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We’ve finally said good-bye to cold weather…which means it’s time to start dressing for spring.

Marla Tomazin established her image consulting business in 1990 with the goal of helping clients identify an authentic image and develop its effective expression. Her quick progression to Certified Image Consultant was a natural transition. Tomazin utilizes her abi
lities in evaluating body shape, movement, and coloring as well as synthesizing optimal cuts, lines, colors, and textures. This results in balance and proportion that accentuates attributes and conceals flaws. Her clients include women, men, and corporations seeking external revitalization that mirrors their internal development.

According to, Tomazin, this spring’s emerging fashion trends will fill your wardrobe with a welcome burst of color and excitement. “One of the best aspects of warmer weather is the fact that you can finally shed some layers,” says Tomazin. “Spring is definitely a great time to breathe some new life into your wardrobe.”
Marla Photo RS and BRIGHTENED“I know that from Fashion Week to special magazine spreads, all of the new trends can be somewhat overwhelming,” she continues. “Be careful not to go overboard when you hit the stores, because you don’t want to end up with a closet full of clothes that looked great in theory, but that you really don’t feel comfortable wearing. My advice is to start spicing up your spring wardrobe with a few key pieces that represent some of the season’s most exciting trends and work from there.”

Read on for seven of Tomazin’s top tips to help you look fashion forward while feeling great this spring:

Slip into some colored jeans. This season, colored jeans, ranging from mid-tones to neons to pastels, are everywhere. And with so many colors and cuts to choose from, they can be flattering to any body type at any age. Tomazin recommends pairing your colored jeans with black or white accessories such as a jacket, tee-shirt, and/or shoe for an impressive level of sophistication.

Tangerine Tango

Specifically, look for some “Tangerine Tango.” According to Pantone, one of this year'smost popular colors is “Tangerine" an eye-catching reddish orange. It’s showing up in home décor, fashion, and accessories, and the trendy hue can range from peach to red to everything in between. Tomazin says that you’ll definitely want to jump on this citrusy bandwagon, so don’t be afraid to put a splash of orange into your wardrobe…or even into your living room!

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for beauty. When it comes to footwear, flats and 3" heels are replacing platforms, predicted to be very popular for spring and summer. And since there are plenty of styles, prints, and colors to choose from, there’s a flat to fit every personality. Tomazin says that flats are a smart and versatile choice because they’re comfortable and are appropriate for day and evening. This spring, she recommends choosing from popular florals, neons, metallics, animal prints, and even geometric patterns—like squares or dots—as you add to your collection. What you put on your feet really can take your outfit from “average” to “interesting”!

Forget that old Labor Day rule!

Consider wearing white head to toe. Yes, we all look forward to wearing bright spring colors. But Tomazin says that sometimes there’s nothing more fabulous than wearing white! Depending on your coloration, look for optic (bright) white or creamy white, and don’t be afraid to wear it head to toe. You’ll stand out, and you’ll exude vibes as light and airy as spring breezes. As an added bonus, creamy white in particular can look great year round. (Forget that old Labor Day rule!)

Incorporate some earth tones.
Whites and eye-catching hues look fabulous, but you don’t want to go into “bright overload.” In other words, don’t rid your wardrobe of neutrals. Earth tones in particular are making a very sophisticated statement for the spring and summer seasons. Tomazin suggests mixing them with white or black for a classic look. You can also pair them with one of the new brighter tones like orange, pink, or yellow. For instance, choosing to put a bright shirt with an earth-toned suit might be the difference between basic and brilliant!

Don’t forget your hands and feet.

Don’t forget your hands and feet. It’s natural to be focused on clothes and accessories as you shake off the winter wardrobe blues. But as you’re shopping, Tomazin recommends building in time to get a fresh manicure and pedicure. Polishing up your nails and coating them in a color you love is essential this time of year as you get ready to break out the summer sandals.

Say hello to summer scarves. Scarves aren’t just for winter anymore. They’ve graduated from a way to keep warm to a full-blown fashion accessory! Scarves in lighter fabrics are a wonderful way to add that extra “pop” to your look or to try a fun color without committing to the entire outfit. Plus, Tomazin points out that a shawl made of linen, silk, or pashmina can even pull double-duty as a scarf or as a wrap if it gets cool in an air-conditioned space.

“As you bring spring into your closet, feel free to try all of the trends that pique your curiosity,” concludes Tomazin. “Just remember that the most important aspect of any piece, in any season, is how it makes you feel. As long as you’re comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing, you’ll have a renewed spring in your step…and you’ll draw eyes in all of the best possible ways.”

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