Spring is finally here, and with it come the season’s newest trends. Five trends are featured from five of the best venues in the Detroit Metro, proving once again that fashion doesn’t have to become a victim of the poor economy. Bold prints in spring colors or pastels with retro silhouettes, safari influence with unusual animal prints, color blocking done with elegance, tribal influence used on feminine silhouettes and bold oranges and citrus shades are just a few trends that are hitting stores this spring.

Repurposed Vintage

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MF Vintage by Mother Fletcher’s
210 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 398-4816

Hours: Mon – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tues to Sat – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m to 7 p.m.

Emulating the trends of today can be as simple as finding something vintage and repurposing it to reflect current trends. MF Vintage is the perfect place to find what you are looking for. Established 17 years ago, MF Vintage has been a staple in Ferndale and has a wonderful selection of clothes from the 20s and 30s all the way to the 90s. This dress was originally made in the 60s, but its unusual print and spring colors are on trend. Some modern styling and this look will be fresh once again, and all without spending hundreds.

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Color Blocking

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Sole Sisters
325 South Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 547-7653

Hours: Mon to Wed -10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs to Sat -10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m to 5 p.m.

Color blocking is back, and Sole Sister has clothing that takes the trend and gives it sophistication. Originally starting as a shoe store, Sole Sisters has branched out into clothing and other accessories, creating complete looks of casual elegance and sophistication. The strapless dress in neutral beige with navy and green gives it modern elegance. Leave your hair down or try a casual up-do with a pair of hoop earrings to create a cool sophisticated look that will take you wherever you want to go.

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Unusual Animal Prints

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Rise Clothing
525 South Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 548-8888

Hours: Mon to Wed, Sat -11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs to Fri -11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun — 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Rise Clothing is embracing the safari trend with unusual animal prints like this textured snake print low-waisted dress in graphic black and gray. It’s a twist on the usual leopard and zebra prints and hints at the safari trend that has been heating up the runways during Spring Fashion Week. Rise Clothing is a warm and inviting store with a nice sitting area by the fitting rooms and plenty to look at.

Tribal Inspired Prints

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Stella Boutique
110 West Fourth St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-6990

Hours: Mon to Tues – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wed to Thurs -11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat -11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Walking into Stella’s is like taking in a breath of fresh air. Linda Isrow, the owner of the shop intended it to be that way. “I wanted people to walk in and be able to see from front to back of the store, and not feel crowded.” That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see. Everything is displayed within easy reach and the store is set up to maximize the customer’s viewing. Styles are fun, flirty and on trend. In particular, this amorous dress, a tribal inspired yellow and green print, is perfect for spring.

Citrusy Colors

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Dolce Moda
505 South Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067 (248) 399-6200

Hours: Mon to Tues -11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wed to Sat -11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jenny Ouliguian has been in business for nearly a decade and her minimalistic shop displays her clothes to their maximum benefit. Dolce Moda carries clothing that can take you from casual to business to party. Today, her designs take us to the latest trend for this spring, oranges and citrus colors. This particular dress is a matte satin off the shoulder cocktail dress in a rich tangerine.

Marci Savage has recently adopted Detroit as her new hometown. Besides writing for online news publications, she has been an executive director for a disability advocacy organization, a small business owner, a financial adviser, a licensed personal banker, an expert quilt teacher, a model and a published author. Her interests include fashion, politics, art, theater, storm chasing, Sci-Fi, and technology. Her expertise is on shopping and style. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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