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A feminine printed top in citron is paired with a striped wide leg crop, both by Tribal. This is part of the fem, print, mix and widen trends for spring.

So ... what’s hanging in your closet? Move over winter sweaters, ’cause here comes the sun and that means a wardrobe change.

Spring fashion 2019 offers a wardrobe that beckons, “bring it on.” Clothing retailers start receiving spring deliveries in January, which continues through May, with selections peaking in stores around March 1, which means it’s time to take stock.

How does one decide what to buy for a new season? Since trends influence our daily lives in food, cars, fashion, etc., being informed almost always leads to good, at least better, buying decisions.

Everyone wears clothes (thank you very much), and they do wear out. Furthermore, throughout our life, circumstances change and so do our clothing needs.

One change I have seen in my 44 years in the fashion industry is the variety of choices we have available to us each season.

We used to be able to say, “This is in fashion.” Now we say, “X is in fashion, Y is in fashion, and Z is in fashion too,” a golden comment to some and confusing to others. Again, being informed is always helpful.

So, what is up with 2019 spring fashion?

Brighten it up: The Pantone color of the year is shade No. 16-1546, appropriately named “living coral,” a luscious color found somewhere between orange and pink that most anyone can wear. Marigold yellows, fiesta reds and magestic magentas are not to be ignored, and neons speak loudly, so listen up! Try color blocking.

Widen it up: Tired of wearing skinny jeans? Now, legs widen significantly both in dress pants and jeans, in full length or capri. Call them palazzos or culottes; the length and width given your height will really make or break the look.

Fem it up: Many of spring’s most memorable looks rely on feminine colors and details. Pastels abound shades of pink are pretty. Lace, bows and ruffles on a blouse, a dress or at the bottom of a skirt add that trendy touch to flaunt this spring. Look for embroidery. Be girly.

Print it up: Be accepting here. Try polka dots, checks, paisleys, leopard and zebra, scarf prints, snake skin and stripes. And, here’s some tough fashion love ... get over horizontal stripe phobia. Just select the size stripe that suits you best.

Mix it up: Take the courageous step and mix a couple prints together. Pair a floral blouse with a stripe pant, or polka dot and check. Dare to try your own combo. Not only does fashion say, “Bring it on” this season, it also says, “mix it up.”

Cover it up: Reversible lightweight jackets in mixed fabrics like lace and stripe are a hit when topping off any outfit for an evening in downtown or at the beach in Edmonds. Be it a printed rain slicker, a moto or camo jacket or a soft knit duster, jackets are back in a big way. Layering is so PNW.

Neutral It up: Probably the most daring look for spring is to dress up in shades of all neutrals from head to toe. Toffee, creamy tans and earth tones mixed together create a monochromatic look that is both soft and bold. Blend away.

Utility it up: Cargo dressing isn’t entirely brand new, but it has been tweaked and refined, adding civility to workwear. You’ll see extra-large pockets on khaki trench coats with an extra dose of buttons. Look for wide belts and strap details on jumpsuits. They’re back.

Sport it up: Add a hoodie or a tennis shoe to any outfit ... and we mean it. Life is busy and fashion recognizes that. By showcasing sporty accessories like cross-the-body bags and snazzy sneakers the “on the go” lifestyle is applauded as comfort is granted.

Craft it up: Nothing says warm weather and summer more than crochet and macrame. Artisanal craft details like patchwork, fringing, fabric bundles and hand-painted infused clothes add personality and uniqueness to any closet.@

Try all 10 of these new trends or just a few, always keeping in mind that fashion is about new ideas, not old ones. Like spinach .. .just taste it. You might like it. And remember to shop local.

That’s a wrap!


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