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Spring fever

Laura A. Ball
Vail Daily/Laura A. BallFlip flops, $15, from Uptown Boutique in Eagle.

Always searching for ways to reinvent ourselves when it comes to our wardrobes, we have learned to take cues from Mother Nature, instigating yet another costume change last week when she gave us our first glimpse of spring.

Your brain starts to spin counterclockwise, away from the static of winter and into a sense of renewal and unevenness. The promise of longer days to come perhaps spark a cheerier mindset, a lighter diet and visions of trading moon boots for espadrilles, snow pants for cropped pants.

But spring, or as Vailites call it, mud season, can often bear indecisive weather, playing tricks on the psyche and on our wardrobes.

Whether you’re cruising to Mexico for spring break, jetting to New York or staying home, planning your first spring-fashion purchases will not only help prepare for transitional weather but send you into a sunshine-filled frenzy. I don’t look at it as a time to be dreaded, but rather an excuse to experiment. Who knows? You might even discover the offhand and original contrasts so coveted on the spring runways.

From ski boots and stacked boots to wedge heels, sparkly flats and flip-flops, shoes are made for walking, stepping and gliding gracefully from season to season. The same slim-fit jeans you’ve been wearing tucked into your boots all winter long are transformed when cuffed and worn with heels or unraveled with your favorite pair of sandals. An unsuspecting skirt or flowery dress becomes the perfect item for a breezy day when paired with cowboy boots. And according to me, they are still cool ” spring, summer, winter and fall ” no matter what the magazines say.

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If you’re dying to unpack that surplus of cute tanks you’ve kept hibernating this winter, all you need is a cropped jacket. Sporty, mod, brocade, army or rocker, the essential comes in any style under the spring sun. Invaluable, it works with jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts, you name it. Try a bejeweled cardigan or a pretty bolero, too.

Cuffed or crisp, the latest incarnation of shorts worn long, otherwise known as the cropped pant, can be so versatile in the grand scheme of your wardrobe. Wear them with slouched boots on colder days (tights, too, if it’s really cold) and when the sun is shining, flirty, feminine wedge espadrille’s balance the tailored item. Don them with blouses and blazers for work and a camisole for casual wear. To lengthen appearance of the leg, wear the shorts an inch above the knee and add heels.

Full, buoyant skirts are another way to stay afloat in spring. They flatter every shape, but to assure you don’t get lost in the volume, wear a well-fitted shirt or one you can tuck in and a belt to accentuate the waistline. To dress it down, wear the frills with a tee.

Lighten up for spring. Add some color to help you get through the rainy days. Take inspiration from the blooming wildflowers with a garden motif print or a bold dress in bright poppy. Accessories like a jewel-toned handbag can set the mood when the weather’s got you gloomy. Or work white into your wardrobe, the season’s color of choice, to bring light to your day.

With spring break right around the corner, Uptown Boutique is donating 5 percent of sales through March 24 to Eagle County School’s Distinguished Teacher Award. Uptown is located behind the Eagle Diner next to Pazzo’s in Eagle. Call 337-CHIC (2442) for more information.

Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14641, or laball@vaildaily.com.

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