Friend Friday: Spring Trends 2011

I’m pretty excited about a number of the fashion and beauty trends for this Spring. So excited, that I’ll be doing little how-to wear features over the next week or two. So check back for more info on the Spring Trends for 2011 and how to wear them.

What 5 Spring Trends will I be rocking this year?

1. Maxi Dresses – While this is certainly a continuation of last year’s spring/summer trend; maxi dresses are everywhere this season. They come in patterns, solids, florals, animal print, anything really…. I’m no stranger to this look. I love my bold pink-flower maxi dress from Express and the all black one – both of which I wore last summer. But this year I will be adding a light floral dress and one in the orange/pink color.

2. Floral – This is a trend that will be in this spring and back again in the fall, is the latest runways are any indication. To be honest I’ve never been huge into the floral look – too girly for my tastes. But I like some of the stuff I have been seeing lately. I’ll likely incorporate the trend in through subtleties and pieces that will transition well between seasons. (For more on how to wear this trend check back next week – I’ve got a little feature planned.)

3. White-Out – To be honest I LOVE this look but am not totally sure it is something that I can pull off. However I really really want to be the girl that can rock this look. It might take some experimentation on my part and some strategic purchasing but, hey, that’s what new trends are all about, right. Check out my tips on how to wear the White-Out trend.

4. Cat-Eye Sunglasses – I’m all about big sunglasses. But this season, the big sunnies are getting a little turn-up, in the corners that is. They are taking on a cat-like appearance while still remaining large and in charge. I’ve got a great pair from Target and they are likely to be my go-to pair all summer long.

5. 60’s Inspired-Dresses – It’s no secret that I love skirts and dresses during the warmer months. And what better way to show off the girly side than going with the very feminine silhouettes that the 60’s fashion afforded women?

What trend are you looking forward to this Spring? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Katy Rose
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116 thoughts on “Friend Friday: Spring Trends 2011

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      We did this for fall too and people were loving it. I’ll have to make it a quarterly thing, instead of just twice a year. It’s fun to write and certainly got me excited for the warmer weather. – Katy

  1. Casee Marie

    Oh, maxi dresses! Brilliant. I actually got my very first one this year. I haven’t worn it yet, but I’m excited. And I’ve got my cat-eye glasses ready to go. I actually didn’t realize they were a trend when I picked them up! I’m living under a rock, clearly. I definitely agree on the floral trend, too; it’s never been my thing at all, yet this year there seems to be a pretty wide array of options. It makes it more accessible to everyone, in a way.

    Lovely choices again this week, Katy! x

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Your first Maxi dress this year? Take my word for it… it will soon become an essential in your closet. They are so comfortable and chic. I love mine.

  2. Sydney Shop Girl

    I’m so envious! We’re heading toward Autumn / Winter here in Australia.

    I can’t really participate but will read as many responses as I can to get the heads up for our warmer weather later in the year.

    SSG xxx

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      SSG – So sorry I forgot about the season differences. Next time I’ll make sure to indicate that people can answer according to where they live and the upcoming season.

  3. Krystle

    I actually found a maxi dress from a couple of years ago in my closet today! I had forgotten all about it, so that was a fun find for Spring faves! It’s funny, I didn’t write about maxis or floral in my post, but they spilled over into photos of my other favorites! Great picks, lady!

    Krystle recently posted..FBFF Spring Trends 2011

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      As I was transitioning my closet I kept looking for a maxi dress I had last year and then remembered I gave it away at one of the swaps. Boo! Guess that means I can replace it with a new one – right?!

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I went just before writing this post… but now I feel the need to go again. There are so many great trends out this Spring I’m excited to see what I can come up with from my current closet and pick the must-adds to update the wardrobe.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks Joy! I’m sure I’ll try the white-out at some point, since I am loving what I have seen of it so far. I saw a girl walking down the street here the other day in cropped white jeans a basic white button-down knotted at the waist, white wedges and a tan trench coat – it was so chic!

