By Sharon Mosley Thursday, February 17 2011 @ 10:15 AM EST
The New Romantics: The Soft Touch
Hey, all you really need is love, right? But why not love what you wear, too. This spring, fashion designers are sweetening up their collections with all kinds of romantic notions from dreamy dresses to cotton candy colors. Even though there's still a chill in the winter air, you can still turn up the heat and put some romance into your wardrobe. Start by softening up:
-- With flirty dresses. The florals are flourishing this spring in watercolor palettes and neon brights. Artistic graphic prints are one of the newest ways designers have brushed up on romantic dresses, which gives them a decidedly vintage flair.
-- With bow blouses. Whether you wear one by itself with a pair of soft trousers or layer it under a menswear suit, the silky blouses with statement-making bows are your best bet.
-- With embellished tops. Think glistening sequins, metallic studs, or go for breezy crochet tops: the perfect companion for the season's longer maxi-skirts.