Fashion: Ready when you are

The popularity of gingham carried over from last spring. This no-iron cotton gingham shirt by Foxcroft can be worn buttoned up or as a tank top cover up, $89. White tank top of polyester, rayon and spandex, by Clara Sun Woo. Made in the USA, $76. Necklace and earring set, $24. All at Ann’s Fashions. Model: Kaye Monk-Morgan

By Bonnie Bing

About now you’re wondering why last September you changed out spring and summer clothes to fall and winter. We haven’t gone many places. Not many people are seeing us and if they are, it’s from the waist up on FaceTime or Zoom.

That doesn’t mean, however, there aren’t good times ahead and there is a whole batch of fun spring fashion coming our way. The new season is reminiscent of many springs before. Think gingham checks, bold stripes, sweet floral prints and, of course, some polka dots for good measure.

Happy colors, from lime to citrus yellow to cool tangerine will give us a lift. So will bright orchid, magenta and vivid blues. 

Even the all-American fabric, denim, is showing up in every color you can think of. And not just solids. Watch for floral prints denim jackets and jeans as well as stripes of all widths.

And let’s get back to accessorizing. This spring, long necklaces, fringed earrings, stackable bangles and a whole crop of colorful scarves will add color and texture to whatever you put on. 

 Built for comfort, sandals, loafers, flip flops and flats come in myriad  colors. If you like neutrals, try adding a muted metallic gold, bronze or silver to your shoe wardrobe. But a pair of bright pink or yellow slip-on tennis shoes can also make you smile.

The good news about trends: You choose the ones you like and easily find them in your price range.

Not surprisingly, comfort and easy care seem to be the keys to a lot of what’s arriving in stores. After a long year, dressing in colorful, comfortable clothes that have plenty of pizzazz will make spring even brighter. 

A strong trend for spring 2021: Stripes, regardless of colors or width.

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