Press-Republican

February 17, 2013

Color play: leaving winter behind

By ROBIN CAUDELL
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Bold polka dots, geometrics and color blocking can rescue any fashionista weary of dirty snow and blah skies.

These spring trends can be had at Maurices and dressbarn at Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh.

“We have a lot of denim shirts and boyfriend jeans,” said Carly Gagne, a Maurices sales associate. “They are longer than capris and fit looser. It’s like wearing guy’s jeans but with more of a feminine fit.”

Jeans and shorts are electric in primary colors and unexpected pink, coral and orange with white polka dots.

White is blazing hot, as are patterns — plaids, stripes and sailboats.

“We have a lot of tank tops with striped patterns,” Gagne said. “They have a collar on them. We have a lot of denim vests and jackets. They are a light wash. Both jackets and vests are cropped. The jackets are plain and have pockets on the fronts.”

Skirts are rocking dots and stripes while dresses are rippling with butterflies and florals.

“We’ve been selling a lot of infinity scarves,” Gagne said. “It’s a big circle. They don’t have an end, and you wrap it around twice.”

Sunglasses are big with frames of black, brown or gold. Jewelry accessories are in shades of aqua and peach.

Wedgies are still framing tootsies.

“They are all cork bottoms,” Gagne said. “We have black, brown and taupe.”

Sea glass, the various aqua hues that wash up on a beach, reigns supreme at dressbarn.

Coral is also smoking in tops and dresses.

“A lot of dresses are knee-length, sleeveless and some with sleeves,” said Tarran LeClair, dressbarn assistant manager. “Polka dots are in. Our color trends are coral and creamsicle. Color trends are sea glass, coral and creamsicle.”

Blouses with cold-shoulder sleeves (cut-outs above the shoulder) fly off racks.

Fashionistas can definitely get their print on with geometrics, florals and paisley.

Color blocking was in last year and is still going strong. Pencil skirts are back. Skinny jeans have crossed to the bright side.

“A lot of people look for navy, and we get a lot of navy in the spring,” LeClair said.

A sleeveless navy blouse pops with white polka dots. It can be paired with white or red jeans for a crisp look.

“This is a great season for people to buy dresses from us. Coral, that’s the big color,” she said.

A “scarflace,” necklace and scarf fusion, is a hot item as well as jewel-edged scarves. Accessory musts are bangles and earrings, the bigger the better.

“Lace is huge right now for blouses,” LeClair said. “We have some lace dresses. We have a peplum, a social dress with lace on top and a solid bottom. It looks like a skirt and top, but it’s one piece.”

Email Robin Caudell: rcaudell@pressrepublican.com