Spring forward

Even though it's hard to imagine buying a sundress or capri pants while we're still bundled up in sweaters and scarves, spring is in the air. Clothing boutiques and department stores have started to swap big winter coats for fluid light trenches in anticipation of the delicate looks of the season.

Gone are the zippers, snaps, and hardware that accompanied the harsh '80s look of the past few years. There are no '70s peasant shirts or long ruffled skirts this time around either. This spring embodies the ultra-femininity of the '20s and early '60s.

Flapper dresses, and stacked heels evoke the Great Gatsby. Full knee-length skirts and fitted capri-style pants paired with ballet flats exemplify the innocence and elegance of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Fitted cardigans and short boxy suit jackets can be paired with anything from jeans to shorts a la Jackie O.

As the glamour of these eras abounds this spring, the line between day and night is blurred. Fancy metallic bags, once reserved for after dark, can carry all you need to take to brunch. Fluid dresses in silks and chiffons are perfect for an afternoon stroll through the park, and a beaded sweater adds a welcome sparkle at the grocery store.

Just like the women who wore them in the past, the fashions of spring are elegant, chic and ready to go anywhere anytime.

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