  4. Debbie Baker Burns

    Katy Rose, I’m with you on the summer whites. I have always loved white for summer. I recently thrifted several maxi skirts to get in on that trend. Thanks for sharing about the Cat Eye Sunglasses. I will definitely be on the lookout for those on my next trip to Target. These questions were fun and I’m looking forward to checking out all the other wish lists! Debbie
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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Gotta love Forever21’s accessories. They are the easiest way to be up on the current trend without spending a ton of money. It’s my go-to place for the little things like that.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      i am a firm believer that it is more important to dress in what you feel comfortable in and what looks good on you, instead of trying for the latest trend. But it is fun to look at what is new and to think of little ways to bring it into what you already have for an updated look.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I put on a maxi dress today after writing the post last night, I couldn’t resist. And I’m experimenting with a scarf in my hair – which I’ve seen as an incoming hair trend. So, needless to say this post certainly inspired me. – Katy

  5. Lisa D.

    I agree with you on the floral prints — I’m not usually a huge fan, but something about the smaller, less frilly prints I’ve been seeing lately has made me start considering a skirt or a scarf or something for spring and fall!
    Lisa D. recently posted..Friend Friday- Spring Trends

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Lisa -I’m going to do a post on the floral trend and how to wear it, because it is scary territory for a lot of us. I completely agree that an accessory like a bracelet or scarf can be the perfect way to work the trend without being overwhelmed by it.

  6. Rebekah

    I’m with ya on the floral. That was one of mine, too. It would be fun to get some floral accessories to incorporate instead of, or in addition to, floral clothing.

    I’m also pretty intimidated by the white out trend. I would totally do a white dress, but separates? Maybe I’ll let the waif-ish, model types take care of that look.
    Rebekah recently posted..Spring Trends

  7. Elissa

    I completely agree on your choices (we have a few in common!) I’m excited about maxi dresses, though I worry I’ll look as if I’m drowning in yards of fabric. And florals are always so pretty for spring. I’m happy to get out of my sweaters and boots and try out some of these looks. Spring is so much fun to dress for!
    Elissa recently posted..Fashion Beauty Friend Friday- Spring trends

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Elissa – As per another reader’s request I’m going to do a piece next week on how to wear a maxi dress. So stay tuned for that. It doesn’t have to be all about drowning in fabric. LOL

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Rochelle – I’m making a mental note to do the same for each of the seasons as they come upon us. We did it in the Fall and I forgot how much fun this post is to write.

  8. MJ

    Cat eye shades are super cute!! I’m not a big floral trend lover either but this season the patterns seem to be getting more cuter instead of looking almost school girl-ish so I may give them a whirl!

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks Anika – It is certainly something I will have to try a couple different ways this summer.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Jessica – Stay tuned for a how-to on Maxi dresses. I’ll post it next week (probably Tuesday). They are a great wardrobe item once you figure out how to wear them with your shape and style.

  9. Colleen

    I feel accomplished that my spring trends research yesterday paid off because I knew the trends you mentioned above.

    I see maxi dresses on fashion blogs but have yet to see someone wear one in person. I wonder when that trend will hit Pittsburgh.
    Colleen recently posted..Friend Friday- Spring Trends

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Colleen – How interesting that you haven’t seen anyone wearing a maxi dress yet. They are all over fashion blogs now and I’ve had one for two years that I bought in St. Louis. But they certainly have a much larger following this season. You can be the first one to rock the trend in Pittsburgh.

      1. Colleen

        I saw people on fashion blogs with them last year and didn’t see anyone wear them. Maybe I need to get out more and people just don’t wear them to work or to Target (pretty much the only places I go).

        I’m pretty sure I was the only person at work who wore colored tights. Then I saw one other girl wear them near the end of the season. Were colorful tights a trend this past winter or did I just follow fashion bloggers that wore colorful tights even though it wasn’t a trend?
        Colleen recently posted..Friend Friday- Spring Trends

  10. Drea

    Twas my first FBFF this week ^^ I love maxi dresses but the thing with me is they have to touch the ground, to high and they look strange >.>

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Drea – Welcome to the group. You picked a fun week to begin getting involved. The trend pieces are always fun to write and read.

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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      The white trend is one of those that I wasn’t sure I would like when I first saw it but it is now growing on me so much that I want to try it asap. Too bad the weather is still pretty cool.


    I have to say I’m interested in ALL five trends you mentioned, although I probably won’t grab more than one maxi piece and doubt I’ll wear bright white on my bottom half. But florals I’m stoked about, also 60s fashion. I like to bring out the girly side myself :)
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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Monk – I might end up in maxis a little too often this summer. I love them. But I’m also thrilled about the super girly silhouettes and trying to bring floral patterns into the mix.

