Wide-leg flares Derek Lam Spring 2011 runway show

Wide-leg flares at the Derek Lam Spring 2011 runway show. Photo: Jemal Countess, Getty Images for IMG


Just when those first brisk days of fall hit and we start to daydream of wooly cable knits, BAM! It's Fashion Week, and we're immersed in runways full of spring and summer wear. It always leaves us reeling, torn between the clothes we'd been waiting months to wear and the clothes we can't wait to get our hands on for next season. But there is a way to have your fall and wear spring too! For this installment of The Weekender, we've taken some of our favorite trends from the Spring 2011 runways and adapted them for a fun Saturday look.

Style Tips:
  • Jeans: It's official, wide-legs and flares are back. The front rows have been filled with them (on fashion eds, not celebs), and everyone from Derek Lam to Reem Acra showed versions. The high-waisted, flared look is infinitely more flattering than the skinnies that have dominated for years. Paired with a chunky platform heel, they give you legs for miles.
  • Sheer: Sheer fabrics popped up here and there on the Spring 2010 runways, but it's been exposing itself all over the 2011 ones! Jenny Packham went with see-through with jumpsuits, Charlotte Ronson with camis, and Marc Jacobs hit both this trend and the flare via gauze trousers. If you want to try on the trend while still leaving something to the imagination, we'd suggest tucking in this floaty patch-pocket shirt. It's in the palest-of-pale pinks, a big color for spring.
  • Gray: Neutrals continue to be a big trend but in addition to the previous seasons' nude and carmel shades, designers have been exploring a cooler side with grays. We love the way the waterfall cut of this jacket works with the floaty sheer fabric while still cutting in to give shape at the waist.
  • Python: Leopard might have to cede the throne of "animal print of choice," with all of the sexy python we've seen on the runways. From a purple python dress by Thakoon to the body-con dresses and skirts by Joseph Altuzarra, snakeskin will be sexing up spring. Try out the trend with this Michael Kors' clutch, which (SCORE!) happens to be on sale right now.