Spring Fashion Trends You Can Wear Into Fall

2011 TrendsFashion can be a fickle mistress. In one season, out the next. While we always believe in classics, it's still fun to stay current with your look. The key is doing so without buying a new wardrobe every six months.

We're here to fill you in on a little secret from fashion industry insiders. Fall fashions appear on the runways in the spring, which means you can look at what's ahead—and buy intelligently where the trends overlap, giving more longevity to your purchases.

We’ve done an analysis on all the spring trends hitting stores now and the fall trends yet to come, to see which where the trends overlap. (And we avoided some trends, like pajamas in public.)

We found a surprising number of intersections between spring and fall, which enabled us to pinpoint a slew of pieces that you can buy now and wear until next April…without ever falling off of the style wagon.

Spring 2011 Fashion Trends

How to Make Them Overlap

 

1. Get Nostalgic for the Seventies

Skinny jeans will always be a classic, so don't ditch them, but you’ll soon start seeing bell bottoms everywhere. Other seventies throwbacks appearing all year long: peasant blouses and high-waisted pants. You can wear wide-leg jeans in every season, but pair with light peasant blouse and sandals for summer and layer with a jacket and boots for fall.

2. Orange You Glad?

This punchy color looks great with a variety of complexions. Wear it with white or bright colors for spring, and pair it with brown hues in the fall.

3. Structure and Warmth

We love structured jackets because they are great for layering on nippy spring and fall days. While leather motorcycle jackets can be quite an investment, you can't go wrong with a more affordable military jacket, especially since its neutral color works with everything.

4. Go to Great Lengths

Both spring and fall runways saw a rush of long, loose skirts and dresses. Pair a skirt with a casual blouse or go with a simple cotton maxi dress and flat sandals for the summer. For fall, layer with a jacket.

5. More Stylish Than a Superhero

We've been spying capes and ponchos out on the streets. Designers got the hint and embraced them for fall. Pick up one now in a light tweed or wool to stave off cold spring mornings, and you will be on trend six months from now, too.

6. Sweet in Scarlet

Red is a timeless statement, but designers seemed especially excited to feature the fiery hue for spring and fall. Cuff a pair of red jeans for the spring, or wrap a punchy red scarf around your neck for fall.

7. Suit Up

Starting in the spring, check out feminine suit pieces like jackets, pants, and girly button-downs. In the warmer months, keep things cool (in more ways than one) by mixing up vests and tees with cropped pants and shorts. When the weather becomes chillier, layer a jacket over a soft sweater and top with a wrapped scarf for a casual yet sharp look.

8. A Bit of Sheer

Although the current trend toward sheer fabrics may conjure up images of Lady Gaga, you can pull off this trend with class. Layer a sheer blouse over a camisole or a sheer long skirt over a short one for summer. For fall, sport a sheer skirt with thick tights. No gratuitous skin necessary.

9. Stabilize

Our feet love that the trend of chunky heels and wedges marches on for fall. Go for open-toed shoes that will work in warm weather and can be worn with fun socks when the weather turns cold.

10. Hot Pants

Sometimes a fall trend is so fabulous we want to wear it now. Luckily, we aren't the only ones--the fall trend of brightly colored pants is in stores now. Avoid colors like pale yellow that are too springy and instead try reds, oranges, and forest greens for staying power.

More Spring Shopping Tips

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Spring cleaning your closet? Learn what to do with your old clothes and accessories. .

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  • kodemonki

    I am so glad I’m not into fashion and no one blinks an eye if I wear nice flip flops to work with my button down and khakis. Maybe I’m just too low brow to get it, but those plastic looking heels with socks have got to be some of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. More and more I feel this site is for New Yorkers. I’m so glad I don’t live there if this is what people are expected to wear! Somehow I doubt slacks and a dress shirt will go out of style.

  • kodemonki

    I am so glad I’m not into fashion and no one blinks an eye if I wear nice flip flops to work with my button down and khakis. Maybe I’m just too low brow to get it, but those plastic looking heels with socks have got to be some of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. More and more I feel this site is for New Yorkers. I’m so glad I don’t live there if this is what people are expected to wear! Somehow I doubt slacks and a dress shirt will go out of style.

  • Kristen

    Great list. But why the jab at Lady Gaga? I think she’s one of the most empowered female artists out there.

  • Kristen

    Great list. But why the jab at Lady Gaga? I think she’s one of the most empowered female artists out there.

  • http://www.smartmouthblog.com Nicole Longstreath

    Since I started shopping only at thrift and consignment stores in December of last year, I feel like I get to make my own trends. And the quality of my wardrobe hasn’t suffered at all (although, I do have to do some serious digging to find the good stuff). I still pay attention to trends and incorporate them into my wardrobe, but I’m so glad I don’t feel the need to go out and buy the newest things every season.

    http://www.smartmouthblog.com

  • http://www.smartmouthblog.com Nicole Longstreath

    Since I started shopping only at thrift and consignment stores in December of last year, I feel like I get to make my own trends. And the quality of my wardrobe hasn’t suffered at all (although, I do have to do some serious digging to find the good stuff). I still pay attention to trends and incorporate them into my wardrobe, but I’m so glad I don’t feel the need to go out and buy the newest things every season.

    http://www.smartmouthblog.com

  • http://neatfreakwannabe.blogspot.com Jenna

    Love the idea of this article! I tend to stay on the classic side, but sometimes feel it’s a little “boring.” I try to find some inexpensive trendy pieces to supplement, but it’d be even better to look for those trends that are continuing and not just falling off the map at the end of the season! And @kodemonki, I agree…I don’t see the appeal of the socks and sandals combo.

  • http://neatfreakwannabe.blogspot.com Jenna

    Love the idea of this article! I tend to stay on the classic side, but sometimes feel it’s a little “boring.” I try to find some inexpensive trendy pieces to supplement, but it’d be even better to look for those trends that are continuing and not just falling off the map at the end of the season! And @kodemonki, I agree…I don’t see the appeal of the socks and sandals combo.

  • eB

    The idea that “skinny jeans will always be a classic” is LOL funny to me. I would not have dreamed of wearing them in my 20s. I just about died when I first started seeing them 3-5 years ago.

  • eB

    The idea that “skinny jeans will always be a classic” is LOL funny to me. I would not have dreamed of wearing them in my 20s. I just about died when I first started seeing them 3-5 years ago.

  • eB

    The idea that “skinny jeans will always be a classic” is LOL funny to me. I would not have dreamed of wearing them in my 20s. I just about died when I first started seeing them 3-5 years ago.

  • eB

    The idea that “skinny jeans will always be a classic” is LOL funny to me. I would not have dreamed of wearing them in my 20s. I just about died when I first started seeing them 3-5 years ago.