Spring is on the way, and it’s time to start thinking about transitioning the wardrobe. As the seasons change, it’s always fun to revisit clothes that you haven’t worn in a while and mix them with the new. Although for some people, trends can be daunting as there are so many choices. Denver fashion designer Stephanie Ohnmact of Stephanie O Designs and Natalie Fletcher, owner of and agent for nxt|MODEL, break down the trends and offer advice on how to rock them your way.
1. Have fun with peek-a-boo cut outs.
This Spring is all about subtle peeks of skin coupled with daring fabrics, such as leather. According to Ohnmact, “The body part on display is the midriff in peek-a-boo designs.” Fletcher also took note of this trend. “BCBG Max Azria’s Spring 2013 line really stands out with its unique layering effect and use of sheer material, hints of leather, peek-a-boo bras and lace.” If you want to flaunt what you’ve been working out, flash a little bit of midriff.
1543 Platte St.
Denver, CO 80202
Carrying clothing from designers such as Sole Mio, Ryu and Sugar Lips, among others, Common Era is an excellent resource for standout pieces. The Denver location is in the Highlands neighborhood, so it can be one stop in a shopping outing. Common Era is known for stylish pieces at reasonable prices, so you can pick up a whole outfit. With locations in Denver and Boulder, you will not have to go far to find your next favorite dress with a peek-a-boo detail.
About Natalie Fletcher
Natalie is the Owner of nxt|MODEL and is one of its agents as well. Having been involved in model management and casting and fashion show production, she knows the business inside and out. She also has a unique eye for styling and knows how to make people stand out or blend in, depending on the situation.
2. Stand out with bold patterns and colors.
The bright-colored trend of the past couple of seasons shows no sign of slowing down. Fletcher thinks that the trend is perfect for the sunny, laid-back atmosphere of Denver. “Considering the fact that Colorado has at least 300 days of sunshine a year, bright colors are often seen in a working woman’s daytime outfit as well as her outfit for a night out on the town.” Try adding a raspberry trench to your work outfit for an instant cheer up. Ohnmact noted that eye-catching patterns are featured prominently as well. “The top trends in color and fabrics include blue tones (think St. Tropez), contrasts such as black and white, stripes, transparent fabrics and leather.”
Pine Creek Clothing
1099 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80209
This boutique in Wash Park offers clothes that are cute, feminine and versatile. With looks from more than 100 designers, including the Robert Kitchen Collection and My Flat in London, among others, you will find several statement pieces to add to your wardrobe. Ohnmact offers the following piece of advice about boutique shopping. “Ask sales associates to help if you are not liking what you are finding. They know their inventory and can help find a piece that is hiding in the corner and can help you pull a look together.” The staff at Pine Creek is known for being attentive, so put this advice to use.
About Stephanie Ohnmacht
Stephanie has been designing clothes since childhood. Now the creator of Stephanie O Designs, she is tasked with creating elegant, tailored looks for the office or a night out. An emerging name on the fashion scene, Stephanie is passionate about fashion and bringing the fashion spotlight to Denver.
Fancy Tiger Clothing
Denver, CO 80203
This Denver original is known for unique pieces that stand out. Designed and crafted here in the city, Fancy Tiger Clothing offers pieces that are well made and different. The shop offers clothing for any situation from super-relaxed tees to dresses that are appropriate for a night out. Modern and sophisticated, this store is perfect for finding a new piece to accent what is already in your wardrobe. Fancy Tiger also supports other local designers and artists and hosts events, such as “Handmade Friday.” This store will become one of your go-to stops.
4. Pick a statement accessory. Don’t wear all of them at once.
Working with models, Fletcher doles out quite a bit of fashion advice. One of her rules related to accessories is that less is definitely more. “Accessories should speak for themselves. I tend to gravitate towards daring accessories that allow my outfit to take the back seat and be more simple and solid in color.” It is not necessary to pile on every piece of jewelry that you own. Instead, pick one or two standout favorites to add some flair to your outfit. Ohnmacht recommends a pair of statement sunglasses or simple, flat shoes.
Sous Le Lit
1550 Platte St.
Denver, CO 80202
This shop offers many different accessories at a variety of price points. Add some flair to your outfit with a new purse, shoes or a headband. Stop by this boutique for any accessory you want at a price that won’t blow your budget. The shop offers a lot of statement shoes that will make people take notice of your feet. In addition, it also has clothing and jewelry, so you can add a few additional pieces to your wardrobe along with the perfect accessory.
5. Investment pieces should be timeless, not trendy.
Every wardrobe should contain staple pieces. With these items, it is best to splurge on quality and choose a piece that can be worn for many years. Fletcher recommends keeping timelessness in mind if opting for pricier pieces. “Invest in trends that offer a hint of longevity. Choose something with a classic element combined with what is currently hip.” Ohnmact also recommends choosing pieces that are made to last. “I [recommend] buying one well-made piece that represents a new style or trend that excites you and can be worn with something else in your wardrobe. You are more likely to make a smart shopping choice that will last longer than a season.”
2040 W. 30th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Carrying clothing from iconic designers such as Helmut Lange and Rebecca Minkoff and up-and-comers (Ohnmact has held trunk shows here), there are plenty of statement pieces available. If you are in the market for a classic trench, a go-to suit or a well-tailored pair of pants, Goldyn has something for you. While you are there, you can also find jewelry, clothing and accessories from designers that you’ve never heard of, and then you can say that you heard of them first. Check it out and support emerging artists while selecting the perfect wardrobe staple.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.