Runway, The Real Way: 7 Spring Trends To Love, And How To Wear Them

We know, we know — it's freezing out, and it seems a little crazy to be daydreaming about spring clothes. Just the thought of exposing our poor, pasty legs to a pretty wisp of a dress seems unfair, but that's not stopping us — fantasy-shopping the spring runways is one of our favorite winter pastimes. And judging by what we saw at Fashion Week, we'll have a lot to lust after when these pieces start hitting the shelves. To prep you for the warmer days ahead (and they are ahead, even if it doesn't feel like it, right now), we scoured the spring collections to find the most essential, must-try trends — seven, to be exact — and combined each one with first-rate advice on how to wear it. Click through to see our spring primer, and pick up some styling tips to put you ahead of the trend game.
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Retro Prints
Milly's Michelle Smith looked to the 1950s and '60s for chic silhouettes drenched in mod graphics. Take a DIY approach and try mixing stripes, polka dots, and prints in the same color families.


Photo: Courtesy of Milly
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Color Cues
At LucaLuca, colorblocking in feminine pastels felt cool and modern, thanks to languid menswear shapes. Recreate the look with high-waisted trousers and tailored blazers in soft sherbet hues.


Photo: Via LucaLuca
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Pepto Pink
Honeysuckle, the Pantone's 2011 color of the year, sticks around for spring — just check out Jenni Kayne's lighter, icy iteration. Add it to your wardrobe in small doses with a blouse, belt, or cardigan.


Photo: Via Jenni Kayne
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Tribal Lengths
Designers always indulge a love of the exotici when the temperatures start to rise, and BCBG Max Azria turned out a series of flowy, tribal-print dresses that would look perfect poolside or at a summer evening soiree. Get the look with a flowing, ethnic-patterned tunic or slipdress.


Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Sporty Chic
Richard Chai's athletic-inspired — but still feminine — separates got us psyched to wear windbreakers come spring. Try a brightly hued, lightweight anorak over a breezy printed dress.


Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Blue Period
Maybe it's a reaction to spring's standard pastels and neons, but a host of designers (including Jason Wu) turned to a soothing palette of blues to temper all that youthful energy. Look for separates in navy, cobalt, and powder blue.


Photo: Via Jason Wu
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Electric Company
Nanette Lepore sent models down the runway in every shade of neon under the sun. But she also incorporated healthy doses of tangerine, Pantone's color of the year for 2012. Get your own slice with a floaty blouse or curve-hugging sheath if you're feeling bold. Or keep it low-key with a citrus-hued bag or a pair of summery sandals.


Photo: Via Nanette Lepore
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