Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager There’s no time I look forward to more when talking fashion, than Spring! From open-toed shoes, bright colors and shorter hem-lines, to my Brewers gear, golf apparel and not wearing a jacket when going outdoors. Of course with a new season, brings another aspect along with it….time to go through your closet and clean out, which also means I get to go shopping! Having worked for the Bureau now for just about three years, I knew there was no better way to get info for this blog post than to go right to the many fashion resources available in the Fox Cities! I’ve chosen a few of the many great stores and boutiques where you can find your perfect Spring fashion piece. They’ve even let me in on some of the trends to look for so you can be fashion-forward this Spring! All of the stores mentioned below can be found on Facebook and I encourage you to check them out as you are shopping til you drop this Spring! Tina Palmer, Owner Vintique, A Vintage & Retro Boutique 131 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah I absolutely love the vibe you feel when walking in Tina’s store in Downtown Neenah. She allows non fashion-forward people such as myself to feel like I have a leg up on the rest of the world!
Tina mentions that at Vintique, Spring is well underway! The hot color this season is truly navy. Americana has strong pulls again this season with a lot of red, white and blue. Fringe and lace are the embellishments you will find on a great many spring styles. Ivory lace and crochet are everywhere and dresses, skirts and tunics are the go-to’s this season. Tina’s favorite look this Spring, is pairing an inspirational tee with a fun skirt. For footwear, Tina suggests flats and short boots are the footwear of choice this Spring. Vintique is open Mon, Fri, Sat: 10-5 and Tues – Thurs: 10-6
Betsy Roisen, VP Store Manager Macy’s, Fox River Mall 4311 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton Betsy wanted to touch on four adorable trends she’s noticing for this spring season: Trend 1- Floral Large Hawaiian floral prints are really in right now. Add the contrast of black and white to make this a statement. Pair these looks with a bootie, slide sandal or wedge to top it off. Trend 2 -Earth Earth tones combine with folkloric brights rendered in Spanish-inspired embroideries on blouses and maxi dresses. Pair with fun flat sandals or wedges to complete the look.
Trend 3 -Dawn Look for soft, romantic colors to many different fabrics. Many beautiful pale pinks and blues in textures and floral patterns conjure up a classic style with a hint of romance. Pair the look with nude, pale or silver footwear and a floral necklace. Trend 4 -Active! As everyone is working to get in shape for the summer, we have some great, bright looks from Ideology and CK Performance- it’s all about making it fun and colorful! Macy’s, located at Fox River Mall, is open Mon-Sat 10a-9p and Sun 10a-6p
Catherine Fleischer, Owner Elements Unleashed 210 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah Elements Unleashed is a fun boutique located in Downtown Neenah. They offer different styles of fashion from casual to high-end. They also are experts in fur sales and service. When it comes to Spring fashion, Catherine wanted to bring to light three different trends she is noticing for this season and beyond: 1. Summer whites in monochromatic, minimalist, romantic styling. A monochromatic look is simple and chic, but some struggle with it because they think the all of the whites or all of the blues need to be exactly the same… and they don’t.
2. Western-flavored wear has been really HOT and continues to grow. All of the big fashion designers (Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Bibhu Mohapatra just to name a few) are already displaying their Fall 2015 collections with inflections of western wear, fur, and long fringe. No matter the season, just keep it simple. You don’t need to dress like you’re ready to walk out on a John Wayne movie set. Wear your favorite lace dress with cowboy boots and you are there! Elements Unleashed is open Mon, Wed & Fri: 10a-5p; Tues, Thurs: 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p.
Sue Hawkinson J. Hawkinson Clothiers 10 E College Ave, Ste 114, Appleton Sue believes this spring is all about bright colors. From pink to the blue green colors of the Caribbean, wearing these bright colors will certainly help you feel more like spring! She mentioned that scarves are still one of the top fashion accessories and continue their dominance from fall. Hawkinson Clothiers is located inside City Center, Downtown Appleton. Their hours of operation are Mon-Wed: 10a-6p; Thurs: 10a-7p; Fri: 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p.
Jill Nelson, Owner Chic to Chic, LLC, A Women’s Consignment Boutique 301 N. Mall Dr, Appeleton Jill mentions that lace is a huge trend in both tops, dresses and tunics this spring/summer. Some even come with a built-in cami!
Music to my ears, is that maxi dresses are back! Jill suggests that the colorful dresses of the season should be worn with flats or wedges this year. Pair with a leather or jean jacket for those cool nights and you are good to go! Chic to Chic, A Women’s Consignment Boutique carries many designer brands as well as shoes, purses and jewelry. New Spring/Summer clothing, shoes, jewelry are coming in daily on consignment. Their hours of operation are Mon-Sat: 9a-8p; Sun: 10a-5p.
Brooke Graham, Owner The Revival 216 Main St, Menasha
The Revival is a new (opened in May 2014) store in downtown Menasha that has recently stolen my heart with some of their adorable clothing items. Brooke says that one of her absolute favorite clothing items right now is the kimono. She suggests pairing them with something really simple like a plain tank, cuffed skinny jeans and ankle boots to be casual or throw them over a solid shift dress to be moderately dressed up. The Revival is open Tues-Sat 10a-5p. Happy shopping!