Local Lima boutiques talk spring fashion trends


Local Lima boutiques talk about Spring 2016 trends

By Amy Eddings - [email protected]



Phyllis Hershey smiles as she thumbs through the newest threads at the Spring Fashion Event at Catherine’s on Elida Road.

Phyllis Hershey smiles as she thumbs through the newest threads at the Spring Fashion Event at Catherine’s on Elida Road.


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

Karen Barrington, co-owner of Nitza’s, shows off a unique poncho with a sleeve at her downtown boutique. Ponchos, tunics and patterns are in vogue this spring.

Karen Barrington, co-owner of Nitza’s, shows off a unique poncho with a sleeve at her downtown boutique. Ponchos, tunics and patterns are in vogue this spring.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

Megan Opperrman, owner of the new Wapakoneta boutique Wonderfully Made, displays a full-skirted dress in salmon, a color trend this spring.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

Stripes, seen here on this cropped jacket at Nitza’s, are hot this spring.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

Tribal and bohemian prints, stripes, polka dots and bright colors — this spring’s signature looks — are in evidence on this dress rack at Wonderfully Made Boutique in Wapakoneta.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

WHERE TO SHOP FOR WOMEN’S SPRING FASHIONS:

Nitza’s: 300 N. Main St., Lima, 419-227-3877. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Target customer: “A missy customer, not a junior customer,” said co-owner Karen Barrington. “We have some 20 year olds and some 90 year olds and they all want to be up-to-the-minute.”

Catherine’s: Lima Plaza, 2178 Elida Road, Lima, 419-370-2470. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Target customer: “We cater to the plus-size mature woman in her 30s on up,” said manager Stacie Burtchin. “Some ladies don’t know we’re here!”

Wonderfully Made Boutique: 18 W. Auglaize St., Wapakoneta, 419-738-5414. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Target customer: Teens and young career women who want a contemporary look. “When they walk in I want people to say, I’m not in downtown Wapakoneta anymore!” said owner Megan Opperman.

MOD Boutique: 107 W. Main St., Van Wert, 419-203-1209. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Target customer: “It’s 20-to-30-something young women,” said online marketing manager Sioban Marquardt. “But we have something for everyone.”

LIMA — Light and airy, colorful and flowery. Sounds like a description of the emerging springtime landscape around Lima, doesn’t it?

It’s also an apt description of what local merchants have in store for women for their spring wardrobe. They say the trends they’re seeing for Spring 2016 include flow-y fabrics, flowery prints and delicious hues of color in everything, including skinny jeans. Many are enthusiastic about what the season will bring for them, saying they haven’t experienced the lackluster sales that have dogged bigger national retailers.

Soft colors

“Bright colors are always in for spring,” said Karen Barrington, the co-owner of Nitza’s in downtown Lima, but this season’s colors are trending softer, into pastel shades of pink, blue, yellow and green. “Pink and teal are good colors now,” she said.

If you love pastels, you’re not only fashion forward for spring, you’re on trend for the entire year. Color consultant Pantone chose a combination of two pastel shades, Rose Quartz and a cool blue called Serenity, as its Color of the Year.

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” said the company. “Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

And customers just thought they were just looking for a smashing new outfit for Easter.

Bold prints

Polka dots, stripes, patterns — prints are in for Spring 2016, retailers say, especially botanical designs.

“Your palm tree prints, I’m seeing a lot of this,” said Stacie Burtchin, manager of Catherine’s, a plus-size shop located in Lima Plaza. “It’s your spring greenery. People are tired of seeing the colors of fall and winter.”

Such a trend can be a challenge for fuller-figured women. Prints and patterns can accentuate wide hips and waists, but Burtchin said that they don’t have to.

“A lot of our print items are smaller prints, they’re not way bold and making a huge statement,” she said.

The tribal look, with its geometric patterns, feathers, beads and embroidery, may have been a huge hit on the runways in Paris, New York and Milan, but in Northwestern Ohio, retailers don’t think the big, bold versions of the look will go over big with their clients.

Tribal, confided Megan Opperman of Wonderfully Made Boutique in Wapakoneta, can be “gaudy and hideous.” She said she chose more “tastefully tribal” pieces for her store, which opened last Thursday.

Light is right

If fullness isn’t quite on trend for pants right now, it is when it comes to tops and dresses. Tunics, tent dresses and flow-y tops with asymmetrical hems are in this season, over skinny-legged pants and paired with ballet flats or wedges.

“Ponchos are popular, too,” said Catherine’s Stacie Burtchin. “They’re light and gauzy, where you end up wearing a tank top or a light shirt under it.”

Opperman said the end of form-fitting dresses and midriff-exposing tops makes for more versatility and more comfort, especially for young moms like her.

