Recycle Last Spring's Trends!

It's funny how some trends come and go, while others have staying power from season to season. What isn't so funny is spending tons of money on a one-hit wonder that is outdated in a year. Fortunately, this season there are plenty of trends that can be recycled from last spring. So don't pack up yesterday's "It" items for next fall's Halloween costumes just yet. Here's how you can wear them again - and still look fashionable


How many tunics do you have crammed into your closet? Go on '- count them. It seems like just yesterday you couldn't get enough of those trendy tops and other Olsen-inspired garb. And now? Well you can still work a few key pieces into this year's spring wardrobe.

  • Tunics are still the ultimate swimsuit cover-up. No beach bag would be complete without one. Pair one with shorts and a wide belt for an after-beach barbeque.
  • The long gypsy skirts you once wore with cowboy boots (you'll never live that down) are salvageable. Pair them with tucked-in ruffle blouses or fitted jackets and a wide belt for an up-to-the-minute spring look.
  • Chandelier earrings are still sexy when worn on their own. Take away the rest of the gypsy junk and chandelier earrings can be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit, day or night.



Gold is still fashionable this season&#8230 in a different way. Brocades and muted coppers and champagnes have replaced the shiny shimmers from last year. And all out head-to-toe bling has taken a back seat to subtle sophistication. But that doesn't mean you have to head to the consignment shop this season.

  • Look like top brass in this season's nautical trend by accessorizing it with gold jewelry, bags and shoes.
  • Gold will never go out of style for elegant evening looks. Make basic black brilliant by carrying a gold clutch or wearing a gold cuff.
  • Get pinned with the romantic ruffle look. High-neck collars look even more polished with the addition of a gold pin at the top closure.
  • The belt is the comeback kid of the season in every color, texture and width. Your gold belts of last season are no exception.


African Prints and Accessories

The tribal vibe was a strong one last season with African print dresses and wooden bangles flooding the style scene. And while the Japanese-inspired look is the new ethnic-themed trend this year, there are still plenty of ways for you to sport your wild wares without looking outdated.

  • Thank goodness for the natural vogue. Linens, raffias and burlaps abound this season and your wooden bangles and necklaces are the perfect accoutrements for these subdued shades of the moment.
  • There's a Western movement for spring with long, tiered skirts and ruffle blouses at the forefront. Your brown and ivory African print clutches and cardigans will easily work into these ensembles.
  • Wooden stacked heels, platforms and wedges are the shoesof choice this season. Pair them with your wooden jewelry to complete a put-together look.


Turquoise and Coral

For someone who doesn't wear a lot of color, you sure did stock up on plenty of turquoise and coral last year, didn't you? These two lively hues made us all feel pretty and spirited for the warmer weather. And now there's a new crop of lively brights to take their place. Sigh. Well, wait a few seasons before you relegate last year's haul to the attic. There are plenty of new ways to wear them again this time around.

  • Don't limit yourself to wearing them with white this year. Pair them with black, khaki and dark brown. Turquoise even looks great paired with orange.
  • Take advantage of the layered look. Instead of making your turquoise top the focal point of your ensemble, layer something over it and have just a hint peeking out. Layer a short tee shirt over a long tee shirt or a vest over a top. The latest in layering also involves dresses over tops for a sexy schoolgirl look.

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