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French flair, bohemian basics combine for winning fashions this spring

There's no era more colorful, more ripe for reinvention than the early 1960s. Thinking back to those cool young mods zipping around swinging London, it's still an enviable fashionscape, with its kaleidoscope of bright hues, bold geometrics and false eyelashes.

And though the '60s flair hit the runways in 2011, it blooms again for spring 2012: New feminine shapes coupled with light and breezy fabrics, and pops of electric color, especially when mixed with pastel hues, help modernize the look.

The inspiration for our spring look book was Brigitte Bardot, whose timeless silhouette still proves relevant today. She also embodies all the trends for the 2012 season. We imagined our heroine flitting around the beaches and boardwalks of St. Tropez (or a fair in Texas) wrapped in bold bursts of color or the requisite French-inspired nautical stripe.

As one of the mildest North Texas winters in recent memory starts to wane, we can't wait to unfurl our bright new outlook on spring fashions.

Seeing red

A requisite for any spring season, nautical stripes make a bold impact when paired with an of-the-moment red skinny pant and statement accessories such as tassel earrings, classic pumps and a striking ring, all in a deep rouge.

Paige Denim red skinny jean, $178, SOBO Fashion Lounge. Joie silk nautical stripe blouse, $158, A. Hooper & Co. Pour La Victoire red suede pump, $169.50, Lane-Knight. M. Elizabeth Designs red tassel earrings, $68, SOBO Fashion Lounge. Trina Turk red and gold ring, $74, Lane-Knight.

Bright and bold

Chartreuse, another all-important color for the season, has manifested in nearly every way possible. From heels to bags to sweaters and beyond, this citron splash is undeniably here to stay. We love it when paired with neutrals such as this navy and white nautical striped maxi dress.

Striped maxi dress, $128, Adorn by Amanda. Rebecca Minkoff citron cross-body bag, $195, and Diane von Furstenberg citron silk wrap sandals, $192.50, Lane-Knight. Gold necklace, $300, Bella Butterflies. Persol 649 sunglasses, $310, Nordstrom.

Blooming trend

Spotted on such runways as Proenza Schouler and Marc by Marc Jacobs, all things marigold reign supreme for 2012. These silk shorts emblazoned with polka dots (yet another ode to femininity) are perfectly sweet when paired with a textured crop top.

Marigold and white polka-dot shorts, $42, Beehive. Lace textured crop top, $36, Bess & Evie's. Round orange sunglasses, $15, Beehive. Rebecca Minkoff red quilted bag with gold chain and studs, $395, and Roost horn cuff, $34, Lane-Knight.

Lovin' linen

Slip into something more comfortable this spring, like a wide-leg, high-waisted pant in linen. Transform the look from bohemian to refined by pairing the trousers with a structured blouse and a strong necklace in a vivid color.

Ella Moss wide-leg linen trousers, $138, A. Hooper & Co. Navy blouse with structured shoulders, $55, Beehive. Diane von Furstenberg espadrille wedges, $225, Lane-Knight. Orange chain necklace, $42, Beehive.

Pillow talk

Pair a delicate '60s boudoir-inspired lace wrap with an elegant trouser for instant ladylike charm. Keep the look simple by opting for either eye-catching earrings or a necklace -- but not both.

Lace bed jacket, $134, and black slim trousers, $108, Adorn by Amanda. Teal camisole, $8, Target. Green crystal drop earrings, $40, Bella Butterflies. Pour La Victoire cobalt suede pump, $169.50, Lane-Knight. Persol 649 sunglasses, $310, Nordstrom.

Pretty pastels

Louis Vuitton's spring runway show, in which pastel-clad models dismounted from their whimsical carousel ponies and glided down the runway, might have been one of the biggest fashion moments of 2011. With warmer weather coming soon, we think it's time to pay tribute to these graceful LV meringues and ensconce yourself in all things light and airy, like this pink chiffon skirt and navy silk blouse.

Zoa navy silk tie blouse, $98, A. Hooper & Co. Pink chiffon skirt with cobalt and gray stripes, $48, and straw clutch, $42, Beehive. Sergio Zelcer patent nude sling-back platforms, $152, SOBO Fashion Lounge. Vintage glass faceted beaded necklace, $82, Adorn by Amanda.

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