Spring Fever

Eighty degrees in March, tulips and daffodils come and (nearly) gone already, snow shovels standing idle. It’s not been a typical Wisconsin spring and we have no problem with that. We’re embracing all the fashion fun that comes along with the transition from wintry gray to sunshine-y brights. The list that follows are some of our favorite spring trends (and some Neena tips for working them into your wardrobe). 1. Bright, bold, unapologetic COLOR. This season vibrant colors are everywhere - shoes, denim, handbags, lips, nails, dresses - and you can’t go wrong if you go bright. If you typically dress in neutrals and are hesitant to splurge on a pair of tangerine designer jeans, you can still work in the brights. At Neena, you can grab a few brightly colored Tees by Tina tanks, invest in a standout Harvey’s handbag or find vibrant lightweight scarf (we’ll show you all the ways to wear it through the summer). Add a little fuschia to your toes and some colorful inexpensive accessories and you can work the trend your way (and on your budget). 2. Airy, lightweight knits. We love summer-weight sweaters! Boxy cardigans over cami dresses and chunky (but oh-so-airy) sweaters casually paired with rolled denim, shorts or skirts are easy, fun and flattering on all different body-types. Slim-fitting knits make beautifully draped dresses and tops for work or evening and can transition well into fall. Our favorite arrivals thus far in this category are by GG Collective and Fluxus. 3. Washable silks. Summer silks are stunning. So wearable, so classically summer and so very comfortable! Their rich texture gets better with each wash. We are loving them in crisp white and soft pastels paired with light-washed denim for a relaxed, beach-y style. Most of our Fluxus deliveries this spring and summer have multiple silk styles. 4. Pastels as neutrals. As much as the vibrant hues are taking center stage this season, pastels are not to be dismissed. We like them best in tees, denim and the washable silks (see #3). We’re also loving pastels as nail colors - especially mint green, robin’s egg blue and lilac. Paired with basic black, they read as a pop color, but with light earth tones like taupe and ivory, they look soft, neutral and elegant. I am so very excited to wear a lilac silk top with rolled white denim jeans and nude patent pumps (or sandals)! Swipe of sheer lip gloss and simple silver or crystal jewelry by JUST THE 2 OF US and I have my new summer uniform. With a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, please. 5. Hi-low hemlines. This one - short in the front and long in the back (but please don't think mullet!) - is sticking around and we are loving seeing it in everything from relaxed burnout tees to elegant dresses. It adds visual interest and is universally flattering (and especially convenient when, like us, you practically live in leggings!). The tops are perfect paired with the Neena Basic Slip Dress by Fluxus or Maxi Tank by Second Base. 6. Seamless. It’s amazing how a little thing like a seam can be so irritating! We are so grateful to fitness brands like Nux and Electric Yoga who have embraced the concept of seamless designs! Once you work out or practice in seamless, it’s hard to wear anything else! We’re hoping other brands follow suit. P.S. Can you imagine Beyond Yoga's peached supplex fabric in a seamless design?! I would never wear anything else ever again for as long as I live forever. 7. Fitness-lifestyle crossover styles. This is pretty much a no-brainer for Neena; our entire store was built on this concept. However, we’re seeing a huge increase and improvement in the crossover styles, especially the spring and summer collections from Beyond Yoga, alo, Zobha and Lucy. It’s so refreshing to see collections that feature pieces that truly perform as well as those that are suitable for everyday wear. Best of all, lines are really working these two concepts together in their collections so you can go from day to night without a major wardrobe change. Which is how we live so thank you, designers, for jumping on board. 8. Maxi dresses and skirts. This trend is still going strong and who are we to argue? We love the incredibly comfortable yet instantly elegant look of the maxi. The upscale tee gurus at Bella Luxx have gone on a maxi design spree this season and we are happy to take advantage of their enthusiasm for the trend. Contrary to what many think, the maxi length is truly for everyone (though you may need the help of our seamstress to get it just right). Really, it is a look that is flattering on all heights and body types. The key is pairing it with the right top for your body so the length of the dress/skirt balances. C’mon in; we’ll show you what we mean. And there you have it! Take a look at our just released Spring Lookbook below to see a few of these trends come to life on our beautiful models, mother-daughter duo Kari Woodall of Woodall Training and Judi Haag.

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