SOURCE: Plato's Closet

March 22, 2010 17:59 ET

Plato's Closet Announces Annual Spring Shopping Guide

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - As teens and twenty-somethings in the area gear up for warmer weather and spring break, Plato's Closet is offering a guide of the hottest fashion trends for the spring season.

"At our stores, we don't try to create new fashion trends, but rather respond to actual trends in a timely, value-orientated manner," said Renae Blonigen, director of Plato's Closet. "All of the looks in our style guide can be achieved through a few simple wardrobe swaps or the purchase of a staple item or two."

Blonigen recommends fashionistas keep the following tips in mind when shopping for spring fashions:

--  Double Denim -- This season, lighter, chambray-toned denim is in, not
    only for skinny jeans, but for a variety of items including shoes,
    bags, rompers, skirts and jackets.

--  Neutral Tones -- Champagne, beige, rosy hues and all shades of grey
    are in for spring 2010. Tees or tops in these colors can become
    ultra-girly with the addition of gentle ruching and intricate details.

--  Dressy Florals -- Garden motifs have sprouted up again this season,
    with flowered patterns in full bloom on skirts and dresses.  Dresses
    come in a variety of styles -- t-shirt, tube, tank, or halter --
    something for every mood.

--  Utilitarian Adventure -- Following this trend is as easy as adding a
    pair of soft utility pants, a scout jacket or khaki camp shirt into
    your closet. Choose fitted shirts and jackets for more of an effortless
    boy-meets-girl look than a sloppy army surplus style.

According to leading fashion publication InStyle, the spring season's biggest fashion perk is that "comfort doesn't have to be compromised." The magazine encourages young women to find their own warm-weather style by layering and draping pieces in jersey, cashmere or silk.

"One great feature of all of these styles is that they can easily be dressed up or dressed down to fit a particular occasion," added Blonigen. "They are ideal for transitioning from school or work to a night out. They also can be incorporated into looks for spring break."

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