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Good Buy: Spring Blooms

by edited by Erica Bauwens

With the winter finally behind us, we are embracing spring and everything that comes with it. That means a new, fresh wardrobe to welcome this new, fresh season. And this spring is coming in with a bang, featuring new and well-loved trends that are making this season’s styles more exciting than ever. We took to shops and boutiques across South Jersey to find the hottest spring trends close to home. Check out our favorite picks, patterns and styles to help you find some inspiration for your seasonal wardrobe.

Black and White. Black and white goes with everything, and designers are digging just how easily it can translate into any occasion. Now’s the time to embrace a few cute accessories, like Coach’s hair scarf. Tie it around a ponytail for a fun weekend look or add a pop of pattern as a headband or belt. Black and White Patchwork Ponytail Scarf, $38 at Coach, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-5738,

Psychedelic-Chic. So many patterns and designs from this season are inspired by bold splashes of bright colors. You’ll find them in the watercolor-style florals splashed across this funky mini dress. Cap sleeves and a full skirt make this a good choice for those spring weddings you’ve already RSVP’d to, but pair it with some edgy accessories to transform your night-out look. Jeneyy Electric Day Dream Dress by Ted Baker, $275 at Tehen Women’s Clothing & Shoes, 2076 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4347,

Shape Up. Throw some geometric prints into your look to add a modern flair to your wardrobe. Squares, circles, diamonds; these simple shapes can transform a usually drab ensemble. Plus, White House Black Market’s scarf is light enough that it won’t add extra bulk when out and about on the warmer days. Modern Geo Scarf, $54 at White House Black Market, 611 Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, (856) 629-2576,

Pastels. Spring and pastel is a pairing of the ages, and one that simply never fails. This Henri Bendel clutch has the light pink shade that is so popular right now, but it takes the classic color palette and adds some edge with metal grommets and a chic removable chain strap. Debutante Asymmetric Grommet Clutch, $298 at Henri Bendel, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, (856) 910-8006,

Floral Fever. The buds are starting to bloom outside; use that as your inspiration for something awe-inspiring. There’s so many great floral prints to choose from this season that it’s hard to find where to start. We are adding a hint of greenery with this mixed-print kaftan, which uses elegant blooms alongside earthy, natural colors to really get in touch with Mother Nature. Art Kaftan by Lee Andersen, $198 at Fashions by Penina, 11 E. Main St., Marlton, (856) 596-1610,

Pops of Pink. It may be too early to wear some of the bolder summer colors, but there’s nothing wrong with adding some fuschia into your wardrobe. In fact, bright and vibrant pinks play well with lighter, spring colors and wake up florals that are so en vogue. Pattern Play Accordian Wallet, $42 at TR Bell Gifts, 119 W. Main St., Moorestown, (856) 234-4043,

Vintage Touch. Now that the coats and boots are gone, you can embrace the vintage vibe. That means sundresses, peep toe heels and nifty accessories. A sweet touch to your throwback look are these Oliver Peoples shades, with a cat-eye tortoise shell frame on top. Pair these with a light scarf and some red lipstick, and you’ll be a hit at the next sock hop. Alisha sunglasses by Oliver Peoples, starting at $405, $450 for polarized frames at Fortuna Optical, 501 Route 73 S., Marlton, (856) 797-0600,

Mixed Metals. Silver, gold, platinum, rose gold; who says you have to choose just one at a time? Pandora’s newest line of charms has mastered the art of mixing metals while still keeping a solid theme together in one piece. Plus, you can mix and match colors and charms to fit whatever look you’re going for that day. Pandora charms, prices vary at David Arlen Jewelers, 1299 Route 38, Hainesport, (609) 914-0404,

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 12 March, 2014).
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