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Spring Style Guide

Garden Party
Garden Party

It may seem like spring is still far away, but the fashion for the season is already set in stone. Belk’s Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction Arlene Goldstein shared this season’s Style Statements along with the top ten most wanted items for both men and women.

For spring 2015, the trends are all about the modern mashup; giving classic items new life and a twist with eclectic statement pieces for stand-out style. Belk has separated the women’s style statements into four categories: Garden Party, Sport Chic, Spare Me, and Islander.

Garden PartyLike the name suggests, this style statement is driven by the flower motif and delicate fabrics like lace. Expect pastel-toned garments, along with bold floral prints, and embroidery, sheers, and appliques. White remains a mainstay this year. For accessories, colorful stone treatments are the norm, with the statement earring making a comeback. Keep the look polished with a simple handbag and pumps with ankle detail.

Sport ChicBorrow some of your gym looks to pull off this statement. Using wearable fabrics like jersey, double-knits, and nylon mesh and given a sophisticated remake with details like color blocking, innovated perfs, and zippers. Take one item like an athletic-inspired hoodie, halter, or jogging pant and pair it with more polished pieces to complete the look. Don’t forget about the stylish sneakers that are everywhere these days. Top it off with an on-trend backpack or tote.

Spare MeGet ultra-modern in both patterns and shapes with this style statement. Relying on architectural forms like the a-line, columns, and trumpet skirts, along with tunics, over-sized shirts and trapeze dresses, this statement kicks the edginess up by using shine, sheers and unexpected fabric mixes and coated surfaces. Fabrics and patterns include stripes, scribble, grids, and photo-realism. Accessories remain bold with cuffs, chokers, over-sized clutches, and shoes with block heels.

IslanderDraw inspiration from your latest island escape. Fearlessly mix tropical patterns with wraps, ties, tassels and fringe for a fresh new look. Details include beading and embroideries featuring bright colors. Look for mixed-media pieces to add some flavor. Accessories include layered necklaces and bangles, gold hoops, statement earrings, head wraps, and strappy sandals.

Most-Wanted ListFor an easy way to update your wardrobe with the latest trends for spring, look no further than Belk’s Most-Wanted List. Use these pieces to spruce up your everyday look for a more fashion-forward feel.

Women’s

1. Kimono: This season’s new completer piece brings a cool, new twist to layering. 2. Soft Pants: A fall favorite, this item has staying power into the spring and summer months. Look for jog pants, palazzos, new gauchos, and culottes. 3. Easy Fit Top: Big shapes feel more modern and relaxed with this easy piece that instantly elevates any look. 4. Matched Set: Like a blast from the past, matching outfit sets are back. 5. Longer Skirt: Minis aren’t completely gone, but the new favorites are midis, maxis, and just over-the-knee options—look for the pleated versions for a fun twist. 6. Jumpsuit: This chic and easy sportswear piece has been making waves lately. Keep your mind open and remember fit is key with jumpsuit. 7. Floral Dress: In a myriad of shapes, this classic is new again with bold patterns. 8. Statement Earrings: In fall we had the statement necklace. With spring we have the statement earring. Look for over-the-top pieces to elevate the warm weather wardrobe. 9. Glitzy Sandals: Look for pearls, bold stones, sequins, and any and all sparkle when dressing up your footwear. 10. Look at me Lips: Pack a punch with the perfect pout. Matte or shiny, but always creamy and colorful. Explore hues from coral to fuchsia.

Men’s

1. Updated Polo: This staple gets an upgrade with a few twists like yarns and performance technology. 2. Shorter Shorts: Flat front, streamlined, shorter shorts are a in ranging from neutrals and pops of saturated brights. 3. Bold Prints: Florals, tropical, and plaids lead the pack with interesting and unpredictable color pairings. 4. Jog Shorts: Pair this classic gym item with more polished pieces for an on-trend look. 5. Athletic-Inspired Knits: Mesh insets, fabric blocking, piping, and banding bring gymwear to the next level. 6. Plaid Sport Coat: For the ultimate prep look, go plaid or go home. 7. White Pants: No need to wait for summer to bring out the white pants. 8. Spring Suit: Lightweight versions of classic suits in khaki, seersucker, and a range of blue hues are a dapper option this season. 9. Fashion Add-Ons: Men have accessories too! Tie bars, boutonnieres, sleek belts, and colorful pocket squares add a little exclamation point to any look. 10. Sneaker Style Slip-Ons: This versatile shoe can define personal style while still being totally cool and laid back.

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