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> A good stretch

Style expert Lilliana Vazquez talks up today's clothing in fabrics with a hint of stretch – including tailored skirts, blazers, even shoes – in the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

A small percentage of stretch – think jeans with 2 to 4 percent Lycra or spandex – can make clothes more comfortable and figure-flattering, and less likely to crease, she said.

One tip: "The cardinal rule of stretch is that if you wear something form-fitting on the bottom, pair it with something with a lot of movement on top, and vice versa. Tight all over is rarely flattering – no matter how amazing your figure," said Vazquez, creator of the blog The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style (

> Fashion tip

Bold florals are a big trend for spring and summer, but accessorizing them can be tricky. Here's a tip from Cindy Weber Cleary, fashion director at InStyle magazine: "Keep accessories simple and unfussy – think thin gold hoops, a stack of faux-ivory cuffs, or a strand of wooden beads.

> Summer kickoff

It's Memorial Day weekend. Are you and your wardrobe ready? Here are five simple ideas to consider before summer officially begins:

Get a pedicure (especially if you wear sandals). Find a casual summer dress you can wear almost anywhere. Upgrade your swimsuit topper from tattered T-shirt to chic cover-up. Buy fun, affordable jewelry (like the necklace above) that goes with your existing summer wardrobe.

And, for the guys, trade in faded polo shirts for a couple new ones in fresh new colors.

> And finally

"To pull off any look, wear it with confidence."

— Cindy De La Hoz, in ?"So Audrey: 59 Ways ?to Put a Little Hepburn ?in Your Step. (Running Press, $14.95).