“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.”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.“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.”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.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.