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Dreaming of Vacation?

Anticipation is half the fun!

In the Midwest we tend to be homebodies in winter. One of my favorite things to do when the wind is howling, is to plan a vacation! So, by the time warm temperatures welcome us, we are bursting with the need to shake our cabin fever! What is the most fun about planning a vacation? Planning what you will wear on vacation! Anticipation is part of the fun! Just looking at breezy, lightweight styles in soft fabrics feels like a breath of fresh air! In colder weather we tend to wear pants, pants, and more pants. Let’s change that up for the Spring season by adding cool comfy summer dresses to our wardrobe. Dresses are the perfect warm weather outfit. One and done! Easy to pop on and look pulled together effortlessly. Silhouettes this year are so easy to wear. The body skimming shift dress looks great on every figure and is easy to dress up or down depending on accessories. Just a change of shoes and jewelry can take it from the beach to dinner! Another fabulous and flattering design is the wrap dress or faux wrap dress. This style always creates a nipped in waist with soft gathers Whatever length that is good for you is perfect.

The color to look for this year is Periwinkle Blue. One of my favorite colors, periwinkle looks equally dynamic on blondes as brunettes or redheads! Soft and subtle, periwinkle works well for women and men. Pantone defines this 2022 color choice as “A New Pantone Color Whose Courageous Presence Encourages Personal Inventiveness and Creativity.” My description of this color is simpler. It just makes you feel good! Among other dominant color choices are what designers are calling “sun salutation”. Solar shades like sun-kissed  gold, bronze, amber and marigold abound in collections. Watch for prints and patterns to make their way into our warm weather looks too. Dresses, blouses and even pants will offer fabulous patterned looks for warm weather.

Streetwear influences see a renewed interest in the desire to look feminine. We are happy to see a wave of delicate florals from watercolors to artistic prints gracing our stores. Tropical prints are especially on the increase and becoming a major force for Spring and Summer. Look for exotic botanicals and florals along with retro blooms reminding us of the 60’s and 70’s. Nostalgia was everywhere on the spring runways creating a bit of déjà vu. Not everything is inspired by the past though. Innovative patterns are immerging this year; designers are calling  it “floral Blur”. It is exactly as it sounds, florals that look soft and out of focus creating a modern twist on florals. Are patterns not your style? You can enjoy the resurgence of color blocking that is on trend for 2022. Color blocking is easy enough to create. Combine several solid color pieces into a single look. Bold vibrant tones look modern when worn together.

Pants and tops are always a standby for all of us in all seasons. A fresh look in tops this year bring back the button up the front blouse to the popular forefront. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this look and we can attest to its versatility and flattering look. First, the button up the front design is slimming as it adds vertical interest. You can unbutton a couple of buttons and add a tank top underneath for a pop of color, or you can tie the shirt tails for a super casual look. Do a half tuck or a full tuck in for a more tailored feel. If it is long sleeved, roll up the sleeves to just below your elbow, that alone makes for a slimmer look. Important to note that this year’s cuts are more roomy and loose fitting than in the past. Be sure to get the correct fit, you do not want any pulling at the front around the bustline.

Shorts and pants come in whatever length works for you. Many labels feature 5-to-10-inch short length. Can mature women still wear shorts? YES! The most flattering length just covers the knee or lands mid knee. Still looks summery and cool but covers up just enough.

Leisurewear has made great strides in fashion since the pandemic. Joggers and sweatshirts are no longer just for the gym. Who can resist wearing super soft jogger pants everywhere? You can dress them up or down by adding a matching jacket or even a blazer for a trendy lift. Matching sets are on trend and fun to wear.

Now that we are in a Spring state of mind, let’s go visit the stores and get inspired for the warm get away you have been dreaming about!