From lemon zest and black and white to ruffles, floral prints and grayed jade, the style trends for this spring and summer season are just as varied as they are bold and bright.
If you want to snag some new runway-worthy items for your wardrobe without leaving the Hudson Valley, we've got details on where you can score five of the hottest trends at local boutiques.
Ruffles are everywhere this season, from Beyoncé's March Vogue cover to the spring runway shows for Chloe, Givenchy and Gucci. And at Tiger Lily Boutique at Mount Kisco, we found a flowing and feminine ruffled silk blouse by Ecru ($143) that kills two fashion birds with one stone: The top combines the light and sought-after ruffled structure with the on-trend color of peony, seen in the 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jason Wu collections (139 Main St., Mount Kisco; 914-244-4201). It would look great dressed up with a pencil skirt or dressed down with a skinny jean.
Known in the Mount Kisco community for providing garments that are "classic with a twist," Tiger Lily's owner, Cathy Deutsch, predicts that garments with clean lines and not very many bells and whistles will appeal to her customers this season. "Soft, pretty, easy to wear and highlighted with beautiful color" are the criteria that her shoppers use when picking out spring and summer staples, she said.
BLACK AND WHITE
Is a clean, simple and monochromatic look more your thing? You're in luck, because minimalism is back in a big way, and black and white is everywhere you look this season. Whether it's in the form of checks, stripes or any other geometric combo, many designers including Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana have featured this look in their spring collections.
If you want to find the look locally, boutique owners like Maria Luisa Whittingham of Maria Luisa have some fun prints available to help fill that need (77 S. Broadway, Nyack; 845-353-4122; www.marialuisaboutique.com). In business for 25 years, Maria Luisa is a go-to spot for fashionable Rockland County shoppers, and it was here that we found a black-and-white Angelrox limited edition cityscape printed dress ($158), that can be tied in various ways for versatile wear and paired with a bright pump for a pop of color. In addition to black-and-white looks, Whittingham said her boutique also will carry plenty of stripes, coral, floral and linen this season.
This single-color trend has also made its way to larger retailers and can be found on everything from blazers to swimsuits at stores including Banana Republic and Anthropologie, which has a location at The Westchester mall in White Plains.
LEMON ZEST YELLOW
Spotted on the runways of Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander McQueen, Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton this season, lemon zest yellow is a standout color that will figure big into wardrobes this season.
At Marteal & Estrada, a cutting-edge boutique in the heart of White Plains owned by the design trio of Marteal Boniello and twin brothers Antonio and Jesus (of "Project Runway") Estrada, we found a custom-made yellow silk/cotton brocade dress with a silk charmeuse necktie that deserves to be noticed ($450; 512 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-993-3303; www.martealandestrada.com).
Every item in Marteal & Estrada is designed and sewn in the rear of the store, and the boutique is a one-stop shop for fashionistas with a penchant for detail who love to buy unique pieces that are locally made. They're also focusing on sheer fabrics, soft pleats and stark contrast looks this season, Boniello said.
Lemon zest yellow can be found this season on everything from dresses to jackets to handbags at Ann Taylor, Gap and Banana Republic, all of which have locations throughout the Hudson Valley.
A softer shade of emerald, Pantone's official color selection for 2013 -- grayed jade -- was seen in the spring runway collections for Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Siriano, the season four winner of "Project Runway."
At March Boutique, which recently moved to a new location in Briarcliff Manor, we found a French terry long-sleeved blazer by Lilla P. in the popular sea foam green color ($148; 1207 Pleasantville Rd., Briarcliff Manor; 914-923-2100; www.marchboutique.com). In addition to this on-trend look, Lynn Puro, March Boutique's owner, said she has stocked her shop with "Bermuda shorts, bold stripes, sheer fabrics, peekaboo cutouts, A-line dresses, leather and the colors of green, pink and blush."
Grayed jade looks can be found on the racks at J. Crew and Anthropologie, too.
Oversize floral prints are big this spring and were featured on the runway in collections for Isabel Marant and Chanel, among others. At Next Boutique in Kingston, we found fun Free People Hawaiian floral print denim pants in another in-style color, robin's egg blue ($78; 17 W. Strand St., Kingston; 845-331-4537). The bold-patterned pants could be paired with a patterned top -- say, polka dots or stripes -- in a shared color family, or a safer, solid-colored top.
As for other trends that are a popular this season, Carissa Schirmer, the manager and buyer at Next, says she has stocked up on looks in coral and mint hues, as well as white denim from every major brand.
Pants, dresses, jackets and more with a floral theme -- specifically Hawaiian prints -- can be found at stores including J.C. Penny and The Gap, which have locations throughout the Hudson Valley.