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White says spring even before it has arrived. From Tommy Hilfiger.
By "Today" Style Editor
updated 5/6/2005 3:57:44 PM ET 2005-05-06T19:57:44

There may still be snow in the air and on the way, but in fashionland, it’s spring.

And that means only one thing: It’s time to start snatching up the best of the season’s looks.

Whether you want to burst into the season with a whole new style or simply add a few new pieces to your wardrobe, don’t do anything until you read up on the latest spring 2005 styles in this week’s edition of our fashion and beauty update.

A classic look. From Ralph Lauren.

White is right
Don’t wait until Memorial Day to roll out your white wardrobe — white is right, starting right now and it’s hot, hot, hot, especially in a full or tiered skirt, or a white suit. “It” suit styles range from the crisp and classic pairing of a fitted blazer with trousers to the trendy look of a cropped jacket with slightly baggy pants or Bermuda shorts. What to wear underneath? More white — a white blouse, tank or tee.

Trend Tip:
If a white suit does not fit into your lifestyle, pick up this season’s most must-have (and affordable) item, a white tank top. Look for tanks that are fitted, loose or embellished around the neckline, then wear alone or under sweaters or jackets.  We like adam+eve, Three Dots and C&C.

Look grrreat! From Gucci.

It’s a jungle
Get ready for the urban jungle as this spring unleashes a zoo’s worth of classic to trendy safari styles in jackets, slim skirts and trousers, baggy pants or knee-length Bermuda shorts with cuffs. Their neutral tones of olive and khaki look chic when paired with their natural companions — animal prints in the form of tiger, zebra, leopard and more. Add on a few faux snakeskin-textured accessories and some wood and horn bangles and necklaces, and you’re right in step with the call of the wild.

Trend Tip:
A great, neutral trench-style safari jacket is something you will turn to for years to come. We love the classic versions you will find at Theory or — you guessed it — Banana Republic.  DKNY pushes the trend with gold metallic touches on the jacket.

Ethnic is in. From Prada.

Go globetrotting
All the world’s your stage if you embrace the global bazaar trend, which melds together influences from different cultures in a fab mix of ethnic-inspired styles. Start with woven leather huaraches, belts and handbags right out of Mexico, or wildly beaded and embroidered sandals and totes to step into the mood. Add colorful prints from India, Asia and all points in between, and then layer on wooden, coral or turquoise jewelry that you might have picked up on your travels (or your local department store … we won’t tell). Brilliant!

Trend Tip: 
A little of this trend goes a long way. Pick up a few pieces to mix into your day-to-day wardrobe — a printed full (trendy) or slim (classic) cotton skirt, beaded necklaces and woven leather accessories should do the trick.

Naval base. From Balenciaga.

Aye, aye, Captain!
There’s nothing more refreshing than the return of navy and white to celebrate the start of the spring season, and the red-hot nautical look captures all the key trends with style. Start with a cropped “captain’s” jacket embellished with gold braid or trim, pair it with a crisp white tee or tank top, and wear it over everything from jeans to khakis to white slacks to a matching pair of navy pants. You will also find the nautical influence in two-tone navy and white accessories, which are a great update for any classic wardrobe. Wedge shoes with rope detailing completes the look.

Trend Tip: 
To really catch the wave on this trend, the cropped, embellished captain’s jacket is the way to go. A more classic alternative is a double-breasted navy spring trench coat, which you can throw over everything you own.

Flower power. From Burberry.

Pick a posy 
No matter where you turn this spring, you’ll find florals of all shapes and sizes just waiting to add a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe. Take your pick — from bold and dramatic florals to historical designs from Asia and India to cheerful prints straight out of an English garden. Start with the return of the spring coat — in a floral, of course. Or go for a wonderfully romantic floral dress or skirt as an instant update. Don’t forget your accessories — and those floral trims (you’ll find them decorating everything from necklines to necklaces). Just charming.

Trend Tip:
Up your trend quotient this spring by incorporating a floral print in unexpected places — flaunt flowers in a coat, a handbag or a pair of shoes.

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

firstVIEW is the primary supplier of photos to Fashion Friday. Go to www.firstVIEW.com for the latest pictures from top fashion shows around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

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