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5 pieces to update your spring wardrobe

As the seasons change, there is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to your wardrobe.  Each fashion week there are certain looks that take the world by storm, and Spring '10 is no different.  With the addition of the following five trends, you can breathe new life into a closet that has become dull, without breaking the bank.

Nude Heels 
More fun than your basic black pump, nude heels are popping up all over the place, and for good reason!  Consider them an investment piece, as they should be a wardrobe staple.  This amazing shoe works wonders for making legs look like they go on forever.  For the best results, find a pair in a shade that is similar to your skin tone - without matching exactly.  It may take some time to find the perfect pair, as there are many hues to choose from, but the search is well worth it.

Find it:  Aldo has a great selection of pumps in a variety of shades (Stores in Mall of America, Rosedale Mall, Ridgedale Mall and The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes).  Check out 

Stripes
Designers must have been feeling very nautical this season, because stripes are having a major moment.  This pattern is one of the more versatile patterns available - choose from vertical, horizontal, or diagonal stripes; in monochromatic, contrasting or multi-colors.  The classic navy blue and white sailor top was a favorite with the Resort '10 collections, with a version shown at Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Donna Karen and Vena Cava.  If you love the look of horizontal striped tops, but aren't fond of their widening effect; pair with an open cardigan or blazer, breaking up the line.  

Find it:  Urban Outfitters in both Uptown and the Mall of America have a variety of striped styles.  

Floral Skirts/Dresses
Flowers are a sign of spring, so what better way to liven up your spring wardrobe?  Look for a light, gauzy, full skirt in a small floral print with bright colors, which have a youthful feel.  Keep the hemline at or above the knee to further avoid a matronly effect.  If you are feeling bold, channel Marc Jacobs' Resort '10 collection and pair this piece with a striped pattern.  The mixing and matching of stripes and florals have been a favorite of magazine editors from Vogue to Cosmopolitan; a look that is both editorially friendly and street savvy.

Find it: Free People have a variety of floral looks available at both Macy's and Nordstrom's.  Check out H&M in the MOA and Southdale Mall, as well as Forever 21 at MOA or Maplewood Mall for inexpensive versions of this look. 

Lace
This light fabric gives a vintage feel to any look.  Although it is common to see black lace on the runway, this season designers used lace in all shades to create ethereal looks.  From simple detailing to full on lace frocks, looks some with as little or as much lace as the wearer desires.  Pair with dark denim for a classic look, or distressed detailing to toughen up the ultra-feminine fabric.

Find it: Scour the St. Paul's Retro Loop for one of a kind vintage finds.

Tie-Dye
Once only found on hippies and camp children; tie-dye has reached a whole new level this season, as designers incorporated the technique into cocktail attire and denim.  Moving beyond dying simple cotton tees, luxe fabrics such as silk and taffeta have a soft, hand-painted look when tie-dyed.

Find it: Why buy when you can make it yourself?  The style geniuses over at WhoWhatWear have a DIY guide to recreating the Proenza Schouler designs or you can use bleach on a pair of jeans to create a tie-dyed look.


 

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