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Anna G. Larson, Published January 17 2013

5 Things Friday: Five fresh fashion trends

Editor’s note:

“5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs on – you guessed it – Fridays. It focuses on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – Spring won’t officially arrive for two months, but that doesn’t mean its spirited fashions can’t come out to play.

After reviewing the spring 2013 runway looks and lookbooks from retailers, I condensed spring’s top trends into a small but refreshing list that aims to inspire your wardrobe.

1. Darling dots.

This year, polka dots make their biggest comeback since the “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” song.

On belts, tops and skinny jeans, polka dots suggest a playful new season.

Pair dotty duds with something simple to avoid print overload.

2. Juicy brights.

From neons to pastels, lightened up and bright colors pair with classic black and white for a juicy, fresh look.

Dark denim jeans or black pants pair well with most colored tops, and simple white or striped tops complement colored skinnies.

3. Easy, breezy style.

Oversized button ups, flats, skinny-legged denim jeans, retro sunglasses and the ever-popular orange-red lipstick are some of spring’s simplest style stars.

Get that “I’m not trying, really!” look by buying clothes that flatter your body type and don’t require a lot of fuss.

4. Ahoy, matey.

Stripes are fashionable year round, but in spring and summer, they go nautical.

In early spring, there’s something extra fresh about a striped top with dark denim and ballet flats. Break out the gold jewelry with your stripes.

5. Reinvented shirts.

Leggings lovers, listen up. The shirt dress, in both bohemian and tailored styles, is in for spring.

It looks easy and stylish paired with skinny black pants or leggings. Narrow bottoms work best with a shirt dress since they won’t add bulk.

Once warmer temps roll in, wear the shirt dress without pants or leggings if it’s long enough.

The key to pulling off this piece is making sure it’s long enough to cover your butt but short enough to keep proportions balanced.