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Style Voyeur: There's a spring dress look for everyone

By Dennise Smith
Dennise Smith
Leah Macia: My favorite sleeve of all time is the kimono sleeve. So exotic, so elegant and so forgiving for those weeks (OK ... maybe months) where I shunned the dreaded arm workout at the gym. Here we have this detail paired with a gathered bodice in gorgeous ombre emerald, which retailers are proclaiming "the color of the year." What mesmerized me most about this outfit, other than the fact that Leah looks like a starlet from a Fellini movie, is the necklace! It imbues this already chic dress with the look of a Byzantine empress.
Dennise Smith Erika Bailey: Coral is also featured heavily in this year's spring looks, along with all other colors of the sea. These colors always evoke images of Palm Beach, white patio furniture and tiki-bar cocktails! Perhaps this is why they are perfect for spring and summer. Erika's dress shows off this trendy color and adds an eye-catching smattering of silver-toned petals and ruffle hem. The look is flirty and festive.
Dennise Smith Brienne Marco: The black-white trend continues to be white-hot right now. The way to wear it into spring and summer is to focus on patterns that are predominantly white or, as Brienne does here, choose one with a punch of bright color. I love how she carries the accent color through with the accessories. The Dior-look silhouette, shown here with Brienne's full A-line skirt, is not only trend-on but very flattering.
Dennise Smith Tuesday Taylor, creator and host for the YouTube program "What's Real West Virginia," is rocking one of this season's most popular looks -- bright florals. To keep this trend young and youthful versus "granny chic," as I recently saw it described in fashion magazine, is to keep the hemline shorter and proper accessories. Tuesday nails the look by pairing her dress with booties (with a peek-a-boo of pink socks -- yeah!) and long charm necklace. This is the quintessential look for hipster music festivals across the nation, a topic on which I can wax poetic. But, I'll save that for later.
Dennise Smith Jamie Bowles: "Mad Men" glamour! OK, forget what I said about making sure your hemline is shorter if you are wearing floral. This is where a longer hemline for a floral frock is super-stylin' garden-party chic. If you are going for the vintage look, then keep the original hemline, as Jamie does here, particularly if your print is a larger-scale floral.
Dennise Smith Aubrey Parsons: Anyone who grew up in the '80s has probably noticed recently, during trips to the mall or flipping through fashion zines, that neon color is becoming the comeback kid. What is great about Aubrey's look is it combines several au courant trends: retro, floral and neon. The garden-party maxi skirt from the '60s also features another trend popular among fashionistas: the high-waisted skirt. The look is tied together with a straw fedora and several strands of white beaded necklaces.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After what seemed an eternal, bone-bracing winter, spring finally sprung! The recent dawning of warm weather had fashionable Charlestonians out in full force displaying the full panoply of this year's trends.

It's time to tuck away those turtleneck sweaters and woolen pants. If anything says summer is right around the corner, it's the spring dress. What's great about the new spring fashion is its diversity. From '50s-inspired silhouettes to florals and bright, beachy colors, there's something for everyone this year.

Dennise Smith is a Charleston lawyer, fashion designer and co-founder of the local arts group Nomadic Tribes Collective.

 

 


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