As temperatures rise, it’s time to deep-six your winter sweaters and boots. Whether you’re staying around Lake Norman or heading for an even warmer climate this spring, fashion expert and professional stylist Christine Nelson of Mooresville shares her must-haves for men and women to lighten up your wardrobe for the coming season. –Karel Bond Lucander
Ladies, make way for Miro or Matisse—apparel that features abstract prints and geometric patterns. The classic button-down shirt and pleat detailing will be big, as well as jackets and pants with a nod to 1940s styling. Icy pastels (mint greens, baby blues), Radiant Orchid (the Pantone color of the year) and metallic hues will rule, along with the ever-popular black-and-white pairing.
Guys might want to pick up a pair of Bermuda shorts and try a tropical floral shirt. The preppy, sporty look, including color blocking and bold stripes, will be making waves in menswear.
Whatever your style, you should be able to find what you’re looking for among these exciting new trends, featured in the attached photos.
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Bamboo Bangle set gold, $30; Statement Necklace, $50; JJ Winters Vanessa Mini Crossbody, $168; FLuXuS Thoma Top, $55; Tolani Aria Pant, $164; Dolce Vita Sandal in Cognac, $69. All available at LIPP Boutique at Langtree (hyperlink)
Trina Turk ‘Jeju’ Print Shift Dress, $348; Isola Lucina sandal in Black/Luggage, $115; Wristlet by Satchel, $79; Necklace, $30. All available at Monkee’s of Lake Norman (hyperlink)
Jessica Simpson Top, $44; Michael Kors Pants, $104.99; New Directions Scarf, $19.50; Dooney & Bourke Satchel in Bordeaux, $216; Kenneth Cole Bracelet, $38; Jessica Simpson Earrings, $20; Madden Girl Shoes, $49. All available at Belk in Mooresville (hyperlink)
Ray-Ban Sunglasses, $160; IZOD “saltwater” Shorts, $29.99; Geoffrey Beene Belt, $25.50; Nautica Check Pattern Shirt, $39.99; IZOD Orange T-Shirt, $17.99; Sperry Top-Sider Flip Flops, $39.99. All available at Belk in Mooresville (hyperlink)
Saddlebred Bowtie, $18.99; Fossil Watch, $125; IZOD Button Down Shirt, $29.99;Ralph Lauren Polo Vest, $39.75; Ralph Lauren Polo Pants, $85; Sperry Top-Sider “Billfish” shoe, $100. All available at Belk in Mooresville (hyperlink)
Long Sleeve Striped Crew, $24.95; Straight Denim Color Jean Vintage, $59.95;Best Crew, $16.50; Chunky Refined Belt, $34.95. All available at GAP at Birkdale Village in Huntersville (hyperlink)
Sassy Styling Tips Want some help from a pro? Simply Sassy Coach Christine Nelson of Mooresville, featured weekly on Charlotte’s FOX News Rising, also helps invent new possibilities from existing wardrobes. (hyperlink)