discuss the latest fashion trends for spring! The 1970's are making a huge comeback and Piperlime has everything you need in every price range to do so!
Candace Rose: What are the hottest trends we'll be seeing this spring?
Louise Roe: "It's all about the 1970's actually, so think Studio 54, Charlies Angels, that kind of vibe. The first is the maxi skirt. The long hippy, whiskful kind of skirt that flows around in the wind. It's super sexy and on the top half of your body just keep it simple with a white tank or a cardigan. I'd layer it with a cute scarf on top and then for shoes, just a flat sandal or actually if you want to go a bit urban and edgy – a biker boot. I love it, really hot!
Velvet by Graham & Spencer – Jana Tank (White) – Piperlime
Loveappella – Knit Maxi Skirt (Navy) – Piperlime
Bernardo – Mardi – Piperlime
The second is all about how to wear 'the dress' spring. We're getting rid of the 'little black dress' and it's all about the 'little printed dress' this spring. The brighter and bolder the better honestly and I think what's interesting is the hem has actually lowered a little bit this season, (down to the knee) so we're calling it 'the midi hem'. Keep your shoes simple honestly. If something is bright a tan wedge is absolutely perfect. It doesn't attract attention away from the material. My favorite is the flared jean. It's back with a vengeance. I've got a pair on myself and it's very flattering on a womanly figure. It really does flatter curves, so my one tip would be buy them a little bit too long (like an inch or so) and wear a high heel or a wedge underneath, and that way you'll elongate your legs really gorgeous. Make sure you cinch it in with a belt on the waist and the top half just keep it nice and girly. So either a floral blouse or a cropped tweed jacket. Now over to shoes, the wedge. The wedge is our best friend because it's almost as comfy as wearing a flip flop. Do you remember the espadrille? That was huge a few years ago on the beach. They have had a complete makeover. The espadrille has gone high heeled. I have to say that's a huge celebrity trend. They're really picking up on that in all the magazines and runways. And last but not least, bling. We can't forget about our jewelry. It's all about layering up as many bangles and bracelets and cuffs as you can fit on your arm, all at once. Look for jewelry that has leather in it. Also, men's watches. That is a massive trend we are seeing. There's how to do your 1970's spring fling."
Sam Edelman – Leroy (various colors) – Au Natural – Piperlime
Lauren by Ralph Lauren – 20 Set Delicate Bangles (Gold) – Piperlime
CR: You mentioned maxi dresses and long skirts are everywhere for spring. Is this a style that all body types can wear?
LR: "It really is as long as you look at yourself and tend to cinch in your waist because that is always a part that will make you look slimmer. If you wear a big maxi dress you have to make sure that parts of your body are tighter. You can show off your curves with a big belt, that will really cinch in your curves. It's really great because it does hide a multitude of sins underneath maxi skirts and dresses, so we love that."
Hive & Honey – Boho Maxi Dress – Piperlime
7 Hills – Double Strap Woven Waist Belt (Dark Brown) – Piperlime
CR: What colors will be big this season?
LR: The key color is orange. We're seeing a lot of coral and even pinks, colors that you think would clash. For instance a dress in reds, pinks and purples all worn together in beautiful prints- huge! We love it!
An orange & hot pink Lilly Pulitzer strapless dress
Lilly Pulitzer – Eve Stripe Dress – Piperlime
Lilly Pulitzer – Tiernan Dress Printed (Hotty Pink) – Piperlime
Tucker Panel Dress – Claudia is Cardinal – Piperlime
CR: Is there one item you suggest women purchase that will carry into summer and into fall?
LR: "That's actually a great question and I'd say the flare because it's really great for spring but you are also going to wear it with a wedge or a flat sandal for spring and then all the way through to autumn. You can put it with a pump or a closed toed boot and a big chunky cardigan or a sweater. It's the perfect transitional piece."
Not only are these 7 For All Mankind flare jeans a Piperlime & Rachel Zoe exclusive but if you purchase a pair today, "Piperlime will donate 10% of the profits from the 'Rachel Petite Bellbottom' to the American Red Cross in support of Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims."
7 For All Mankind – The Rachel Petite Bellbottom – Piperlime
Citizens of Humanity – Angie Super Flare Jean – Piperlime
CR: Where can we go for more information?
LR: "You can get everything I've talked about at Piperlime.com – a whole lot of brands, accessories at all different price range points, so just check out that website!"