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GINGER LUXE SPRING/SUMMER CHIC 2005

By Merritt Kusak-McGuire

CULTURE CLASH

Hot off the spring runways were exciting exotic styles from sizzling locales around the world. From India to Africa, ethnic embellishments were stitched onto spicy spring tunics and safari style caftans. Try a taste of the exotic this season and pair an embroidered tunic with simple flats and jeans. Complete a caftan with earthy-beaded accessories and flat-jeweled sandals.

ANCHORS AWAY

Spring style set sail with ship shape looks from every designer. Take a daytime voyage in a shrunken navy peacoat garnished with gold buttons. Throw on over a simple striped tee and nautical white pants for a clean, crisp look. Rejuvenate your bag with bright white canvas, knotted straps and metal accents.

BOHEMIAN CHIC

Bohemian styles lock granny back in the attic this season. The fresh, laid-back look of detailed stitching with rustic, raw elements put a modern spin on conventional style.

Delicate knits and chunky crochets are carefully crafted, and granny's knits they're not. Slip into a cozy crocheted mini-dress with flats for day, switch to crocheted wedges for night. Wrap yourself in a crocheted capelet and jeans for effortless, standout style.

SKIRT THE ISSUE

The biggest and best skirts sauntered down spring runways in full motion. Embroidered, ruffled, hand-painted or bejeweled, the common denominator was volume. Cascading tiers and bubble hemlines showcased springs best silhouettes. Look for layered lace trimmed with tulle for sexy sophistication. Pair with a figure-flattering top and nip your waist with a romantic bow for a touch of class.

COVER UP

Pick your jacket this spring from a number of elegant and unique interpretations. The trench is back in cropped, mid and floor-dusting lengths. Refresh yours with distressed hems and three-quarter length sleeves, or try an oversized blazer to accentuate deconstructed, laid-back luxury. Play with proportions for a look that's distinctly individual. Pair a fitted, cropped or boxy jacket with spring's full skirt and tie on a satiny espadrille wedge for an instant dose of glamour.

GREEK GODDESS

Greek and Roman inspiration draped spring's prettiest dresses in a garden variety of prints and patterns. Fantasy florals were in full bloom, while sexy scarf-prints sizzled. Geometric graphics took their cue from the 1960's with interlocking shapes and mod prints. Pair your pick with flats for breezy spring days or strappy sandals for sultry summer nights.

GILTY PLEASURE

Beautiful bronze and gleaming gold shone brightly in the spring and summer spotlight. Metallic tints dusted the best bags and sexiest shoes for an instant update. Gorgeous golds were subdued with smaller, more streamlined appearances throughout spring and summer basics. Pair jeans with a gold-laced tank for understated elegance. Toss on a sequin-scattered jacket for full-blown glamour.

WEDGE WORKS

The ‘it' shoe to rock from spring into summer, wedges are back full tilt this season. Watch for many different variations, from low-heel to sky-high, leather to Lucite. Wear a quirky cork pair by day and slink into a strappy, skinny metallic for an evening rendezvous. Be chic and comfortable day or night in a sexy, satiny lace-up espadrille.

FANTASTICAL FLATS

Swap sky-high stilettos for fashionable flats and be chic and comfortable this season. Soft suede moccasins get revamped with traces of turquoise and coral. Luxurious lace swathes buttery leather for a touch of whimsical romance. Sequins, snakeskin and metallic satisfy your sophisticated, sexy side.

OVER-ACCESSORIZE

Chunky cuffs and elaborate bangles escorted every ensemble down spring runways. Golden glamazon pieces fused with coral while turquoise accented platinum and wood. Natural selections were beaded and bold, lacquered and bare. Nature's finest were embellished with jewels in an array of colors to appease those who truly appreciate the merger of nature and bling.

 
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You know, I love that bohemian long skirt look with a tank top, that I'm seeing in magazines, but on me, I don't think it would work. It looks really nice on tall women. For some reason, I think I'd look dumpy in a long hippie skirt. I'm kinda on the short end of average height.


 
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Originally Posted by Amethyst You know, I love that bohemian long skirt look with a tank top, that I'm seeing in magazines, but on me, I don't think it would work. It looks really nice on tall women. For some reason, I think I'd look dumpy in a long hippie skirt. I'm kinda on the short end of average height.
I'm 5'5" and slender, and I've always thought that skirts that stop right at the top of the knee are the most flattering length for me. Anything below the knee tends to make me look shorter, and long or mid-calf length skirts just hide the curvy part of my legs so all you can see are my skinny ankles! (And I don't think anything more than an inch or so above the knee is very appropriate for work and church
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So I've been very excited to see more knee-length skirts in the stores after all of last year's miniskirts, although I'm still a little sad because most of them still stop below the knee! But it's still better than those little frilly miniskirts!

 
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I agree with you. That is a good length.

LOL - I used to call those frilly miniskirts "The Paris Hilton" skirt. I never liked them and don't own any either.


 
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