Spring Fashion Show

There’s no question that the Bellevue Collection puts on great fashion shows so that attendees will be inspired to go out and shop. With my bank account at an all time low after this weekend’s shopping extravaganza, I can personally confirm that the Exclusive Spring Fashion Show was a hit. When it wrapped, I already had one foot in J.C. Penney.

Here are a few hits and misses from the show:

photoSundresses at Macy’s: I’m a sucker for a great sundress and to be fair I wear them all year around with tights and boots. Some of the best I saw were fairly priced and from Macy’s. Check out this Ellen Tracy multi-striped bodice pleated skirt dress and Miss 60 multi-striped box pleat dress (see under Graphic Addict).

A New J.C. Penney: Two years ago I would have told you that I never, ever shop at J.C. Penney. I thought only my grandma would go there for things like sheets and big bulky bathrobes. Flash forward to now and J.C. Penney is a stylish enterprise full of great finds. New marketing and buyers have turned this place upside down. A personal favorite from J.C. Penney was this Duro Olowu designed multi-print blouse with silk shorts (see under Exotic Patterns).

Black & White: Black and white is one of my favorite trends this spring.  They are simple counterparts to all the spring colors. You can find black and white outfits anywhere, but Aritzia has got the pairing down like nobody else. Their window pane blouse and black quilted jacket are adorable. And their zip front jacket with white piping and crepe banded bottom pants (there is a white stripe down the side of these that you can’t see well in the image) are simple and original (see under Black & White).

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Minty Fresh: Pantone announced months ago that Emerald Green was the color of the season but I beg to differ. That light, pastel mint color is growing like ivy all over the racks. It’s simply taking over and I love it. Colored leather jackets are also in which made me a fan of the Cache leather wide color jacket (see under Leather Weather).

Too Hippie for Me: I’m a fan of long skirts, floral prints and even denim vests. When it comes to loose “hippie” gear, I can dig it. Unless, it’s just not flattering. When your figure gets lost in a complicated print, like this chiffon caftan with under slip from Free People (see Exotic Patterns) or the print looks like it’s wearing you, like this exotic drawstring waist jumpsuit from Free People (see Exotic Patterns) it’s just not worth it.

When to Island Hop: I like Hawaiian shirts and I like Tommy Bahama (Ladies, try their scent for women, it’s an unexpected and lovely find). But I would only recommend wearing this bright orange palm print camp shirt with white cotton chinos (see under Island Hopping) to a wedding in Hawaii or on a business trip to Hawaii. Otherwise, if you’re planning to stay on the mainland, stick to more earthy tones from Tommy.

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