Spring gardens are definitely reflected in this season’s fashion prints, colors and textiles. There is something to be found for whatever style desired; especially in classic, bohemian, retro 1950’s to 1980’s and Asian Indian influences. Any needle artist who can do embroidery and other embellishments will have many inspirations to make their wardrobe or “Upcycle or reworked” garments to rival the manufactured or couture houses pieces. “Streetwear or style”, “athletic-leisure” and “Capsule” or small core wardrobe themes continue to be seen especially from the couture houses doing more ready-to-wear garments. “Street Style” or “Street Fashion” is using ones own clothes to show your personality along with being trendy. Or fashion inspired by the contemporary grassroots cultural movement/youth culture folk mainly seen in urban centers. And within the street fashion there are distinctive styles influenced by the athletic-leisure, California surf and skate culture, hip-hop, Japanese street fashion and modern haute couture. The street fashion appears to be influencing the haute couture fashion more these days than the other way around. Some wonder if street style is no longer a person living their original style and instead are putting on a street style just for the style of show.“Capsule wardrobe” is focusing  on minimalizm as folk are living in smaller places or wanting to simplify their lives. Keeping to the basics or essential items of clothing that stay in fashion. Classic pieces such as trousers, skirts, blouses or shirts, a little dress for dressing any occasion. These pieces can be accented with accessories or other clothing pieces for different occasions and seasons.

This season the garments for men and women have similar colors, prints and textiles minus the embroidery and ruffles for men. Use the following info as a springboard to help communicate with others what you want for your personal style as you shop. Check the resources in my books for describing colors and prints to assist the visually impaired. Colors: The dominant colors found in clothing for women and men this season are the Pantone color picks for spring/summer 2017. The following first eight colors are found in the bright to pastel range although they are more bright than pastel.

“Pink Yarrow” I would described as a bright pink bougainvillea flower.

“Flame” a bright orange red like a geranium flower.

“Primrose Yellow” that is going toward the orange yellow primroses or orange melon.

“Greenery”, imagine the inside of a lime or a garden lawn.

“Kale”, imagine the outside of a dark lime.

“Island Paradise”, imagine a light blue turquoise stone.

“Niagara”, imagine a dark blue turquoise stone.

“Lapis Blue” just as the Lapis stone.

“Pale dogwood” my description is pale skin tone pink/peach or rose gold without the metallic. In my opinion, a color not everyone can wear well; so go for a deeper tone such as Tea Rose or Apricot.

“Hazelnut” not the color of hazelnuts but more like light pink tan sand.

Besides the Pantone list: “Cornflower blue” Plus a range of light to dark blues; contrast denim.  Khaki or army green and tan leather.

Color combinations: Think of the colors combined in flowers of a garden or the ocean beach; the above mentioned colors go together in any combination; contrasting such as black or navy with white; all white; dark or light turquoise stripe with white.

Prints: Florals, small to giant in size; insects to fish and animals; stripes; plaids; polka dots; color blocking.

Fabrics: Fluid to taut in light to medium weights of cotton, linen, silk, blends of these natural fibers, leather and mixed with man-made fibers, such as rayon, bamboo or polyester. These fabrics are in knits, tulle or fine netting and weaves. Weaves of handkerchief weights such as gauge, voile, lawn, organza and organdy to medium weights of linen and materials such as kid leather. Sheer fabrics and netting are mixed with heavier fabrics. Much texture is seen with mixing fabrics or adding applique, embroidery, burn-out fibers, lace, eyelet, knit, crochet, macramé and summer tweeds.

Details: Artistic texture is shown in the embellishments or mix of diverse fabrics. Less hardware from last year and more embellishments of embroidery, smocking, trim, lace, beading, fabric manipulation, and applique cover the garments, handbags and shoes. Embroidery is on all weights and types of fabric or materials; including tulle and leather. Button and loop closures; ruffles, bows or ties, bobbles and tassels; or poet sleeves; frayed hems; frayed stepped hem at ankle of jeans; torn jean legs.

For Women

Silhouettes/style: clean, layering of pieces, relaxed, sheer fabric over-lays, romantic, bohemian, retro, artistic.

Garment Pieces: corsets as belts over dresses; short thigh high to long maxi dresses; a short underskirt overlaid with a sheer skirt; mixing the heavy fabric with the sheer in strategic areas of the body. Or sheer fabric with embellishments on the fabric to cover certain areas of the body; and for such dresses I would recommend a silk slip dress underneath to avoid wrong attention. Dress styles of T-shirt, column, drop-waist or A-line; full, straight or tulip skirts. Shells and tanks with asymmetrical, round, V or boat necklines; bralettes or Sari tops worn with skirts or slim jeans or shorts. Shirts in tunic to long dress length; Henley tunics or dresses. white blouse or shirt; a blue stripe shirt or blouse with the stripes going in different directions to emphasize the lines of the garment; 3/4 -length bell shaped sleeves; a shirt or blouse embellished with texture such as embroidery or cut out shoulders. Exaggerated styling in shirts with oversized cuffs and trousers have extra-wide legs with gathered cinched waist with long belt strap hanging like a tassel. Skinny to wide ankle grazing trousers; jeans and trousers with high waists (helpful for folk needing a high-rise); jumpsuits.

Outer Wear: Jackets- Suit jackets are below hip length, loose fit over the fuller trouser; or short leather jackets worn with dresses and skirts; lightweight anoraks or lightweight classic trench coats; dusters or maxi cardigans.

Accessories: Hats- Fisherman, beanie, Panama, fedora, or straw. Is a great way to add to your style and protect your face from the sunrays and glare.

Scarves- neck scarves in square or narrow long shapes.

Jewelry- statement earrings with simple sculpture or long or large earrings as in Bobbles or chandeliers. Chunky ankle bracelets; layers of thick or thin wrist bracelets; layers of delicate neck chains or worn individually; flowers and chunky statement pieces.

Sunglasses- large and heavy frames with or without wire portions in the frame with shapes of aviator, cat eye, round or square.

Belts- leather or textile; tie on belt with tassels; corsets

Footwear- leather or fabric with embroidery, bling, braid, floral details or clean smooth lines. Sandals with ties or ankle straps; gladiator sandals. Slides, in athletic or sandal style depending on the materials used. Mules; flat and mule in one shoe by folding down the back of the shoe to be a mule. Ballet flats, point-toe flats, loafers, espadrilles, chunky heels or platform shoes, athletic inspired shoes with bling or prints; slip-on sneakers.

Handbags- Styles in saddlebag, bucket or pouch and clutches in small to mini-sized; small can still make a statement and save your back. You will find top-handles of metal or leather along with shoulder or cross-body straps; and totes. Looks will be clean smooth lines with minimum metals or covered with embroidery or have a few metal accents.

Have fun layering or try using your needle arts skills. For starters, embellish with trim or lace or silk ribbon embroidery for texture and color on your jeans, tops and accessories.