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Retail Tales
by Alana Sprague

Spring, what a magical word that can be. It normally beings to mind the beginning of new life, snow melting away for another year God willing, rain bringing forth crocuses and tulips and daffodils, and all the wonderful colours of the season. This year I wasn’t sure it was ever going to come, in fact, I’m still not sure. I don’t remember the last time there was still some lingering snow on my birthday, but this year there was. We may have more yet before this endless winter finally breathes its last breath.

One thing that can bring me out of this kind of slump, something that brings a smile to my face and a “spring” in my step, putting away the heavy, bulky, pain in the butt winter attire. Oh the joy! Now comes the time to spruce up your tired, drab, lifeless, stuck too long in winter wardrobe. Here’s some insight into what’s new and fabulous for spring 2008.

The fashion forecast for men and women this spring is an amazing assortment of colour and print. Lemon yellow, bold turquoise, pinks, reds, and greens, as well as graphic patterns and animal prints are tops on this bright glorious season. It’s time to put away the greys, blacks, and browns of fall and winter and to move onto something fresh.

For women skirts will be lengthening their hemlines and raising their waistlines for a more 70s feel although they say that most retailers will be sticking to hemlines closer to the knee and remember if you are of the shorter variety keeping to a shorter skirt will help in making you look taller, don’t go for the duster, it will do you no justice.

Metallics are still packing a punch this season as in years past and you will find them in everything from footwear, to clothing and accessories. Wide leg pants and tunics are also sticking around and work well for almost any body type. Flowing dresses are still very popular and look for lots of items in linen and chiffon.

For those men out there that also like to stay on top of the fashion trends here’s what to watch for. The classic biker jacket is back this season and ladies you know you can’t resist a man in leather!

Lightweight layers and fitted tees under blazers are classic and will be seen everywhere this spring and summer. Bold button down shirts and loose fitting dress pants make a stylish statement. As for accessories, look plaid to appear in a big way in belts, caps, and shoes. Have fun this season and don’t be afraid to express the fashion inside, trust me, the women in your life will take notice. I’ve read several different places that the “MC Hammer” or “Parachute Pants” are back and take it from me; these should be avoided at all costs. Some things vintage should just stay that way!

Tip of the Month: Spring clean your wardrobe. This time of year everyone’s doing their spring cleaning so why not take the time to do that with your closet. Get rid of those worn out, too small, too boring articles to make room for your new bright, bold, and beautiful spring attire.

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