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Bright colors and bold prints are among the top fashion trends for spring. (Photo courtesy of Belk Inc.)

Banish thoughts of snow and ice with a mixture of bold colors and fabulous prints this spring. Pair them with a bright lip and no-fuss ponytail, and seize the day.

“Decidedly fresh colors, graphic shapes and dazzling patterns collide in some of the season’s most exuberant pieces,” said Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction.

“Belk springs forward with ‘Modern. Southern. Style.’ that’s an irresistible mix of pretty and powerful.”

Goldstein highlighted three looks that are very prominent this season: Lady Luxe, Sharp + Chic, and Passport.

“While the digital age offers dramatic options to designers and print makers across the globe, such things as intricate laces and African-inspired weaves lend a hand to crafted modernism,” she said. “Retro inspired lady looks illuminate fashion’s glorious past but always with head-turning attitude and “new-season” panache. Make way for a print explosion and plenty of pretty with this spring’s Belk Style Statements.”

If you feel yourself drawn to two or three of these looks, try them all. Have diversity in your closet, so you’re not married to one look, Goldstein encourages. Pair a modern-style blazer with leggings and a statement necklace for a Saturday lunch with girlfriends, or keep it professional with a soft blouse and pencil skirt during the work week.

“Don’t box yourself in; you can float through all these looks,” she said. “An item takes on the personality of the wearer – always remember that.

Goldstein reminded fashionistas to shop their closets first and foremost. Several styles from seasons past are still strong this spring. Pair them with a traditional nude shoe or long pant for an updated look.

“Color was not a flash in the pan,” Goldstein said. “Peplums are still around; they are not going away. Find small, flirty versions and larger, angular styles. And the maxi dress is alive and well.”

Other styles have taken a slightly different twist. Patterns continue to be all the rage, but are now coupled with seemingly contrasting patterns in a collage, or print-mixing, fashion.

“As long as there is color commonality, it will work. The placement (of contrasting designs) is also very flattering,” she continues. “This trend is not going away and will be seen into 2014. It’s so directional and so advanced.”

Lace made an appearance this time last year; however, it is making an entrance this season. Instead of elements of lace, find entire tops and dresses made from eyelet, macramé and even laser cut lace.

Black and white is also making a reappearance, but in a bold way. Find them paired together in checks, swirls and color-blocking.

When it comes to accessories, shoes are the “it bag” of the season. Platforms continue to be popular, but single-soles are making a comeback. Also, yellow gold and yellow metals are up-trending silver this season. But don’t put silver in the corner just yet – mix your metals with layered bangles or other arm candy. Invest in one or two statement necklaces this season. Make it pop with against a black-and-white palate and minimal additional jewelry.

Outfits and accessories aren’t complete without a fresh updo and bold lip. Chic ponytails and chignons are mussed just enough to keep them from being perfect. Notes of grunge and punk will also be popular this spring.

MAC announced its spring and summer makeup styles that trended the runway.

Luminously perfected and pure is the fresh palate this season.

"It's about skin being the primary feature of the face this season," said Gordon Espinet, director of makeup artistry.

"Nuances of neon, glowing against an otherwise bare face," makeup artist Andrew Gallimore said of this season's pastel-fluoros and freshly futuristic metallics.

Also, find color with conviction – get graphic with bold, singular brights.

"Poetic with a twist of something edgy, so gutsy and punk it's chic," makeup artist Stephane Marias said.

Through spring and summer, gleaming bronze shades, from warm gold to pale wheat, work to delicately warm the skin this season.

"It's almost as if you're seeing makeup through skincare," said Terry Barber, director of makeup artistry.   

In the end, you have to be comfortable in your clothes and make up and hair, but don’t be afraid to step outside of your norm and try something new – even if it’s only one trend.

Lady Luxe

With Lady Luxe, you will be waking up to the full potential of pretty. Ribbon, ruffles and beautiful beading are a few of the luxe treatments that never seem to lose their allure. Iconic dressmaker details like tucking, pleats and peplums add to the parade of pieces with a hint of nostalgia.

Go simple or super glam with textiles like silks, sheers and anything that shimmers. Show off your style with an array of innovative laces—one of the season’s favorite fabrics treatments. Glorious greens surface as a key color family, while pinks and corals continue to make news.

Fanciful florals and delicious dots in a range of dreamy colors create the perfect canvas for spring’s sensational array of accessories.Floral motif jewelry, chandelier earrings, silky scarves, totes, smaller satchels, fashion wedges and new-again single sole pumps are all essential for sophisticated lady-chic.

Sharp + Chic

Geometric lines, sculptural shapes and sleek proportions. That’s Sharp + Chic in an effortlessly stylish nutshell. This statement gives fashion a fresh feel.

Embrace the quirkiness: East/West shapes, bold sleeves, exaggerated peplums, piping, spicing and split level layers. In this trend, textiles take an innovative turn. Work the look with new versions of silk, sheers, ponte` and poplin as well as scuba, nylon and neoprene – three athletic-inspired synthetics borrowed from the gym. Attention-getting patterns go graphic.

You will want to fully commit to color blocking, grids, and bold stripes. Chevrons, photorealism and pattern mixes also play an important role. Stark black and white with pops of color works wonders. Crank up the volume when it comes to Sharp + Chic add-ons. In-your-face statement necks, cuffs and handbags are a cause for celebration.

Modernist belts, bags and platform pumps in architectural shapes will take any look to the next level. Pyramid studs, nail heads and acrylic materials often with an art deco feel will give a trendy turn to these edgy options.


All things exotic give our last trend its individuality. Aptly named Passport, this is an insider’s guide to a global gathering of tribal inspired treasures and classic safari inspirations.

Details like uneven hems, handcrafted embellishments, beading, ruching and tying are the signature of this statement. Tassels, feathers and fringe add dramatic mixed-media details that are both modern and crafty. Interesting textiles define the season’s focus on prints. Check out cheetah, zebra and snakeskin.

Exotics are everywhere, as well as new camo, ikats, tie dye and scarf prints. Actually, any pattern celebrating an African essence is key. Print mixes are a must. The pattern message is especially authentic interpreted in easy jerseys, sheers, polished cotton, linen and dry hand knits.

And most important of all to the glam globetrotter are the accessories. Let the layering begin. Polished wood jewelry, bold bangles, metal cuffs and necks are just a few of the far and away inspired items. Anything beaded adds the oomph.

She will love handbags and shoes detailed in straw and raffia. Fringed scarves – often in powerful prints – provide a tribal twist.

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