Michael Horton has a simple yet fabulous motto: “It’s all about the fit. Fit your body. Fit your personal style. Fit in to your life.” With more than 20 years as a fashion merchandising and styling expert, Michael knows quite a few things when it comes to fashion. Check out his tips for the hottest trends to hit the streets of D.C. this spring and be prepared to look marvelous.


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Fashion trends change from season to season. Last year, pastel colors, wide-leg pants and bomber jackets ruled the runways. Will the same fashion trends hold strong for spring 2015? Fashion merchandising and styling expert Michael Horton dishes on the hottest trends to hit the street of DC this spring. In the fashion forecast: flower power, trouser suits and bohemian chic.


Get Ready with Gingham


Checkered patterns aren’t just for picnic blankets and tablecloths. Get ready to see gingham patterns on everything from t-shirts to shorts and everything in between. “This bold pattern is acceptable on any piece of clothing or accessory,” says Michael. Pair the design up with a pair of solid color capris or jeans and you’ll be trend-ready for spring.


New Festival Girl


Visions of celebrities partying it up at the hip Coachella festival are the inspiration for this spring trend. “Think bohemian chic with flower power, flowy chiffon trousers, baby doll tops with lace embellishments and playful shift dresses.” Flowers are another ultra-feminine look to embrace. “Look for flowers in all shapes and sizes,” advises Michael. Try on a dress with an abstract floral pattern or, for a simpler look, try a floral handbag or shoe.

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All About the Denim


“No gentlemen, I am not talking about the ‘Texas tuxedo,’” Michael jokes. With this trend, Michael recommends that men search for strategic denim pieces that are different and fun and mixing them into your attire for the day. Some examples include structured lightweight jackets, denim-colored collared shirts or a soft linen sweater dyed the color of indigo. Or, simply get a new pair of jeans.


Go For the Bold


Forget soft pastels and add bold-colored clothing to your spring wardrobe. Think a bold-colored sport coat, skirt, pants or sweater. Or, add some color with some brightly colored pumps or sneakers. “Purposely layer pieces that are natural or monochromatic so that your pop of color really knocks your socks off!” Michael advises. Too timid to try a bright color? Wear bright socks.

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Show Some Skin

Crop tops are hot this spring. To wear this trend for an evening night out, Michael recommends to pair a crop top with a full skirt or embellished pair of pants. “The flash of skin is ultra-chic,” Michael explains. If you’re more on the modest side, wear a crop top over a sleeveless dress. Not only will you stay on trend without flashing skin, but you can make an old dress something new at a great price.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.