This spring, it seems that you don't have to wear balloon-bottomed skirts or skinny pants--you have more choices, and the emerging themes are broad: crafty, neutrals, new wave and '50s European.
I asked Anne Cousineau, Andrea Love and Julia Sull, of the synthy, electro-pop dance band Natasha, if they wanted to play dress-up.
The musicians recently returned to Durham after living in Portland and Boston. They've brought big-city fashions and their own creative style back to the Triangle, so they're prime candidates to cast their votes on the latest trends for spring.
They all showed up wearing their own handmade clothes, so I put a check in the "crafty" box and proceeded to dress them in the next theme. They made each style their own and shared their thoughts on the get-ups.
Anne: "This look makes me more uncomfortable with short hair, but I can push through that. This dress--it's not revealing, and if I want to wear a dress, it should be revealing."
Julia: "This would be the dress that I could wear any day. Andrea, your hair is such a good match for this look."
Andrea: "Matching a lot seems important, and unusual headwear. I feel great in this outfit. That's a good cut for you, too, Julia. I have good feelings about this style, though it's more feminine than we usually are."
Andrea: "New Wave has bright colors, and this is what I usually wear, but mixing all the patterns can get confusing."
Julia: "I like to throw lots of primary colors together. I'm not offended by a surplus of colors. Surplus? I don't usually use that word."
Anne: "I wish these jeans were tighter."
Andrea: "I like the birds on the shirt, birds in the hair."
Anne: "I don't think I'd wear one earring outside of this photo shoot. Black and white with a little color--that's how it should be done."
Andrea: "Julia, your outfit suits your body type--it takes my breath away." (Berlin song sung by all.)
Anne: "I really like thick, long scarves."
Julia: "I want more lace in my life now that I've worn this shirt for half an hour."
Andrea: "There's lots of buttoning each other into this style. I don't think I'm going to keep up with the neutrals. I feel a little too antique."
Anne: "Neutrals aren't new territory for me, but I feel like I'm in pajamas."