The big trend this spring in women’s clothing?
Color. Lots and lots of color.
“The colors are brighter than usual” even for spring, said Nancy Toothaker of the Open House Gift Shop. “In terms of clothes, tunics have been selling with bright geometric patterns.
“I think people are just so tired of the cold weather. Last Friday it was kind of nice out and people were out trying to spruce up their wardrobe in the hopes of wearing something nice for once. Or they’re going on vacation and they want to freshen up and warm up their colors.”
A lot of those popular, bright colors are being paired with white denim, said Erica Malhotra of B Chic.
“Lots of pops of color and a lot of white denim to pair with tops — whether they are everyday tops or going-out tops,” she said. “Really, the trend is to pair tops with skinny or straight white denim with ballet flats or wedges.”
At Signature Style, Ann Nash said she’s seen a growing market for easy-care fabrics, ones that don’t require dry cleaning, and casual dresses for young women.
“We’re selling more casual dresses for everyday wear,” Nash said. “My girls wear dresses all the time now, instead of just on special occasions like going to dinner with Grandma. Sometimes they’ll layer it with a top underneath because it might be spaghetti straps.”
Megan Abrahamsen, of Blue Star Bazaar, agreed.
This spring’s highlights include “print dresses for girls and ladies in all colors and styles - from short dresses to maxis in neutrals, pinks, blues, and green.
Nash has also noticed in recent years that stocking clothing for a wider audience has become easier, as women’s and teen clothing have become far more similar.