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Flair: Shopping Trends PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristie Sheanshang   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:05

Flair: Shopping Trends
Our fashion columnist chats with two local boutique owners to get the skinny on new style trends. See what they have to say about which hot trends will be heating up your wardrobe this summer.



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Pants are novelty, with a chic and sophisticated appeal.

 

There’s been much talk about the color trends this spring: color blocking, Patriotic red, white and blue, saturated color on jeans, icy pastels, and the always in-style black and white. While boutique shopping, it was tough to avoid the silhouette trend that is hitting hard and plans to stay, Pants! This season we are seeing higher waisted pants to cigarette ankle pants, as well as some wide legs.

 

According to Lesley Hern, owner of The Wardrobe, “People are dressing again, they are less likely to wear denim, and they are less likely to pick casual clothes. The past few years it has been so hard to sell pants because people were wearing what they had, and spending their money on accessories and tops that people will notice. Pants are a “novelty” now; designers are creating new ideas for us, which the customers are embracing. Pants feel chic and sophisticated again.”

 

This is no surprise if you watched the trousers unveiled on the fall 2012 runways, most namely the Prada and Miu Miu shows. According to Vogue (June) “Irrespectively of the shape of the pants - skinny, wide, or anywhere in between – there’s a new guiding rule: The devil’s in the hemline! Whatever the trouser, the new thing is a bared ankle and a showcased shoe. Pajama bottoms; floral-printed pants to match printed shirts; mannish, pleated pants – all of these trouser trends are relevant, but the length is important. The crop should hit to show the ankle strap, or roll up a jean to give it a scintilla of a margin for femininity and displaying a footwear trophy.”

 

Of course Lesley and Karrie Crowther, co-owner of Alligator Purse on Hyde Park Square, prefer that you shop locally. “Shopping locally is sooo important. Local boutiques will go out of business without local support. Yes, the Internet has impacted our business. The funny thing is most people don't want to give their contact information, yet this is the best way to tell the owners what you are looking for. Once we know your tastes, we can keep our eyes open while at market. You can also ask boutiques to call you when new items come in. Which is important because a new shipment will only have three sizes of each item, so they go out the door quickly.” Karrie told Flair.

 

Wondering what you will find at their boutiques? Alligator Purse’s owners have three distinct personal styles, which flows through the clothes they buy. You will find looks that are feminine and sweet (think pastel sundresses and Grace Kelly, to more Urban (think of a muted palette and Jennifer Aniston) as well as Bohemian. Their colored denim has been a big hit, as have ankle cropped jeans, skinny ankle pants and some flared styles. Designers include: Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses, Milly, Robert Rodreigus, Theory, Rag and Bone. The Wardrobe selects pieces that are classic with an edge, contemporary and modern. She tries to hit on the trends in a polished way, so that you can wear them multiple seasons. Hern introduced Cincinnati to designer Bymalene Birger (Denmark). She also carries Missoni due to its old family line that is classic, timeless and very noticeable. Tucker has great prints and flowy blouses and dresses. They are very easy, casual and chic, just like California.

 

Looking for some pieces without blowing the bank? I asked both boutique owners what they would recommend to a fashionista on a tight budget? Karrie says, “Go for the classic item that won’t go out of style, such as a white shirt, pencil skirt, classic blue blazer, white jeans. Spend less money on the trends and accessories – consider scarves. The more you spend on an item, the longer it should last. A Target dress won’t last to next season.” Lesley agrees “It is important to invest in classics: a statement piece of jewelry, denim with a top or blouse and black jacket, and of course, a great pair of pants!”

Kristie Sheanshang -

Kristie Sheanshang is Cincy Chic's style columnist and owner of Flair. She specializes in making her clients look and feel fantastic by finding clothes that best fit their body, lifestyle and wallet — without looking like everyone else. In doing so, they increase their level of confidence, which elevates how others see them. Contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dare4Flair.com.

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