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Q. I keep hearing that pastel colors are a trend for spring, does that mean I can’t wear all the bright colors and neon shades from last year?

A. Yes, delicate pastel hues are going to be big for spring 2012 in a way that they haven’t for several years. Look for soft sherbet colors like mint green and pale pink to add a sweet touch to your wardrobe. The good news is, bright colors, and yes, even fluorescents, will continue to be hot through 2012. In other words, when it comes to color, anything goes.


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From the soft pastel hues seen at Chanel, Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs to the
bold bright color at Nanette Lepore and Jason Wu, expect spring to bring the full color wheel for 2012.

Q. I received a brown sleeveless vest cardigan sweater for Christmas from my mother-in-law. I really like it, but I am having trouble figuring out what to wear under it. Please help!

A. There are a number of ways to wear your sweater vest. For underpinnings, look for jersey long sleeve tops and turtlenecks or silk and cotton button downs. If your vest is chunky or oversized like the options below, be sure your underpinning has a slim fit. You can wear your vest loose and open or style it with a skinny or wide belt. Have fun with this versatile piece!

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Q. Is the military trend still in style? I have some great military jackets from last year and I’m not sure if I can still wear them.

A. Military is one of those trends that seems to be around every season in one form or another, so you’ll be happy to know that military is indeed still in style and will stick around for spring and summer as well. Look for military shirts and jackets as well as brass buttons, buckles and other military details.


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Here are a few pieces to add to your wardrobe now:

Q. I want to purchase the Tape Yarn Pullover (in Ivory) from Anthropologie, but I really don’t know what to wear under it, or how to accessorize it. It has a loose, airy weave so I’m not sure what works! Please help!

A. Your best bet is to wear a white or ivory tank or camisole underneath, thought it’s not the warmest look for winter. You could also experiment with a colored tank, like the neon yellow option below, for a fun look. Another option is to wear it over a button down shirt or blouse so the collar and cuffs peek out.

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Q. I’m so over my dark skinny jeans and I’m not really into wide leg jeans. Are there any new denim trends I can wear with my winter sweaters?

A. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are several new denim trends to try to update your wardrobe this season:

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  1. Printed jeans: skinny jeans in everything from wild animal prints to subtle jacquard patterns are the newest way to have fun with denim.
  2. Bold color: red is the hottest hue for denim at the moment, but other jewel tones are also brightening up winter looks this season.
  3. Coated denim: take a shine to slick leather-look coated denim and shimmering metallic denim to add a rocker edge to your look.



        

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