For many of us living in Canada, February is a month in which our thoughts turn to taking a late winter or early spring vacation. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a trip on the horizon,there are a few key fashion pointers to keep in mind when preparing for your getaway.

Whether your dream destination is a southern beach with your spouse, a snowy mountain peak with the kids or urban city streets with a close friend use this time as an opportunity to review your current wardrobe and update your favorite outfits with a few fresh pieces or accessories.Your local retailers will have a wide range of options in store right now for modernizing your look.

Favorites of the 2013 winter season are printed fashion scarves, posh pochetttes and wristlets, and artful jewellery pieces that combine deeply hued gems with polished; metal accents. Bright colours have also made resurgence this season as have women’s tailored pants.

Astute travelers also mark an upcoming trip as the perfect time to replace any worn out go-to pieces,such as shape wear and hosiery. For many women,the backbone of their wardrobe is likewise dominated by versatile black, white and bone colored tops that pair easily with or under other pieces.These tops are ideal to pack as they travel and wash well.

As all women know, footwear also figures prominently on any packing list.Aim for versatility over quantity,such as a dressy sandal that can take you from beach to candle lit dinner or a stylish boat that can step from snowy streets to an evening show. Then there is the eternally sage advice: when on vacation, give your wardrobe a vacation!Your destination is certain to have shops featuring a variety of new and unique collections to explore. Buy that special outfit to wear during your vacation and to bring home as a lasting memory of your trip. Most importantly, enjoy your time away; I’m certain you deserve it!

Mark Gould

Providing a Fresh Perspective for Burlington and Hamilton.

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