Colorfully Chic
By Natalia Sieukaran / August, September, October 2012

The spring collections during fashion week in New York, London, Milan and Paris featured fashion designers who implemented the use of color. The most interesting aspect of the trend is its presence in both women's and men's wear.

These spring collections set the trends for the fall and can also be applicable to tweens and teenagers alike. When your kids hit school halls again, allow them to try color blocking in all its forms. Color blocking is mixing and matching different colored basics. Lorrine Gomez, assistant manager at Walmart in Coconut Creek, says, Bright colors for this season are the most important; they can be found in tanks, blouses, and t-shirts.

Those basics can be paired with bold colored bottoms, such as skinny or pencil-leg jeans. If you're not sure how to mix and match the colors, use a color wheel for reference. The colors next to each other, like pink and purple, will be a perfect match.

Neon colors are also the rage for youth. These '80s flashback statement pieces can arguably be either school-themed, or rebellious to the eyes. Either way, if you choose to indulge in this risky look, try to limit it to accessories and bags, such as neon Cambridge satchels, or shoes like Converse, high-tops and flats.

If the '80s' neons are scaring you, have no fear, for the '70s is another decade returning to the forefront of fashion with natural bohemian prints and baggy silhouettes. Jacki Rosen, from STASH Boutique in Coral Springs, mentions that flared out bell-bottom jeans are in again.

Despite awareness of trends, it can, at times, be overwhelming to decide what to buy and not buy. The key is getting the most out of the core pieces that define you the most. Rosen's advice is to streamline your closet -- everything should be multi-functional. And your expensive pieces should be true to your fashion aesthetic.

Her example is the new high-low skirt, which is very multi-functional, as it can be styled at least five different ways. Rosen says, If bohemian is your style, you should have one great peasant skirt with great sandals.

In the South Florida weather, it can be a definite challenge to stay cool and chic. For the heat, mesh tops for guys can be thrown over a tank or light shirt, while girls can wear a light, laser-cut dress. These dresses are meant to emulate lace, so they are classic, light and feminine without the itchiness of the real deal.

In American sportswear, the anorak has been a surprise piece. The once frumpy and forgotten-about-in-the-closet military piece was styled to its chicest perfection at the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show. And what's great is that you don't have to wait for rain to put on an anorak. You can throw it over a nice pair of shorts and a nicely cut t-shirt to pull your look together. This is definitely the winning piece of the season.

While it is fun to follow trends that are stylish, don't forget to be yourself. The last thing you want to do is lose your individuality. These trends are meant to update your wardrobe, as opposed to replacing it entirely.

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