Spring Look Book: What’s in, what’s new and where to find it

”A lot of bold colors like royal blue, bright yellow, hot pink, coral. We’re still seeing a lot of the animal prints and tie dye.” — Classy & Chic Boutique owner Donna Weber (Models, from left: Katlin Weber, Kaylee Grimm and Mariah Hummel.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

“Rompers and paper bag shorts are still trending this year, along with cold shoulder tops.” — Classy & Chic Boutique owner Donna Weber (Models, from left: Kaylee Grimm, Mariah Hummel and Katlin Weber.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

“You must have a flowy dress in your wardrobe. They are so easy to thrown on to go hang out with friends at an outdoor bar or to wear to a summer wedding. Don’t be afraid to wear it multiple times throughout the year. They’re so easy to style in new ways.” — Trendsetters stylist Morgan Budde (Models, from left: Carsen Adams and Bridgett Hunziker.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

“We love a good fitting blazer, and we recommend having at least one in your collection — patterned, solid or both. We especially love the fit of an oversized boyfriend blazer. Dress the blazer up, and wear it to work or throw it over some jeans and a graphic tee for a more casual look. Blazers are so versatile.” — Trendsetters stylist Morgan Budde (Model: Betsy Kelleher.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

“Crop sweatshirts are a great winter to spring transition and can be worn so many ways. Try with high-waisted denim and a great pair of white sneakers, or layer over your favorite tee.” — The Midwest Girl co-owner Marissa Hoffmann, modeling the Cora cropped sweatshirt. PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Pfohl

Bodysuits offer comfort and good looks paired with denim shorts. (Model: Hanna Reese, from Carol Ann Boutique and Body.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

Bright colors (coral will be big this year) and bold prints will dominate graphic tees this season. (Model: Hanna Reese, from Carol Ann Boutique and Body.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

T-shirts always are in style. Graphic tees and bright colors will be in this spring. Marissa Hoffmann is modeling The Midwest Girl’s Rainbow Midwest Mama tee in oatmeal. PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Pfohl

The Original Midwest Girl tee, modeled by co-owner Marissa Hoffmann. PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Pfohl

“Mixing prints is already on the rise and will be huge this year. Try to pair colors that go well together, like black and white, with maybe a touch of color. This is truly where you can flex your creative brain and put together some killer looks. And midi-length skirts are on fire, especially when they are animal print like cheetah, leopard or snakeskin.” — Trendsetters stylist Morgan Budde, modeling a snakeskin print skirt and graphic tee. PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

Model Teri Kauffmann, from Carol Ann Boutique and Body, models a print dress. Prints and bright colors definitely are in this spring, on everything from dresses and skirts to shoes and accessories. PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

“Give us all the mesh. It is a trend that is huge right now and makes our ’90s grunge hearts sing. It’s so easy to thrown on a mesh top over a fun lacy bralette and pair it with a skirt or jean shorts and combat boots. Sheer mesh adds some sauciness to any outfit, all while not revealing too much. Put on your best Gwen Stefani-inspired outfit with some of that sheer mesh and rock out all day, girl.” — Trendsetters stylist Morgan Budde (Model: Trendsetters Boutique owner Desirae Gillies.) PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

Spring is a time of renewal not only in nature but also in the fashion world. It’s an exciting time for clothing boutiques, whose owners and stylists visit trade shows and markets, scoping out new colors, fashions and styles to bring into their shops for the season.

“I just went to the Atlanta market and brought back a wide variety of new spring arrivals,” said Donna Weber, owner of Classy & Chic Boutique in Dubuque.

Prints will be huge this spring and summer.

We are seeing it everywhere, including all the trade markets,” said Desirae Gillies, owner of Trendsetters Boutique in Dubuque. “Specifically, patchwork, small floral prints, paisley prints, bandana prints and bright and bold creative prints.”

Throwbacks also will be all the rage.

“We’re seeing a lot of late ’80s and ’90s inspiration this season,” she said.

At Carol Ann Boutique and Body in Dubuque, owners and sisters Kristy Meyer and Lindsey Dohrer agree that 1990s inspiration is in this spring.

“Those ’90s inspired looks are coming back with tie dye and bright colors,” said Meyer. “Colors that are really popular right now are bright coral and mint green, as well as gray and navy.”

The pandemic also has brought about a shift in style.

“We’re seeing more comfortable styles since the pandemic,” Meyer said. “Things like loungewear sets and graphic tees. And bodysuits are still on trend this season.”

Marissa Hoffmann, co-owner of The Midwest Girl in Dubuque along with sister Marah Odgers, also is seeing that comfy work-at-home look continuing this year.

“T-shirts are always in style in the Midwest, especially with the shift in working from home,” she said.

In the accessories department, stylist Morgan Budde, of Trendsetters, said belts are back.

“We recommend having at least three belts in your collection,” she said. “A brown belt, a black belt and a patterned belt. With these three options, you’ll have a belt to pair with every outfit.”

Another tip is to not always look at belts in a traditional way.

“Think a flowy dress you want to add more shape to — throw on a statement belt, and boom. It becomes a whole new look,” she said. “Wearing belts around your mid-section is also coming back into style, and we love it.”

Michelle London writes for the Telegraph Herald.

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