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Retail Tales
by Alana Sprague

Now that the cold weather is moving out and the warmer weather is moving in, it’s time to think about reenergizing your life with a sexy stylish spring and summer wardrobe.

Sixties, seventies, and eighties styles are reemerging this spring, bringing with them some great blasts from the past including metallics, pleated skirts, and simple lace detailing. Many of these trends are continuations of past seasons but with a few varied styles. Here is your guide to a few trends for 2007 spring and summer season and local stores that carry them.

For women the mini dress is in. This is one of my favorites this season. There are many different versions of the mini dress and one out there that works for almost everyone. They range from girly to sexy and everywhere in between. The great thing about the mini dress is its unwavering versatility. Pair it with a blazer and heels for work or with flats, cropped tights, and a large purse for a casual weekend.

I was able to find a few different versions of the mini dress at Old Navy ranging in price from $34.50 for the babydoll style mini dress to $42 for the full length version of the mini.

To go along with the 60s and 70s inspired clothing you will see a wide variety of patterns. Floral is making a big comeback this season and by big I mean in size. Oversized and abstract flowers can be seen in a variety of fashions, including the mini dress. You will also find smaller more intricate patterns as well and they are just as versatile. These prints really work for any age group. When buying something with this type of pattern you want to pair it with a neutral, such as a solid color wide-legged pant or a khaki pencil skirt. Nothing feels more like spring than a great floral piece so get out there and bring home the garden! If you aren’t feeling brave enough to venture into the world of oversized bold prints you may want to try polka dots, stripes, or geometric prints this season, they are equally as fashionable. Le Chateau had tops ranging in priced from $35 to $69.99 in all these great patterns.

For men tailoring trends bring back the glory of the 70s. You will find suits tailored in the 1970s fashion. Tight waisted, slightly flared pants are paired with slim fitting jackets. Also, a more relaxed look is in this spring. Roll up the sleeves of your collared shirt and loosen your tie.

Great tailored suits are available at Dow’s Men’s Wear in the Confederation Court Mall with prices starting around $300. Moore’s in the Charlottetown Mall also has suits for those of you that aren’t willing to part so easily with your cash, starting at $169.

As with the floral prints for the ladies, you will see equally as vibrant prints for the guys. Bright floral patterns are being seen on comfortable, casual shirts as well as big oversized patterns on long shorts for summer. Colors are a must, from a bright yellow traditional polo shirt to an orange or an electric blue zip-up hoodie. Le Chateau and Bluenotes are two places that you can find these styles ranging in price from $9.99 for great graphic tees to $50 for bright button down shirts.

Tip Of The Month: Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Let this be the year you let your guard down and bring some colour into your wardrobe.

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