There’s something for everyone in this year’s spring fashion offerings. Styles range from modern to retro, colorful to subdued, flowing to tailored. Celebrities continue to be a major influence in fashion design, but among all the choices, you are sure to find a pleasing look to compliment your personal style.
French Cuff Boutique
4048 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77025
What happens when you mix citrus fruit with a sultry Latin dance? You get “Tangerine Tango,” chosen as Pantone’s 2012 color of the year. This reddish-orange masterpiece is the Sophia Vergara of colors: highly sensual but with a smart, witty spirit. Pantone, the world’s leading expert on color trends in fashion and graphic arts, envisions an optimistic spring of solar power yellow, cabaret pink, sweet lilac and cockatoo, too. In other words, fashion designers will make excellent use of the entire color wheel. Bright bolds, pale pastels or several colors combined into the popular color block look, all work equally well in clothing, shoes and bags. Rock your inner Sophia at Houston’s own French Cuff Boutique in a Nicole Miller V-neck sheath in tangerine ($290). By the way, French Cuff Boutique is a big supporter of the Dress for Success organization. Please donate your gently worn business clothing to give disadvantaged Houston women a chance to put their best food forward in job interviews.
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Family Eye Center
17282 Tomball Parkway
Houston, TX 77064
With celebrity influencers Justin Timberlake and the adorable Zoey Deschanel leading the charge, geek chic comes on strong this spring. The quickest way to show your brainiac side is to don a pair of oversized black framed spectacles, sold at Family Eye Center. The north side store and full service optometry practice carries a wide range of stylish frames, including Tommy Hilfiger ($214), iconic Ray Bans ($154) and Tom Ford (starting at $400). Whether you need prescription lenses or just want to sport the look, shop Family Eye Center for the philanthropy of it. Head doc, Moes Nasser O.D., devotes several weeks a year providing optometric services to villagers in the African country of Tanzania. Donate your old glasses, and he will take them on his next trip, repurposing the lenses and frames to give the gift of sight to those in dire need. Dr. Nasser will also personally match your donation to the Giving Sight foundation. Visit or call Family Eye Center for more details at this or their three other locations across town.
Houston, TX 77084
Spring breezes are blowing layers of filmy fabrics that just skim the ankles but bare sun-kissed shoulders. It seems the maxi dress is showing up everywhere from Stewart Beach, to Greenway Plaza offices to red carpet events. This take on Bohemian chic is flirtatious and fun, with soft ruffles and muted tones. Starlet Vanessa Hudgens loves the look for Spring as do Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and expectant mom, Kourtney Kardashian. Flowing natural hair styles, softly draped bags, stacks of bangle bracelets and cork wedge shoes complete your boho look for spring. Find your hippie self at Asrai Style, an online Houston-based retailer with a national following and free shipping. Just $35 will get you started on a new you.
Raspberry Rose Boutique
2434 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Hours: Mon to Fri -10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat -10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It started with her wedding gown, but now her influence is seen on designers in all the top fashion houses. The Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton as we still call her, has relegated flimsy, see-through ‘lingerie as outerwear’ to the boudoir where it is much better appreciated. In its place, designers such as first lady Michelle Obama’s favorite, Jason Wu, have reintroduced classic dressing with higher necklines, longer hemlines and a more tailored image. That is not to say these new styles are boring or prudish. Those close fitting sheath dresses give extra incentive to hit the gym each morning. Remember the furor Pippa Middleton caused at the royal wedding in her white bridesmaid gown by Alexander McQueen? This is the same concept. Grab the look at Raspberry Rose Boutique in Rice Village.
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Retro or Skinny Jeans
Premium Outlet Mall
29300 Highway 290
Cypress, TX 77433-4247
What’s old is new for 2012. The decade that introduced us to disco balls, bell bottoms, our first PC and HBO plays a major role in the new designs for jeans this spring. The modern version of these jeans may be unhemmed and feature flared legs, high waists and embroidered detailing in dark denim. That’s the look the Olsen twins introduced in their Textile Elizabeth denim line for spring, available locally at Nieman Marcus starting at $195. If flare leg jeans feel more retro than your birth certificate, go to the other end of the spectrum with skinny jeans in tangerine, or 54 other bold colors from Joe’s Jeans. This brand is so popular because the legs of the jeans start to taper just below the knee, making them skinny where we all really are skinny. You may be mistaken for a svelte model while wearing them; whether or not you correct your admirers is up to you. Whichever silhouette you prefer, wear jeans with heals to elongate your look or with boots to show off your casual side. Get the skinny on Joe’s Jeans found locally at the Premium Outlet Mall in Cypress or at major department stores. Department store prices from $125.
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