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Polka dots with a twist coupled with a crisp white, sleeveless blouse looks classy and classic.

Tangerine is the new black. So is aqua. And fuchsia, for that matter. In fact, every color in the rainbow has replaced black this season.

“This new season will call on captivating compelling color in a way that is both provocative and sensational,” said Arlene Goldstein, fashion director for Belk Inc. “Make way for color blocking, color branding, color clashing and any creative use of color in apparel, shoes and accessories you can imagine.”

She identified four new trends for this spring, including 1970s glam, shape shift, so pretty and American originals.

“It’s about ‘70s taste, vintage lace, bold stripes and color hype,” Goldstein emphasized. “This is the reemergence of color as a fashion story. It’s time to push black and grey to the back of the closet.”

Opt for happy hues – Goldstein said color is here to stay and worth purchasing an investment piece.

She pointed to ‘70s glam as an homage to Yves Saint Lauren, who took boho chic and made it glamorous.

“It’s as relevant today as it was then,” she said of the handcrafted feel and airy looks.

“From safari influences and highly sophisticated materials to maxi lengths and wide legs, this decade is bursting with inspiration,” she said. “Fluid silks, satin, sheers and openwork offer an element of couture allure. Patterns go from Missoni-like to tribal mixes and from ethnic stripes to exotic new tropicals and animal prints.

Shape shift is just that – a shift in traditional shapes of pants, dresses, skirts and shirts.

“Asymmetry, strong angular sleeve treatments, obtuse layering and stand collars are just a few of the dynamic details that define shape shift,” Goldstein continued. “Highly sophisticated optics, over-the-top stripes and color blocking refuse to go unnoticed, especially in black and white. Interesting synthetics, extreme – often high-gloss – finishes on cotton, silks and innovative knits, all offer creative impact.”

For the hopeless romantics, soft hues and lingerie effects and garden florals are making an appearance this spring in a style Belk has dubbed “So Pretty.” Look for handcrafted touches, tonal embroideries, corsage embellishments and ruffles and pleats for this romantic spirit.

“Lace, the ultimate in fem fabrics, continues to increase its approval rating,” Goldstein said. “Bursting with sweetness, linen, eyelet, sheers and satin are just a few of the other fabrics that will guarantee that dreamy, feel, along with patterns that create showers of flowers, the sweetest checks, delicate dots and a bevy of beautiful butterflies.”

A timeless nod to classics, American Originals is built on simple sportswear elements with authentic nuances that reflect a chic, modern vibe, Goldstein said.

“Fit and flare silhouettes and details like banding, high waists, bare shoulders, release pleats and new longer lengths update familir silhouettes,” advised the fashion director. “Here, patterns play an important role, so check out stripes, dots, color blocking and fresh new tropicals.”

Fake or precious, jewelry is a standout for this classic American beauty.

The ‘It’ List
Each season Belk brings you the “it” list – the go-to items that will bring inspiration and energy to your wardrobe in an instant. Women’s fashion is all about high intensity colors, bold patterns and bottoms that go to great lengths to make a statement! Boring is not an option this season, so let’s get started.  

1. The Long Skirt - The fashion world is fascinated with new longer lengths. Edgy or ethereal, pleated or trim and tailored, this piece is just waiting for your personal stamp of approval.  

2. Striped Dress - Stripes are all the hype, the bolder the better. Bring it on with bi-color and multicolor patterns that deliver high impact and straight-forward style.  

3. Boxy Top - Shape says it all. East/west silhouettes, exaggerated sleeves and uneven hems are just a few of the architectural details that define this pared down, very modern sportswear item.  

4. Openwork - Punctuate any look with something delicate, light and airy. Choose eyelet, crochet or macramé. Bring lace or anything lace-like front and forward. These peek-a-boo textiles may go rustic or refined but rarely take a back seat to any other warm weather fabric.  

5. Colored Bottom - Denim goes full spectrum. Optic shock? Absolutely not, but bottoms in bold blues and other hues like red, Kelly green and pink take the lead and fashionistas are following.

6. New Cardi - Style-savvy insiders agree. The cardigan is still fashion’s favorite completer piece. Longer lengths, new shapes and elegant open work refresh this important mainstay.  

7. Color Block - Wonderfully modern blocks of color enhance and update any look, any garment. This graphic message magically makes its way to tops, skirts, dresses, shoes and handbags.

8. Wide Leg Pants - Inspired by a romantic 1970s mood, this bottom invites you to play with new proportions. Count on an away-from-the-body silhouette to marry style and comfort.

9. Fashion Wedge - Find your footing. With unexpected embellishments, material mixes and a range of heel heights, your feet are issuing a fashion alert. The wedge is the shoe that will entice you to buy new.  

10. Statement Neck - Spring fuels your passion for fashion with an exquisite array of face-framing necklaces. Magnificent metals, 3-D flowers, tribal inspired beads and baubles – that’s the long and short of it! 

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Members Opinions:
January 22, 2012 at 8:44am
Good to know!
January 28, 2012 at 10:18am
I agree that all of these things are going to be in fashion this season. However, I don't agree that it's what women should be wearing. Women need to learn how to dress for their body types better.
A boxy top is going to make you look like a potato sack. Striped dresses and long skirts are really not flattering on a lot of women.
Cardigans and wide leg pants are always in season.
Know your body type, then learn how to dress it.

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