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The In Box / By Susan Martin Fresh picked

Flowers are for Valentine’s Day, but they’re also a sign that spring is ahead. This is just a sampling of some of the floral patterns coming soon or already available – just in case you want to get a jump start on your spring wardrobe.

Double dipping: A sheath dress from Thalia Sodi combines two perennial favorites – floral and animal prints. Regularly priced $89.50 at select Macy’s,

New direction: Floral dress from RACHEL Rachel Roy puts a modern twist on the classic spring dress. Priced $149 at select macy’s,

Hold on: The Liz Claiborne Valerie Satchel is expected to arrive in March. It’s priced $70 at select J.C. Penney stores and

Embellished: Flower Bouquet Necklace will turn any outfit into one fit for a garden party. Priced $79.50 at, where you can check store availability.

Short story: Lands End’s Chino shorts in a cotton and rayon-modal blend offer a hint of stretch. Priced $55-$65 at

In full bloom: Lightweight feminine trench coat from ELLE is trimmed in black. Originally priced $98 at select Kohl’s,