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Color, patterns and texture are the height of fashion in spring styles for 2012. These examples are from The Weather Vane.
Color, patterns and texture are the height of fashion in spring styles for 2012. These examples are from The Weather Vane. (Photo by Pamela Schehl)

By Mount Vernon News
April 9, 2012 11:05 am EDT

 

GAMBIER — Spring is here, and along with tulips, daffodils and other flowers, spring fashions are in full bloom.

Corals and magentas are the “in” colors this year, as are bright colors and classic white and black pairings, according to Jean Wyatt of the Weather Vane.

“This year’s yellow and black combo has been fun,” she said. “Patterns are big, and prints are personal. There are a lot of graphic and abstract prints and retro prints. Patchwork and appliqué designs add bold splashes of color to many of this year’s spring garments.”

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Longer tails and flowing outlines are still in style and there are still V-necks, round necks and scoop necks. Maxi dresses have come back in a small way, too, said Wyatt. Sleeveless and off-the-shoulder fashions are also in style this spring, while three-quarter-length-sleeved jackets in spring colors complement the various outfits. Flowing dresses in batik fabrics can be paired with matching or contrasting shrugs to add variety to one’s wardrobe. Leggings are still in style and look stylish when worn underneath long tunics. Rompers are big this year, too, Wyatt said.

Soft and easy knits are comfortable and simple to care for, and spring selections also come in cotton and other natural fabrics will help you keep cool. Texture in fabrics, such as Battenburg lace and in sewing techniques such as ruching, add a unique, interesting look to traditional styles. Beaded necklines also add a three-dimensional look.

As far as accessories go, bracelets and bangles are huge, said Wyatt. Feather earrings are still around, and come in colors for summer. Owls are big fashion accessories this year, as are unique head bands and beads.


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