Spring Fashion: How to Pull Off 5 Tricky Trends — & Look Fab!

photoThere’s so much to love about this season’s hottest trends, but some of them aren’t so easy to pull off. Get expert tips and top picks, as seen on The Today Show this morning–that’s us (above) modeling springs hottest trends! (Missed our segment? No worries! Check it out now.)

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Cut-Outs & Sheer Panels  
Cut-outs are everywhere in spring fashion, but they require showing skin in revealing places. Women may wonder how can I wear this trend without looking like I’m going clubbing? But reaching a happy and comfortable medium is possible by doing sheer cutouts akin to the likes of Halle Berry who recently rocked a similar look, proving it’s a look for all ages.

Max & Cleo sheer flare dress, $138, Nordstrom.com


Black & White
The black and white trend is one we can all gravitate towards. You can simply grab a little black dress out of your closet and add something white. It can be geometrically really mod or it can be an artsy print. This black-and-white printed dress nicely cinches at the waist.

Black-and-white dress with bow, $99, Macys.com


Postcard Print

This type of print is an instant attention grabber — it can be a scene, backdrop, landscape or an image of the outdoors. On the runways we saw this by Dolce & Gabbana, Matthew Williams and Victoria Beckham.

Guaranteed, the postcard print will draw people to you. You’ll find people asking you, where is that? San Francisco? Rome? France? Have you been there? It’s a conversation starter. When wearing this trend, it’s essential that the bulk of the print highlights your assets in the piece.

Skyward Dress, $80, Anthropologie.com



Brocade is on trend for this season, which is a gorgeous and luxurious fabric, but a tough one to wear because of the way it’s woven. Usually, it’s heavy, stiff and can have a sheen to it. All of the above makes us look bigger than we are when we wear it, and who wants that?

To get in on this trend try a tromp d’oeil effect of printed “brocade” on a halter top like this one by Massimo Dutti. It’s a visual trick because it’s printed on a flowy fabric, which eliminates the bulk of traditional brocade.

Printed halter top, $86, MassimoDutti.com
Simply Vera Vera Wang skinny ankle jeans, $48, Kohls.com


Printed Separates and Plunging Neckline

To try the plunging neckline trend avoid the navel-baring necklines and try a more practical solution. This top is adjustable and the zipper makes it such that how low your plunge goes, depends on how far you zip.
The rule here for people that believe the hi/lo should only be for the younger generation, you simply have the “high” end at the most flattering part of your leg whether that be above, at, or below the knee so as to make the rest of your legs look slender.

nicole by Nicole Miller sleeveless floral top, $20, JCPenney.com
nicole by Nicole Miller hi-lo butterfly skirt, $25, JCPenney.com