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PatternReview Blog > Fashion Tips & Trends with Angela Wolf...New Monthly Column! February 2011
Fashion Tips & Trends with Angela Wolf...New Monthly Column! February 2011 By Angela Wolf on 2/7/11 12:26 PM

Fashion Tips & Trends with Angela Wolf

Angela Wolf
is the designer and founder behind
ABO Apparel, Angela Wolf Ready-to-Wear and ABO Sport
. An A-list clientele has given Angela more than fifteen years of experience dressing and fitting many diverse women and has enabled her to understand the different styles that compliment each individual woman.

Angela is writing a monthly column for PatternReview to help PR members track the latest styles and trends. Watch for her column every month!

Welcome to your monthly fashion update! Not only will you find the latest styles and trends, but I will include some pattern styles and fabric suggestions to inspire you to sew up a storm! Just remember not every fashion trend is for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't use the trend as an inspiration to update your wardrobe. So let's get started with some ideas for spring...

Spring collections will begin arriving in stores this month. I find that hard to grasp since I live in Michigan and am currently staring at 3 feet of snow! Yet the rich, vibrant colors for spring are already warming up my bones. I can't tell you how ecstatic I was when I read that turquoise is considered the "color of the year", considering I have 2 bolts left from last year. Salmon pink and tropical blue are a few other colors that you might want to add to your wardrobe this season, not to mention these will easily adapt to your wardrobe staples. Check out
my blog
for tips on choosing the color that is right for you. Wild patterns, colorful prints, and tie dye are still in the limelight…but be careful about the combinations or you might become an eyesore! I personally only wear one print at a time.

Asia is considered one of the main influences for designers this spring, so don't be surprised to see the mandarin collar making a comeback. I know we all have a few of those patterns in our stash. The maxi dress, flowing skirts, lots of silk chiffon lead to very feminine designs…very refreshing! Even pants are taking on a new look – wide leg with a higher waist. You will have to check back next month for tips on wearing these great pants.

The New Skirt Length

The biggest change I see this spring is the longer hem lines – many designers are showing below the calf and even to the ankle. Shorter tops and jackets are a great look with the longer, flowing skirts. A belted waist accent is another way to cut up the long design and give you some shape. Keep in mind that this is one of those trends that you need to tailor to your own body shape and overall proportion. If you find these longer lengths do not flatter your shape, try hemming just below the knee.

Dress Pattern Suggestions

Burda 7372
is a style that looks good on just about everyone; this would be a great pattern to see how the longer skirt length looks on you.

Burda 7373
would be a great dress out of a bamboo knit or silk jersey, I really like the belt for a finished look.

For those of you that would like to try the maxi dress but cannot conceive of accenting your waistline with a belt, I came across
Christine Jonson 930
. View B with the asymmetrical accent will give the visual of a shape, so you won’t need a belt. A soft linen would hang really nicely and keep you cool this summer.

Vogue 1223
would be a fun pattern to sew out of a wild chiffon print. You could even try layering fabrics with one of the vibrant prints underneath with a sheer solid overlay.

Personal Styling & Fitting Questions

With more than 15 years of experience fitting women of every shape and size, I welcome your personal fitting issues and styling questions. Check back next month for tips on wearing the wide leg pant...

We recently chatted with Angela on PatternReview.

Read the chat announcement and Angela's biography.

Read the chat transcript.

11 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Kirstenw said... (2/14/11 0:27 AM) Reply
I need this advice, especially with my sewing, I tend to make anything and everything and not everything suits me or is in style.
Barbara R said... (2/11/11 5:12 PM) Reply
OMG -- salmon pink?!?! That is my ideal color, and usually so hard to find in either clothes or fabric. Wow, I will start looking for both this spring and stock up!
Angela Wolf said... (2/11/11 9:05 AM) Reply
By the way, Lynnelle and Margk - great looking jeans in your photos!
Vonnevo said... (2/11/11 9:00 AM) Reply
Angela, I am looking forward to your monthly posts. Glad you will be able to help us track the latest styles and trends in the Southern Hemisphere too :) Thanks for the fall/winter 2011 tips, we sure appreciate those as Autumn/Winter 2011 is less than one month away.
Angela Wolf said... (2/11/11 8:25 AM) Reply
Thanks everyone for the nice comments, I look forward to sharing these tips with you. And I definitely don't want to leave out my dear friends in Australia and other parts of the world (thanks for the reminder). So for those of you going into fall, I just finished reviewing some of the trend reports for fall / winter 2011 and this longer dress hem length continues on. They are showing longer dresses with hoods, very cute if you did this with a wool jersey. Consider hemming right below your calf and add a pair of tights and a great pair of shoe boots ... worse case you don't like that hem on you, then try below the knee. A couple of patterns that would be right in line for fall would be Vogue 1193 (I would lengthen the sleeve) and Vogue 8531 if you added the turtleneck. Have fun :)
JETrinity said... (2/9/11 2:37 PM) Reply
I have asked so many people what the new colors are and no one knows EXCEPT YOU. Thanks.
kellyt said... (2/9/11 9:18 AM) Reply
I enjoyed reading your suggestions, thanks! Looking forward to your next post.
margk said... (2/8/11 8:33 PM) Reply
Looking forward to your monthly column, Angela. Don't forget the other half of the world...coming into autumn! : )
Larkin said... (2/8/11 5:53 AM) Reply
I love the regular columns! Yours sounds like a great addition. Welcome!
Chris Kelly said... (2/7/11 3:18 PM) Reply
I'm so glad that you are doing monthly posts on PR, Glad your on board!!! Still waiting for jeans pattern and fabric from you, this is gonna be great!!!!
Lynnelle said... (2/7/11 1:29 PM) Reply
I'm looking forward to the monthly posts. Thank you for sharing!

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