Flirt­ing with spring

Win­ter’s not done, though many of us are ready for a new sea­son.

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - BY LINDA MILLER

Win­ter’s not done, though many of us are over it.

Over cold weather, as well as bulky clothes, lay­ers and heavy coats. It’s not prac­ti­cal to toss those to the back of the closet just yet, so the next best op­tion is to tease spring with a few well-cho­sen pieces in a style or color that will perk up spir­its with­out risk­ing goose bumps or frost bite.

One of the eas­i­est ways to ease into spring is in the beauty depart­ment. Red lips were all over the spring run­ways, and while the look is clas­sic, this sea­son it’s more pop­u­lar than ever. A swipe of red is bold, pow­er­ful and en­er­giz­ing, the perfect start to a new sea­son.

Or reach for a beauty prod­uct in Ul­tra Vi­o­let, Pan­tone’s color of the year. Since makeup is an easy first step to a new sea­sonal look, con­sider eye liner or lip gloss in the much­hyped hue. Sooo Lilly Cos­met­ics in Shoppes at North­park has sev­eral op­tions, in­clud­ing Majesty eye­liner, Lip Stain 07 and Sparkle gloss. The liner can be smudged for a pop of color, then com­plete your eye look with a blue or gray eye shadow punc­tu­ated with a plum lip, Lilly Stone sug­gested.

But­ter Lon­don is so thrilled with the sassy color that it launched a col­lec­tion at Ulta that in­cludes lip gloss, liq­uid lipstick, eye gloss and nail pol­ish. Why shouldn’t your toes get an early feel for spring, even if you do have keep them cov­ered for a few more weeks?

This time of year, Cindi Shelby likes to reach for fab­rics and styles that are suit­able for al­most year-round but can con­vey a new look and feel with a few quick changes. A metal­lic washed denim jacket and tech stretch pants, worn all win­ter with a sweater and tall boots, takes on a lighter feel with a white T-shirt and booties, said Shelby, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive and stylist for Worth New York. When warm days are more the norm, pair the look with a tank and a breezy san­dal. With a change of top and footwear, the out­fit be­comes suit­able for four sea­sons, she said.

Dresses of­fer other op­tions. A silk chif­fon flounce dress may feel light­weight and per­fectly suited for spring and sum­mer, but it can be worn in cooler weather with high-heeled boots and opaque tights. A fit­ted jacket adds a bit more warmth if nec­es­sary. Come late March, ditch the jacket, tights and boots and show off bare legs and sling black pumps with a sexy kitten heel.

If those black boots have seen a lit­tle too much love and wear this win­ter, Betsy King, owner of Betsy King A Shoe Bou­tique in the Paseo Arts Dis­trict, sug­gests tip­toe­ing into the new sea­son with a tran­si­tion bootie. “You still have the warmth and cover­age for the ac­tual temps, but the color or fab­ri­ca­tion is lighter and brighter,” she said. “I’m in love with these Sey­chelles booties.”

The ruf­fle helps it feel more like spring, too. Crys­tal Bland, owner of miloan­dlily­bou tique.com, likes color for that spring­like feel­ing, even if it’s not quite spring.

“Ease into spring with one of the most pop­u­lar col­ors this sea­son, dusty blue,” she said. A whim­si­cal flo­ral top in a pe­plum style is an easy tran­si­tion piece for most body shapes, she said, and it pairs nicely with pants, jeans or skirts, those items prob­a­bly hang­ing in most women’s clos­ets.

And, fi­nally, let’s not for­get the lit­tle things. While lipstick and eye shadow in a new color can make you feel good as spring inches closer, the same goes for ac­ces­sories such as a col­or­ful bag or one in an in­ter­est­ing shape, over-the-top ear­rings, bold neck­laces and arm candy that looks del­ish with­out the calo­ries. State­ment-mak­ing jew­elry is a big trend for spring. For fun, try mis­matched ear­rings, a look that got a lot at­ten­tion on spring run­ways.

Win­ter may not be over, but it feels good to flirt a lit­tle with spring fashion.

[PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Keon­dra wears Rituel de Fille’s blood red For­tune Teller lipstick for a bold, sat­u­rated look that says hello spring. Makeup: Alex Men­dez-Kel­l­ley, The MakeUp Bar. Model: Brink Model Man­age­ment.

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Worth New York metal­lic washed denim jacket and tech stretch pants is an easy tran­si­tion to spring.

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Noth­ing says spring like a ruf­fle. Sey­chelles blush pink bootie with ruf­fle at Betsy King A Shoe Bou­tique.

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Say yes to pur­ple. Majesty pur­ple eye­liner and 07 plum lip stain from Sooo Lilly Cos­met­ics.

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It’s not too early to swing into spring with a few se­lect pieces like this Sage flo­ral blouse with ruf­fle from miloan­dlily bou­tique.com. Keon­dra wears Rituel de Fille’s blood red For­tune Teller lipstick for a bold, sat­u­rated look that says hello spring. Makeup: Alex Men­dez-Kel­l­ley, The MakeUp Bar. Model: Brink Model Man­age­ment.

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Ease into spring with state­ment ear­rings. Bet­sey John­son mis­matched pea­cock ear­rings at Dil­lard’s.

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