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Get Fresh
Shake up your wardrobe with the season's essential looks

By JORDAN DeCHAMBRE

May 2013

From world beats to American classics, spring 2013 is highlighted by a range of looks for every style, shape and budget. Mixing and matching patterns, colors and fabrics instantly expands every wardrobe, while keeping it monochromatic is stunning in its simplicity. No matter your personal style you are guaranteed to find that perfect piece to ensure you put your best, most fashionable foot forward this season. Here are five key trends to incorporate into your wardrobe now.
 

THE SHIRT DRESS

Is there a more classic piece for your wardrobe than the fabulous and oh-so versatile shirt dress? A universally flattering closet staple, the shirt dress continues to be a style star for spring/summer 2013. The look is fresh in novelty patterns like stripes, polka dots and florals or bold, bright colors. Pair it with a large satchel and sandals for an easy go-to luxe look.

PRINT MIXING

Donít be afraid to shake things up this season. In an era of celebrated self-expression and individualism, itís vital to know your fashion voice ó and have the confidence to express it. So why not say it loud and clear with fun prints and patterns? Kaleidoscope prints, florals, dots, stripes, chevrons, tribals and more are popular this season in both attire and accessories. Just follow this rule of thumb for a flawless combo look: Always mix large prints with small prints. As with anything in life, itís all about the balance!

LAYER IT ON

Layers arenít just for fall and winter anymore. Especially prevalent in menís collections this season, layered looks are across-the-board hot for spring. Stick to light fabrics like cotton, linen and sheer styles to avoid overheating. Plus, try the look in monochromatic tones or in various shades (and patterns) of one color to pull off the ultimate in sleek and sophisticated spring style.

HARD AND SOFT

Fashion is dynamic, not static, so why be afraid to combine two trends into one? Unleash your inner vixen ó and coquettish sweetness ó in one hot look by mixing and matching hard and soft. Try a flowy dress with a statement necklace and accessories rough with grommets and leather. Or, choose a structured look with soft, colorful extras, like a chiffon scarf or pink handbag. Either way, itís the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful bi-polarity of fashion!

BLACK OUT

Love the simplicity and sophistication of black, but are afraid to wear it in the warmer months? Banish those thoughts and make basic black a chic addition to your spring and summer wardrobe. From little black dresses to pencil skirts, cropped summer leather jackets, ankle skinny jeans and sheer blouses, black is always a "choice" choice. Itís also the perfect neutral tone to pop your favorite neon, juicy and pastel colors in statement accessories and hot heels. This summer, fierce style is back ó in black.

What to Wear Now

Chic Camo

Camouflage isnít just for the Army anymore. The popular print is now a style standout for men and women alike. Women, try it in a skinny pant or rugged jacket, while the boys should opt for cargo pants, blazers and Ts.

 

Fab Flats

As cities become more commuter friendly, the need for a stylish and comfortable flat is ever-present. This season, opt for a colorful flat sandal that makes a chic statement ó sans swollen toes.

 

Denim Redux

Denim pants are an every-season style staple, but this summer reach for a classic denim shirt when you are feeling "blue." For a fresh look for both men and women, try a denim shirt with jeans or chinos in an array of rainbow colors: red, blue, green, pink, yellow and beyond.

 

This Month's Inspiration

Mixing colors, fabrics, and hard and soft edges makes for a unique, eclectic approach to style in summer 2013. The key is finding the right combination for a winning look. Turn to page 76 to see 15 looks that hit a high note.

 

 


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