Fashion/beauty contributor Kim Colvin hips you to some hot new looks:
Spring 2009 women's fashions have been to the rainbow and back in bold primary hues of Skittles. It's all about vibrancy and loose-fitting silhouettes. But who's really thinking about revamping their wardrobe during the worst economic slump in decades?
Uh, you are, of course. Or you should be.
Taking cues from designers to create affordable looks has never been easier.
I've always fancied clothing labels with the decimal points in their prices slid a bit more to the right than deemed necessary. Sometimes I could delve for some pathetic reason to buy the three-digit top, but then I'd suffer incredible buyers' remorse and resent my decision. Most of the time I would find something so disgustingly similar at a discount retailer that I'd just sigh with defeat and vow never to get the chiffon pulled over my eyes again.
I've kept this promise to myself for the most part. The three looks I'll discuss below all have affordable options.
Trend No. 1: Jumpsuits
They're like wearable smallpox, appearing every 20 years just to throw off your shopping chi, then disappearing until an emerging designer get infected and spurs a revival. I always pick one out while shopping, feel like a mechanic or flash dancer, then proceed to shamefully put it back.
I have to admit, though: I've seen this trend tweaked on the New York Fashion Week runways in surprisingly modern ways. A chic alternative to the full-length pant is a shorter Capri-length jumpsuit with pockets, a belted waist, peep-toe pumps.
Blue jumpsuit From Express, $79.50.