  13. Tiffany

    Im totally with you on the maxi dresses and 60’s inspired clothing! I dont know if I could pull off the white out trend but I love it on other people. And floral is ALWAYS at the top of my list, regardless of the season.
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  14. Ashleigh

    I’m thrilled to be participating in FBFF for the first time!

    Sooo excited about white out!! I have a pair of white linen pants that I live in…can’t wait to take it from head to toe 😉 And 60’s inspired dresses – yes!!

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  18. Anja

    my favorite is the 60s inspired dress! The shades and flowers are cool as well. The others don’t work for me that much. I think trends are nice, but not every trend is for every person. The good side of having so many trends at the same time today – everyone can pick the one that suits best. In earlier decades one didn’t have that much of a choice. Downside: There is just too much choice out there and in the end all the trends come back. Not a lot is new and with so many trends, the frequencies are faster as the choices are kind of limited. If this is now a plus, I don’t know.
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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Anja – I couldn’t agree more! Trends may be in at the moment but that doesn’t mean we each have to wear the current ‘it’ sensation. It is all about finding what works for you and your personal style. I think some of the trends can be incorporated into our current wardrobes through accessories or little add-ons to update our style without wearing something that doesn’t work for us personal.

  19. Ruby Girl

    i’ve been seeing fbff EVERYWHERE, and followed it here! def following you now. you have a super cute blog. maybe i’ll do fbff next week! <3

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Ruby Girl – Welcome to ModlyChic. I’m thrilled you’ve been seeing #FBFF posts everywhere. The little group is certainly growing. If you would like to participate just join the Google Group and you’ll be all set.

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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Too funny – I never even considered color blocking, but it is a huge trend this season. And it’s good to know maxi dresses aren’t only something women like. Sometimes things that are that comfortable can be a thing only we like and the guys hate.

  21. Elly

    Great topic this week! I’m so excited that it’s just about spring… my favorite season to dress for! (and generally live in!) My picks are floral prints, wedge sandals, neutrals, polka dots, and lace…all of which I can’t wait to wear!
    Elly recently posted..FBFF- Spring Trends

  22. CC

    First time for FBFF and I love it. Thanks so much for putting this together, Katy. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone styles their must haves for spring. My top five are All white, 70’s style jeans, maxi dresses, color block, and jean jackets.
    CC recently posted..FBFF – Top 5 Spring Trends

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      CC – Glad you picked such a fun topic to get started with. Welcome to the FBFF community!

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  25. Daphne

    I am so going to enjoy checking everyone’s post and links on this topic tonight. I am sure there are going to be a lot of overlaps but the links and photos would be different.

  26. Sartorial Nerd

    I really wish I could pull off maxi dresses and white ensembles but alas, I don’t think they look very good on me (and finding a maxi dress/skirt to fit a 5’4 frame is a losing battle). I’ll be looking to incorporate some white pieces into my wardrobe for sure.

    I’m mainly excited about neutrals, floral prints and perfumes, bright colors, and wide leg jeans (I love my some skinny jeans but they’re starting to feel oppressive).
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  27. Heather

    I am excited about floral as well. For one, I have never been a floral-loving type gal, until now! I’m excited to look girly and Spring-like! By the way, loved your post about your background! Very interesting to know a little about you!
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  28. Carolyn

    I joined FBFF Thursday night (a little too late to whip up five good trends!), but I have to say, I totally agree with you on the white-out trend. I want to rock an all-white outfit, but I think I need to wait for a little bit more of a tan– and even then, I don’t know if I can pull it off. It looks so effortlessly chic, though. Anyway, I’m already looking forward to next week’s questions!

  29. Colleen

    I almost emailed you with this but thought I’ll just post it here.
    So good thing you had these questions this week because I had to do all that research. Then today at a baby shower I as at someone asked what spring trends we liked and which ones we didn’t like. I knew what trends there were. I felt so proud. I could also add to the conversation. It was great. It’s probably what made the shower not awful. I mean I hadn’t talked to the mom to be since my wedding (3 years ago) and before that her wedding (1 year prior)
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  30. Lori's Wardrobe

    Isn’t it funny how there are so many interpretations of the Spring/Summer trends. As I am on year long shopping ban I have been thinking about trying to create all the catwalk trends from clothes I already have in my wardrobe to see if it can be done. This Friend Friday has spurred me on to do it. Thanks Katy

    Lori xo
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