“I still have clingy tops and crop tops for teens, of course, but they don’t have the muffin tops that us moms do!” she said.

The end of the skinny jean?

This season’s loose and light tops are seen in boutique windows paired with skinny jeans, a staple of women’s wardrobes for the last decade. Last month, The Washington Post suggested the longevity of the skinny jean may be to blame for the recent disappointing sales figures posted by Gap, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom’s and Macy’s.

“If you look in your closet and see that people are still wearing the same kind of items, there’s really no push to go buy the same stuff” you already have, trend forecaster Sidney Morgan-Petro told The Washington Post. She is predicting a return to a fuller pant like boot cut jeans and palazzo pants.

But local retailers say the skinny jean still rules in Limaland.

Emily Banks, owner of MOD Boutique in Van Wert, said she’s been selling out of a matte black skinny pant with zipper ankle detailing.

“And colored skinny pants, those have been really hot,” she said. “I sell ones in a dark mint/aqua color, and I’ve reordered them six times already.”

Strong forecast

Nationally, retail sales posted an annual gain of 2.1 percent last year, the weakest performance since 2009, raising concerns about consumer spending going into 2016.

Local boutique owners said they weren’t worried because they haven’t been experiencing a downturn.

“The foot traffic in downtown Lima has increased,” said Nitza’s Karen Barrington. “Our numbers are up 25 to 30 percent from last year.”

Emily Banks, who opened MOD Boutique three years ago, was also enthusiastic.

“I had the best fourth quarter I’ve ever had,” she said.

She attributed it in part to more online sales, something that retailers across the board are experiencing. While retail sales overall increased just 1.4 percent from 2014, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, the e-commerce side of those sales were estimated to grow by nearly 15 percent, to $341.7 billion dollars.

It’s a spring trend that Banks is happy to participate in.

“I hired a girl to take on all of my online sales and my Facebook account, and I can say it’s taken off,” she said. “[Sales] are right up there with what I’m doing in the store.”

Phyllis Hershey smiles as she thumbs through the newest threads at the Spring Fashion Event at Catherine’s on Elida Road.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_catherinesfashion-March-19-20162.jpgPhyllis Hershey smiles as she thumbs through the newest threads at the Spring Fashion Event at Catherine’s on Elida Road. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Karen Barrington, co-owner of Nitza’s, shows off a unique poncho with a sleeve at her downtown boutique. Ponchos, tunics and patterns are in vogue this spring.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_spring-fashion-karen-barrington-nitza.jpgKaren Barrington, co-owner of Nitza’s, shows off a unique poncho with a sleeve at her downtown boutique. Ponchos, tunics and patterns are in vogue this spring. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
Megan Opperrman, owner of the new Wapakoneta boutique Wonderfully Made, displays a full-skirted dress in salmon, a color trend this spring.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_spring-fashion-megan-opperman-dress.jpgMegan Opperrman, owner of the new Wapakoneta boutique Wonderfully Made, displays a full-skirted dress in salmon, a color trend this spring. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
Stripes, seen here on this cropped jacket at Nitza’s, are hot this spring.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_spring-fashion-striped-top-nitzas.jpgStripes, seen here on this cropped jacket at Nitza’s, are hot this spring. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
Tribal and bohemian prints, stripes, polka dots and bright colors — this spring’s signature looks — are in evidence on this dress rack at Wonderfully Made Boutique in Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/03/web1_spring-fashion-dress-rack-wonderfully-made.jpgTribal and bohemian prints, stripes, polka dots and bright colors — this spring’s signature looks — are in evidence on this dress rack at Wonderfully Made Boutique in Wapakoneta. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
Local Lima boutiques talk about Spring 2016 trends

By Amy Eddings

[email protected]

WHERE TO SHOP FOR WOMEN’S SPRING FASHIONS:

Nitza’s: 300 N. Main St., Lima, 419-227-3877. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Target customer: “A missy customer, not a junior customer,” said co-owner Karen Barrington. “We have some 20 year olds and some 90 year olds and they all want to be up-to-the-minute.”

Catherine’s: Lima Plaza, 2178 Elida Road, Lima, 419-370-2470. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Target customer: “We cater to the plus-size mature woman in her 30s on up,” said manager Stacie Burtchin. “Some ladies don’t know we’re here!”

Wonderfully Made Boutique: 18 W. Auglaize St., Wapakoneta, 419-738-5414. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Target customer: Teens and young career women who want a contemporary look. “When they walk in I want people to say, I’m not in downtown Wapakoneta anymore!” said owner Megan Opperman.

MOD Boutique: 107 W. Main St., Van Wert, 419-203-1209. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Target customer: “It’s 20-to-30-something young women,” said online marketing manager Sioban Marquardt. “But we have something for everyone.”

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-292-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-292-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

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