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Winter to Spring: WHAT TO WEAR

Even the groundhog’s prediction of six more weeks of winter cannot stop the inevitable melting away of the frost, the bursting of buds on the trees, and the desire to put away a winter puffer coat in exchange for lighter, airier fabrics and colors. But, while the weather hovers between winter and spring, choosing what to wear can be challenging. Blending the best trends from the two seasons may be the perfect way to manage the temperature fluctuations and, amid a pandemic, give you a reason to get up from the couch.

Designers quickly updated their runway trends as the world realized the need to stay home and stay safe. Rich, luxurious fabrics for sweats and joggers gave a heightened sense of fashion even when we only moved from room to room in our homes. For spring, lighter weight fabrics lead the way, with floral prints and bold neon colors. Sweatpants and joggers never looked quite so fine! Pair up those bottoms with spring’s bra top trend. If you are not one to dare to go so bare, simply hold off on putting those plush winter cardigans into seasonal storage; they’re perfect for showing off that bra top while still covering up.

Last season’s mom jeans are giving way to even more room with oversized jeans. Pair the jeans with a top complete with a fabulous statement collar in either black, white or a bright neon. Oversized denim, in general, is a hot trend, so layer up a denim shirt over another top until the temperature rises.

On those days when the urge to wear a dress – at home or out of the house – overwhelm, take heart in knowing that there are many comfortable midi length dresses from which to choose. And, on days with a chill in the air, you can opt to pair it with a fuzzy cardigan, long duster jacket or a double-breasted coat. You will feel excessively cozy and look fantastic. If the temperature rises, set the jacket down and show off your new dress in figure-hugging knits or light, airy fabrics. This season, expect cut-out styles to feature your collarbone, waist, or shoulders.

As you plan your style from head to toe, remember to shift from tall-shaft fall and winter boots to booties or flats in lighter shades, fabrics and patterns. Personally, I love softening my winter look by transitioning from leather to suede, particularly in lighter shades of pink, lavender and soft yellow (yes, all three are great colors for shoes and can be found in my shoe closet).

Silver, the metallic color for spring, also ties in beautifully with winter’s palette of deep reds, rose tan, magenta, and classic blue, as well as with spring’s bold neons, sunny yellow, and radiant pinks. Use silver for accessories: jewelry, handbags, hair accessories, etc. Remember, the right accessory can tie your whole look together.

As winter comes to a close, we’ll all be able to get outside more and more. So, take the opportunity to grab beyond the comfy couch clothes in your closet and dress for the warmer weather ahead.

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Poolside Picks

Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .


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