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The Spring spectrum
Spring 2013 is all about color, from true blue to pretty in pink. Which haute hue will be your signature color this season?


March 2013

Vera Wang

I dream in color. And my wardrobe reflects that.

From vivid citrus hues to rich reds and moody blues, my closet encompasses the full spectrum of the color wheel.

Over the years, however, Iíve noticed an unfortunate trend of Milwaukeeans opting for shy neutrals instead of bold and beautiful colors.

There is no question that neutral tones of black, grays, browns and white have their place in the well-heeled closet. But in-the-know style-setters also realize vivid colors are key to the perfect wardrobe, and developing your ideal personal style.

Each year, spring ushers in a gorgeous array of mood-lifting tones, which brighten the windows of local boutiques and department stores from downtown Milwaukee to Mequon, Brookfield and beyond. The best and brightest pieces are on display, so why not skip the basic black and go for a pop of pigment?

Hereís a look at some of the most on-trend color choices for spring 2013. Choose your favorite, and get ready to illuminate your spring style.

True Blues

Perhaps one of the most wearable colors, blue is an all-complexion showstopper. For spring, cobalt blue reigns supreme, and can be paired with anything from the brightest whites to black. On the other side of the spectrum, deep navy found its way into several spring collections ó and looks especially sharp with citron hues of yellow, orange and tangerine, as well as Kelly greens and lighter blue tones. If you are a neutral-lover, wearing navy is the perfect way to dip your toe into the color pool without feeling overwhelmed by a bright hue.

Easy Greens 

No matter your favorite hue of the color green, chances are itís "in" this spring. Deep-tones of forest green, vivid Kelly green, and light and airy seafoam and spearmint are making this often-ignored color a must-wear for the season. From flowy tops and dresses to structured pants and skirts, the lustrous color has invaded top designer collections. For a fresh take, try a seafoam handbag or pump to add a chic pastel to your everyday look.


Hello, Yellow 

If there is one color that sings spring, itís stunning yellow. Whether itís chic canary or a pale sorbet tone, the color is always bright and ethereal. Another great choice for a variety of skin tones, the color can go bold or sweet depending on the tone. The color was popular on the runways this season, both in romantic lace and chiffon, as well as structured shift dresses and coats. How will you wear it?

CZAR by Cesar Galindo

A Punch of Pink and Orange 

Less pastel, more punch is the name of the game for pink and orange this season. Instead of pretty, ladylike hues, think electric, juicy and bold. Vibrant fushia and tangerine are fashion-forward choices that will run the gamut from street chic skinny jeans to office-appropriate pencil skirts. Pair the tones with a bright lip for maximum impact.

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Lavender Love 

While purple has long been known for giving a bold punch to your wardrobe, this season the gorgeous color is keeping it light and airy with sweet lavender "the" romantic color of the season. Look for it in party and day dresses alike, as well as angelic gowns and accessories.

What to wear now

Colorful pumps

Tired of your all-weather boots? Ditch the Hunters for a punch of color during your next night out. This spring, sorbet-hued footwear hits a high note. Just remember to pair yours with sleek hosiery until the warmer spring temps appear.



Graphic Prints

Scream, shout and let it all out ó with your style. Graphic prints are continuing strong into spring, so why not break away from safe solids and try an attitude-adjusting pattern? I canít think of a better way to stylishly lash out at the winter grays.


Outerwear that's 'In'

Vests are a well-dressed manís best friend, and the all-weather variety lend a layering helping hand from fall to winter and on into spring. Try a utilitarian version with a hint of leather or canvas to make the look a little less jock and a little more rock.



This month's inspiration

Son Jung Wonís Spring 2013 collection was awash with pops of yellow, including this stunning, ethereal sundress.



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