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Ajit Berg, Published March 07 2013

Ajit Berg's 'Fashion in Focus' | Feminine trends in for spring

FARGO - Beyond the long cold winter, there is good news on the horizon: sunshine and spring fashion.

The super feminine and flirty trends emerged on the runways to make this one of my all-time favorite spring seasons.

What I love most is that the trends are wearable, timeless, and pretty. Florals, romantic lace, sculptured ruffles, fluid silks, narrow silhouettes, androgynous mixes, bold black and whites, striking metallics, all shades of gorgeous reds, soft sorbets and pale blushes make this season worth looking forward to.

Feminine tuxedo

The secret to great style is knowing how to mix feminine styles with masculine touches.

Instead of doing a traditional tuxedo style pantsuit, mix a great-fitting black or white jacket with a feminine silk tank or blouse underneath. Dress it down with your best fitting black skinny jeans or a skinny pant.

Top off the look with a super sexy pump or open-toe strappy heel. The look stays narrow and long in proportion with the skinny bottom and high heel.

Spanish ruffles

Ruffles are everywhere this spring – on blouses, dresses and even shoes. This season they’re fluid and soft but have a more sculptured and dramatic flair.

Figure-flattering, flirty peplums are also a big trend and can be seen in tops, skirts and dresses. Try pairing a ruffle dress with a caged gladiator sandal or heel for a modern, sexy look.

Bold black and white

Black and white is a timeless and the classic combination and adds instant style to any outfit.

There is something so sophisticated about the mix of black and white. Look for the combo in dresses, blouses, suits and even pants this season. Feminine solids and graphic 1960s patterns round out the look.

Lovely lace

Nothing is more feminine and romantic than lace. This spring, look for ladylike touches of lace in dresses, tops and skirts.

Lace is not only seen in traditional black but also makes an appearance in white, nude, red and beautiful sherbet colors.

Soft sorbets, beautiful blushes

A beautiful touch of sorbet colors can add such a soft, sweet feel to your look.

I love a nude blouse paired with dark denim skinny ankle jeans and strappy nude high heels for spring.

Hot Red

All shades of red were seen on the catwalks for spring. From coral to poppy to berry reds, nothing could be more of a pick-me-up than to put something on in red.

Try mixing red with nude or metallic heels or sandals for spring.

Mad for metallics

Shine, shine and more shine! It seems no matter what time of the year metallics, studs and shine never go out of style. This season is no exception.

Metallics are seen in dresses, tops, skirts and an array of accessories, including earrings, cuff bracelets and handbags. Remember to pair shine with something dressed down (like jeans) to turn it into a chic, effortless look.

Dramatic florals

Spring blossoms with floral patterns in everything from tops, dresses, skirts and pants.

The florals for this spring are dramatic and bold yet still soft and feminine.

Find a floral that works for you in a silk blouse mixed with a skinny pant or jean or the perfect standout floral dress mixed with the shoe of the season: the gladiator sandal.

Hot accessories

There are two must have accessories this season: The fold-over, large envelope clutch and a pair of caged gladiator sandals or heels.

The fold-over clutch puts a modern spin on the traditional clutch and adds just the right finishing touch to all of these gorgeous spring trends. It is perfect for day or night.

Caged gladiator sandals or heels were seen on many of the fashion runways for spring. Designers showed this shoe with feminine florals, lace and ruffles to offset the soft feel of these looks with something more sexy and edgy.

The caged gladiator appeared in many versions, including thick strappy stacked heels and more daring Roman-style, leg-wrap flats.

This column was written exclusively for The Forum.

Ajit Berg is a former personal shopper for Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. She and her husband, Chris, live in Fargo with their daughter. Ajit can be reached at abergfashionista@yahoo.com