Spring 2009: Trends To Try + Trends To Trash

A new season is upon us with a whole new set of designer-dictated trends. Wondering what to splurge on and what to skip this season? Here’s our no-regret list of trends to try and trends to trash for spring 2009:

TRY these trends:

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Michael Kors Collarless Safari Jacket,
$129.50 at nordstrom.com


Bright Colors – Brighten your spring outlook with this season’s bevy of bold blues, yellows, greens and pinks. The easiest way to wear brights? Paired with neutral colors you already own like white, khaki, denim and black. If you’re feeling brave, mix and match your brights together and wear the look from head to toe.


Black & White – This classic combination is one of the easiest trends to try this season. Whether you pair a black tee with white jeans or opt for one of this season’s graphic printed pieces, it’s a trend that looks good on everyone. Wear black and white all over or mix in colored or metallic accessories.


Safari Jacket – A belted jacket in a neutral color pairs easily with this season’s full skirt or floral dress. We also love it with jeans and shorts.


Ruffles – Flirty, feminine ruffles arrived on the fashion scene last spring and have remained at the top of the trend list ever since. If you haven’t already added something ruffled to your wardrobe, it’s worth the investment. True, large tiers of ruffles tend to add curves, so if you’re curvy enough already, opt for small details on shoes or handbags or just a bit of trim on a skirt or top instead.


Striped Top – French sailor-inspired striped tops are always chic in our book, and this season, there are many options to choose from. Add a striped top now and you’ll wear it for years.


Floral Blouse – From large to small, you’ve got your pick of pretty blooms this season. We’re loving flower prints on dresses and skirts, but a floral blouse is the ultimate wardrobe investment. Whether worn with jeans and skirts or layered under jackets and cardigans, you’ll turn to your floral blouse for years to come.


Snakeskin Accessories – Python printed handbags and accessories in shades both natural and faux are hot this season, but also a classic trend that reemerges every few years.


Full Skirts – Full or pleated skirts that hit at the knee or above are one of this season’s prettiest and most versatile trends. Wear yours many different ways with everything from a t-shirt to a belted cardigan or jacket.

SKIP These Trends:

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Current/Elliott The Skinny Jean,
$216 at shopbop.com


Tribal – Unless your personal style already incorporates global prints and African-inspired style, you’ll have a hard time incorporating this trend into your daily look. Still love the trend? Opt for simple touches like wooden jewelry or a beaded accents on shoes and bags instead.


Neon – We love bold colors (see #1 above) but when is bright too bright? Shocking shades of fluorescent green, pink and yellow are a one-season trend and not worth your hard-earned cash.


Jumpsuits and Rompers – We’re all for the ease of one-piece dressing, but ’80s-inspired jumpsuits and rompers can be pretty hard for the average woman to pull off. Unless you’re extremely fashion forward, opt for a dress instead.


Ripped and Acid Wash Jeans – Most of us were happy to see these trends fade into oblivion in the early ’90s. Well, guess what, they’re back! We predict this trend won’t last more than a season or two, so stick to your usual un-destroyed jeans. If you must wear the trend, save your money and add a few strategic tears to an old pair of inexpensive jeans instead.


Long Blazers – We’re on the fence with this trend, also known as the boyfriend blazer. There are many chic ways to wear it: sleeves pushed up and worn with skinny jeans, short shorts, minis and short dresses. But unless you are somewhat thin and have a natural flair for fashion, it’s pretty easy for a slouchy blazer to verge on frumpy. If you don’t count yourself amongst the ultra stylish, it’s best to skip the long blazer and stick to more tailored and flattering jackets.


Forehead Bands – Please, no. This fading fad just doesn’t look good.


Fringe Accents – Pretty, yes. Worth your investment, no.

  • fjt

    I think this all depends on your personal style. I’ll forgo the ruffles and stripes for a sleek jumpsuit and some ripped jeans. I just bought a pair of designer ripped jeans and a jumpsuit is next on my list!

  • anna

    I gotta have the boyfriend blazer! I have a long legs and a short torso, so it really is my best option!

  • http://www.specktra.net Kristy

    Just because a blazer is long doesn’t make it frumpy! For hippy girls it’s quite a flattering option. I totally disagree

    • StyleBakery

      Hi Kristy, Thanks for your comment! We agree that a long blazer is ideal for concealing hips. The blazer we’re referring to here is the long, slouchy, boyfriend blazer – a tough trend to pull off. A tailored long blazer is always a great option for women of any shape.

  • Paige

    I’m not crazy about the circle skirt, I’ll be giving that one a miss this season. It’s a great style for making curves if you’re skinny, but it’s a lot of fabric for those of us with hips. I know can balance the top to the bottom with a fitted top, but still, it’s a lot of volume in an area that I’d rather look neat and sleek. If I had to predict, I’d say that you’re going to see a lot of these big round full and pleated skirts stay on the racks this season.

  • julie

    i think you missed the mark on this list. jumpsuits, fringe, ripped and acid wash are still everywhere and still look fresh. and just because boyfriend blazers are harder to pull off doesn’t make them “out”. and i would lose the safari jackets altogether.

    • StyleBakery

      Julie, Thanks so much for your comment. You are so right that the trends you mentioned are hot, and most definitely “in”. This list was meant to recommend which trends have staying power and are worth the investment. While fringe, jumpsuits, and even ripped jeans are fun trends to try if you’re feeling adventurous, they are likely to be one-season trends that won’t be around next year.

    • StyleBakery

      Julie, Thanks so much for your comment. You are so right that the trends you mentioned are hot, and most definitely “in”. This list was meant to recommend which trends have staying power and are worth the investment. While fringe, jumpsuits, and even ripped jeans are fun trends to try if you’re feeling adventurous, they are likely to be one-season trends that won’t be around next year.

  • http://www.giltinvites.com Kuuzak

    I disagree, I love bright neon colors! You’re probably right though, that stuff is going to go out of style very quickly.

  • http://circleofstyle.blogspot.com/ 2bella4u

    I wouldn’t call myself extremely fashion forward, but I am flirting with the idea of a jumper! Haven’t found too many stores in my area, and it is something that I would prefer to try on than buy online. One trend i’m staying away from is acid wash jeans (puuuke) and neon..I love the 80′s but not that much!

  • julie

    where in the article does it mention anything about “staying power”? the headline says it all “Trends To Try + Trends To Trash” anywhooo

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-4145-Boston-Budget-Fashion-Examiner Anna Rice

    I agree with all of these, except to trash neon. While it’s not good to wear large quantities of it, a pair of neon shoes can make an all-black outfit pop!

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