How To Be Chic And Elegant: Top 5 Fashion Trends For Spring 2014

I am happy to welcome Marie-Anne Lecoeur as a guest editor on the blog! Marie-Anne is a French woman who is now based in Jersey, in the Channel Islands. Growing up in her native France, she got used to seeing well-dressed and confident women. This spurred her on to write her books to share her advice and tips to those women who need a bit of help in the style department. She also writes a blog where she gives advice on chic and elegance, teaching women what to wear for their body shape and size.

As you never get a second chance at making a first impression, she knows the importance of getting it right for all occasions. Drawing from her life in France, she offers tips on French style and gives away the secrets of French chic. Without further ado, here is her take on the Top 5 Fashion Trends For Spring 2014



We can still feel the biting cold when we step outside and the sun is nowhere to be seen. So should we be talking about spring yet? Well, that is the very reason why now is the  time to think about spring. Planning our future look and style will help us to forget about this gloomy weather. Don’t you agree?


 1/ Strong Florals


I’ll start with these florals, as it is the print de rigueur every spring and summer. This year, though, florals differ from the prints we are used to. Forget about sweet little flowers in bouquets, as fashion designers decided that florals will be artsy this season. This Bibhu Mohapatra design demonstrates that florals will be strong and bold this year.

To make this trend work, make sure that the rest of your ensemble and your accessories are toned down. Pick out matching items in one color from the print to avoid a look that clashes.

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2/ Wide Legged Trousers



Wide-legged trousers were showcased for this spring, as in this Pamela Roland design. This trend can be très chic but tread with care here, it does not suit every figure. So my advice is the following:

Go for high-waisted trousers to show off your narrow waist.

Pair with a slim top so as to avoid your body looking swamped.

If you fear that wide-legged pants will not suit your size or shape, try slightly narrower cuts.

Pear shaped women should avoid this wide-legged style as it may emphasize their hips and thighs.

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3/ Tea-Length Skirts or Dresses


The new length this spring is the ‘Tea’ length. You may wonder what that is. Well, it is the length between the midi and the maxi. In my opinion, Tea length is so much more elegant than the midi, which stops at the widest point of your calves. Many women who are unhappy about their knees and/or the size of their calves will love this length as it covers the knees and calves, while showing off a well-turned ankle and gorgeous heels.

This Christian Siriano dress shows that you can go for the prim ladylike look with a floaty skirt. Tea length also looks very chic with a close to the body, straight skirt. Whichever style you go for, lean or floaty, you are bound to look vey chic and elegant.

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4/ Collarless Coats



Collarless coats are nothing new, but they give an otherwise ordinary outfit a sophisticated finish. This J Crew design shows us how to make this look work. These spring coats will be thinner than winter ones as they are more like a jacket than a coat. This look will be liked by women who want to appear slimmer as it creates a narrow column at the front, thereby creating the illusion of a slimmer body.

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5/ Pastels



Pastels are big again this spring with delicate pinks, mint greens and lilacs looking decidedly delicious. This superb Prabal Gurung creation is spot on, combining two trends, Tea length and pastel. Watch out though. Light colors are not for everyone as they can make you look washed out.

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Chose any of the five looks above and you will be sure to see Spring come early into your step this year.



Marie-Anne Lecoeur, author of How To Be Chic and Elegant, writes about fashion and style in her blog .


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