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Spring fling

Laura A. Ball
Shaped jackets with satin shorts are part of the first full line from Frida Giannini.
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Like a new beginning, spring fashion starts out simple and in the end, blossoms like a field of wildflowers. Translation: When dressing for spring, begin with a look uncomplicated in your respective style – preppy, rocker, folkloric, graphic, bohemian, romantic – and add precious, personal details in the form of bold accessories and killer shoes until you’ve created a fresh bouquet of style. A silk ruffled blouse and long shorts with simple flats drop seeds of what could be, but with a chunky metallic heel, it flourishes into the fantastical realm. A wide black belt turns a lacy frock into a modern masterpiece. A big leather handbag detailed with a studded skull adds instant rocker glam to jeans and a tee.Dress up

An ode to the post-modern hyperfeminine movement, forget ’50s housewives, no woman should be without a floral frock this spring. And there are oh so many ways to wear it. If floral’s not your thing, go mod with the ’60s-inspired mini-shift dress Sienna Miller’s been skipping around in lately. Still not your cup of tea? Make like a Greek goddess in an elegant, flowing floor-sweeping gown.Frilly skirtAn essential to mixing and matching, a twirly, girly skirt will take you where you want to go. Dress it up with a high-collared blouse or dress it down with a graphic tee. Pay special attention to the shoes, a major tone-setter this season.

Straight jacketThe fitted jacket remains a staple in spring fashion. Rock out with a goth graphic-embellished or military-inspired coat.Channel Victorian in silk brocade or suit up in a sophisticated Spanish-style coat.Something white



If winter whispers words of black, spring blows a gust of white into your wardrobe this season. Just as contrast seems the key to black, the same goes for white. Mix fabrics, add embellishments, layer lavishly, just keep it monochromatic.Waist notSkinny, wide or in between, the belt focuses on the waist. Pair with a dress, a blouse and a frilly skirt or with jeans and a cardigan for an updated look.

Chantilly laceOne of springs, biggest trends, lace prevails in nearly every spring collection – Chloe, Prada, Dior. Innocent, feminine and fragile, the new sexy does not rely on skin this season, rather the power of subtlety and suggestion. Skull candySpring takes rocker glam to a whole new level. Goth gear is showing up all over the place from crosses on cashmere beanies to chain mail handbags to skull studded jeans. The sophisticated rock ‘n’ roll style mixes pretty and punk with skull-emblazoned silk dresses and diamond dagger pendants.



Folkloric blouseRomantic, sweet and riotously ruffled, the must-have blouse this season shines when paired with a delicious skirt. With rocker attire, the opulent blouse can be downright provocative. For a more casual look, don the fem flutter with a pair of well-fitting jeans.

Graphic artistWhen aesthetics embody optimism, it does so in graphics. From edgy tees to printed dresses, art is wearable this season and a new way for labels to sneak in some extra ink. In living colorDon’t limit yourself come spring. Play with color and lots of it. After all, it was made for contrast. Bright hues undoubtedly bloom in fruity shades like cherry red and blood orange from lips to shoes.

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


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