Thanks to Everywhere Society, last Friday, I (ok, not just me, there were perhaps 400+ other women) spent the evening with Clinton Kelly at the Westfarms Macys. We were treated to a preview of Macys Spring 2013 collection along with sound style advice from the charismatic host of TLC’s What Not to Wear and ABC’s The Chew .
Here is a brief preview of what is in stores at Macys this Spring.
Inspiration for the office:
As you can see from this small sampling of their spring collection, color and prints are back this season. However, not every color is for everybody. Clinton Kelly says red, black, mustard yellow and beige are the most difficult colors to wear. Here is his advice on how and when to wear them:
- Red: Wear only if you have yellow undertones. The red color brings the color up to your face and is therefore not complementary to red undertones and can emphasize any redness (i.e. from rosacea, irritation etc) that you have.
- Black: Wear only if you have perfect skin. The black cast shadows on your face and can highlight any imperfections.
- Mustard Yellow and Beige: Wear only if you have contrasting skin tones or it will make you look washed out.
The Calvin Klein mint suit was my favorite from the office looks. The mint pastel and matching shoes is bold and chic. I also loved the contrast of the mint with the deep chocolate skin tone of the model.
Inspiration for casual/weekend looks:
When you are shopping Macys this season, expect to find crop jackets, short shorts, pastels, aztec and “tribal” prints, acid wash, and lots of dresses with high-low hems. Clinton Kelly also approves the matchy, matchy (Clinton and Stacy What Not To Wear lingo) trend for this season. Deprogram whatever you heard them say on the show. It’s ok to pair the same color accessories (or in the same color family) with your outfits. Suits are also back and the mixing of prints and textures carried over from last season.
I loved all of the mixed print outfits and prints from this collection but the updated acid wash jeans was my favorite piece from this section. As a child of the 80’s it’s a little piece of nostalgia for me. I also think it can be dressed up by adding a blazer (for concerts, bar, nightclub) or dressed down as presented here.
Inspiration for date night/evening looks:
Without a doubt, the emerald green sheath dress with the side zipper detail was my favorite from the date night looks, followed by the “tribal print dress”. They are both classy and timeless.
Inspiration for semi-formal events :
I loved all of the semi-formal looks. The gold and black art deco/Hollywood regency-esque dress worn by the plus size model was just simply, DOPE! Here is a closer look.
I have to tell you that I was less than impressed with the selection of shoes for the weekend and date night looks. I realize that they are more practical, but the word “matronly” and “granny” comes to mind the more I stare at them. I would invest in a strappy, open toe sandal for the season. They are versatile and most of them have a comfortable heel height.
While I loved the presentation, I think the best part of the event was the question and answer section. Clinton Kelly’s advice (everything from what to wear to how to make a career in fashion) and on forgiving every and anyone who made us feel self conscious about our bodies and/or looks was oxygen to my soul.
Looking for more Clinton Kelly style advice? Check out his two books available on Amazon.com
Thanks Ossie for taking these photos!
DISCLOSURE: I am a member of Everywhere society and compensation was provided by Macys via Everywhere Society for this post. However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Macys or Everywhere Society.