Spring 2011 Fashion: Teen Casualwear
We track down cute and fun clothing for teens available at Neiman Marcus and Saks.
The '70s Are Back
This spring, teens can be seen wearing styles similar to what their mothers might've worn in the 1970s. From wide-leg pants and bohemian tops to long, flowing maxi dresses, a '70s-style casual look is definitely in right now. The spring 2011 colors - blue, coral and white - also are popular shades for these styles.
At Saks, Aly Tegethoff, a 17-year-old junior at St. Joseph's Academy, modeled two outfits that incorporated wide-leg pants. The first look included a pair of 7 For All Mankind wide-leg jeans ($178) and a white Patterson J. Kincaid blouse ($128). The second look had Tegethoff in navy blue wide-leg pants ($270) and a coral and white top ($275), both by Alice and Olivia.
Also at Saks, Courtney Brooks, a 16-year-old junior at St. Joe's, and Tierney Spence, a 17-year-old junior at Villa Duchesne, wore long dresses in styles reminiscent of the '70s. Brooks wore a coral T-Bags Los Angeles maxi dress ($195), while Spence wore a more Grecian-style blue Theory dress ($375), which looked great when paired with a Marc Jacobs scarf ($178) in her hair and a Streets Ahead belt ($265).
Smell the Roses
Beautiful floral prints are also popular for spring, whether it's on a shirt, a skirt or a dress. At Neiman Marcus, they have a great long, floral-printed Joie dress ($358, modeled by Tegethoff) that combines the '70s trend with this one.
Also at Neiman Marcus, Spence modeled a cute navy, red, white and yellow floral-printed Alice and Olivia skirt ($176) that looked great when paired with an off-the-shoulders navy blue Theory top ($95).
At Saks, Brooks modeled a great Leifsdottir short dress ($328) that, while it doesn't have a literal floral pattern, is very painterly and the mix of the colors green, purple, yellow and white make it feel floral-inspired and perfect for spring.
White jeans are definitely in this season, but if you don't like wearing full jeans on the warmer days that spring brings your way, there are plenty of pairs of white capris and shorts available at area stores.
White jeans, capris and shorts look great when paired with a floral-printed top. At Neiman Marcus, Brooks modeled a sleeveless navy floral-printed Rebecca Taylor top ($215) with white 7 For All Mankind jeans ($149), while Tegethoff modeled a three-quarter-sleeved light blue floral-printed Alice and Olivia bohemian-style top ($154) with white Fifteen Twenty shorts ($187).
Aside from the floral prints, pretty much any brightly-colored top will look good with white pants. At Saks, Spence modeled a great multi-colored striped Splendid top ($64) with white True Religion capris ($196).
All-white outfits are also popular looks for the warmer months. At Neiman Marcus, Brooks modeled the white 7 For All Mankind jeans with a great Trina Turk sleeveless white top ($238).
If the all-white look or white pants don't appeal to you, pairing a great white jacket or blazer with a vibrantly-colored dress is a great look for spring. At Neiman Marcus, Spence modeled an Elizabeth and James white jacket ($395) with a sleeveless coral Rebecca Taylor dress ($345).
Be sure to check out our photo gallery for pictures of Brooks, Spence and Tegethoff modeling the clothing mentioned in this article, and also check out the behind-the-scenes video, in which each girl shares her favorite spring fashion trends.
This article is part of a series of spring fashion stories, which continues from prom dresses earlier this week. Check back with Ladue-Frontenac Patch soon for men's clothing.