Fashion-able: Mint is the new black.

If you’re anything like us, you’re sick of the sea of black winter coats and are ready to re-inject some colour into your wardrobe. This season, pastels are back in full force and we’ve selected some spring must haves for you. Now, we can already hear Miranda Priestly in our heads, “pastels for spring – how original.” But listen, we aren’t just talking about any ol’ pastel, we are talking about the pastel of Spring 2012: mint green.

These cropped beauties from ALC ($640) offer a fresh take on the classic tuxedo pant. Pair them with a crisp white shirt for a look that can go from office to a night out. If you’re feeling really bold, you can sport it with the matching jacket.

This sheer blouse from Zara ($59.99) is another great option. We especially love the knot collar detail.

Accessories are an easy way to add a pop of colour to an outfit. This perforated leather backpack from ASOS ($60) combines seafoam green with another popular spring trend – athletic wear. We can already picture ourselves sporting this while out for a spin on our bikes.
Acne can do little wrong in our eyes, and these crinkled-crepe shorts ($210) are no exception. We especially love that they’re named after one of our favourite silver screen stars – Lauren Bacall.
 
Not sure if you’re ready to give up your beloved black and white yet? Then this colour blocked dress from Tibi ($350) is the perfect way to inject a little bit of pastel into an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Are you on board with the pastel trend?

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Fashion-able: Spring trending topics

Even though it doesn’t really feel like winter has even truly arrived, believe it or not, spring styles are just around the corner. We’re likely facing a few more weeks of cold fronts, but we’re starting to plan our escapes from this chilly climate in favour of warmer weather. Here’s a roundup of our fave spring 2012 trends (beyond the cats on cats on cats trend), seen on the runways in Toronto and around the world.

Pastel

We still love a good pop of neon (we were raised in the 80s, after all) but this season we’re making some room in our closets for pastels. Taking a cue from the Easter bunny, lighter shades were prevalent on the runways in various shows including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne and Louis Vuitton.


Louis Vuitton


Digital prints

This season we love a good, bold, digital print seen head to toe (think more-is-more). Although we were initially overwhelmed by the idea of so much pattern, we have to admit we’re now in love with the look. If you’re wary, stick to patterns with muted colors and more subtle designs, such as this look from Erdem from London Fashion Week. 
Erdem



Sporty/Athletic Chic

Break out the neoprene, spandex and racer-backs. Designers showed their athletic sides on their spring/summer 2012 runways. In time for the London 2012 Olympic Games, tracksuits are reinvented at shows like Alexander Wang, and can once again be worn out of the house (let’s all forget that this was OK for a hot second back in the early 2000s when Paris Hilton convinced us Juicy Couture track suits could be worn out of the house. This is not the same thing).

Alexander Wang


Peplum

Seen on the runways of Jason Wu and YSL, minis, blouses and second-skin dresses were seen sporting a bit of a protrusion, known as the peplum. Originating in ancient Greece and prevalent in the 80s the peplum is great to add a bit of drama to any outfit.

Jason Wu

The midsection

You have three months to do your crunches, so get cracking. This spring/summer get ready so show off your midsection. Whether your stomach is completely exposed, or through panelling, bellybuttons are taking center stage next season.  

Acne
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