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Ease, don't freeze, into spring

Oklahoma fashion experts weigh in on how you can make an early transition into spring colors and styles without too much chill.
by Linda Miller Modified: February 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm •  Published: February 20, 2012

Many of the styles and colors we've embraced for months continue into spring, but who among us isn't already thinking about the hot new hue, peachy cheeks or strappy wedge sandals?

Though Mother Nature could still dump snow and ice in March, it's fun to give the upcoming season a little love. Isn't that what fashion is all about?

With that in mind, we asked Oklahoma style and beauty experts to weigh in on how women can ease into spring fashion without their teeth chattering or freezing freshly manicured toes.

“Transition dressing is all about easing into the next season, not doing an entire wardrobe swap in one weekend,” said Lisa Shinn, contemporary buyer for Balliets at Classen Curve.

One easy change is to trade in dark tights and boots for bare legs — or at least nude tights — and a pair of platform heels. Or buy a sleeveless dress but start wearing it now with a colorful cardigan or blazer, she said.

“Transition is the perfect time to let pieces of your winter wardrobe come out to play with pieces of your summer wardrobe.”

Keep fabric weights in mind, though. Wearing a wool sweater dress with a ballet flat that looks too much like spring can have the wrong effect, she said. “It's all about balance.”

If there's one suggestion that's echoed again and again, it's the addition of color.

“Begin to pop in more color everywhere,” Shinn said. “Colored blouses under your suiting. More colorful dresses and skirts. Colored denim on the weekends and especially brightly colored bags like green or yellow.”

Brook Balentine, buyer for Cayman's Clothiers in Norman, said color for spring isn't groundbreaking, but it delivers a punch that's more than visual.

“It makes you feel good to add color because you've been wearing browns and blacks for fall,” she said.

For spring, the color palette ranges from Tangerine Tango, Pantone's color of the year, to neons to pretty pastels.

“I think the best way to transition is to wear a cardigan in a vibrant color,” Balentine said. Start wearing it now and continue to reach for it all through summer.

A colorful scarf, brightly hued bangles and a knit blazer, maybe in navy and coral stripe, are good choices, too. Such pieces can be budget friendly, and they mix well with other items in your closet.

From head to toe

And let's not forget our feet. “Shoes are fantastic statement pieces to a woman's wardrobe, and it's an area where you can really have fun and play up your outfit with bold colors and styles,” said Leigh Standerfer, owner of Heirloom Shoe.

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by Linda Miller
Fashion Blogger (Contributor)
Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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