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Spring Trends 2008: Think Florals

This spring season, there is something for everyone. The clothes are absolutely beautiful and look new and fresh. Everything seems to scream: “Buy me!”

The word of the season is versatility — from structured and strong, soft and flowing, bold patterns and sportif stripes, designers are embracing it all. Voluminous shapes are over! Instead, dresses are lying straight over the hips or in an a-line shape.

The biggest story and the easiest way to update is color (pair a bright top with last season’s white jeans for an instant makeover). Floral prints are EVERYWHERE. They are big and splashy, demure and pastel, shown as one big bouquet or as a single, enormous bloom. Look to Cavalli and Missoni for some of the prettiest picks.

If floral prints are too much for you, then bright color is the way to go. Cheerful, acid hues like freesia yellow, snorkel blue and daiquiri green are shown mixed together or layered tone on tone. This burst of color is in full bloom at Diane Von Furstenberg and BCBG.

If color isn’t your thing, then you can stay neutral. My favorite neutral look is a white peasant blouse, sand colored safari jacket and a pair of black shorts. Add a soft, metallic gladiator sandal, and you are totally in tune with the trends.

Pants have a new proportion. They are flowy, almost pajama like. The rise is higher and sits at your waist. A belt is an essential update for spring. If your trousers are not high enough to accommodate this look, wear an untucked shirt and belt at your waist. Slip into a cropped jacket, and you’re runway-ready.

Spring accessory must-haves include: an oversized frame bag or a tiny clutch; an outfit-defining choker; a wide, contour belt; and bangle bracelets.

Spring is definitely a “happy” season. The clothes are cheerful, fun and full of life. There are so many trends and choices for everyone, regardless of your figure, size and budget. Embrace it!

Nancy Klompus, owner of Buy Request, a personal shopping service, is the secret weapon to many well-dressed Dallas women. Got a burning fashion question? Shoot it: editorial@dallaschild.com.