South Park Magazine

Belk Spring 2011 Preview: The New Pretty

I get a reminder that seasonal change is afoot when it’s time to sit down with the always stylish Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk.I recently visited the SouthPark store to get Arlene’s take on Spring 2011, which she called “The New Pretty.”

Among the movements she recommends keeping in mind as you consider your wardrobe for Spring:

Flirty, feminine flourishes abound, in lace, ruffles and botanical-inspired accents, especially in jewelry.A fresh take on traditional American sportswear, including nautical influences, pearls, espadrilles and “country club chic.” So basically a return to the fashions of my youth (see Grosse Pointe, Michigan in the 1980s).The continued presence of safari wear, reinforced with a decided “urban adventurer” flair. Ikat and animal prints, grommets, heavy duty cottons, tribal influences and bold metal jewelry will certainly evoke a boho vibe.Cargo pants, especially when paired with an ultra-feminine top, will continue to be important for women. Look for a slimmer cut, which does little for those of us without toothpick legs (could there be a less flattering place for a giant pocket than the mid-point of the thigh?).Knits in all shapes, sizes and styles. Cardis and exaggerated vests are just a few of the layering options for Spring.