September 27, 2013 Fashion Featured

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Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. #LovetheSouth #GoDawgs Follow Lauren on Twitter

It’s September once again and everyone’s busy for New York and London Fashion Week. When it comes to wearing and strutting the latest trends for Spring 2014, having confidence is key and there’s no need to look far and wide in order to look like those fashionistas who regularly grace The Sartorialist. But before thinking far too ahead, it’s best to reorganize and rehash the closet because there’s no need to buy all the designer goods. It could be DIY and thrift store finds in Carousel or SwopShop in Dublin mixed with affordable designer RTW and it’s all good to go. That’s about six months before spring arrives so that’s plenty of time to save up for these wonderful, no frills trends.

The 90’s are all the rage for the past few seasons, from floral prints to Doc Martens. But for a more feminine touch, another emerging trend are tank tops and midriffs. More updated and minimalist with even more slinkier straps, the tank top midriff can be found in anyone’s closet or the nearest Marks and Spencer where you can get trusty basics that are also seen in Thakoon’s and Band of Outsiders’ runways. As with ultra-feminine and flirty themes go, subdued pink dominates the palette for Spring 2014. Think dusty rose, pale salmon, and carnation pinks which speckled London Fashion Week’s Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic.

Another great trend to put all those DIY and crafty ideas to use is embellishing sweaters or jumpers or even evening gowns with dainty pieces of tulle swatches, some sparkly bits of plastic or PVC or whatever goods one can find in the crafts store. Prabal Gurung and Vera Wang certainly have some nifty ideas up their sleeves and hemlines so go for it. Finally, another color to shock Spring’s 2014 palette is red. It’s not just a regular shade of lipstick red but it’s all about vermilion, crimson and titian hues that rampaged the catwalks of London Fashion Week especially in Peter Pilotto’s and Burberry’s.

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