Mother Nature may not be finished with winter temperatures just yet,but the good news is that your local fashion retailers have already begun to embrace the spring season. Step into any store and you’ll find plenty of fresh looks you can buy now and wear now. The key is in this season’s layered aesthetic.

Long, flowing silhouettes and striking, graphic patterns provide ample opportunities for combining garments into versa-tile outfits. Buy that sleeveless dress now and then wear it now by pair-ing it with an asymmetrical lightweight sweater or cropped jacket. Lace is an-other key accent this sea-son, helping to add a touch of airy elegance to any Spring wardrobe.

A nod to “Sixties Mod” finds its own fertile ground this season, with retro-inspired collections heating up window dis-plays and fashion runways alike. Meanwhile, a more demure sensibility is exhibited in panelled sheer pieces that none the less can be artfully layered into more daring, crowd-stopping looks.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, two of the ten leading colours for women’s fashion this sea-son are Monaco Blue andDusk Blue. The maritime-infused shades are slightly pastel in tone, enabling them to be easily blended into existing wardrobes.Not to be outdone are bold colour accents, such as fuchsia pink and minty turquoise, which give women added visual punch for their colour palette.

As we shed heavy coats and boots, we also find ourselves transitioning to a brighter, more cheerful mindset. Take this attitude with you to newly reopened outdoor patios or on early evenings trolls. Even if you are kept indoors for the time being, this season’s bold patterns and colours are certain to brighten any room, while items such as patterned pants can help bring a fresh, cool vibe to evenings in with family and friends.

A final fashion note to keep in mind this Spring: A warm smile can be your most striking accessory!

Providing a Fresh Perspective for Burlington and Hamilton.

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