For many fashion lovers, spring is a favorite season, and with good reason. The weather is getting warm, the fabrics are getting lighter and the colors are more interesting. The trends for spring 2012 include color blocking, bold graphic prints, pink suits, metallic details and pop colors like tangerine and pastels in general. These five shops in Atlanta and the surrounding area will have you trend right with an unique twist.
1142 Euclid Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(770) 522 7363
Hours: Sun—1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mon to Thurs—12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat—12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
When walking by René René, you may think it’s a vintage store; owner Rene Sanning loves the 1940s era and her designs reflect that. Rene designs and produces her line in the Metro Atlanta area. While Rene’s silhouettes are decidedly retro, her fabrics and construction are modern. Her collection in pink is a perfect way to bring the season’s pop color. But hurry, she only produces a few pieces in each style. Local tip: if you like, buy it without hesitation, it won’t last long.
Stephan’s Vintage Clothing
1160 Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Price: $125 to $225
Hours: Mon to Sat -11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun—12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fashion comes back in style every 15 years or so, which is only one reason why vintage shops are always in vogue. Established in 1977, Stefan’s Vintage Clothing is one of the best vintage boutiques in the Atlanta area. The boutique’s collection of graphic prints from the 1960s and 1970s is amazing. Whether you want a long, formal dress or a cute, Brady Bunch style short dress, Stefan’s should be on your list of shops to visit when updating your spring wardrobe.
1129 A Euclid Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours: Sun—12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mon to Tues—11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wed to Fri—11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat—11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Color blocking is everywhere this spring from handbags, to dresses to shoes. Cherry Bomb Atlanta, located in Little Five Points, has a “bomb” collection of color blocked shoes. Whether you prefer retro looking “stacks” or the latest from famed shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell and more recently Jessica Simpson. Cherry Bomb has a shoe for you. Just remember to write down your budget somewhere in plain sight, or it is likely that you will leave with your wallet empty and your arms loaded with bags.
A Nose for Clothes
5135 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 915
Norcross, GA 30092
Price: $150 +
Hours: Mon to Wed -10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs to Sat -10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun -12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Not ready to put away your sequins from the holiday season? You’re in luck, because metallics are in this spring. Enjoy a little sparkle in your look with some sequins or crystals. Think of it as having the jewelry built in your clothing. A Nose for Clothes has a few locations in Florida, but only one in the Atlanta Metro area. This light weight blue dress with crystals on the split sleeves will look lovely with Grecian sandals or strappy metallic heels.
Spice Boutique Atlanta
49 Blvd. SE Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30312
Hours: Tues to Sat -2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Spice Boutique Atlanta has only been for less than a year. The owner Porsha, is a second generation entrepreneur who started selling clothes in her mother’s salon. After she built up her clientele, Porsha moved into her own space in the same building. She prides herself on her selection of items for girl’s girls: fun and flirty but never vulgar. Her inventory ranges from bright handbags and embellished flats to sky high heels and bold print blouses.
A Parsons School of Design trained Fashion Designer turned Fashion Journalist, Alicia Edwards is the founder of AliciaStyle, under which she reports fashionable happenings, conducts celebrity interviews, does wardrobe consulting and will help you find your personal style. Alicia’s work has appeared on Examiner.com, Type F, Kouture Magazine and other outlets. She was recently named an ACE contributor for a pilot program between Examiner.com and CBS Local. Alicia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.