Spring fashion trends update classic looks, show some skin

Courtesy photo – Adaline Thomas Williams (left) is wearing Gala by Galia Lahav, sheer antique crochet mermaid dress, with dramatic draping along the back and train, in a powder-pink silk chiffon. Sophia Taylor is wearing Maison de Genévieve, Peau de soie silk sweetheart gown with floral silk chiffon overlay.




Spring has sprung in Charleston, which means it’s time for pastels, florals and ruffles to celebrate warmer weather and sunny skies.

We caught up with area models on a fashion shoot for the Charleston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau getting ready for an influx of visitors as warm weather returns to the city.

We also checked in with the owners of several Charleston area stores and boutiques featured in the shoot to learn about some of the season’s most popular trends for men and women, all available in the Capital City.

Brides this year have several bold, skin-baring options, according to Belle Manjong, owner of The Boutique by B. Belle Events. Manjong said brides are turning toward elegant, sexy gowns and even more nontraditional painted floral gowns.

The owners of the Bridge Road Shops (Eggplant, Geraniums and Yarid’s) all agreed the bohemian look is in this spring and will carry into the summer.

To make sure your accessories stand out, go for a long necklace look or maybe choose a trendy lariat or choker-style necklace to complete your boho looks. Dig out your platform shoes from the ’70s to tie together your look — the owners said they’re making a comeback.

If that’s not your style, the preppy look is holding on strong. Shoppers are loving the bright colors and embroidery this style has to offer. And you can’t forget accessories. Bright, embroidered espadrilles take the classic look up a notch, and a hands-free cross-body bag is a must, they said.

White lace dresses have been having their moment on the runway and red carpet in 2017, but Meridith Barth, owner of Ivor’s Trunk, said the looks isn’t restricted to evening wear.

And who doesn’t love a little sparkle? Pair a evening sequin piece with basic, classic or casual options to make this shiny trend work while the sun is up.

Macy’s at the Charleston Town Center has had many women flocking to the modern romance look. Margaret Shanks, Macy’s vice president and store manager, suggested pairing a floral dress, a twist on pearl jewelry and a neutral shoe to complete this look.

And for the men, Shank suggested a khaki suit that can take you from a day at the office to a special event.

Anthony Paranzino at Tony the Tailor suggested a look that will keep guys “dressed up and stylish, yet totally comfortable.”

Banded-collar shirts are on the cutting edge of today’s men’s fashion. Pair that with cool crisp linen pants and classic bit driver shoes, he suggested.

And don’t forget ruffles.

Virginia Lee’s owner Kathryn Rugeley said she has seen ruffles, cold shoulders and lace-tie details everywhere this spring season.

New styles have been popping up all around Charleston this spring season, many drawing on or updating classic looks to make a new statement in 2017.


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