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The skinny on flares

It was bound to happen. After many seasons of skinny pants and jeans, high-waisted flared jeans are something to look for come spring.

"Say hello to your new day-to-night bestie: Spring's sleek '70s-inspired jeans look cool again after almost a decade of skinny-jean world domination. Wear 'em with wedge heels and a tucked-in top to look long and lean," suggest the editors at Glamour magazine.

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Calling all mittens

Winter is all about choosing warm accessories, but storing them is another story.

Here's an idea from the Winter 2011 issue of Fresh Home magazine: Corral them in an over-the-door shoe organizer.

"Get an organizer with an ample number of pockets, so each family member has four to five spots to stow gloves, hats and scarves. Remaining pockets can hold lip balm, sunglasses, sunscreen and other grab-and-go winter items," writes Heather Lambie.

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Parka pointers

Are you a guy shopping for a parka?

Here are some tips from menswear style expert Tom Julian, reported by Bill Daley in the Chicago Tribune. Julian is the author of "Nordstrom Guide to Men's Everyday Dressing."

*Larger men want to avoid coats with lots of quilting or stitching that makes for a puckering effect. Smaller frames should look for coats with horizontal channel stitching.

*Choose the right parka for the setting. Dressing for the outdoors allows for a more rugged model with more bells and whistles (hoods, flap pockets, quilting, decorative logos and patches).

The workplace parka should be plainer, with slit pockets for example. For the weekend, choose a 3/4 -length hooded parka because it's "roomy, waterproof, insulated."

*In colder climes, look for details like gathered sleeves under the cuff or an extra elastic liner to keep wind and snow out.

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And finally

"High heels give you time to think, to look at your surroundings -- a camel has seen more in life than a very quick horse! Women should live to the rhythm of high-heeled shoes!"

Christian Louboutin, shoe designer, in the forward to "Vintage Shoes: Collecting and Wearing Twentieth-Century Designer Footwear" by Caroline Cox (Collins Design, $39.95)

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