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CREDITS

Clothes are modeled by Chrissy Bager and Roy Vongtama, from Faces, along with Janet Reed and Brian Panaro. Special thanks to Arhaus Furniture, Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market, Homeward Bound, Neo and the Salvage Company for lending props. Models' hair and makeup by Marne Sharkey, of Marne's Makeovers.

On the cover: Embroidered cotton pique cropped pants and a matching vest, both by Putumayo; pearl drop earrings add a delicate touch. Look for it all at Uncommon Threads, 779 Elmwood Ave.

Express Yourself: Step Out in this season's newest looks

Nix the necktie and update with a V-neck instead. This one, by Navales, complements a mini-check jacket and black slacks; both by Zanieri. You'll find these, plus the belt, at Napoli's, 2761 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.
New hues and sophisticated patterns define spring sweaters. A cotton-blend pullover by Jhane Barnes tops a black short-sleeve mock turtleneck and Versace jeans. All are available at Aldo's Uomo, 4224 Maple Road, Amherst.
Stand out in a golden-hued sport coat by Canali, a French blue shirt by Mondo di Marco and an iridescent silk tie by Tino Cosma. Black trousers from Zanella complete the look. At Aldo's Uomo, 4224 Maple Road, Amherst.
Color -- what a concept. A royal, purple and midnight blue silk shirt by Messori, worn with pleated trousers by Toscani and a royal blue belt by Mauri, will get you noticed. At Napoli's, 2761 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Keep it Soft: Pretty pastels and delicate details are what count

Show your feminine side in a white knit jacket and skirt just blooming with pastel flowers. By Maureene Keene. The white sandals, accented with gold, are by Sesto Meucci of Florence. All can be found at Jenss. The white garden bench is from Homeward Bound, 1297 Hertel Ave. The fresh tulips come from Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market, 431 Ellicott St.
Wrap yourself in style in a python-print dress by Chetta B. At Mabel Danahy, 3099 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, in the Northtown Plaza. Pewter shoes by Prevato. At Tricia's Shoes, 5110 Main St., Williamsville, in the Walker Center. The decorative column is from Neo, 55 Allen St.
Slip something blue into your wardrobe -- perhaps a body-conscious pantsuit that stretches when you do. At Cache, Walden Galleria. Shoes from Nine West, Walden Galleria.

Move it: Brights and any shade of blue take you anywhere

Turn up the color with a swimsuit and matching sarong by Cazimi and top it off with a citrus orange hat. At Gantos, Walden Galleria.
Express yourself in a textured, turquoise stretch knit top, sweater and long slit skirt. From Jenss. Silver shoes, from the Finest by Onex collection, and the silver earrings also are from Jenss.

Opt for elegance: Neutrals always fit nicely into spring

Get a fresh start on spring by layering a shimmering lace stretch top under a fitted jacket. The tan jacket and matching pants are by Kenar; the top, by Casedei. All can be found at Jenss.

Among the season's new sleeveless looks is an Eastern-inspired, jacquard-print tunic with a mandarin collar and frog closures. Billowy pants in cream complete the look. The outfit, handbag and earrings are from Cache, Walden Galleria. Shoes from Nine West, Walden Galleria. Slipcovered ottoman is from Arhaus Furniture, also at Walden Galleria.
Keep it simple in a natural colored sleeveless top, matching cardigan and long, flowing skirt by Ballinger Gold. From Melinda's Collection, 2466 W. Quaker St., Orchard Park. Silver arm cuff from Afterthoughts. Distressed wooden chair is from Homeward Bound, 1297 Hertel Ave. The shoes, by Claudia Ciuti, can be found at Tricia's Shoes, 5110 Main St., Williamsville, in the Walker Center. Pedicure by Connie Piazza, owner of International Hair Design, 481 Elmwood Ave.