By Ingrid Howard
According to Over the Mountain clothing store owners, bold prints aren’t going anywhere.
Second Hand Rose store owner Gina Saab said that pink seems to be really big in fashion now, but there are definitely lots of prints in the items her store carries.
“There’s still lots of camouflage out there,” she said, “and florals and plaids. There have been lots of prints.”
At Flip Flops and What Nots, owner Kathleen Roberts said animal prints are flying off the shelves.
“Animals like snake print and leopard print are a huge trend right now,” she said. “And they’re going to go through fall too.”
For everyday wear, colors in women’s apparel are becoming more muted, even at vineyard vines.
“We are featuring lots of ‘athleisure’ pieces this spring for men, such as polos, shorts, pants and button downs,” said vineyard vines sales associate Amanda Summers. “For women, we are featuring lots of black and white.”
Marguerite’s Conceits is seeing a similar trend in color.
“Everyday wear is more soft colors,” said Marguerite Ray. “Not dull, but like those pretty muted
pinks and blues and those kinds of colors.”
Ray’s store also carries beachwear, and she said the opposite is true for that category. From swimsuits to cover ups to beach bags, her customers love bright and colorful items.
No matter what color or print, Clotheshorse owner Becky Sager said people love jumpsuits and maxi dresses.
“People are still doing some short rompers,” she said. “But the maxi dresses and the (jumpsuits), the long rompers, I think are really trending right now.”
Fashion Advice for Everyone
Saab at Second Hand Rose said she always stays classic.
“Stay classic and stay true to yourself in what you wear,” Saab said. “If you’re going to do a trend, you might just do a small portion of whatever the trend is.”
Personally, Summers likes to mix and match styles, building upon classic pieces.
“Our motto at vineyard vines is ‘Every day should feel this good’ and I try to remember that when it comes to fashion,” she said. “My advice would be to find lifestyle classic pieces that can be versatile and that you can put your own twist on.”
At Flip Flops and What Nots, Roberts said fashion is fun and not to be afraid of it.
“A pop of color is always fun in a pair of shoes,” she said. “You could put on all black with a pair of red shoes and look pulled together. … Ladies in here say, ‘Well I can only wear black.’ Why limit yourself?”
At Marguerite’s Conceits, Ray said you have to feel comfortable to pull off anything.
“You have to own it,” she said. “You gotta feel good in it.”
Sager recommends buying colors that can get a lot of use.
“A lot of people like the big, bold prints, but I tend to go to the simple things, like the Vince brand that just does greys and browns and whites and creams,” she said. “And you can just wear those with anything. You always feel good in them.”