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Winter might still have its icy grip on parts of the country, but spring will be here before we know it. This is the time of year I start pouring over fashion magazines and retailers’ websites in order to figure out which of the season’s trends I want to incorporate into my wardrobe through a few purchases or, even better, discover that on trend pieces already hang in my closet.

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One of my favorite trends for spring is the mod look, which can range from bold, graphic stripes, color blocking to shift and A-line dresses, miniskirts, and checkerboard prints.

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A checkerboard print is a fun way to add a touch of the ’60s into your look.  In black and white it adds some sophistication as well; thus, making it a print you could wear to work, on date nights, or a fun day of shopping or coffee with your girlfriends.

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Just add a fun shoe in either a quirky print or a bold color and you’ve got a look that exudes a cool, carefree vibe without being too costumey, making it a perfect way to transition from woeful winter to sunny spring!

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Style Notes: Loft shirt (summer 2012; purchased at 50% off; similar style) / Loft pants (summer 2012; purchased at 50% off; similar style) / Antonio Melani shoes (few years old; similar style) / Kate Spade bag (won at FNO 2012; similar style) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; similar style) / Kate Spade bracelets (spring 2011; winter 2011; fall 2012) / Kate Spade ring (fall 2011; love this)/ Earrings (random boutique in Boston years ago; similar style)