Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about updating your wardrobe. What a wonderful way to forget about the horrible cold weather that has been pounding the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region for the past month. We have enlisted the help of a local expert to enlighten us on the latest trends that are in season for this spring. Get started on your shopping today so your closet is filled with the latest looks before everyone else catches on. Be the trendsetter in your social circle with these great ideas from our fashion expert Jan Gilbert.

(Courtesy Jan Gilbert)

Rachelle Boutique and Designer Consignment

1040 W. Lancaster Ave,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-3373

Jan Gilbert is manager of Rachelle Boutique & Designer Consignment in Bryn Mawr. A native of Philadelphia, Gilbert has been working in designer retail for the past 20 years. She is a personal stylist who is known for her incredible sense of fashion and has a keen eye in helping others choose their best look. Her work goes beyond the retail store. She travels to California every 8-10 weeks to bring back couture and contemporary consignment from closets in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.

There are so many reasons to be excited for spring 2015. The takeaway trends modeled on the runways showcase a variety of fun, flirty, feminine and contrasting themes. The ’70s inspired influences seen in the hippie-meets-modern day chic fashions include: fringe, ruffles, and lace, faded denim, wide leg pants, shirt dresses, gingham, metallic,  Kimonos,  and oh so much floral!

Here are Gilbert’s five favorite most wearable fashion trends for spring 2015.

Modern Bohemian

This spring, the ’70s mood is featured in long, flowing, feminine maxi dresses. Keira Knightley in her Valentino gown at the Academy Awards was a perfect example!

Asymmetrical Hems

The asymmetrical hem can be found in dresses, skirts and a variety of tops. This uneven hemline creates a sexy silhouette.


This season will continue to feature fringe; fringing adds great movement and texture to clothing and accessories. It’s great on mini and maxi dresses and very chic on any handbag.


If plaid was for fall, gingham is definitely making a modern day come back. Pastel palettes and sheer light fabrics make this pattern anything but traditional. Check out this pattern in fun, flirty dresses, skirts, suits, and blouses.

Kimono Style

The Japanese inspired Kimono takes on a new comfortable look this spring in jackets, dresses, and belts.

Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at