J. Crew's Take on How to Wear the Trends of Spring 2010

Some of my favorite fashion inspiration comes from catalogs. Catalogs are a great way to see the latest looks without spending money on magazines- my current favorites are White House Black Market, J Crew,Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus- and most websites now offer their catalogs online (I've linked to the catalog pages above), so you can save a few trees.

I picked up a J. Crew catalog a couple of weeks ago and it was so beautifully done that I had to share it with you. It's an excellent primer both on how to layer clothing for spring and on which colors work well together. Best of all, J. Crew offers so many basics that you can easily find many of these items more cheaply. You probably already have some of them in your closet.


Here are my favorite looks from the catalog- You can see the entire thing online here.

I think this outfit is my favorite, simply because I love black so much. I love the whole thing, from the sequined cami to the gingham button-down shirt to the black blazer and shorts. SO SPIFFY.

I will never be a fan of the ridiculous "painter" jeans that are out this spring (please, please don't buy a pair, for all that's good and proper), but I love how the button down shirt is layered under a cool t-shirt. I can't wait to try this with a pair of cuffed skinny jeans.

Here's another great example of layering. You know you'll have a cardigan and chances are you have a ruffled shell or cami as well. Why not put it all together along with a pretty button-down shirt? I also love that all the shorts are rolled up- If you have an old pair of khakis, you can always cut them off and roll up the cuffs to make super trendy shorts. I have an old pair I'll definitely be "repurposing" in a few weeks.

Cuffed shorts and a pastel sweater set- So pretty and stylish, and an easy look to copy.

I included this to prove to you that you no longer need to be sure your top matches a color in your printed skirt. This Spring is all about contrast- This ice-blue cardigan works as a neutral and provides a lot more interest to the outfit than it would if it were matchy-matchy pink.

Here's a great example of making an all-new outfit with items you might already have in your closet. Update it your khaki cropped pants and chambray shirt with a neutral-striped top and a brightly-colored bag (Target has a bunch right now for under $30) and you are a total stylista!

And finally, I love the idea of brightly colored pants with a pretty neutral top. Add a crossbody bag and you'll look like the bee's knees.

Notice that the big accessory in these pictures is the statement necklace. Don't be afraid to wear yours- It takes several of these looks from "okay" to "FABULOUS."

And remember that Lands End Canvas has a TON of pretty button-down shirts that aren't too expensive and would work well with any of these looks. I'm about to get started with my Spring shopping and these pictures will definitely be my guide.

Which look is your favorite?

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