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Fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris have just wrapped up, leaving the fashion world buzzing about the latest trends amongst designers. While these are previews of what is to come in fall, fashion is refreshed for this spring season, particularly now that students are back from break and the snow is finally gone.

Here’s the breakdown of the top three best trends for Spring 2015 and how to make the runways wearable for everyday fashion in Cleveland.

Gingham
Made popular by French actress and model Brigitte Bardot’s pink gingham wedding dress in 1959, this classic fabric is back with chic updates. Diane von Fürstenberg, Michael Kors, Lela Rose and Altuzarra each displayed the fabric in a variety of ways, with sheer fabric overlays and deep v-cuts to put a sultry spin on this retro pattern. Oscar de la Renta’s bold baby blue, pink and black oversized gingham styles paired with white lace details and crop tops were the most elegant in the fashion week shows. Gingham is incredibly wearable, either in a simple blouse in a pop of spring color or a head-to-toe ensemble in a black and white fashion. To maintain a modern rendition of this pattern, avoid picnic table red gingham fabrics.

Military Inspiration
A trend we seem to see again and again, military details are back this spring. Marc Jacobs and Gucci showcased military greens in New York and Milan, respectively. The trend this season is structured with a hint of grunge detailing for an ultra-cool take. Military styles can be worn everyday when focused in a single piece, rather than an entire outfit of the trend. Try a military green skirt in vegan leather or a structured jacket with soldier-like buttons to keep you warm before summer hits. If you are daring, take a hint from Jason Wu’s Spring 2015 wrap dresses and two-piece suits and incorporate camouflage into your spring wardrobe.

Bare Shoulders
Designers are portraying women’s power and sensuality in a different way this season: shoulders. One-shouldered styles were all over the runway, from Rosie Assoulin’s statement gown to Ralph Lauren’s office-worthy blouse. Items are modern luxe-looking silk fabrics and bold patterns. This powerful trend is street-worthy when paired with simplistic, conservative pieces to keep focus on the small pop of skin. Baring both shoulders may not be appropriate for office wear, but is fantastic in a cocktail dress, perhaps for a spring wedding.

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