Spring fashion trends 2011

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Let the turtlenecks and wool sweaters hibernate. Spring styles have sprung.

"Everything is bolder in the spring, from the colors to the accessories," said celebrity fashion stylist Robert Verdi. "I feel like fashion really comes to life."

Verdi's expert eye for style has landed him gigs on the "Today Show," "She's Got the Look," and the Logo Channel, and he has long been Eva Longoria's right-hand fashion man.

He's also the spokesman for the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation, which was started by the Ecco Domani wine company and offers grants to up-and-coming fashion designers.

Obviously this man has his finger on the pulse of fashion, so we asked him for the scoop on this season's hottest trends. Here are his picks. Happy shopping.

T rouser takeover

Particularly popular are comfy, high-waist, flare-leg dress pants. The statement style can be versatile with myriad warm-weather tops, and elongates the legs while cinching the waist. Rock this figure-flattering look before the '70s call and ask for the style back.

Shop it:

Trousers with waist-button detailing from The Emperor's Newest Clothes, $41

White hot

Look no further than Express' Easton window display of styles in nothing but white. The color is this spring's brightest trend.

It translates well into skirts and dresses in flirty cuts, but Verdi recommends purchasing a pair of white pants as a "fabulous way to touch on multiple trends in just one piece."

Shop it:

Dress from Bebe, $140

Lace up

"You can find great lace pieces in stores now," Verdi said, "from lace shorts to intricate lace tops or even a piece with just a touch of detailing."

Wear a lacy shirt underneath a fitted jacket to add allure to everyday office wear, or try a lace-layered black dress for a sexy night out.

Get inspired:

Lace shell top by M.Patmos, mpatmos.com

Stripe hype

The love affair with lines continues. Stick to chic nautical-inspired horizontals or get edgy with geometric striped prints that are popping up on clothing, bangles and bags.

Get inspired:

Dress by M.Patmos, mpatmos.com

A ccessories with attitude

"I always love sunglasses," Verdi said, "but two really big trends this spring are bold jewelry and colorful scarves."

Don't shy away from big baubles and neckwear with attention-grabbing prints. Verdi recommended the work of jewelry artist Pamela Love. "True Blood" executives are also fans - characters on the HBO show wear Love's jewelry, such as bad boy vampire Eric's eagle talon necklace.

Shop it:

Bracelets by Pamela Love, pamelalovenyc.com

See coral

"Coral is great because you can take a small piece and add such a great pop of color," Verdi said.

Another pro: Coral flatters nearly every shade of skin. Let the warmth of the color radiate from any piece you wear this summer, whether it's heels, bottoms or jewelry.

Get inspired:

Dress by Mandy Coon, mandycoon.com

Shop it:

Shorts from Target, $20

For the fellas

"Stripes and anything white are very hot for men this season," Verdi said. "Another trend we saw is the printed suit I love this as a way for men to really have fun with the suit for spring and go beyond the traditional."

Get inspired:

Digital camouflage suit by Native Son, nativesondesigns.com