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Fashion Forward at Any Age

by Lori Sciame | April 14th, 2011 | Fashion
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Each season brings a host of trend, the must haves for the fashion conscious. The right tops, sandals, and accessories can add a bit of spice to any look. Spring 2011 is no different — flowing cardigans, crop tops, wide-leg trousers, embellished sandals, BIG bags, and up-to-the-minute sunglasses are now available in stores across the nation. Check out these top trends.

1. Flowing Cardigans
Snap up several flowing cardigans to be on top of your fashion game this spring. Dreamy is one word to describe these delicate sweaters. Available in solid colors, such as navy, black, and blue, these sweaters will take you from work to a special night out with ease. Because they tend to be very forgiving, these sweaters are appropriate for any body type.

2. Crop Tops
One of the hottest items this spring is the crop top. Some varieties bare the entire midsection, while others add a few more inches of material so that they hit just below the belly button. These tops can be worn out for an evening on the town or to the beach, depending on the fabric you choose. Keep in mind a flat stomach is a requirement for the crop tops that end just below the bra line, yet those that skim the top of pants and shorts are much more forgiving!

3. Wide Leg Trousers
After several years of skinny jeans, trousers trends have swung in the opposite direction — thank goodness! Literally hundreds of styles of roomy wide leg pants have become available this spring. Especially cute are the white “sailor” pants with two sets of buttons in the front. Similar to the flowing cardigan, this type of trouser is appropriate for all body types.

4. Embellished Sandals
Sandals this season are anything but boring. Think beyond plastic flip-flops or Birkenstocks and opt for flirty and fun! Sandals this season come in a wild variety of colors, from lime green to copper, and boast beads and fancy stitching. If you want to spice up your look, choose a pair of the “gladiator” style sandals that the stars are currently wearing. The great thing about embellished sandals is that they look great on women of any age – just be sure to pamper your feet first with a pedicure!

5. BIG Bags
One of the hottest accessories this season is the big bag – in every color of the rainbow. Some come with rivets, some with buckles, but they all pack high style. When choosing a large hand bag, take into account your frame. You want a big bag, but not one so big that it overwhelms you. Take advantage of these roomy purses while you can; remember, tiny clutches can come back into style at any time.

6. Sexy Sunglasses
Once again, Ray-Ban style sunglasses are hot! Think Tom Cruise in Risky Business, but with an updated twist. This style of sunglasses is available in basic black, and also a wide variety of colors that pack a punch.

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