Chic and Pretty: The Two Most Wearable Spring Fashion Trends

Update your wardrobe with a little "70s Chic" or "Pretty girl." Spring is almost here!

-Harvey Helms,

Ok! As your Cyber Main Gay, I'm ready to weigh in on the trends you'll want to consider when you're updating your wardrobes for Spring/Summer 2011. I've seen the offerings at Fashion Week in NYC and all editorial available. So many options! Almost too many!

Now remember that when I speak about trends, I'm not referring to your foundational wardrobe, which consists of your favorite timeless pieces that are superb for your body type. Your jeans, perfect skirt or little black dresses that always work. You never want a season trend to takeover your closet. Consider these looks when planning a fashion update.

The first trend is referred to as '70s Chic. Nothing scary like a mood ring or pet rock! There are many trends from that fabulous disco decade that should remain a memory! This trend draws from some of the decade's most notorious scene makers: Think Studio 54, Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger. The designer that embodied this fabulous "Born To Be Alive" spirit is the one and only Halston. The documentary Ultrasuede will give you a feel for this trend. Luckily actress and fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker has taken an executive role for Halston. She's bringing back that chic heritage of the brand that looks wonderful on most body types.

The new take on graphic prints, maxi dresses, wide legs and show-stopping wedge shoes is a breath of fresh air from Jeggings and Boho blouses! Here's the Look Book from Sonya Rykiel Spring 2011 to give you a visual flavor to consider before you shop. Petites should use caution with wide leg trousers and maxi lengths, while those of us who don't want to accentuate our muffin tops should remember that large graphic prints call attention to problem areas. Use common sense when you're in the dressing room!

Smashion sums up this look perfectly!

I call the next trend "Pretty Girl" -- it works for everyone. "Pretty girl" takes classics from the past and updates them with a "lady like" twist. Think fresh floral print dresses, gingham, chic little sweaters, pearls, and polka dots. Romantic and feminine! These make me wish I could be a girl! Love this trend for hair too! Here's a spring hair how-to!

Here's your visual look at this trend that incorporates the best of full skirts, fitted bodices and all that makes being a girl so special! Although this trend is flattering on almost every woman, those of us who carry our weight in the upper part of our bodies should use caution with strapless fitted bodices. Petites should be careful with longer, fuller skirt silhouettes.

From a beauty perspective, consider adding shimmered golds for eyes and shades of orange and sunny corals for cheeks and lips. Remember that modern formulas can give you a sheer finish versus a strong opaque pop of color so don't be afraid. If warmer shades aren't your thing consider soft rose versions to give you the same lady like payoff. I like NARS Spring Tzigane lipstick and Soft touch shadow pencil in Hollywoodland.

Lastly, updating your sunglasses is the easiest way to give your look a spring jolt. I love the new "Subtle Cat Eye" to compliment any "Pretty Girl" look while the hip retro Rayban Aviator gives you clean coolness that puts '70s chic over the top.

There you have it my Disco Divas and Ladies Who Lunch! Have fun shopping!!



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Harvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics, fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy of three: an engaging tell-all on the fashion industry. Follow Harvey on Twitter at

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