Put on your shades

Local shops debut new spring styles — and the look is big and bright. There’s just something about spring fashion, when the dark clothing goes back into the closet and the bright vibrant colors of spring take over.

Local shops debut new spring styles — and the look is big and bright. There’s just something about spring fashion, when the dark clothing goes back into the closet and the bright vibrant colors of spring take over.

From left to right: The watercolor floral top from Ann Taylor Loft ($39.50) is paired with a layering jacket ($89) and a dark denim jean. Vita’s embroidered teal floral jacket by Samuel Dong ($139), shown with tan tailored trousers ($54). Ann Taylor Loft’s layering vest ($39) goes perfectly over a vintage floral print ($46) with denim trousers. Cache’s sheer chiffon swirled top with necktie accent ($88) is paired with white sateen twill pants with matching belt and gold thread trim ($118). Bubble French coat by Samuel Dong, shown in slate but also available in turquise, coral, white and black ($139).
From left to right: The watercolor floral top from Ann Taylor Loft ($39.50) is paired with a layering jacket ($89) and a dark denim jean. Vita’s
embroidered teal floral jacket by Samuel Dong ($139), shown with tan tailored trousers ($54). Ann Taylor Loft’s layering vest ($39) goes perfectly over a vintage floral print ($46) with denim trousers. Cache’s sheer
chiffon swirled top with necktie accent ($88) is paired with white sateen twill pants with matching belt and gold thread trim ($118). Bubble French coat by Samuel Dong, shown in slate but also available in turquise, coral, white and black ($139).

“I’m excited about the colors,” said Beth Amireh-Leach, owner of Vita II, on the second floor of the Hartville Marketplace. “Everybody is showing bright colors, especially yellow, turquoise, Kelly green and coral.”

Of course, she said, black and white is always a favorite and will continue to be this season.

Along with bright colors, the trend this spring will be prints.

“Some are abstract,” said Amireh-Leach. “One designer described it like watercolor painting or a modern version of tie-dye.”

Daytrip marbled gray vest at The Buckle sells for $24.
Daytrip marbled gray vest at The Buckle sells for $24.
Adriana Reed, who owns Ms. E’s Place in Canton, agrees. She describes the look as an “artist-inspired Bohemian” look with a late ’60s and ’70s inspiration.

Another popular print will be florals, especially oversize roses in full bloom.

“Florals are always a classic look for spring, but this season in particular the designers embraced it,” she said.

Other prints she sees coming are stripes in mixed directions and scale featured on the same design, as well as bold geometric patterns.

“It will remind you of origami folds,” she said.

Reed also named canary yellow as the hot color she is seeing for this spring.

Ann Taylor sunglasses, $24.50, follow the hip, large look.
Ann Taylor sunglasses, $24.50, follow the hip, large look.
“Yellow fever is in,” Reed said. Both boutique owners agree that styles will be looser and more comfortable. Loose-fitting pants, said Amireh-Leach, can be paired with loose shirts with big bold prints. The look can be made slimmer by adding a belt.

Reed said she is seeing this loose look coming in a redone harem pant.

“They are difficult to wear,” she said, describing them as a “slouchy, cropped trouser pant.”

“They are more tailored than the old harem pants. You can wear them with a tailored jacket or ruffled blouse and bright colored belts,” said Reed.

Big changes are coming by way of accessories, the boutique owners said.

“Earlobes are going to be the new neck,” said Reed. “They are showing huge hoops this year.”

Chunky bracelet from Ann Taylor Loft sells for $29.
Chunky bracelet from Ann Taylor Loft sells for $29.
Clutch purses — in every color, pattern and metallic — will be big.

“Accessories are such an important part of a woman’s style,” said

Reed, who lists belts cinched tight at the waist, bow belts, platform shoes, metallic jewelry in mixed metals, and lots of zippers as the top things we will see.

Also in jewelry, “people are really going for love and happiness, peace and love jewelry,” a sign of the times, said Reed.

Also making a comeback are big glamorous sunglasses.

What is still going strong this season?

The layered look of camisoles and T-shirts continue to be trendy, said Amireh-Leach, as are capri pants and leggings.

The Buckle at Westfield Belden Village shows the scarf phenomenon continuing into the spring with this floral one, $12.
The Buckle at Westfield Belden Village shows the scarf phenomenon continuing into the spring with this floral one, $12.
Amireh-Leach is quick to remind us that we don’t have to, nor can we all successfully dress in the trends and look good.

“I don’t always follow the trends,” she said. “I won’t carry something I don’t like or I don’t think will look good on my customers.”

She describes her store as classic with a twist.

“I really get excited when I hit spring, because it’s cheery. It’s bright. A whole fresh look,” she said.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass