Designer Picks: Jay Godfrey Shares His 2011 Spring Fashion Advice

Real Style regular contributor Jay Godfrey is back with his fashion tips for spring. As a Canadian designer who has seen big success in the US, he has dressed celebs including Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Leighton Meester. With our Spring Designer Picks series, you can get his sought after advice on what to wear this season. Here are Jay’s top spring picks:



Real Style Network: What are five must-haves to buy for spring that will instantly update your look for the new season?
Jay Godfrey: Bright vibrant colors like Kelly Green, Orange, Hot Fuschia, Chartreuse, and Peacock Green
Longer lengths or maxi dresses for day time.
Anything with a placket and shirt collar.
Washed silks.
Ikat prints.

Real Style Network: How can women incorporate these pieces into their existing wardrobe?
Jay Godfrey: With color, it’s all about incorporating one or two great colorful items into your wardrobe. For example, if you are wearing an LBD or even a conservative suit to work, perhaps spice it up with a bright kelly green or fuschia clutch or shoes. Accessories are a great way of injecting color without having to commit a whole outfit to it.
Longer lengths? Go out there an buy yourself a colorful maxi dress or even a long white gauze skirt to wear with a flat thong sandal. It’s the perfect item for summer cocktails.
Skirt collars and plackets? The blouse is back with a vengence, but this trend is most interesting when done in unexpected ways like done in a sexy low back cocktail dress.

Real Style Network: Which spring trends are a “don’t”?
Jay Godfrey: While I love a big wide trouser as much as anyone, I prefer them leading into fall. Really, nothing during the warm spring and summer months beats a light gauzy maxi skirt or dress.

Real Style Network: What are the hottest accessories, shoes and bags for spring?
Jay Godfrey: In terms of bags, I love Jil Sander’s hot pink Market leather bag. The perfect everything bag for spring. For shoes, I adore these Camila Skovgaard Studded Leather platforms. My wife would die for them! But these two-tone leather brogues from Jil Sander are also pretty cool for an edgy girl. Wish they made them in mens!

Real Style Network: What is the hottest jewelry for spring?
Jay Godfrey: Love, love, love this Kenneth Jay Lane cuff. Takes you ANYWHERE from the beach to the cocktail party. And, I think that this wolf ring from Bex Rox and silver talon cuff from Pamela Love are the bomb.

Real Style Network: What are some trends or pieces to buy that will last for a long time?
Jay Godfrey: Lace. This was a trend for spring that was also huge on the fall 2011 runways.

Real Style Network: What will you be wearing this spring?
Jay Godfrey: Probably a white dinner jacket every chance I get.

Real Style Network: What is your ultimate style tip?
Jay Godfrey: Dress for your body and age. Buy spanx if you need them and watch out for those dreaded panty lines. They can ruin and outfit and ruin you!

Shop for Jay Godfrey at fine fashion retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Couture Candy and Singer 22.

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