After addressing the season’s key looks, Debbie Norman, manager of BORN Clothing in Newtownsmith – winner of Galway’s Best Fashion Retailer 2010, outlines the key clothing trends for Spring / Summer 2011...
Maxi dress goes sheer
Every season trends evolve, and every season two trends merge. In that regard, Spring 2011 will be no different from what has come before it. What will be different, however, is the season's take on a staple for many women's summer wardrobe: the maxi dress. In spring 2011 it'll merge with another trend favourite to give us the sheer maxi dress trend.
It’s not new but like all trends that span multiple seasons, it has evolved. Lace influences for Spring 2011 are more to the classic side with quality antique-style fabrics the key to the trend. Less of the all over, stretch lace and more of the unique takes. Crochet & Macramé are also two fabric finishes that had to return for 2011: the re-rise of 70s fashion, the popularity of nautical, and a love for lace guaranteed it.
Bell bottoms and Wide leg pants
With skinny pants and jeans now so common that they no longer make a statement it was inevitable that a different style would emerge as a trend. It didn't necessarily have to be this one, but with the comeback of all things 1970s it was inevitable that fashion forward people would turn to bell bottoms / flared pants as their style of choice.
Sometimes a little detail is all it takes to change the feel of a garment. In Spring 2011 one of the most popular trimmings is one that signifies luxury or, at times, the exotic. Adorning everything from handbags to shoes to dresses and hats.
It was 2009 when this look was on trend, and back then it certainly wasn't a trend for the whole year. This is very much a high-summer 2011 look, one great for the hottest of weather and party atmospheres, such as festivals.
For every trend exists its opposite. So as spring / summer 2011's fashion trends allow us to welcome flares back into our wardrobes, so too does it allow for an opposite style, in the form of capri pants, to make a showing.
Tail hems: dresses longer at the back
They've been seen as an alternative to the summer mini skirt or maxi dress for some time, and for spring / summer 2011 'tail hems' continue their reign as the more interesting alternative to both.
Stripes are a dominant part of any spring / summer season, though usually, year on year, featuring a variation on the theme. Spring 2011 sees stripes with an unsurprising nautical dominance - but it's a dominance inspired by other key Spring 2011 fashion trends.
Jumpsuits & Playsuits
They're something of a yoyo trend: one season they're in, the next season they're out. For spring / summer 2011 they're back again, reinterpreted to fuse in many of the season's other fashion trends.
BORN Clothing, Newtownsmith and Tuam Shopping Centre. Open Monday to Wednesday and Saturdays from 9:30am to 6pm, with late opening Thursday and Friday to 8pm, BORN is also open Sundays from 12 noon to 6pm. Keep up to date with newest trends available at BORN by joining the BORN Clothing Facebook Page or sign up to the BORN newsletter in-store.