6. You’ll Be Dotty.
Polka dots are the graphic device that manages to be both mod and feminine. This season, they sprang up everywhere from casual dresses at Zero and Zac Posen to a sheer white tank at Marc Jacobs.
7. Your Drawers Will Droop.
If you keep in mind that trends exist on a pendulum, then you know the clock is ticking on those skinny pants. Trousers were floppy and flappy, especially in the crotch. Vera Wang and Sass & Bide loosen up on top, before tapering to a narrow end. Marc Jacobs’s version came via Marrakech, while Derek Lam and Marc by Marc Jacobs offered practical linen trousers, cropped and comfy.
8. You’ll Keep Experimenting With Volume.
Big is not over yet. Last season’s layers stuck around, but they’ve lightened up in spirit and hue. Generous tiers covered dresses at Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang, while Thakoon and Erin Fetherston kept their ruffles down low. Ruffian brought the idea north, with full, tall shoulders on a small black dress.
9. You’ll Keep Shining, But Discreetly.
Metallic is the trend that has been around so much we’re hard-pressed to call it a trend: It’s moved into basic territory. This spring, you’ll want to soften the glare. Vera Wang does it perfectly.
10. You’re Going To Twist Your Ankle.
There were ankle-boot/gladiator-sandal hybrids at Donna Karan and Proenza Schouler, thick wooden platforms at Derek Lam. Calvin Klein’s slingbacks were rather space-age, and Marc Jacobs’s triangular wooden heel looked like nothing so much as a springboard.