A City Girl Guide To: S/S 2014

Given the back-to-back snow Bostonians have been experiencing, it’s a little hard to believe that the first day of spring is just 33 days away. While I will not be packing up my parka or thermal shirts anytime soon, daydreaming about spring fashion does seem to warm me up a little bit. Below I’ve rounded up some of the trends that will be all the rage come spring and summer along with commentary from some fantastic and fashionable sources.

Keep reading to get a head start on your shopping or wish list!

FULL SKIRTS

Trend #1: Full skirts.
Trend #1: Full skirts. (Shop the look here.)

The voluminous ladylike silhouette is here to stay. Pair the tea-length skirt with tights and boots during the winter.” (Via InStyle)

IRIDESCENCE

Trend #2: Borrow from your boyfriend or buy it for yourself.
Trend #2: Borrow from your boyfriend or buy it for yourself. (Shop it here.)

A burst of über cool prismatic colors that optically shift colors depending on angle viewed, iridescence is bold, vibrant, it’s crazy alluring. Even before this trend arrives to the scene, we’ve all been mesmerized by this lustrous iridescent palette found in nature. Dragonfly wings, butterfly wings, insect bodies, rock crystals and of course, the rainbow. And the shimmering beauty just draws us in, draws us in, holding us captive.” (Via The Moonberry Blog)

LUXE SWEATSHIRTS

Trend #3: Casual chic re-defined.
Trend #3: Casual chic re-defined. (Shop it here.)

The perfect combination of tomboy meets girl…” – J. Crew

MESH

Trend #4: Dare to bare?
Trend #4: Dare to bare? (Shop it here.)

Paris girls know that it’s always more elegant to leave a little to the imagination and on dresses, tops and skirts, transparency will be a must for your wardrobe next season.” –Vogue

PASTELS

Trend #5: The perfect palette.
Trend #5: The perfect palette. (Shop it here.)

A rainbow of soft springtime shades reigned throughout the collections. The best thing about the pastel trend? You can pick your most-flattering color and wear it with whatever silhouette flatters (and excites) you. From a minty-green board-shorts suit to a sexy-CEO lilac dress to sporty baby blue bombers, the sky’s the limit on how pastel-happy you want to get.” –Glamour

SUITS

Trend #6: Glass ceilings beware.
Trend #6: Glass ceilings beware. (Shop it here.)

Whether it’s a professional requirement or personal taste, today’s suit doesn’t come pre-fab. Mix and match stylish pieces for the best pairing.” –ELLE.com

WHITE BLOUSES

Trend #7: White collar.
Trend #7: White collar. (Shop it here.)

Buttoned down, opened back, cut cropped, edgy and the shirt dress variety – these crisp white shirts were anything but simple. The best part of this trendy piece is that it is so wearable and it can be easily dressed up or down. This season is all about the white shirt – engineered for perfection!” –Style Society

What do you think of these trends for Spring/ Summer 2014? Which are you most excited to wear? Share with me on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and share your looks on Instagram using the hashtag #citygirlguide. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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