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Bridging the late-winter fashion gap

March 1, 2007

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While it's freezing outside, it's warming up inside the stores, as spring fashion blossoms and miniskirts, capped sleeve blouses and summer swing dresses push aside chunky sweaters, dark wool pants and turtlenecks. But warm weather is still too far away to wear most of those sweet new looks. Here are some suggestions for what you can do right now to fight your winter wardrobe fatigue:

¢ Stacey Pecor, owner of New York boutique chain Olive & Bette's, suggests picking up a spring blouse and wearing it under a dark suit. A capped sleeve blouse in white, cream, navy or red with some embroidered flowers or ruffles can be just the piece to lighten up a heavy winter outfit.

She also recommends pairing spring's tank jersey dresses (you can wear them over a turtleneck or with a cardigan) with patterned tights and knee-high boots.

¢ Lois Joy Johnson, beauty and fashion director at MORE magazine, says when weather permits, exchange your knee-high boots for spring's platform pumps or something in a metallic. A matte silver or gold wedge, platform or ballet flat is big this spring. Buy a white shirt and wear it under a leather jacket. Light cotton white blouses with puffed sleeves and V-neck lines are popular. She also suggests adding a metallic belt and handbag to freshen an all-black look.

¢ Joanna Mastroianni, New York fashion designer, says add some color. "We don't put colors into categories anymore," she said. "You can always wear red, orange."

And spend some time putting together combinations you've never tried before, she says. "What's fun is to take the look and add other elements," she said. "Play with things. Try on your jacket. Try on different earrings with it."

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