Less Is More: Hot Spring Fashion Trends

Simplify your closet with graphic shapes and bold mixes of black, white, and color balanced with neutrals that look surprisingly new.

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White Out


The light and airy tunic defines fashion this season. Ease it on with drawstring trousers or belt it over bare legs for a slightly sexy mood.

Tunic, Hessnatur by Eviana Hartman, hessnatur.com, $158. Pants, Seaton, 808-382-8260, $98. Sandals, Nicole, musthaveshoes.com, $145. Sunglasses, Emporio Armani, emporioarmani.com, $180. Bangle, SURevolution, surevolution.com, $90.

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Hot Spots


This season's polka-dots are more geometric than girlie. Stay sharp with neat to-the-knee shorts.

Top, Dots, dots.com for store locations, $16. Bra, Cosabella, 305-534-4731, $76. Shorts, Coldwater Creek, coldwatercreek.com, $50. Clutch, Menbur Nardo, endless.com, $127.50. Cuff, Ted Rossi, tedrossi.com, $70.

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Second Skin


Featherweight suede is a fresh option for your spring wardrobe. Hot pink platforms and specs are a witty but wise addition.

Dress, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $149. Sandals, Nina, ninashoes.com, $90. Glasses, Selima Optique, 212-343-9490.

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Clean Slate


Earthy grays and nudes in pared-down silhouettes are unexpectedly sophisticated. Keep it minimal with sleek hair and a single-colored cuff.

Tunic, Coldwater Creek, coldwatercreek.com, $140. Pants, Boden, bodenusa.com, $128. Sandals, Miss Sixty, zappos.com, $156. Bangle, Mango Tree, mangotreebangles.com, $20.

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Fine Lines


Black-and-white is a classic combo but manages to look starkly modern at the moment. A strappy sandal in bright white is the perfect punctuation.

Dress, Petit Bateau, 212-988-8884, $112. Heels, Kenneth Cole New York, kennethcole.com for store locations, $178. Necklace, Circa Sixty Three, circasixtythree.com, $30. Bangle, AV Max, avmaxaccessories.com, $40.

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Waist Not


Breathe easy by skimming a silky shift over your shape. The color-block design is fun and upbeat.

Dress, Target GO International Designer Collective, Target stores and target.com, $40. Bangles, Mango Tree, mangotreebangles.com, $20/each.

Originally published in the April 1, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings, and styles are subject to change.